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August 2022 - New Jersey Wine Competition

August 2022 - New Jersey Wine Competition
This month's Wine feature is New Jersey Wine Competition Wines

New Jersey Wine Competition Reviews

White Horse Winery 2019 Painted Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
93 points
$29
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red berries and black plum and cedar and polished leather with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish with notes of tart black plum, dried garden herbs, and watermelon bubble yum with earthy tannins and light oak flavor. Fills in nicely for Right Bank Grande Cru Classe and would be a decidedly lovely addition to any dinner table.
Working Dog Winery 2019 Estate Cabernet Franc
93 points
$34
Dusty garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, wet granite, dried and roasted berries and pepper, and red currant with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-long finish displaying notes of marinated carrots, cherry-lime relish, cedar, and spinach paneer with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry, tangy Cabernet Franc that will liven up a meal.
White Horse Winery 2019 Reserve Merlot
93 points
$35
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of creme brulee crust, chocolate nut brownie, plum pie, and cedar and olive and green pepper relish with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, refreshing, medium-length finish evoking notes of nuts, pencil shavings and coffee grounds, and cocoa nibs with chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A bright, savory Merlot that will shine as a sipper or with a meaty Mediterranean meal.
White Horse Winery 2018  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$42
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of tootsie roll, toasty granola with berries, gherkin, and mocha with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, long finish conveying accents of black raspberry and pomegranate, stewed sweet pepper, dolmades, and spiced nuts with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and layered Cabernet Franc with great structure for aging or enjoying with a fine steak now.
White Horse Winery 2021 Estate Vidal Blanc
92 points
$25
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted mangos and papayas, frosted coconut cake, and mandarin orange with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long finish with notes of spiced white and red strawberries and honeydew with white balsamic with no oak flavor. A clean and precise Vidal Blanc that will please Chardonnay and Riesling drinkers.
Hawk Haven 2020 OA Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc
92 points
$46
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red and black fruit, polished leather, and pencil shaving and cocoa nibs with a full body and a long finish imparting elements of blackberry and red plum. A very polished and elegant example of Cabernet Franc; a delightful sipper to pair with a roast.
White Horse Winery 2021 Estate Albarino
89 points
$26
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of peach-mango yogurt and sourdough muffin with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting notes of honeyed green apple, kiwi lime relish, and fruit salad with no oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing domestic Albariño that captures the spirit, structure and flavor of the racy Spanish grape.
White Horse Winery 2019 Estate Chambourcin
88 points
$20
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, caramelized nuts, and cherry pipe tobacco with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish evoking impressions of craisin-raisin relish, cherry-orange chutney, and nut brittle with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A mature, richly layered Amarone-like Chambourcin to sip and evolve with throughout the evening.
White Horse Winery 2021 Painted White Estate White Blend Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$23
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed green pear, dewy grass, and lily of valley with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-long finish displaying overtones of apricot, meyer lemon, and yellow apple with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A mouthwatering, Pinot-Grigio-like white blend that will be quite versatile as a aperitif or a brunch pairing option.
White Horse Winery 2021 Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
88 points
$32
Golden straw color. Aroma and flavors of pineapple cake with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish that shows impressions of green and red apples, lemon buttercream, and spiced praline with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A round and welcoming Chardonnay with spot-on varietal flavors and fine balance.
Working Dog Winery 2019 Retriever Estate Cabernet Franc
88 points
$44
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spicy cherry compote, caramel nut fudge, coconut flake, and grilled bell pepper with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of chocolate craisin, pomegranate vinaigrette on endive, toffee, and vanilla bean with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lively, savory Cabernet Franc that will be fun to pair, especially with grilled or braised meats.
Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series Malbec
88 points
$46
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled okra and brett, shoe polish, pepper saddle leather, and red berries with a supple, medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish with notes of leather, black peppered beef jerky, and dried thyme. A spicy and contemplative Malbec with sultry earthy tones.
Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$46
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of waxy milk chocolate, stewed sweet peppers, and chocolate cake with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a medium-to-long finish with overtones of cocoa, sweet peppers, and red fruit. Crisp acidity with red fruit make this a Cabernet that would pair well with an Italian beef sandwich or ground beef in mole sauce.
Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series Albarino
87 points
$29
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied white flowers, fruity pebbles, canned peaches, jack fruit, papaya, and orange marmalade with a lean, tart, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish with suggestions of sour patch kids and fruit cup cocktail with no oak flavor. Bright and tropical on the nose and palate, this Albarino would make a nice white summer sangria.
Hawk Haven 2019 Signature Series Reserve Merlot
87 points
$42
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, black cherry, tart pomegranate, and cigar with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium finish that exhibits notes of sweetened red grapefruit, coffee grounds, pipe tobacco, and wood shavings with clunky tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy Merlot with structure to pair with a burger and brats.
Hawk Haven 2020 Signature Series Cabernet Franc
87 points
$46
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of wet saddle leather, barnyard and red berries, savory pepper and pencil shavings, and a1 steak sauce with a silky, bone-dry medium body and a stimulating, medium-length finish displaying shades of red berry blend and dry straw and wet leather. A light-bodied, crisp red wine with just a touch of white pepper to pair with lighter grilled meats and poultry.
Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series Dry Riesling
86 points
$26
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried lemon, porridge, and orchid with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of green apple and pear and lemon pez with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A dainty, easy-drinking Riesling for salads and sandwiches.
Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series Gewurztraminer
86 points
$29
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of starfruit, jackfruit, and tropical citrus, white peach tea, pear and lychee, and white flowers with a satiny, soft, dryish medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-length finish with elements of jack fruit, mixed fruit cup, canned pineapple, and nectarine with no oak flavor. Fresh and crisp, this wine is fruit-forward with a round and pleasant mouth feel that is perfect for a chilling on a summer day.
White Horse Winery 2021 Painted Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
85 points
$22
Salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of under ripe strawberry bush growing in wet clay soil, raspberry blossom honey, and peach candies with a silky, lively, dry medium body and a charming, medium-length finish evoking notes of lime zest, lemon pepper, and cherry pits and artificial strawberry with chewy tannins. A Rosé with some added heft and structure to stand up to food pairings and even a pork dish.
Working Dog Winery 2021 Estate Black Feather Vineyard Chardonnay
85 points
$29
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of apple kefir, lemon poppyseed muffin, mossy leafy earth, and nut oil and white flower with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a silky, breezy finish with notes of apple lemon relish and candied lime zest with no oak flavor. A tangy, earthy, well-structured Chardonnay for the table.
Hawk Haven 2020 Q Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
85 points
$39
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of smoked brisket with a nc pepper heavy bbq sauce and stewed tomato with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish that shows touches of black pepper, strawberry and raspberry vinaigrette. Grab some brisket and pulled pork, this wine was made for a few of your favorites off the smoker.
Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series Dry Pinot Grigio
84 points
$26
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lilies, peach skin, and unripened pear, lemon-lime, almond shells, and dried apricot with a tangy, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with accents of under ripe white plum, lemon rind, and lemon grass with no oak flavor. A zippy and refreshing Pinot Grigio with lively citrus notes.
Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series Dry Rosé Cape May Peninsula
84 points
$26
Pink color. Curious aromas and flavors of baby powder, baked cherries and sweet potatoes, and dandelions with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, swift finish that presents accents of craisins and citrus jell-o and custard. A crisp and dry Rose for the table.
Hawk Haven 2021 Signature Series Rosé Petite Sirah
84 points
$29
Pink color. Aromas and flavors of tomato confit, red delicious apple and dried oregano, rose water, and orange cranberry muffin with a light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium finish manifesting notes of cranberry apple juice. An herbal Rose to pair with pasta and red sauce or maybe some Chinese BBQ.
White Horse Winery 2021 Estate Reserve Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
84 points
$29
Orange amber color. Aromas and flavors of blood orange, tart queen anne’s cherries, tomato leaf, and fruit leather with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of cherry tomato, raspberry lemonade, and cherry popsicle. A lovely color that showcases a crisp and pleasantly savory, fruity sipper to pair with seafood pasta.
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