The United States is large, geographically diverse wine region. All fifty states grow wine grapes, and the U. S. wine industry is thriving. Wines in the United States are made from various native and hybrid varietals as well as various ‘international' varietals. Much of the Eastern seaboard, the Central United States, the South and Southwestern states feature native and hybrid varietals. For example, Kahn's home state of Indiana grows Concord, Niagara, Vignoles, Seyval Blanc, Millot, Traminette, and Catawba, among others. These grapes produce delicious wines that are enjoyed throughout the United States, but have rarely gained international fame. There are four important states in the United States that have wine-growing regions that have gained wide international acclaim for their quality Vitis Vinifera wines. These states are: California, Washington, Oregon and New York.
"91 Pts. WS. Plush, with loads of richness to the well-honed flavors of beeswax, baked pear and lemon tart. Minerally midpalate, presenting a fresh and zesty finish that finishes with pastry notes. Drink now through 2020."
"90 pts WA - The outstanding 2012 Merlot is composed of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 18 months in 40% new French oak. There are 5,350 cases. It exhibits a classic Merlot bouquet of coffee beans, white chocolate, mocha, black cherries and plums. This lush, heady, sexy, medium to full-bodied Merlot can be consumed over the next 7-8 years."
"It's a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The touch of Cabernet Franc enhances the berry flavors while keeping the tannins elegant and the mouthfeel balanced.This is an incredibly enjoyable Merlot delivering a classic California fruit forwardness with a sophisticated and well-layered character not found in wine at this price."
"Lively and vivacious, aromas suggest jasmine tea, lime, green pear and wet cement minerality. The palate blends the welcoming flavors of orange blossoms with cut-grass herbaciousness and chalky minerals."
"92 Points- Wine Enthusiast. Blended with 19% Petite Sirah and 3% Carignane, from vines averaging 50-plus-years of age, this is a bold and brambly wine, laced in elegance. Coffee, leather and a taste of caramel are seasoned in allspice and black pepper, as persistent, sinewy tannins provide weight and heft."
"Charming with bright berry flavors that are full-bodied. Brewed tea, spice and cider notes come together with chewy tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2012."
"Organically Grown! Rich cherry and currant aromas with hints of cola , berry, oak-spice, and vanilla. In the mouth, balance & softness are apparent, yet with ripe tannins, rich cherry & currant flavors are highlighted."
"Medium-bodied Chardonnay with pineapple, soft vanilla, and notes of creamy,toasted oak with a long, lingering finish."
"91Points Wine Enthusiast. This is a delightfully fresh yet creamy wine that delivers a spectrum of styles and flavors. Anise and tart apple notes accent the floral-driven experience, unfettered by oak, which plays but a supporting role."