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September 2020 - New Jersey Wine Competition Extension

September 2020 - New Jersey Wine Competition Extension
This month's Wine feature is New Jersey Wine Competition Extension Wines

New Jersey Wine Competition Extension Reviews

Sharrott Winery 2018  Merlot
95 points
$25
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of pickled berries, horse blanket, leather, chocolate-studded toffee, smoked meats, vanilla latte, and roasted nuts with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A wild and free Merlot with balanced brett influence and an "all-natural" Francophone style.
Awards: 2020 Best New Jersey Vinifera Red
Coda Rossa 2018  Merlot
94 points
$16
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of blistered berries, grilled root vegetables, green bell pepper, fava beans, and earth with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long mixed berry tart, tomato leaf, caramel, white peppercorn, and tobacco finish with moderate oak flavor. A charmingly green and smoky Merlot with great body and lengthy finish.
94 points $16 Best Buy
Cape May 2017  Pinot Noir
93 points
$22
Dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried cranberries, cherry preserves, hints of cola, caramelized mushrooms, black licorice, and rooibos tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A fuller-bodied Pinot Noir with great complexity and style; Cape May over-delivers with this highly pairable and attractive offering that will certainly delight at holiday meals.
Coda Rossa 2018 Coeur DEst Red Blend Other Red
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried black cassis, cedar, black tea, bell pepper, and hints of espresso with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish. A Red Blend with lip-smacking acidity that will surely compliment a seared ribeye steak.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Cape May 2017  Red Meritage
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, wild strawberry, pine, and clay with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long finish with suggestions of tomato leaf with light oak flavor. A bright, food-friendly Meritage blend that with elevate the meal.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Bellview Winery NV Pet Nat Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
$20
Cloudy pale steely amber color. Aromas of white peach, lime, and ginger with a round, vibrant, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long underripe melon, cracked pepper, and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A fun and fruity Pet-Nat with bold Prosecco-esque peachiness, racy acidity and mouthwatering minerality; a true charmer for the natural set.
Sharrott Winery 2019 Coia Vineyards Blaufrankisch
91 points
$26
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plums, caramel brownies, tomato leaf, baking spices, and sun dried tomatoes with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A light and earthy Blaufrankisch with lovely balance and easy pairability.
Bellview Winery 2018 Estate Bottled Chambourcin
90 points
$18
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of plump red grapes, blackberry jam, roasted beets, and circus peanuts with a satiny, prickly, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, buoyant finish conveying overtones of tea, cherries, and prunes with no oak flavor. A bold Gamay-like Chambourcin wine with the essence of freshly picked fruit.
Awards: 2020 Best New Jersey Hybrid Red
Bellview Winery 2019 Estate Bottled Traminette
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of gooseberry, fresh cut grass, peach preserves, honey, pink grapefruit, and custard with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-long finish conveying accents of slate and kiwi with no oak flavor. A crisp, clean New Jersey white with great minerality.
Awards: 2020 Best New Jersey Hybrid White
89 points $15 Best Buy
Coda Rossa 2018 1526 Red Blend Other Red
89 points
$17
Ruby color. Aromas of sticky blackberry jam, molasses, fruit cake, and roasted pumpkin with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length charcoal and black tea finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. Fruit-forward and bright, this palate-pleaser shows smart blending that creates a balanced and appetizing wine.
Isaac Smith 2019 Apple Wine Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe heirloom apple, honey, and hints of ginger with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits nuances of creamy vanilla taffy. A bold, pure Apple Wine for simple sipping and creative pairings.
Awards: 2020 Best New Jersey Fruit Wine
88 points $14 Best Buy
Bellview Winery 2018 Estate Bottled Chardonnay
88 points
$18
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple fritters, toasted brioche, and cinnamon compound butter with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-to-long finish that exhibits notes of challah with apple compote and candied pecans with moderate oak flavor. An easy-to-love Chardonnay with a toasty, autumnal vibe.
Cape May 2017  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$20
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of clay, forest berries, cedar, and hints of tree nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long cranberry, ripe tomato, and hints of mint finish with light oak flavor. An Old World style Cabernet Franc with distinctive New Jersey terroir.
Sharrott Winery 2019 Barrel Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$25
Yellow straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lemon bars with buttery graham cracker crust, toffee, hints of ripe peach, and vanilla bean with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A somewhat Burgundian Chardonnay from the Outer Coastal Plain with restrained oak and hints of fruit.
Bellview Winery NV Batch No. 3 Port Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$28
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of fresh brownies, creme brulee, rum-raisin cake, and chocolate-mint cookies with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish evoking notes of candied ginger and orange peel and soy glazed-nuts with light oak flavor. A rich, chocolatey Domestic Port-Style Wine that will pair effortlessly with blue cheese and creamy desserts.
Isaac Smith NV Red Domestic Port-Style Wine New Jersey
88 points
$29
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas of chocolate wafer cookies, plum pudding, dried figs, and molasses with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length raisins and lemon cheesecake finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, vibrant Port-Style wine with notes of chocolate and candied citrus.
Sharrott Winery NV Tango Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
87 points
$19
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe raspberries and struck match with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and an even, brisk finish with notes of tomato leaf and hints of nutty pastry. A light and bright Red Blend to pair with simple beef dishes.
Sharrott Winery 2019 Estate Reserve Vignoles
86 points
$19
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, lychee, and banana pastry with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, brisk finish that shows impressions of lychee jelly with no oak flavor. A pillowy, fun, tropical Vignoles for summer sipping.
Sharrott Winery 2019  Chambourcin
86 points
$25
Indigo color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry tart, caramel-drizzled nuts, tobacco, and chocolate with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruity, juicy red that will pair well with cold-weather stews and bakes.
Bellview Winery 2018 Estate Bottled Merlot
86 points
$28
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of red raspberry, cedar, mixed dried herbs, and tea with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delicate Merlot best for meats and cheeses.
Sharrott Winery NV Dry Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
84 points
$18
Amber salmon color. Fruity aromas of strawberry jam and crushed cherries with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length hints of brioche finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, silky Rosé quaffer that will pair well with summer shellfish.
Sharrott Winery 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay
84 points
$19
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of green apple and fruit cup with a lean, bright, dryish thin body and an even, scant lemon spritzed lychee and pear finish with no oak flavor. An easy-drinking unoaked Chardonnay.
Isaac Smith 2019 White Domestic Port-Style Wine New Jersey
84 points
$21
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, shallot jam, coriander, and hints of banana with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, fast finish that presents touches of persimmon. A light, aperitif-style White Port that could be delightful served on ice, topped with seltzer and garnished with fresh fruit.
Cape May 2019 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
84 points
$24
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked peach, caramel, lemon marmalade, and struck match with a supple, bright, light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy finish that shows suggestions of golden raisins and tart green apple with light oak flavor. A sprightly Chardonnay that tickles the palate.
Cape May 2019  Vidal Blanc
83 points
$18
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of struck match, peach jam, and orange zest with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish. A funky, easy quaffer to serve with a good chill.
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