Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Heritage Estate Reserve BDX 2010 - Something Very Special (NJ)

I have long been a fan of Heritage Vineyards. I have seen them from the very start. Heritage has grown from a local winery make good wines to a powerhouse first growth vineyard being one of he leaders of quality wine in New Jersey. We went down to see them the first year they were opened, and it was clear that they wanted to make quality fine wines.

It has been fascinating to watch this winery, in both the quality of it's wine and the changing look of it's brand, and begin to see exactly where they are going. And they are in fact getting there.

It is important to note that Heritage Vineyards is a family owned and operated estate vineyard and winery located in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, in the heart of the Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area (AVA). As the number of quality wines made from this region continue to impress, there is no denying the imperical data that the Outer Coastal Plain is on  of the most important growing regions on the East coast. and must truly be addressed as such.

Heritage Vineyards was established in 1999 by Bill and Penni Heritage. They converted their 150 acre estate of peach & apple orchards into vineyards. The winemaking team lead by Sean Comninos, consults with John Levenberg who is responsible for producing 23 wines rated 90+ points by Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate), including two 100-point wines.

Heritage Vineyard’s flagship red blend, BDX, received 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute, the highest score this publication has ever awarded to a red wine from New Jersey.

Now, the Heritage Estate Reserve BDX 2010 is not just any wine. It was the highest scoring wine from New Jersey in the “Judgment of Princeton”, held at Princeton University on Friday, June 8, 2012. It came in third behind Chateau Monton-Rothschild and Chateau Haut-Brion, but ahead of Chateau Montrose and Chateau Leoville-Las Cases. Not bad for an east coast wine.

BDX 2010 is a reserve Bordeaux-style blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 4% Syrah & 3% Petit Verdot.  This wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 16 months. This is an impressive wine. A medium-to-heavy bodied red wine, it's nose is dominated by ripe and dark cherry, dark raspberry, blackberry and cassis. Those same dark stewed flavors come through on the palate. There is enough acidity to keep the fruit alive in the mouth for a while. But the tannins keep this wine incredibly honest. The complexity and balance of this wine are undeniable. This is as elegant as any red wine made on the east coast and belongs in the forefront of quality reds available in this region or anywhere. An impressive, exceptional wine. 

OK, here's the bad can only get this wine through a waiting list to Heritage Wine Club Members.  Wine club members can email Tiffanie to join the waiting list.

But let me tell you, it's worth it! Amazing!

Congrats to Bill and Penni and the rest of the crew!!!