The Beauty of Blends™
July 04, 2015 Ratings

We are very excited to receive 90-point ratings for two of our wines from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate in its June 30 issue (#219). Mark Squires, Parker’s wine taster and author, just published a review of East Coast Wines, in which he discovered a number of local wines that are “ simply impressive, completely refuting any notion that anyone might have that this is not a serious wine region.”

Mark Squires on 2014 Bouké Rosé (90 pts): 

“This is quite a mouthful for a pink, full of flavor, but seeming concentrated and rather deep. A super value, this exceeds all expectations. It tastes great, but it has the structure, tension and concentration to make it a pretty nice red wine substitute in the summer, too. It's the best value of the winery's submissions this issue. Add the pretty label–it should be a big hit this summer.”

Mark Squires on 2014 Bouquet Sauvignon Blanc (89 pts):

"The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is all unoaked and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This is a fine value, crisp, aromatic and completely refreshing. With all of the classic herbaceous nuances on the nose and palate, it turns even a bit greener as it hits the tongue. This perky Sav Blanc with the pretty label that says "it's summer!" is going to be hard to resist as the weather warms. There is fine tension and a juicy finish, too. There isn't, to be sure, a lot of concentration and pure power. It likely won't age well but that's not what it is for–dive in."

Mark Squires on 2010 Bouquet Red Dessert WIne (90 pts):

"Think of it as a relatively dryish Port... Unlike its white sibling, it also has some complexity, an earthy edge and hints of that classic Syrah game and beef on the nose and the palate. It shows more grip on the finish, too. Drink this moderately chilled (upper 50sF to low 60sF at worst), not at room temperature. This should continue to age, given its style, but it's worth being conservative on that and reevaluating when we get there. In the meanwhile, it's also worth noting that it is drinking great now."

Mark Squires on 2010 Bouquet White Dessert WIne (89 pts):

"It comes in at 17% alcohol–it is fortified. Seeming astonishingly and relatively dry considering the level of residual sugar, this is beautifully balanced. It has a sort of Beaumes de Venise Muscat style, but a bit tamer. The Gewurztraminer supplies some aromatic exuberance, but the Chardonnay holds it down...It is certainly attractive now."

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