Loose Tasting Notes from Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia — July 13, 2018

“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.


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.



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.

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