Horton Wine Reviews13 reviews posted
"Blind tasting always reveals some pleasant surprises, like when you get a wine that presents as though it were spot-on Barbaresco, but turns out to be from Virginia’s Orange County. Horton is making a lot of noise on the competition circuit already this year thanks to carefully crafted wines like this one, which shows blueberry, tar, bay leaf and earth tones, all woven together artfully, with the puckering tannic structure you expect from Italian versions of Nebbiolo. Give this a long decanting or a long cellar rest. And good luck finding Piemonte Nebbiolo at this kind of price."
"Dry style Vidal can be a real treat, as it is in this case. You may want a case after tasting the crisp Sorrento lemon expression that shows hints of pear and apple, finishing clean with lingering citrus flavor. Pair with freshwater fish, or trout more specifically. Contains 5% early-picked Viognier."
"This is primarily an East Coast grape variety popular in both New York and Virginia. Horton's expression of Rkatsiteli is brilliant. It delivers a stony minerality that is invigorating, but at the same time shows succulent aromas of nectarine and meyer lemon. This beautifully balanced wine exhibits crisp acidity that lifts the fruit and provides freshness and a clean finish."
"This variety (originally from the present-day Republic of Georgia) has a lot going for it, including plenty of vowels, though it must be said that they could be better placed within the word to make things easier for English speakers. But I digress. With expressive aromas recalling orange blossoms followed by fruit flavors recalling stone fruits and mandarin, this shows some opulence but finishes nearly dry. A lovely sipping wine, this would also work very nicely with lightly spicy foods."
"The 2017 Albariño Private Reserve (which also has 5% miscellaneous other whites) is dry, unoaked and comes in with 13% alcohol. This won't be officially released until January 2019, but it can be had online if you want it now. You might want to do that—weather conditions mean that there may be none of the 2018, so stock up. It was in bottle for 90 days when seen. This may improve, but you don't have to wait on this; it is gorgeous now and will drink well young too. Reasonably concentrated, it has a fruity but dry finish, tasting great but always seeming serious. This may be the best I've seen yet from Horton. To be sure, it has to age, at least for several years, to justify my current enthusiasm. In fact, it should continue developing, becoming a bit more expressive even though it is very nice now. It opened nicely with air and warmth to the point where it was pretty delicious. I'm leaning up just now. We'll see what the future brings."
"No one expects the Spanish Inquisition (or a sparkling Tannat)! Knotts and Shuttles is an extraordinary leap of imagination, a sparkling Tannat that is rich and powerful, but at the same time, truly elegant. (Think linebacker in a tutu). Who knew that Tannat had a secret quality of finesse, perfume and elegance? Horton has shared with the world its secret. "
"This was the first winery to grow and bottle a Viognier in Virginia, which put it on the map for connoisseurs and the Rhone Rangers in California in 1993. They have been in the forefront of defining a fresh, fruit-forward varietal style for Virginia and this wine is an example of that. The nose has impressive light floral and honeysuckle notes, with fresh apricot. On the palate, it is delicate, with fresh apricot flavors, gentle acidity and good typicity."
"Nose: lovely fresh cut lime and white grapefruit aromas! Good varietal typicity; aromas keep opening in the glass. Palate: lively racy citrus/mineral notes, concentrated, vibrant, clean. Excellent typicity and vibrant fruit/acid balance."
"A boldly original and stylish dry varietal Nebbiolo rosé. Color is pleasantly deep pink. Nose: good typicity, with roses and truffles and damp forest floor with a hint of fresh strawberry. Palate: juicy but with firm acidity, solid ripe strawberry flavors. Original, brilliant job with this interpretation of Nebbiolo."
"This usually thick, heavy white Rhone grape is made in a fresher style by Horton this vintage. The nose is light, with faint mineral notes. On the palate, elegant pear notes, fresh and lively but plump mid-palate. Subtle, well-integrated and versatile; better with time."
"The 2014 red Pinotage is already showing brown tinges and is lighter in colour than many others. It needs time to open up as it's closed on first pour and so would benefit from decanting. Then it shows coffee on the nose. This is a thoroughly enjoyable wine with a reasonable 13.7% abv. It has cherry and berry fruits, with some coffee and chocolate flavours. There's enough acidity to encourage another glass."
"Horton Gears and Lace Rosé Pinotage 2018 was a lovely bright dark pink, darker it seemed, than some Burgundies. On the nose was smoked Gouda, in the mouth we tasted a tang of watermelon. The wine was smooth, refreshing and quite lovely."
"This Viognier is very* different from the usual and is driven by acidity. It was made from only four selected barrels, and is the most complex, multi-dimensional Virginia Viognier I’ve tasted, and is much more like a white Burgundy, with mineral notes and bright acidity. On the nose, an intriguing, complex mix of mineral, floral and fruit components with a touch of oak and spice. Palate: the wine coats your tongue, typical of good Viognier, and makes you think of ripe fresh apricot. The finish on this wine is long and impressive. This wine is best experienced decanted since it’s young and tight and would be best starting next spring but will reward patient cellaring for up to five years. A very classy food wine."