May 2022 - New York Wine Classic

May 2022 - New York Wine Classic
This month's Wine feature is New York Wine Classic Wines

New York Wine Classic Reviews

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Solera Sherry Finger Lakes
98 points
$21
Dark brown color. Aromas of dark sautéed almonds drizzled with sherry and fleur de sel, cocoa-dusted figs, toffee, and caramel apple with a fat body and a very long peach chutney, spicy raisin walnut cake, pink pepper, and pecan finish. A rich, penetrating example of a domestic creamy Sherry with yummy honeyed fruit and nut flavors.
Awards: '2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Sweet Wine' 2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Sherry-Style
Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé Finger Lakes
96 points
$19
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery pink color. Aromas of strawberry and watermelon granitas, banana-rhubarb tart, and bramble with a fat body and a very long cherry-orange relish, spiced apple, rose petals, and red licorice whip finish. A vibrantly delicious Rose that whets the appetite and satisfies the soul; a benchmark for New York rose.
Awards: '2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Pink Wine' 2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Rosé (0 to 2% RS)
96 points $19 Best Buy
Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé Zweigelt
95 points
$23
Dark steely pink color. Aromas of honeyed strawberries, triple cream cheese, sourdough toast points, and honeycomb with a fat body and a very long cherry and rhubarb compote and watermelon finish. A rich and savory Rose that will be absolutely perfect for cheese platters.
Knapp Winery 2020  Blaufrankisch
95 points
$25
Deep purple color. Attractive aromas and flavors of peppery jerky, waygu teriyaki, pomegranate-sultana chutney, and olive tapenade with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, intricate, long finish with notes of blueberry-acai tart, pencil shavings, pickled melon rinds and beets, and eucalyptus-menthol honey with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A captivating and exotic Blaufrankisch with a wonderful panoply of savory and spiciness.
Awards: 2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Lemberger-Blaufrankisch
Weis Vineyards 2020 Winzer Select A Riesling
95 points
$26
Straw green color. Aromas of candied apricot, sultanas, and honeysuckle with a fat body and a very long peach cobbler and pear sauce finish. A rich, late harvest style Riesling with great concentration of attractive sweet fruit flavors; pair with spicy Asian dishes or cheeses for dessert.
Awards: '2022 New York Wine Classic - Best White Wine' Best Overall Riesling
Weis Vineyards 2019 Ice Wine Riesling
95 points
$59
Golden straw color. Aromas of apricot kefir, creme fraiche with nuts, and hard cheese rind with a fat body and a very long apricot sorbet, honeyed raisin toast, and spiced apples finish. A bright and juicy ice wine with mouthwatering acidity for spicy foods or cocktails.
Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Chambourcin
94 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of cherry glazed baked ham, herbed berry concasse, hint of cranberry scented candle, and bbq brisket with a full body and a long chocolate craisin, cherry shrub, and bbq sauce finish. A superb, meaty, Zinfandel-like Chambourcin with generous waves of ripe fruit that carry you away to a better day.
94 points $14 Best Buy
Knapp Winery 2020  Cabernet Franc
94 points
$23
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of marinated meats, blackberry, and beets, wild berry chutney, shiso and bay leaves, and brown sugar with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of honey, cherry, and fig, nut skin, floral water, and cedar and papyrus paper with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A clean and precise cool climate Cabernet Franc with spot-on varietal character and juicy, chewy structure.
Knapp Winery 2020 Meritage Red Blend Seneca Lake
94 points
$26
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee and espresso beans, dark berry pie crust, tamarind, and stewed cherry with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish revealing notes of blackberry compote, nuts, and slate with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smooth and chocolatey red blend with lots of structure for a rich meal now or sipping later.
Weis Vineyards 2019  Merlot
94 points
$28
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of tomato-rhubarb chutney, pickled cherries and yams, eucalyptus honey, and country road with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-long finish that shows notes of spiced plums, toffee, and mixed nuts with fine, chewy, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A delightfully sleek and savory merlot with bright acidity that will be great at the table or with hors d’oeuvres.
Weis Vineyards 2017 Ice Wine Riesling
94 points
$59
Bright gold color. Aromas of sultanas in cream, honeyed dried apricot and mango, and spiced honeycrisp apples with a full body and a long peach and orange marmalades, spiced nuts, and creme brulee finish. A delicious, spot-on ice wine with great flavor, balance, and intensity; will be excellent with cheese plates.
Château LaFayette Reneau 2019 Dry Riesling
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of citrus, balloon dust, and nectarine with a full body and a long clementine, volcanic minerals, and diesel finish. A robust and very tasty Riesling with a great combination of ripe fruit, Teutonic minerality, and sense of place.
Awards: 2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Riesling (Dry)
93 points $15 Best Buy
Middleburgh Winery 2020  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of mocha toffee and chocolate dried cherries and blueberries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish with notes of berry tart, melon, orange, and lilac with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A plush and polished Cabernet Franc that is a pleasure to drink, now or later.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Bravery Wines 2020 Bébé Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$22
Straw color. Aromas of tropical fruit, goose berry, kiwi, pineapple and herbal notes of tomato vine and basil with a full body and a long grapefruit, sorrel, and wet stone finish. An herbaceous, varietally correct Sauv Blanc that would love to make friends with goat cheese.
Awards: 2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Sauvignon Blanc
Knapp Winery 2020  Merlot
93 points
$23
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of sweet pickle relish, berry chutney, blueberry black tea, tobacco, spice, and and cocoa powder with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and an even, refreshing, medium-length finish displaying notes of orange rind, cherry pit, tea leaves, and cedar with light oak flavor. A sturdy, savory Merlot well suited for a braised meat dinner.
Angry Orchard NV Albany Post Apple Wine New York State
93 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Aromas of dried apples, delicate chives and micro-greens, sourdough scone with cream cheese, and white tea with honeycomb with a full body and a long lemon spritzed green apple, carrots, parsnips turnip greens with apple cider vinegar, grass, and mulch and minerals finish. A tasty and savory artisan Cider with nice mouthwatering acidity and length; will be great at the table.
Clovis Point 2019 Black Label Chardonnay
93 points
$28
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of warm peach cobbler, baked apples, pears, and yams, and glued wood with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of pineapples in sweet cream, tropical fruit salad, butter cream, and lavender with a suggestion of oak flavor. A vibrant and vivaciously tropical, oak-accented chardonnay with precise, pleasure producing flavor and balance.
Millbrook 2020 Proprietors Special Reserve Cabernet Franc
93 points
$45
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry danish, duck confit, and blueberry with a full body and a long chokeberries, chaparral spice, and raspberry tea finish. A juicy, Zinfandel-like Cabernet Franc for sipping or on a date with food.
Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2017  Merlot
92 points
$22
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of baked cherries, blueberry and tea aromas, and dill with a full body and a long pomegranate, black tea, cherry wood, red plum, and fire roasted red pepper finish. A well-balanced Merlot with earthy and oak flavors while maintaining fruit complexity.
Rooftop Reds NV Sweater Weather Red Blend Finger Lakes
92 points
$25
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry pie and sour cherry bonbons and blossoms with a round, bright, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish imparting notes of spiced apple and pickled melon with crunchy, well-integrated tannins. A wonderfully pure, crisp and crunchy red blend that is a pleasure to drink and will excel at the table.
Smallholdings 2020 Single Vineyard Riesling
92 points
$32
Emerald straw color. Aromas of yellow apple, Saturn peach, hint of curry leaf, and oil lamp with an full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lime, melon, pickled mango, and hint of petrol finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A clean, ripe and savory Riesling for all occasions.
Clovis Point 2019  Petit Verdot
92 points
$45
Garnet color. Aromas of binchotan charcoal, straw, and black cherry with a full body and a long black current, smoked brisket, and Hoisan finish. A deep, nuanced wine that will benefit with a little time, but is drinking with old world oak tones even now.
Weis Vineyards 2020 Dry Riesling
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of apricot compote tart, white florals, grassy, and leafy earth with a full body and a long lemon sorbet, mango puree, and green apple finish. A delicious, nicely layered and well-poised Riesling with a charming style.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Ryan William Vineyard 2016 Estate Cabernet Franc
91 points
$23
Garnet color. Aromas of pork belly and mint with a full body and a long sour plum, nag champa, and campfire finish. A lighter style Cabernet France for easy sipping.
Clovis Point 2016 Sparkling Brut Cabernet Franc
91 points
$47
Gold color. Aromas of oak, green apple and apple sauce with a dry full body and a long green apple, almond slices, nutella, and mushroom finish with no oak flavor. A high quality example of a domestic sparkling wine.
Weis Vineyards 2020 Semi Dry Riesling
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of gravel, pineapple juice, and dried apricot with a medium-full body and a medium-long pears, lime, fallen apples, and apple pie finish. An easy day drinking wine that would pair well with brunch.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2018 Estate Dry Riesling
90 points
$19
color. Aromas of jack fruit, honeysuckle, candied ginger, and grilled lemon with a medium-full body and a medium-long lime zest, jasmine tea, and ginger finish. A steely Riesling on the drier side that would be great with mussels.
Vineyard View Winery 2018 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
90 points
$29
Garnet color. Aromas of boysenberry and roasted black plums with a medium-full body and a medium-long bing cherry, bak chang ( rice meat dumpling), and Hoisan finish. A rich red for casual sipping; great with Friday night pizza or a Tuesday night burger.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Sweet Riesling
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of sundried citrus, hydrangea, fresh pineapple, and fresh fern with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long honeyed melon and pear, fruit cocktail, and canned pear finish. A very tasty and appetizing off-dry Riesling with subtle balance and fine varietal character.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Middleburgh Winery 2020 Blueberry Wine Blueberry
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry-blueberry relish, herbal sage mint tea, and hints of menthol and eucalyptus with a slightly chewy, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish that shows notes of fresh picked blueberries, hints of baking and Asian spices, and blueberry balsamic with chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A brilliantly pure and flavorful blueberry wine with a fine, not-too-sweet balance and style.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Airy Acres Vineyard 2020  Riesling
89 points
$18
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of grassy flower patch, overripe melon, and honey and mead with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a compelling, medium-long finish displaying overtones of sweet citrus, honeyed strawberries, and minerals with no oak flavor. A bright and tangy Riesling with instantly appealing fruit and a generous mouthwatering finish.
Winery Of Ellicottville NV Dry Riesling
89 points
$18
Straw color. Aromas of kiwi, lemon, Italian parsley, and fruit cup with a lean, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long white peach, jasmine, and crushed stone finish with no oak flavor. An energetic Riesling to pair with all things in a shell.
Weis Vineyards 2021  Gruner Veltliner
89 points
$19
Straw color. Aromas of green apple and white pepper with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long lemon zest, steamwater, and arugula finish. A bright and energetic Gruner that would be besties with oysters.
Lucas Vineyards 2020 Reserve Estate Collection Cabernet Franc
89 points
$20
Garnet color. Aromas of blackberry, Thai red pepper, espresso, and white pepper with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long chokeberry, shisito, blackberry, and Hoisan finish. This Cabernet Franc is lean and mean with savory notes and a peppery finish.
Knapp Winery 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$23
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate halva and rice cake, mocha latte, teriyaki sauce, and berry vinaigrette with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that presents notes of chocolate orange peels and mint, boysenberry tart, honeyed nuts, and cedar with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vibrant Cabernet with great pairability and sense of place.
Angry Orchard 2018 Baldwin Traditional Method Sparkling Apple Wine New York State
89 points
$28
Gold color. Aromas of fall, gravel, apple cider, and unripe fig with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long dried leaves, sour apple candy skittles, and barley finish. A refreshing sparkler from N.B. apples that gives a sense of place.
Lucas Vineyards 2020 Reserve Estate Collection Red Blend Finger Lakes
89 points
$30
Garnet color. Aromas of tobacco leaves, green pepper, and potting soil with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long raspberry tea, dill, and Amish butter finish. A rich and savory red that tastes like a cross between old world and new world.
Winery Of Ellicottville 2018  Pinot Noir
89 points
$39
Ruby color. Aromas of compressed bing cherry, molasses, tobacco, and incense with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long raspberry, rose hips, and hibiscus finish. A bright but earthy Pinot Noir that would be great with salmon.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Red Cat Dark Concord
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of baked grapes and berries, hint of cocoa and spice, and maple with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long whole grapes in yogurt, honey roasted parsnips and celery, and delicate floral water finish. A sweet and savory off-dry red with subtle layers and great structure.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2020  Riesling
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apple, vanilla yogurt raisins, and grass and bark with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting accents of crunchy green apple, melon, and minerals with no oak flavor. A crisp and crunchy Riesling that will be great at the table.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Dry Riesling
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Silver color. Aromas of apple and kiwi with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long tangerine, lemon meringue, lemon curd and honey and apple finish. A solid, highly enjoyable Riesling for everyday pleasure.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Lucas Vineyards 2020 Estate Collection Dry Riesling
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach, lime spritzed melon, honeydew melon, and honeysuckle with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, long finish with impressions of clementine and lychee, green apple, and minerals with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A spot on Riesling with fine tropical flavor and varietal character for every occasion.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Winery Of Ellicottville 2020  Riesling
88 points
$16
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon candy, peach sorbet, and pressed flowers with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, long finish that shows shades of pear sauce, spiced melon, and herbs with fine tannins and no oak flavor. A dainty, floral Riesling that is not too sweet.
Knapp Winery 2021  Seyval Blanc
88 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of cloudberry preserves, quince, and melon with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree finish evoking accents of apple, nectarine, and lime with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp and appetizing Seyval Blanc that will appeal to Sauvignon Blanc fans.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Lucas Vineyards 2020 Estate Collection Gewurztraminer
88 points
$19
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peony and jasmine, leafy apple tree, vanilla cupcake, and poached pear with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy finish with accents of peach and pear relish, hint of spice, and jasmine with fruit, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A soft and lush wine with perfumed notes of lilac and jasmine.
Wagner Vineyards 2020 Caywood East Vineyard Riesling
88 points
$19
Golden straw color. Aromas of mandarin orange, stargazer lily, and candied lime with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long apricot jam, tart apple, lime zest, and oyster shell finish with no oak flavor. A Riesling with pleasant fruit concentration and a lasting finish.
Rooftop Reds 2019  Gewurztraminer
88 points
$21
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of cherry blossoms and bon bons, praline and toast, pear with oregano, and hint of pressed flowers with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, delightful, medium-long finish with shades of spiced quince and lemon spritzed melon with silky, fruit tannins. A crisp and lean Gewurztraminer to serve with fruit salads or crudo.
Boundary Breaks Vineyard 2020 No.110 North Riesling
88 points
$24
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of Paz candies, white peach tea and marmalade, and lemon powder with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-to-long finish with elements of green apple, honeyed lime zest, and minerals with fine, chewy, fruit tannins. A Riesling rich with delicate aromas and a palate of citric forward fruits and minerality.
Johnson Estate 2019 Feelings Creek Reserve Brut Lake Erie
88 points
$24
Straw color. Aromas of lemongrass, white flowers, tea, stone fruit, and apricot with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long lemon zest, brioche, and wet rock finish. A solid domestic alternative to Cava.
Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2021 Reserve Dry Rosé Blaufrankisch
88 points
$25
Pink color. Aromas of watermelon bubblegum and jolly rancher candy with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long persimmons, currents, strawberry juice, and shishito pepper finish with no oak flavor. A bright, tart but lean Rose.
Atwater 2020  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$26
Garnet color. Aromas of Raisin and dried fruit leather with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long ground cherries, ferrous blood, and chaparral spice finish. A lean, Borgoueil style Cab Franc that demands food.
Angry Orchard 2018 Trois Pommes Traditional Method Sparkling Apple Wine New York State
88 points
$30
Straw green color. Aromas of honey roasted apples, delicate spice, and apple sauce with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long lemon and lime, kiwi and starfruit, and dried pear finish. A racy, dry, artisanal, farmhouse-style Cider that will be great with cheeses and shellfish.
Atwater 2020  Pinot Noir
88 points
$32
Dark garnet color. Aromas of cherry cough medicine, some earthy aromas of leaves and tobacco, and speck with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long black cherry, hibiscus, scrubby underbrush, and anise finish. A very good and easy drinking Pinot Noir that is not overly complex or complicated.
Clovis Point 2019  Malbec
88 points
$43
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry pie crust, spicy orange marmalade, and cast iron roasted mutton with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-length finish with notes of cedar, vanilla bark, and cherry fruit leather with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big, chewy Malbec that scream for steaks and chops.
Clovis Point 2019  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$45
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of red plum, chocolate, mocha, fudge, chocolate covered cherries, red clay, fennel, tobacco, and and cedar with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish with touches of raspberry, shishito pepper, sagebrush, and cocoa puffs. An agile cab franc perfect for smoked chicken with vegetables and autumn grilling.
Clovis Point 2019 Vintners Select Merlot
88 points
$49
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and carrots, salty chocolate nuts and coffee beans, grilled peppers, and leather and ink with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long finish with touches of grilled cherries, cedar plank, and charred meat with earthy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, satiny red blend with smoky deep flavor and a long finish.
Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Seyval Blanc
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of honey, mead, tea and honey, azalea, and snap peas with a medium body and a medium lemongrass, currents, and lemon pith finish. An herbaceous white to try for something different.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry Riesling
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aroma of and with a medium body and a medium Kaffir lime, antique wax, and slate finish. A well-balanced not too sweet, not too dry, Riesling for all occasions.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Lucas Vineyards 2020 Estate Collection Semi-Dry Riesling
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of wet rocks and lemon peel and white tea with a medium body and a medium kiwi and lemon, agave nectar, green apple tea, and scallions finish. A good, versatile wine that would make Thai food happy.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2020 Dry Riesling
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of white flowers, honey, and green apple with a medium body and a medium peaches, white tea, and slate finish. An easy everyday drinking dry Riesling.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé Cabernet Franc
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Light siam color. Aromas and flavors of torn aloe leaf and flower stem, brazil nut, and dried wild strawberries and dates with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish that exhibits shades of citrus spritzed melon and edible flowers with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A rock solid dry Rose with a snappy finish.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2020  Pinot Gris
87 points
$16
Coral orange color. Aromas of apricot, white cherry, and ripe pear with a medium body and a medium starfruit, lily of the valley, unripe nectarine, and honey comb finish. A fresh blend with unexpected complexity.
Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2021  Chardonnay
87 points
$16
Yellow straw color. Savory aromas and flavors of dried apple and pineapple, dusty country road, lanolin lotion, and sorrel with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length finish with accents of tangerine, starfruit, and lemon squeeze with a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp and appetizing un-oaked Chardonnay that will be versatile.
Knapp Winery 2021  Chardonnay
87 points
$18
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas of pineapple-banana muffin, sweet creme fraiche and ghee, and nutmeg with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed caramel apple finish with no oak flavor. A clean and direct Chardonnay with appealing fruity, oak-free flavors.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2020 Homestead Reserve Riesling
87 points
$23
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of Christmas cookies, rock garden, and jasmine tea with a medium body and a medium peach, starfruit, and oolong tea finish. An aromatically reserved, yet flavorful Riesling for everyday pleasure.
City Winery 2020 Uva Blanca Vineyard Solo White Pinot Blanc
87 points
$24
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apple, pear, and magnolia with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, long finish conveying notes of kiwi, praline, and bergamot with fine, fruit tannins. A crisp, appetizing Pinot Blanc that will be a lovely sipper or table companion.
Angry Orchard NV Porters Perfection Apple Wine New York State
87 points
$25
Hazy light gold color. Aromas of cheese rind, horse stall and hamster cage, and picked carrots and apples with a medium body and a medium lemon rind, apple core and nuts, and grassy forest floor finish. A funky scrumpy Cider that will be best with cheeses and appetizers, or toddies.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2018  Cabernet Franc
87 points
$26
Black ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts with cacao, cherry, herbed brisket crust, and tomato relish with a medium body and a medium stewed berries and kiwis, currant tart, and mushrooms and forest floor finish. A meaty, savory, seamless Cabernet Franc that will be fantastic with meat dishes; serve with a slight chill.
Millbrook 2020 Proprietors Special Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$26
Golden straw color. Aromas of vanilla candle, spicy baked apple and pineapple, and mint chai with a medium body and a medium pineapple cake with creme anglaise and vanilla toffee finish. A round and appealing well-oaked Chardonnay with great flavor and sippability.
Vineyard View Winery NV  Blaufrankisch
87 points
$29
Garnet color. Aromas of cocoa dusted maraschino cherries, coconut shell, and strawberry compote with a medium body and a medium cherry pie, dill, and chokeberries finish. An expressive, modern style of Blaufrankisch to appeal to fans of Rioja and Rombauer.
The Vineyard At Windham 2020 The Huntsman Chardonnay
87 points
$30
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized apples and mangos, melon with vanilla creme, and circus peanuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish with accents of pineapple custard, tropical fruit salad spritzed with white balsamic, and marshmallow cream with no oak flavor. A round, warm and welcoming Chardonnay with excellent pure flavor, acidity, and balance.
City Winery 2020 Au Naturel Cabernet Franc
87 points
$32
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry jam, raspberry, hibiscus tea, and bergamot with a medium body and a medium ground cherries, tart cherry, agrodolce, cactus salad, and black vinegar finish. A cherry steeped Cabernet Franc with nervy acidity.
Smallholdings 2020 Single Vineyard Riesling
87 points
$32
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lime spritzed mango, apricot-papaya custard, oyster shell, and flint with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, captivating, medium-long finish imparting accents of honeyed Meyer lemon, peach skin, and green apple with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A savory, precise and pointed Riesling with bright fruit and laser-like acidity.
Montauk Daisy 2019 Estate Red Blend Long Island
87 points
$38
Black garnet color. Aromas of blueberry pie, spiced toffee, and oak with a medium body and a medium sour cherry and apple compote, roasted carrots, and cedar finish. A resonant and welcoming oak-accented, dry red with delicately spicy, savory fruit flavors.
Clovis Point 2019 Archeology Red Blend North Fork Of Long Island
87 points
$65
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate dusted cranberries, black tea leaves, black pepper, and cigar box with a medium body and a medium boysenberry, blueberry syrup, and sorrel finish. A right bank Bordeaux style blend both in grapes and execution.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Red Cat Red Blend Catawba
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Light ruby color. Aromas of grape jelly and popsicles and cranberry sauce with a medium body and a medium pear and grape skins and honey finish. A nice off-dry red with crisp acidity that keeps you coming back for another sip.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Vidal Blanc
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of exotic tropical fruit, mineral, wet stone and salt with a medium body and a medium spiced pear and apple, melon balls, and lemon oil finish. A charming, soft and easy-drinking white wine sipper.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Middleburgh Winery 2019  Marechal Foch
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of grape jam on rye toast and spicy plum pudding with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish with notes of choke cherry jam and toffee with no oak flavor. A fruity red with a nice combination of easy-drinkability and deeper layers.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2018 Reserve Riesling
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of jasmine tea, green apple, and apricot with a medium body and a medium komquat, spearmint, and black tea finish. An easy, citrusy Riesling to crush on hot days.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Middleburgh Winery 2020 St. Pepin White Blend Other White
86 points
$16
Golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple and lemon, toasted nuts, and minerals with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-long finish with accents of persimmon, clementine, and spiced nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A round and mouthwatering white for fans of oaked Chardonnay and Chablis.
Rooftop Reds 2018 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
86 points
$19
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted coconut, pecan pie, and grilled pineapple with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish that shows touches of vanilla coconut milk, papaya, and pickled apple with moderate oak flavor. A rich, oak-forward Chardonnay with surprising balance, suppleness and integration on the palate given the big oaky nose; oaky Chardonnay lovers, take note.
Rooftop Reds 2021 Dry Rosé Finger Lakes
86 points
$21
Silvery pink color. Earthy aromas and flavors of mushrooms on a mossy fallen log, balsamic drizzled wild strawberries, funky cheese rind, and pool water with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with notes of pickled melon rind and berry lemon sorbet with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A supple, earthy, very savory Rose for the table.
Millbrook 2021 Proprietors Special Reserve Tocai Friulano
86 points
$22
Straw green color. Aromas of mossy earth, baked fall fruits, and book pressed flowers with a medium body and a medium quince and apple peel finish. A soft and easy dry white to sipper with a good chill.
Montauk Daisy 2020 Estate Chardonnay
86 points
$22
Straw color. Aromas of peanut shell and circus peanut with a medium body and a medium creme brulee, sesame oil, vanilla extract, and peeps finish. A nicely textured wine with soft oak flavors and sweet fruit.
Atwater 2021 Rose Finger Lakes
86 points
$23
Rich pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, barn grass and haystack, sourdough toast with honeycomb, and parmesan rind with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, easy finish that shows notes of cherry pit, nut skin, melon rind, and earth with dusty, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An easy drinking Rose with berry fruit and spice notes.
Lucas Vineyards 2020 Reserve Estate Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$25
Garnet color. Aromas of chalky chocolate and chocolate raspberry/cherry liqueur with a medium body and a medium tart cherry, sweet tarts, and fruit leather finish. A tight but fruity Cab to pair with food.
Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2020 Reserve Pinot Noir
86 points
$30
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spicy cherry and raspberry compote, pickled tomato, cough lozenge, and tamarind with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a relaxed finish that presents shades of green apple, starfruit, and sassafras with no oak flavor. A bright, table friendly Pinot that will be fun to pair with.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard 2018 Red Velvet Red Blend North Fork of Long Island
86 points
$49
Garnet color. Aromas of 85% chocolate and a Christmas sweater with a medium body and a medium bing cherry, tootsie rolls, and an advent calendar finish. A cool climate, modern style Bordeaux blend great on its own or with food.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Pink Cat Blush Catawba
85 points
$8
Steely pink color. Aromas of grape and grapefruit jams and touch of sage and verbena with a medium body and a medium red and white grape skins and pineapple sauce finish. A fun, off-dry Rose that will be a solid pack for a picnic in the park.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2020  Riesling
85 points
$12
Straw color. Aromas of wild honey and green apple and apricot with a medium body and a medium apricot, fig, and green apple finish. A honeycombed, unctuous style that would play nicely with Brie.
Johnson Estate 2021 Feelings Creek Reserve Dry Rosé Pinot Noir
85 points
$14
Silvery pink color. Aromas of strawberry-mango custard with bananas, cherry and grape blossoms, and alpine herb lozenge with a medium body and a medium melon and orange blossom honeycomb finish. A lovely, lubricious, tropical fruit and flower-laden Rose that will be perfect for brunch and picnics.
Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Sweet Riesling
85 points
$14
Emerald straw color. Aromas of clover and mint patch, lemon talc, and tangerine peel with a medium body and a medium peach sorbet and apricot finish. A nice off-dry Riesling that will make a good patio sipper on a hot summer day.
Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Marechal Foch
85 points
$14
Garnet color. Aromas of plums, prune juice, and dates with a medium body and a medium blackberry tart, baking spice, and boysenberry finish. A juicy, fruit-driven wine with style.
Johnson Estate 2019 Feelings Creek Reserve Founders Red Lake Erie
85 points
$15
Garnet color. Aromas of mango ice tea, snap peas, and raisins and dates with a medium body and a medium cherry eau-du-vie, ramps, and edible flowers finish. A unique, bright, energetic wine to try for something truly different.
Winery Of Ellicottville 2020  Gruner Veltliner
85 points
$16
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of quince, picked nectarine and orange, and elderflower with an bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium finish that exhibits touches of melon, apple sauce, and hint of wintergreen with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice minty Gruner that will be fun to pair with.
Airy Acres Vineyard 2020  Cabernet Franc
85 points
$24
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of wet potter’s clay, tomato-pomegranate chutney in a cast iron pot, dark caramel custard, and pickled onions and garlic with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with accents of acai, pickled cherries and oranges, almond flour and birch bark, and alpine herb lozenge with chewy, well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright vibrant Cabernet Franc with mouthwatering fruit and lots of subtle savory, spicy nuances.
Angry Orchard 2018 Newtown Pippin Traditional Method Sparkling Apple Wine New York State
85 points
$28
Gold color. Aromas of fermented apples, English toffee, and fallen leaves with a medium body and a medium crisp green apples, umami, and cinnamon finish. A fun, simple, easy-sipping fizzy Cider-esque sparkling fruit wine.
The Vineyard At Windham 2020  Riesling
85 points
$30
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of apples and nectarine, lemon soda bread, and bake potato with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long finish displaying shades of quince, lime, and kiwi with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice chewy Riesling with bright citrus flavors, crisp table friendly acidity and fine fruit tannins.
The Vineyard At Windham 2019 The Bootlegger Gewurztraminer
85 points
$30
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of rose garden and oil, peach-tangerine compote, fruit punch, and herb muffin with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, complex, medium finish with notes of spiced yellow apple and pear and honey cream with no oak flavor. A rich, lush, tropical wine that would be good on a tasting menu.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019  Merlot
85 points
$31
Garnet color. Aromas of olive tapenade and speck with a medium body and a medium dark cherry, prunes, bacon, and coffee finish. A meaty, big boned, and tannic Merlot that commands food.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019  Gruner Veltliner
84 points
$12
Straw color. Aromas of pear and lemon with a light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium sliced apple, wheatgrass, and white pepper finish. An everyday Gruner to upgrade from your go-to Pinot Grigio.
Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2020  Chardonnay
84 points
$15
Yellow straw color. Aromas of graham cracker, apricot, and vanilla wafer with a light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium mandarin orange, sweet corn with lime, and tart nectarine finish. An effortless sipper for casseroles and conversations.
Johnson Estate 2018 Feelings Creek Reserve Pinot Noir
84 points
$17
Ruby color. Aromas of black vinegar, red delicious apple, and ooh long tea with a light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium persimmons, sandalwood, and tomato paste finish. A savory, herbal Pinot Noir to try something different than the usual.
Millbrook 2021 Proprietors Special Reserve Gruner Veltliner
84 points
$22
Silvery straw color. Aromas of honey baked peach, toasted almond, and waffle with a light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium lime zest, quince, and rocks and hint of diesel finish. A pleasant Gruner for fall pairings.
Atwater 2021 Rose Pinot Noir
84 points
$24
Pink color. Savory aromas and flavors of grilled aged gouda brie cheese sandwich, dried berries, cranberry, strawberry, and and red apple with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of grilled cherries, reduced lemon, and almond butter on toast with no oak flavor. An appetizing, mouthwatering rose that will be great with sandwiches and salads.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV White Cat Niagara
83 points
$8
Straw color. Aromas of citronella and azaleas with a light body and a short chamomile, agave nectar, and grilled peaches finish. A honeyed, floral wine that would be fun on a tasting flight.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2020 Gewürztraminer Gewurztraminer
83 points
$15
Straw color. Aroma of burnt orange with a light body and a short magnolia, apple core, and cologne finish. A dense, floral wine for a tasting flight.
Ryan William Vineyard 2017 Estate Gruner Veltliner
83 points
$19
Yellow straw color. Aromas of spring onion, banana candies, and ivory soap with a light body and a short pear, yellow apple, and lemon zest finish. A rich style of Gruner that would work with a heavier fish like tuna or salmon.
Joseph Zakon 2020 Nature Screaming Noiret
83 points
$20
Garnet color. Aromas of black cherry, coffee grounds, and peanut brittle with a light body and a short plum, raisin, dried figs, and caraway finish. A rustic, oxidative style for old world fans.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$29
Garnet color. Aromas of roast pork and olives with a light body and a short dark cherries, bbq bark, bacon fat, and American spirit tobacco bell peppers finish. A big, herbal wine that wants meat.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard 2020 White Satin Select White Blend White Merlot
83 points
$44
Straw color. Aroma of and with a light body and a short unsweetened apple juice, fallen fruit, and bay leaf finish. An earthy, autumnal wine to drink with pastries.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
82 points
$17
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, fruity orange and pineapple marmalade, and yellow apple with a thin body and a quick pink grapefruit, gooseberries, slate, and sunchoke finish. A straightforward white blend with a lasting, acid-driven finish.
Lucas Vineyards 2020 Estate Collection Chardonnay
80 points
$17
Gold color. Aromas of saltines and popcorn and milk with a watery body and a swift orange pulp, sweet corn, and apricot finish. A round, earthy Chardonnay to drink now.
Angry Orchard NV Pommeau Of Walden 3 Year Oak Aged Apple Wine New York State
80 points
$48
Dull golden amber color. Aromas of spiced poached apples, pen ink, cotton balls with nail polish and isopropyl, and kumquat oil with a watery body and a swift stale honeyed nuts and nougat, caramelized overripe apples, and chili pepper finish. An angular, prickly fortified wine for cocktails.
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