Full Review

Johnson Estate

Johnson Estate
2018 Founder’s Red Blend, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14
Best Buy

Johnson Estate
2018 Founder’s Red Blend, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory
Aroma Aroma: smoked berries, sweet mesquite, bacon, and walnut
Taste Flavor: black cherry and black pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy with food
Recipes Pairing: Ribs, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: interesting smoky, savory red to pair with a bbq.

The Producer

Johnson Estate Winery

The Producer
8419 W Rte 20
Westfield, NY 14787
USA
1 716-326-2191

Their Portfolio

BR Freelings Creek 2018 Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Freelings Creek 2018 Toasted Oak, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Freelings Creek 2017 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $16.99.
BR Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99. - Bronze Medal
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders’ Red Blend, New York State 13% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Ruby Dry Rosé, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $12.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Sweet Wine, Concord, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Pink Sweet Wine, Catawba, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
BR Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Sweet Wine, Niagara, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99. - Bronze Medal
85 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, New York State 13% (USA) $15.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $15.99.
91 Johnson Estate 2017 Ice Wine, Chambourcin, Lake Erie 10.6% (USA) $35.99.
86 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Toasted Oak, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.99.
BR Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.99. - Bronze Medal
85 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Black Locust Dry Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11.5% (USA) $24.49.
85 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.99.
87 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.99.
87 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.99.
BR Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $11.49. - Bronze Medal
88 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $11.49.
92 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie 13.5% (USA) $14.49.
BR Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown, Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $16.00.
86 Johnson Estate 2018 Founder’s Red Blend, Lake Erie 13% (USA) $14.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown-Toasted Oak, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.00.
BR Johnson Estate 2018 Estate Grown-Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.00.
89 Johnson Estate 2018 Estate Grown, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.00.
BR Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown-Dry Rosé, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.00. - Bronze Medal
94 Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown, Chambourcin, Lake Erie 10.4% (USA) $49.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Sparkling, Traminette, Lake Erie 13% (USA) $19.00.

Other Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Other red is a large category that covers many red wines from around the globe that are made from lesser-known varieties. These include Albarossa and Ruché from Piedmont in Italy, Touriga from Virginia and numerous blended reds from California, Washington and other states in the US as well as Argentina, Chile and Spain.

Many of these reds are robust and somewhat spicy; while they can age for several years in some cases, most are meant for consumption upon release. Pair them with a variety of foods, from tapas and empanadas to barbecued beef and young sheep's cheeses.