Stunning Scores from Wine Advocate & James Suckling
December 15, 2021
Stunning scores from Wine Advocate & James Suckling honor many of our new & future releases.
96 pts. JS - Quaker Run Chardonnay 2019 – Top 100 Wines of the USA
A lovely and inviting nose of sliced green apple, candied lemon and fresh garden herbs. Medium-bodied and so long and supple. There is excellent delicacy and nuance here, with subtle white-tea spice. Just so charming.
94 pts JS - Shenandoah Springs Cabernet Franc 2019
Crushed dark fruit, overturned earth and oyster shell on the nose. Full-bodied with silky tannins. Rather dynamic. There is a delicacy to the darker profile, which moves with grace and elegance on the palate. Melted chocolate, ground clove and pine. This will age really well.
94 pts JS – Petit Manseng 2019 (Sold Out)
Nice, nutty character to the nose with notes of toasted herbs, baked citrus and a hint of wet stone. Medium-to full-bodied and light on its feet. It dances on the palate with mature notes of stone fruit, nutmeg and fresh lavender. Complex and balanced.
94 pts JS – RISE 2019 (releasing Sept. ‘22)
Wet gravel, plum and ripe red cherry on the nose. Full-bodied. The bright red and black fruit wraps around the velvety tannins, before the palate turns more savory with salted dark chocolate and clove. Refined and focused. Very long finish. Delicious. Better after 2024.
94 pts JS – Eluvium 2019
Fresh red and black fruit, gravel and black licorice on the nose. Full-bodied with soft, silky tannins. Bright and succulent on the palate with espresso and blackberry. White smoke comes through. Nicely refined. Very good now, but will do well with some age.
93 pts JS – Quaker Run Cabernet Franc (Sold Out)
Aromas of ripe raspberry, plum and forest floor. Full-bodied with silky tannins and a brooding cocoa-powder note. The acidity helps to brighten and balance the darker profile of the palate through the finish. Good spice.
92 pts WA – RISE 2017
Elegant and perfectly balanced, this Bordeaux-styled blend is textured with velvet and finishes with precision. The tannins are firm but ripe, making this easy to approach now while suggesting that it can improve over the next several years. The finish lingers beautifully, expressing its ripe fruit well. For all of the things it does well, its overall graceful presentation is its best feature. Nothing will hit you over the head, but it just screams "class" and "finesse."
92 pts WA – Petit Manseng 2019 (Sold Out)
Big and powerful, this intense Petit Manseng takes no prisoners along the way to capturing your palate. Bright and mouthwatering on the juicy finish, it adds excellent concentration to its focus and precision. The flavor profile leans to grapefruit. There is both verve and flavor. This could use a year or two in the cellar. It certainly will also need a food pairing if opened now. In the meanwhile, it seems chock-full of potential today and capable of developing more with time. It should hold well, but we'll take that in stages for the moment.
92 pts JS – Quaker Run Tannat 2019 (releasing Feb. ‘22)
Blackcurrants, toasted herbs and smoked almonds on the nose. Full-bodied with velvety tannins. Inky and supple, but focused through the long finish. Wet stone and cocoa nib at the end.
91 pts WA – Eluvium 2019
Elegant, precise and focused, this is a blend that says "Bordeaux," just like its Rise sibling does this issue. The Rise has the advantage of two years more in bottle, so it is better developed, but at the moment, I don't see much qualitative difference between them except that. The vintages are different, to be sure, but they both make a statement for elegance and balance while expressing their fruit beautifully. We'll see what happens when they both get more age on them, as I suspect the Rise may have a slightly higher upside, but right now I'd just say "pick 'em."
91 pts JS – Shenandoah Valley Cabernet Franc 2020
Ripe strawberry, baked cranberry and baking spice on the nose. Medium-bodied with well-integrated tannins. Bright and pleasantly tart on the palate with nice sappiness toward the finish. Elderberry comes through.
90 pts WA – Quaker Run Chardonnay 2019
Gloriously fresh, this lively Chard does show some wood influences, but it also shows off fine structure, some ability to age and a sunny demeanor. The acidity cuts through the wood. Lingering nicely on the moderately tense finish, this is not a big-and-fat style of Chardonnay, but for those who are more into elegance and freshness, it does great. It should age reasonably well…There were just 110 cases produced.