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August 2021 - New Jersey Wine Competition

August 2021 - New Jersey Wine Competition
This month's Wine feature is New Jersey Wine Competition Wines

New Jersey Wine Competition Reviews

White Horse Winery 2018 Reserve Cabernet Franc
94 points
$42
Dark garnet color. Aromas of lingonberry preserves, fig, rosemary, and tomato leaf with a satiny, crisp, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, very complex, long berry chutney, creme anglaise, almonds in milk chocolate, and fine tobacco finish with no oak flavor. A poised Cabernet Franc that will delight at the table.
William Heritage 2020 Unoaked Chardonnay
92 points
$26
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pears, white cherry, yellow peppers, and ground peppercorns with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of lemon marmalade. A crisp, clean and wholly satisfying Chardonnay that sings with stylish structure and length.
Hawk Haven 2019 Q Red Blend Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$39
Garnet black color. Aromas of lingonberry jam, cassis tart, rhubarb conserve, and dark chocolate shavings with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long roasted almonds, chocolate soufflé, tomato leaf, and fine herbs finish with moderate oak flavor. An elegantly fruity Bordeaux Blend from New Jersey with a refinement that will appeal far and wide.
William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Noirs Outer Coastal Plain
92 points
$46
Pale gold color. Aromas of peach cobbler, honey, and toasted brioche with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry light body and an effortless, medium-length hints of white strawberry and baklava finish. A crisp and elegant Blanc de Noirs with nice texture and depth.
William Heritage 2020 Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
$24
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of cherry preserves and green apples with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length strawberry-rhubarb pie finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, plush rose with ripe, summer fruit flavors.
White Horse Winery 2020 Estate Albarino
91 points
$26
Emerald straw color. Aromas of fresh cut grass, starfruit on yogurt, and green almond with a supple, lively, dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lemon zest and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, clean and pure Albarino; great mineral and herbal notes.
White Horse Winery 2020 Estate Reserve Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
$29
Bright pink coral color. Attractive aromas of cranberry, thyme, and lavender with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-length watermelon, spritz of tangerine, and lemongrass finish with no oak flavor. A rose with lovely round texture and a Francophone vibe that is sure to delight the rose lover.
Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series Cabernet Franc
91 points
$46
Dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of intense pickled cherry, marinated beets, capers, tomato leaf, and perfume with a round, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, long finish that exhibits accents of hints of tobacco, nutmeg, licorice, and black tea with cream with moderate oak flavor. Intense and enticing fruity aromas followed by a sophisticated, palate pleasing finish makes this a memorable New Jersey red that won’t let you down.
White Horse Winery 2020 Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$20
Clear salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of cherries and fresh peeled oranges with a lean, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of ruby red grapefruit and crushed stones with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Lifted red fruits and citrus abound with a pleasantly drying, crushed stone finish.
Working Dog Winery 2019 Estate Chambourcin
90 points
$24
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled blackberry, mocha latte, cinnamon swirl brioche, and creme brulee with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish that shows notes of berry chutney with moderate oak flavor. A bright, oaky, juicy Chambourcin with a smoky edge.
William Heritage 2020  Semillon
90 points
$28
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried pear, warm peach cobbler, honeycomb, and heirloom apple with a round, crisp, light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, long finish revealing notes of french vanilla creme, toasted coconut, and hints of allspice with moderate oak flavor. Terrific balance and sophistication; Semillon may be well suited for New Jersey.
William Heritage 2019  Merlot
90 points
$30
Black ruby color. Aromas of cedar, tobacco, black cassis, and roasted bell pepper with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a silky, involved, medium-long hazelnut, honey on black toast, and berry relish finish with moderate oak flavor. A refined Merlot that offers a distinctive and complex flavor experience.
Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series Syrah
90 points
$46
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, sun dried tomato, persimmon, peach chutney, and earth with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of olive tapenade with no oak flavor. A bold, well-structured Syrah with concentrated notes of ripe fruit and earth.
White Horse Winery 2020 Estate Chardonnay
89 points
$19
Straw color. Aromas of pure golden apple with a satiny, racy, bone-dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lemon supremes, chalk, and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A pure and elegant Chardonnay that lets the noble varietal and New Jersey Terroir shine.
Jessie Creek 2019 Ruby Redhead Dessert Wine New Jersey
89 points
$25
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, dried apricots, creamy hazelnut spread, and brown sugar on oats with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long finish with notes of dark chocolate chips and cherry pie with moderate oak flavor. An easy-drinking and silky fortified wine with ripe berry flavors.
Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series - V Row Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$46
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled plums, dark chocolate, cedar, tarragon, and incense with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish revealing accents of aromatic barks, roasted nuts, and flan with moderate oak flavor. A piquant and outgoing Cabernet Sauvignon with hallmark New Jersey style.
Hawk Haven 2019 Oa Cabernet Franc
89 points
$46
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of cinnamon potpourri, rose hips, cola, and mint with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long licorice, cocoa, autumn leaves, and fine pastry crusts finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An elegant Cabernet Franc that will fit right in at the table.
Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$29
Steely orange color. Aromas and flavors of dried strawberry and persimmon with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an even, medium-to-long finish conveying shades of hints of watermelon and cherry taffy. A light and quenching Rose.
White Horse Winery 2020 Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
88 points
$29
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of diced underripe pineapple, buttered biscuit, juicy pear, and graham cracker with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, balanced and crowd-pleasing Chardonnay.
William Heritage 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$30
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, fertile earth, and black tea with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long finish with nuances of tart plum and hints of licorice with moderate oak flavor. A rustic yet sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon with some aging potential.
Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series - Two Wire Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$35
Light gold color. Aromas of heirloom popcorn, golden raisins, burnt sugar, and papaya with a glycerous, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, quick spiced fruit and nut press and butter finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A richly flavored Chardonnay with notes of dried fruit and nuts.
William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Blancs Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$40
Emerald straw color. Aromas of cream, toasted brioche, yogurt with lemon, and fresh crepes with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length toasted basmati rice and hazelnut finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A creamy, toasty Blanc de Blanc well deserving of a celebratory toast.
White Horse Winery 2020 Estate Semi-Sweet Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
87 points
$19
Bright siam color. Aromas of ripe watermelon, hints of cocoa butter, and apple candies with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, charming, breezy cherry cobbler with whipped cream finish with no oak flavor. A fuller-bodied, generous Rose with crowd appeal.
Jessie Creek 2020 Ice Queen New Jersey
87 points
$25
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of pickled peach, dill, and toffee with a round, crisp, very sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, brisk finish with elements of sweet peach pie, ripe melons, honey, and chamomile. An herbaceous Ice Wine with a lovely, rounded texture.
Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series Dry Pinot Grigio
87 points
$26
Straw color. Aromas of hints of apple and lemon zest with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, rapid hints of tangy pineapple finish with no oak flavor. A clean and mild Pinot Grigio with a juicy and refreshing quality.
Working Dog Winery 2017 Estate Merlot
87 points
$28
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry tart, grilled black plums, milk chocolate, sorrel, and rosemary with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish displaying accents of tomato leaf and berry relish with moderate oak flavor. A rustic Merlot that melds fine oak with terroir-driven style.
White Horse Winery 2019 Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
87 points
$29
Straw color. Aromas of golden apple compote, cinnamon, sweet yogurt, and graham cracker with a round, lively, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length candied lemon peel, minerals, and jordan almond finish. A creamy nose and scintillatingly bright palate make this a lively food pairing.
Hawk Haven 2020 Rosé Pét-Nat Pinot Noir
87 points
$35
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas and flavors of hints of tangerine, ginger, and yellow tomato with a satiny, lively, medium body and a graceful, quick finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing sparkling rose for summer refreshment.
Working Dog Winery 2017 Retriever Estate Cabernet Franc
87 points
$39
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, persimmon, pico de gallo, patent leather, and ground cinnamon with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of tangy pickled berries with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-driven Cabernet Franc with great varietal character.
White Horse Winery 2020 Painted White Outer Coastal Plain
86 points
$22
Pale straw color. Aromas of chalk, dandelion, and pickled citrus with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk fresh summer herbs finish with no oak flavor. An easy drinking, perky white for the everyday table.
White Horse Winery 2020 Estate Vidal Blanc
86 points
$25
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade and subtle hints of yeasty croissant with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, swift lemon yogurt, hints of herbs, and underripe peach finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and breezy white that will be a refreshing hot-weather sipper.
Hawk Haven 2020 Rosé Pét-Nat Malbec
86 points
$35
Steely orange color. Aromas and flavors of tangerine, apricot, granny smith apple, and tamarind with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A fresh, fun, super-dry rose sparkler; a friendly summer aperitif.
William Heritage 2020  Viognier
85 points
$24
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla cream, hints of toffee, and hints of cedar plank with a lean, crisp, bone-dry light body and a smooth, swift finish with moderate oak flavor. A crisp-but-oaky quaffer for hot weather refreshment.
Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series Dry Riesling
85 points
$26
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of hints of dried pear and yogurt with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a sleek, swift finish revealing touches of pickled ginger and lime with no oak flavor. A clean, easy-drinking white; great for summer weather and shellfish pairings.
Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series Albarino
85 points
$29
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apples in yogurt, banana cake, white flowers, hints of peach, and starfruit with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, relaxed finish. A fruity and friendly Albarino from Cape May.
William Heritage 2019 Five Gen Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
85 points
$35
Ruby black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of compressed watermelon, fruit punch, sweet tea, and licorice with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, snappy finish with notes of graphite and dried berries with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward red blend with a smoky edge.
Jessie Creek 2019 Raspberry Blush New Jersey
83 points
$18
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry jam, watermelon, coconut cream, and thompson seedless with a satiny, soft, light-to-medium body and a silky, rapid finish with no oak flavor. A lightly-flavored, berry-inflected wine for sharing with friends.
Jessie Creek 2019 Sunny Day Chardonnay
83 points
$20
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of fallen pineapple, ginger ale, tomatillo, and mango chutney with a soft, dryish light body and a brisk finish with notes of golden apple and tiramisu with moderate oak flavor. An East-coast Chardonnay quaffer.
Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series Gewurztraminer
80 points
$29
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of melon, jicama, and banana with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a graceful, swift hints of dried fruits and nuts finish with no oak flavor. A funky summer white quaffer.
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