“Top Ten Red Wines from the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival”
“Once again it is time to crown the Top Ten Red Wines from the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, in this case the 2014 version of this great event. As always, there was fierce competition for inclusion, and as always, this list represents our favorites and is totally subjective. We consider quality, price, unique characteristics and different wine regions. A wine could be on the list for any one of those factors, or all of them. We tend to not include wines in the $100+ range here, because we don’t buy wines at that price point. That said, we did make the Realm To Kalon Cabernet #1 last year, and that was $150. (You can read about that here) Simply put, it was because it was just that good and we made an exception. You will not see the same exception this year, although we have wines here equal in quality.
As in past years we did not get a chance to try every single wine at the festival, so there is a distinct possibility (and in fact a surety) that we missed something. We’ll also likely list some you did not try even if you went to the Grand Tasting, since some will generally be from the seminars we attended. Everything is fair game.
So here we go, and keep in mind most of these decisions really come down to splitting hairs or an overall impression. You can’t go wrong with any of these.”
2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
“I’ve tasted this twice over the past two weeks and it is consistently excellent. This is a rich, round ready to drink now Cabernet that brings depth and a long, smooth finish. It is really a pleasure to drink, and should leave any big red wine fan satisfied. It checks in at about $35.”