Loose Tasting Notes from Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Virginia — November 2, 2018


Black Ankle Vineyard 2017 Bedlam Rosé ($28*) 
Kitchen sink blend of nine different red and white varieties. Strawberries and white pepper aromas are accented by notes of lemon zest and white flowers. Similar flavors and a focused, fresh palate, but there is a distracting bitter note on the finish. 86 pts.

Crow Vineyard 2017 Barbera Rosé ($16*)
Fruity and well-priced, this rosé smells like cherries, peaches and strawberry-banana candies. Med-light body, the palate is dry but very fruity which gives the impression of sweetness almost. 85 pts.


7 Vines Vineyard 2016 Cuvee du Peltier Sparkling ($33*)
A blend of frontenac gris and frontenac blanc, this sparkling wine bursts with fruity aromas of peaches, yellow apples and citrusy herbs. Bright — very bright — acidity frames tropical and citrus fruits and apples. No real yeasty or autolytic character. Could be a bit drier. 85 pts.

Cannon River Winery 2017 “Mancini’s 7th” White ($18*)
Blend of La Crescent, Prairie Star and St. Pepin made for a local restaurant. Golden apple, citrus and guava aromas lead into a palate that is a bit less interesting. Clean, fresh and off-dry it’s citrusy with some vague tropical qualities. 84 pts.

New Jersey

Bellview Winery 2014 Coeur d’Est Red Blend ($25*)
Toasty oak leads the nose, with cherries, raspberries and a woodsy spice edge. There is nice fruit here — ripe but not over-the-top — but there is just too much oak flavor. Too. Much. Oak. 84 pts.

Beneduce Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir ($30*) 
Some nice cherry cola aromas, but they are overwhelmed by toasty oak. The medium-bodied palate suffers from over-oaking too. Some bright cherry fruit pushes to peek through, but the Tootsie roll and oak flavors are just too much. 82 pts.

New York

Brooklyn Oenology “Haywater Cove” Rosé ($15*)
Cabernet franc and merlot. Orange peel and strawberries on the nose with just a little cab franc earthiness. Light body with some peach joining the strawberry and orange peel flavors. Nice bit of zesty acidity. Dry but not austere. 86 pts.

Buttonwood Grove 2017 Gewurztraminer ($17*)
Fairly neutral nose with only the most faint floral aromas. The palate shows a bit more flavor — some pineapple and spice — but the finish is short and there isn’t enough acidity for the just off-dry sweetness level. 81 pts.

Buttonwood Grove 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ($20*)
Light aromas of white grapefruit and some passionfruit — but lacks aromatic intensity. Rainwater on the palate with a squirt of grapefruit. Clean and fresh — but a little sweetness sticks out a little too much here. 83 pts.

Carpé Vino 2014 Arenosa ($18*)
Merlot-heavy blend with 5% petit verdot and 5% gewurztraminer. Nose is pretty classic Long Island merlot — earthy notes blanket red cherries and blackberries. A hint of coffee too. Palate is less earthy and the fruits are more blue than red with faint notes of pepper of florals. Nice freshness to go with soft tannins. The gewurzt definitely brings a floral flair. 86 pts.

McCall Wines 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé ($24*)
Delicate notes of red berries and blood orange with just the most faint earthiness. Medium bodied and fresh, but lacking in fruit concentration. 84 pts.

Paumanok Vineyards 2017 Dry Rosé ($20*)
Nose is all about red raspberries and cherries with a little earthiness and woodsy spice. Light body and abundant acidity with flavors that match the nose. Straightforward and not particularly long. 84 pts.

Pellegrini Vineyards 2017 Rosé ($20*)
Simple red cherry and watemelon nose. Light body with similar fruit flavors and a zesty white pepper edge. Good acidity. Not much concentration, but still fresh and summery. 85 pts.


Early Mountain Vineyard 2017 “Five Forks” White Blend ($25*) 
Fresh cut hay and grass are joined by a vague citrusy-ness and a little ocean air. Medium bodied with nice acidity, it’s a little lacking in flavor concentration. Has some light tropical and citrus fruit but hay and dried leaf earthiness are more impactful here. 85 pts.


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