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9 from New Jersey: Garden State Wines Worth Seeking Out

By Lenn Thompson, December 2017

Working Dog Cabernet Franc is always one of my favorite east coast reds. But their Working Dog Syrah 2015 was a revelation! Estate grown and bottled, is aged 25%in new French oak, 25% 2nd year French oak, and 50% in neutral French oak for 19 months. Mark Squires rave about it in the Wine Advocate! And well so, because it was a beautiful soft supple red with lots of plums, prunes, strawberry and dark berries. A nice pepper and acid finish keeps the wine lean and focused. A fabulous star turn from a exceptional estate grown producer. An instant hit on any table!
— Carlo De Vito, December 2017

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Ratings by Mark Squires of Wine Advocate

With vines planted in 2001, Mark Carduner’s Working Dog opened in North Jersey in 2004. I’ve particularly liked the Syrahs, but there is a lot to like. The wines emphasize structure. Don’t expect them all to be fruity and easy. There is serious intent here—not always fully realized as yet, but the goals are admirable.
— Wine Advocate, August 2017
The 2010 Syrah “Silver Decoy” is a library wine, from the era when Working Dog’s name was Silver Decoy. I am putting this under Working Dog for convenience—but if you are actually holding this, the label will say “Silver Decoy.” It is worth a look as it is an interesting data point in the winery’s development. One of my favorite reds of the New Jersey wines here, this is pretty terrific. Silky and classic, it isn’t the biggest or most intense, but it is beautifully focused, has fine structure and plenty of intensity. A little more mid-palate concentration could’ve made it a real star, but it is pretty nice even now. It is still young and it seems to be aging brilliantly. It is a great food wine.
— Wine Advocate- Syrah Review 89 Points, August 2016

First up, and much to my delight and surprise, was Viognier, a rich, somewhat viscous and very aromatic wine that often has floral aromas and flavors of apricot and peach. I don’t know of any other Jersey winery that grows it, and with a scant four barrels, which will produce about 2400 bottles or a mere 200 cases, I’m sure there won’t be any left a week after it’s bottled and up for sale. I’m reserving my case!
—, March 2017

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One of the best [Cabernet Francs] I’ve tasted over the past few years comes from Working Dog Winery in Robbinsville, in central New Jersey. It’s a winery that was brainstormed among a group of friends in 2001, when they planted 3 acres of Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc.
— Paul Vigna- Penn Live, December 2016