Old Westminster Winery 2014 "Black" Red Blend

90 points

An impressively complex red blend made from fruit grown in three quality-focused Maryland vineyards -- 38% Merlot and 25% Petit Verdot from Antietam Creek Vineyard, 25% Cabernet Franc from South Mountain and 12% Syrah from Pad’s View Vineyard. The nose is layered with dark fruits, everything from plums to cherries to blackberries, with notes of wet soil, birch beer and dried herbs.

Medium bodied, but quite flavorful with moderate concentration, the palate shows similar dark berry flavors with more earth, black pepper, cinnamon, licorice and just a dark roast coffee. The tannins are firm but are already pretty approachable. This wine is quite early in its lifetime and is clearly built to develop in your cellar. If you want to enjoy it most now, decant it for at least a couple hours.

Producer: Old Westminster Winery
Grapes: 38% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Petit Verdot and 12% Syrah
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $40

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. Since then, the site has become the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news. Formerly the editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette, a contributor to Edible Brooklyn, wine columnist for Hamptons.com and regional editor for Appellation America covering the Long Island and Hudson River Valley regions, Lenn contributes to Edible East End, Palate Press, Patch and is the wine columnist for Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons. Lenn is also on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, a yearly regional wine immersion event for writers and bloggers. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating drinking local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.


  1. Lenn,

    When you review wines such as this you write the AVA is Maryland. Maryland is an appellation of origin. Any political subdivision such as American, state or county is an appellation of origin, not an AVA. An AVA or American Viticultural Area is a grape growing region recognized by the federal government. There is an application and approval process necessary to establish an AVA. Napa Valley and Lehigh Valley are federally recognized AVAs.

  2. Martin,

    You know — you are absolutely right. That’s primarily an artifact from when my focus was New York and 99% of the wines I was reviewing were AVA labeled — North Fork of Long Island, Finger Lakes, Hudson River Region. That section of these reviews is a bit of a template that I copy/paste from old ones.

    Will make sure I update that going forward. Thanks!

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