“Loose Tasting Notes” (I really need to come up with a better name for these posts) is my way of compiling short-form tasting notes for wines that I’ve tasted that didn’t make it into a review or a story elsewhere — for one reason or another.

Maryland

Boordy Vineyards 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ($26*)
Fresh aromas of white grapefruit and green melon with a subtle hay note. Lighter body palate with similar fruit qualities, but also an earthy, medicinal note that distracts from a bright, fresh finish. Great acidity. 84 pts.

 

New Jersey

Bellview Winery 2016 Gruner Veltliner ($16*)
Yellow apple flesh with distant notes of apple blossom and underripe pineapple. Nice acidity with a sprinkle of white pepper, but also some oxidative flavors. Not all that varietally correct. 83 pts.

Beneduce Vineyard 2016 Dry Riesling ($26*)
Light pear and citrus blossom aromas lead into a dry palate that features light citrus and juicy pear flavors but lacks a bit of concentration. Subtle floral quality and juicy acidity. Solid, but not complex or concentrated. Not a great value at $26. 84 pts.

Unionville Vineyards 2016 Hunterdon Mistral Blanc ($26*)
50% viognier, 25% marsanne, 25% roussane. Timid nose. Some apricot/peach and citrus zest. Just-ripe peach, flowers and honey on the palate. Nice mouthfeel with a minerally vein. Good not great. 86 pts.

White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé ($18*)
Cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Straightforward strawberry and strawberry husk aromas and flavors with a faint savory edge. Lots of acid that seems a bit disjointed and distracts from the pleasant red berry flavors. 84pts

 

New York

Barry Family Cellars 2014 Chardonnay Reserve ($32*)
Aromas of apple and tangerine with a drizzle of butterscotch and a sprinkle of almonds. Savory and saline on the palate — almost in a fino sherry kind of way. Delicate fruit and exotic spices, but nice texture. Unique expression — one-of-a-kind. 86 pts.

Buttonwood Grove Winery 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ($20*)
Grapefruit and passionfruit aromas are there, but not very intense. Similiarly, the fruit flavors on the palate — mainly grapefruit — aren’t somewhat dilute with a subtle rainwater note too. Fresh acidity keeps things lively though a little residual sugar is still obvious. 84 pts.

Buttonwood Grove Winery 2017 Unoaked Chardonnay ($17*)
Nice nose with pippin apple, lemon peel and just-ripe pineapple, but the palate is just too sweet (2% RS). Clean, fresh-cut apple/pear flavors are accented by a subtle white pepper note, but the sugar is just way too distracting.  81 pts.

Hermann J. Wiemer 2016 Semi-Dry Riesling ($18*)
Not super aromatic, but shows some citrus blossom and green apple. Palate shows honeyed apple and citrus. Off-dry but not heavy or tiring — though definitely on the lower acid side of balanced. I want a bit more acid focus. 86 pts.

Hunt Country Vineyards NV “Remedy” Sparkling Rose ($15*)
Lightly carbonated and off dry, this shows nice strawberry and cherry flavors with green apple acidity — but it still drinks a bit too sweet with a distinct burnt sugar note on a short finish. 83 pts.

Paumanok Vineyards 2017 Dry Riesling ($22*)
Clean pear and lime aromas with a hint of perfectly ripe peach. Great acidity frames more peach and lime flavors. Somewhat simple with a zesty citrus finish that kinda drops off. 85 pts.

 

Virginia

Horton Vineyards 2014 Private Reserve Cabernet Franc ($30*)
Oak overwhelms both the nose and palate, which is a shame because there are great flavors and aromas of black and blueberries, grilled herbs and spice here. Round, well-incorporated tannins and a nice bit of fresh acidity too. 86 pts.

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. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating 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.

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