February 2021 - 2021 New York Wine Classic - 3rd Deadline

February 2021 - 2021 New York Wine Classic - 3rd Deadline
This month's Wine feature is 2021 NY Wine Classic 3 Wines

2021 New York Wine Classic - 3rd Deadline Reviews

Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Chambourcin
94 points
$49
Garnet black color. Aromas of boysenberry, damson plum, birch, lilac, and rhubarb preserves with a round, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, very long blackberry coulis, hints of ripe mango, candied ginger, and glazed pastry finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An outstanding expression of Chambourcin; this is a great Ice Wine to let the grape’s best characteristics shine.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019  Pinot Gris
93 points
$16
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of brioche, peach, pear, and coconut with a velvety, crisp, dry light body and a graceful, amusing, medium-length finish manifesting notes of shale and mandarin with no oak flavor. A supple and velvety Pinot Gris with elegant style.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Boquet Valley Vineyard 2018 Cuvee Blanc Champlain Valley
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of heirloom apple, exotic peach, yuzu, pickled apricot, and petrol with a round, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long finish. A bone dry, yet outstandingly balanced Orange Wine with rich body, exotic flavors and fantastic food affinity; the adventurous are sure to find appeal here.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Homestead Reserve Riesling
93 points
$23
Pale golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of crystallized ginger, pineapple, white peach tea, banana, and coriander with a round, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, long finish manifesting notes of fresh lemon, lime zest, and wet stone with no oak flavor. A bone dry but overtly fruity Riesling with mouthwatering acidity and easy-to-love style.
Damiani Wine Cellars 2013 Brut Méthode Champenoise Finger Lakes
93 points
$42.99
White gold color. Floral, toasty aromas and flavors of orange marmalade and toasted brioche, spiced caramel apple in cast iron, and apple blossoms with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, very long finish manifesting impressions of caramelized citrus, roasted apples and pears, sautéed almonds, and minerals with a suggestion of oak flavor. A toasty, robust Champagne-like bubbly for fans of Krug.
93 points $42.99
Château LaFayette Reneau 2018 Estate Semi-Dry Riesling
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of meyer lemon, fresh apricot, and baby bananas with a round, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long peach sorbet, hints of custard tart, and bruleed lime finish with no oak flavor. A balanced, lengthy Riesling that will fit right in at the table; joyous and generous.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Damiani Wine Cellars 2018 Single Vineyard - Davis Riesling
92 points
$21
Straw color. Aromas of cedar, black tea, birch venik, and apple with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, long lemongrass, ginger, and wet stone finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A densely textured, cedar-inflected Riesling that offers a distinctive profile for lovers of the varietal.
Ospreys Dominion Vineyards 2014  Cabernet Franc
92 points
$22
Ruby black color. Green aromas and flavors of eucalyptus scented candle drippings, olives and peppers, bread crust, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long finish with shades of spiced pomegranate, roasted root vegetables, dolmades, and incense with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A savory and stylish dry Cab Franc that will compliment a fine meal.
Ospreys Dominion Vineyards 2013 Reserve Merlot
92 points
$30
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of leather, black cherry, vanilla, teak wood, plum tart, and cardamom with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and an even, complex, long finish that exhibits nuances of licorice with crunchy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very Bordelais Merlot that is sure to please.
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2019 Bubbly Riesling
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of kiwi, pineapple, petrol, banana, and ripe apricot with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length finish imparting overtones of peaches in syrup, sugared ripe tangerine, and sweet apples with no oak flavor. A fruity, easy-to-love sparkler; fun and fresh.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Winery of Ellicottville NV Bubbly Riesling
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of apple fritters, hints of peach, and marmalade with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish displaying accents of shale and hints of toasted grain with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. An absolute delight of a sparkling Riesling; this is a welcoming and sophisticated wine that can pair with just about any cuisine or occasion.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2019 Caywood East Dry Riesling
91 points
$19
Pale straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of soursop, pineapple, peach glaze, and guava sorbet with a round, vibrant, dry light body and a smooth, complex, long finish with no oak flavor. A tropical fruit salad of a Dry Riesling that delivers loads of yummy flavors, elegant minerality, power and grace.
Ospreys Dominion Vineyards 2015  Cabernet Franc
91 points
$22
Deep purple color. Savory aromas and flavors of roasted peppers, rye toast points, caponata, and india link with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, long finish imparting notes of crusty berry tart, roasted apples and root vegetables, and spiced nuts and craisins with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vibrantly delicious Cabernet Franc that is sure to please.
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2018 11 Barrel Red Blend Finger Lakes
91 points
$23
Light garnet color. Curious aromas and flavors of cherry fruit leather, hints of maple syrup, roasted beets, forest floor, dill, and smoky coffee beans with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, intricate, long finish with notes of pink peppercorns with moderate oak flavor. A well integrated wine that offers a little bit of everything; fruity, smoky, earthy and herbaceous.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Dry Riesling
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe melons, papaya, pineapple, and soda bread with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish displaying nuances of lime and pickled mango with no oak flavor. A tropical bouquet of fresh fruit flavors delights the imbiber in this mouthwatering dry Riesling.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Damiani Wine Cellars 2019  Pinot Noir
90 points
$28
Ruby garnet color. Savory aromas and flavors of dill pickles, pickled cherries, and roasted root vegetables with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish imparting notes of baked cherry crumble, hints of chocolate, and honey with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bold, character-rich Pinot Noir that marches to the beat of its own drum.
Château LaFayette Reneau 2018 Estate Riesling
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of kiwi, peach salsa, and ripe apples with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length pear, lime zest, and hints of coconut custard finish with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward dry Riesling that will pair effortlessly.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2018 Estate Grown Riesling
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lychees in syrup on toast, fresh apricot, pineapple rings, and jasmine with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish revealing accents of papaya custard with no oak flavor. A sweet, toasty Riesling quaffer for anytime sipping.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Ospreys Dominion Vineyards 2019 Unwooded Chardonnay
89 points
$17
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of sweet crisp apples, apple blossom, hints of white cherry, and straw with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. Rich with toasty, leesy character, this racy and serious unoaked Chardonnay is fit for great meals.
Ospreys Dominion Vineyards 2014 Reserve Petit Verdot
89 points
$30
Black violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of plum preserves on toasted fruit cake, black tea, pickled tomato, kumquat, and ginger with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, elegant, long finish with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, but distinctive Petit Verdot from Long Island with tons of style.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019  Riesling
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple custard, hints of vanilla, and baked apples with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of lemon cream. A solid Finger Lakes Riesling with a soft profile and easy-drinking personality.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Winery of Ellicottville NV Snow Fox Niagara
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Candied aromas and flavors of seedless grapes, ripe tangerine, baked peach, and grape candies with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. Big grapey flavors and a sweet balance make this an effortlessly enjoyable summer wine crusher.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2019 Semi Dry Riesling
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of stone fruit in a burlap sack, nut skin, and dried apple with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length apple sauce and clementine finish with fine tannins and no oak flavor. A refreshing Riesling that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2019 Estate Riesling
88 points
$15
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of underripe peach, orchard-fresh apple, and melon rind with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, appealing, medium-long finish manifesting elements of nectarine. A well-structured, precise Riesling that will pair like a dream.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019  Gewurztraminer
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of white flowers, queen anne’s lace blossoms, hints of fresh dill, and hints of lychee with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of lime with no oak flavor. A floral and herbaceous Gewurz to pair with European fare.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Damiani Wine Cellars 2018 Semi-Dry Riesling
88 points
$16
Emerald straw color. Exotic aromas and flavors of cedar, black tea, and dried ginger with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of dried peach, golden apple, and lime with a suggestion of oak flavor. A balanced and distinctive Riesling with great rounded texture.
Winery of Ellicottville 2019  Riesling
88 points
$16
Emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, orchard blossoms, and candied citrus peel with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length kiwis in yogurt and lemon meringue finish with no oak flavor. A friendly, fruity Riesling with clean lines and a plush mouthfeel.
Boquet Valley Vineyard 2017 Cuvee Rouge Red Blend Champlain Valley
88 points
$21
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized bacon, roasted cocoa, spiced pomegranate, and cranberry with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long dried fruit finish. A wild and rustic mashup of flavors that’s totally out there; adventure-seekers will relish the distinctive flavors and harmonious balance.
Ospreys Dominion Vineyards NV  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$24
Straw green color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of raisin cake in wax paper wrapping, dried peach and apple, and honey with a silky, tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish conveying notes of apricot and gooseberry jams and grassy earth. A delightful and versatile Late Harvest wine.
Damiani Wine Cellars 2019 Single Vineyard - Sunrise Hill Lemberger
88 points
$27
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of black plums, hints of wild blueberry, chocolate-covered toffee, orange zest, and hay with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A juicy and berry-laden Lemberger with rustic style.
Scielo 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$27
Straw color. Herbal aromas and flavors of fresh asparagus, meyer lemon, and parsley with a supple, lively, dryish light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with nuances of jicama, white grapefruit, and fresh cucumber with no oak flavor. A savory New York Sauvignon Blanc with elegant vegetal notes; Loire-lovers need apply.
Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown-Toasted Oak Chardonnay
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw green color. Creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla bean, baked apples, marzipan, and hints of buttered popcorn with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A gentle, vanilla-inflected Chardonnay with a plush, creamy appeal.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Unoaked Chardonnay
87 points
$16
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of hints of pineapple, underripe peach, baked apples, and zucchini blossom with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, buoyant finish with no oak flavor. An easy-drinking unoaked Chardonnay.
Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Sparkling Traminette
87 points
$19
Yellow straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of peony, jasmine and orange blossoms, baked peach and pear, potting soil, and hint of potato with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of grape skin, poached apple, honeycomb and tea, and moss with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An earthy, fruity and floral sparkler that will be great with exotic cheeses.
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2018  Cabernet Franc
87 points
$21
Ruby color. Earthy, smoky aromas and flavors of mushrooms, leather, cured meats, and roasted coffee beans with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a polished, refreshing, breezy finish manifesting overtones of hints of berry preserves. A restrained, earthy Cabernet Franc for the table.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Solera Sherry Finger Lakes
87 points
$21
Brushed amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of rum cake, smoked and caramelized nuts, pipe tobacco, and brandied cherries with a supple, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of honeyed berries, apple wax candy, and caramelized mushrooms. A crisp sherry-style wine for light desserts and cocktails.
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2019 Frances Amelia Barrel Aged Estate Riesling
87 points
$24
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe honeycrisp apple, dried pineapple and coconut, papaya, and mixed citrus supremes in syrup with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that shows notes of wet stone with no oak flavor. A rock-solid Riesling with nice varietal and Finger Lakes character.
Damiani Wine Cellars 2019  Cabernet Franc
87 points
$24
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried beef, cascara, cherry cola, and grape leaves with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, intriguing, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of black raspberry coulis and vanilla cream with chewy, grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toothsome Cabernet Franc for now or later.
Arbor Hill Grapery NV Joyful John Finger Lakes
87 points
$25
Dark amber color. Aromas of butter roasted nuts, maple syrup and nut oil, conditioned leather, and peppercorns with an oily, bright, moderately sweet fat body and a stimulating, long nut torte, citrus and onion marmalades, and smoked chestnuts with honey brown butter finish. A distinctive and impactful sherry-style wine that will sing with desserts or cocktails.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Sweet Riesling
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of honeycomb and golden apples with a supple, crisp, off-dry light body and a graceful, relaxed honey granola finish with no oak flavor. A honeyed Riesling quaffer for spicy fare.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2018 Founders Red Blend Lake Erie
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of smoked berries, sweet mesquite, bacon, and walnut with a soft, dry medium body and a delightful, short black cherry and black pepper finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor. An interesting smoky, savory red to pair with grilled meats.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Semi-Dry Riesling
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aroma of fresh lime with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length key lime custard, hints of papaya, and mango finish with no oak flavor. A juicy and smooth Riesling with perky citrus notes.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$16
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple flesh and almonds with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of fresh cream, sweet lemon, and honey with no oak flavor. A mild-mannered, plush Chardonnay that drinks effortlessly.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$17
Pale straw green color. Aromas of lemon meringue, lime, and apple jelly with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, intriguing, medium-length tangy white grapefruit and fresh green beans finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and savory Sauvignon Blanc to pair with the salad course.
Damiani Wine Cellars 2018  Chardonnay
86 points
$18
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of sassafras, vanilla cola, caramelized banana, and hints of dill with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A funky, creamy and savory Chardonnay for smart pairings.
Scielo 2019 Tinto Red Blend North Fork of Long Island
86 points
$30
Silvery pink color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of berry buttercream on pound cake, chocolate covered raisins, and toasted brazil nuts with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and an effortless, medium-length finish displaying notes of nut skin, grilled cedar plank, beets, and earth with crunchy, fruit, chewy tannins. A dry red blend tailor-made for a meaty meal.
RGNY 2018  Viognier
86 points
$33
Golden yellow color. Aromas of white flowers and lavender with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk lemon spritz, golden apples and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A lean and steely Viognier that offers a demure expression of the varietal.
Ospreys Dominion Vineyards 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$39
Black violet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of leather, dried cherries, barnyard, plum vinaigrette, and cocoa powder with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a silky, intriguing, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. An earthy, chewy red to pair with rustic French fare.
Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
85 points
$16
Light garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of sour cherry jam, duck rillettes, coriander, and hints of vanilla with a supple, crisp, light body and an even, amusing, breezy finish. A hugely aromatic and earthy Pinot Noir; while very light bodied, this Pinot doesn’t skimp on savory, welcoming aromas.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2017  Cabernet Franc
85 points
$26
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate, cantaloupe, cola, polished leather, and carob with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying notes of raw coconut and butterscotch with coarse, grippy tannins and light oak flavor. A chewy Cabernet Franc for the table.
Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Marechal Foch
84 points
$13
Black violet color. Aromas of black plum, honey, roasted nuts, and rye crisps with a satiny, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, short-to-medium mixed berry jam and concord grape pie finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An off-dry red quaffer; try serving with a slight chill.
Johnson Estate 2018 Estate Grown-Bright Steel Chardonnay
84 points
$14
Yellow straw color. Vegetal, herbal aromas of pickled green tomato and oregano with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a sleek, easy pickled apples, dill, and pickling spices finish with no oak flavor. A savory Chardonnay for the table.
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2019 Dry Riesling
84 points
$15
Emerald straw color. Aroma of underripe pineapple with a supple, vibrant, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant hints of pear and lime finish with no oak flavor. A bone dry, razor sharp Riesling that refreshes the palate.
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2019 Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$21
Pale straw green color. Aromas of baked kiwi, fresh parsley, and cucumber with a silky, lively, dry light body and a tingling, medium-length jicama, lime peel, and water chestnuts finish with no oak flavor. A savory and herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc for the table.
Ospreys Dominion Vineyards 2015  Carmenere
84 points
$30
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ink, oiled nuts, black plum, leather, and stewed berries with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish evoking accents of preserved lemon, cardamom, and clove with heavy oak flavor. A bold and demanding Carmenere to pair with game.
Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown-Dry Rosé Pinot Noir
83 points
$13
Pink coral color. Earthy, floral aromas and flavors of honeyed mixed fruits, citrus blossoms, and furniture polish with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of white strawberry, melon rind, green tomato water, and nut skin with chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A dry, sturdy Rosé for the table.
Great Western NV Sparkling Burgundy New York State
82 points
$11
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of concord grape jelly and black olives with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-length sun dried tomato, carob, dried figs, and raspberry jam finish. A distinctive red sparkler with huge fruit flavors mingling with earthy notes.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
$29
Garnet black color. Aromas of bbq wood, chocolate gooseberries, barnyard, and cheese rind with a supple, thin body and a tingling, quirky, rapid smoked berries finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A funky, earthy Cabernet for game.
Winery of Ellicottville NV EVL White Diamond
81 points
$14
Bright yellow straw color. Earthy aromas of buckwheat pancakes, butter pecan syrup, and cabbage with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, rapid grape jelly finish with no oak flavor. A funky Diamond in the rough.
Great Western NV Sparkling Rosé New York State
81 points
$16
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas of strawberry jam, grape jelly, and roasted meats with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy roasted peanut confection and lemon marmalade on toast finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fun bubbly quaffer to serve with a good chill.
Damiani Wine Cellars 2019 Rebel Gewurztraminer
80 points
$18
Light gold color. Pungent aromas and flavors of pickled garlic, shallots, dill, and pickling spices with a lean, shy, bone-dry thin body and a sleek, quick finish with no oak flavor. An unexpectedly savory, pickley Gewurztraminer for the table.
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