About White Wines from USA

About White Wines from USA
The United States is one of the most important players in the wine industry. On sheer numbers alone, the US is the fourth largest country in terms of total production; but it is the outstanding quality of wines from the US that is an additional part of its worldwide prestige. While the first wines produced in the colonies date back to the late 18th century, it has only been since the mid-1960s that the US has entered the premium wine market on a large scale. California, especially Napa Valley and Sonoma County were the areas that drove the new quality movement. Other areas in California also were home to great wines; soon Washington and Oregon were home to first-class wines as well. New York State, especially the Finger Lakes are was rediscovered for its Rieslings and soon wineries started opening in states such as Texas, Virginia and North Carolina. Today, 90% of domestic premium wine is produced in California and there are several wine types that share the spotlight; these include Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley as well as Santa Barbara County and Chardonnay from several regions, such as Monterey and Sonoma County. Bordeaux-styles reds from Washington State have received great acclaim as have Oregon Pinot Noirs. Today, the United States is in an enviable position of being one of the largest producers of wine as well as one of the most celebrated.

Top Picks for USA

White Wines

Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
95 points
$31
Clear yellow straw color. Grassy, green, herbal, funky aromas of harissa, green apple, papaya, and ripe pineapple with a fat body and a very long bell pepper , flint, lemon wedge, snipped chive, and apricot jam finish. A savory, flamboyant Sauvignon Blanc with killer minerality and style for days.
White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
94 points
$29
Straw color. Aromas of honey-roasted pineapple, apple pastry, béchamel, and toast with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length caramel, toasted pecan, and allspice finish. A toasty, well integrated Chardonnay for fans of Montrachet.
Jarvis 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay
94 points
$80
Pale golden straw color. Fruity, oaky aromas and flavors of cedar embers, sliced apple, dried mango, and yellow plum with a supple, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of pineapple core, granny smith , chai spice, crystallized honey, and caramel corn with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An instantly appealing Chardonnay with balanced fruit and oak.
Cunningham Creek Winery 2017 Estate Grown Viognier
94 points
$26
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of honey roasted tropical fruits, peach cobbler, honeysuckle on a cedar trellis, and pistachio oil with a velvety, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long finish that shows accents of apple and pear sauce, pineapples in coconut milk, and white chocolate brittle with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delicious, big, tropical viognier with lots of varietal character.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Autumn Harvest "Dessert Wine" New Jersey
94 points
$35
Old gold color. Aromas of roasted pineapple, dried apricot, beeswax, and spiced lychee tea with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long salty soy-glazed nuts, huitlacoche, almond paste, cured yellow tomatoes, petrol, and meyer lemon vinaigrette finish. A gorgeous, complex Petite Manseng from unassuming New Jersey with endless port-like complexity and Ausbruch-like sophistication; buy this!
Handley Cellars 2017  Pinot Gris
94 points
$25
Pale straw color. Pure aromas of underripe apricot, fresh pineapple, ripe pears and papaya, and jasmine with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, interesting, medium-long shaved fresh turnip and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A fresh and pure Pinot Gris with poignant fruit and endless minerality.
Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Sweet Riesling
94 points
$24
Light straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe apricot, juicy pear, lychee, wool, and candied cashew with a round, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length beeswax, sweet ginger, meyer lemon, and yellow plum finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, fruit-packed Riesling with a sunny disposition and elegant style; a Cellar Selection.
Jarvis 2017 Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$145
Golden straw color. Aromas of dry roasted nuts, honeycrisp apple, cantaloupe, and honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length caramel sauce and pineapple pastry finish with moderate oak flavor. A smooth and fruity Napa Chardonnay with flinty minerality, great structure and elegant texture.
Jarvis 2017 Finch Hollow Vineyard Unfiltered Chardonnay
93 points
$160
Yellow straw color. Aromas of Hawaiian papaya, honeyed peach, and toasted crumpet with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, prodigious, long chess pie and black tea with cream finish with moderate oak flavor. An elegant, layered Chardonnay with superb sophistication and integration.
Heron Hill Winery 2017 Semi-Dry Riesling
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Clear straw green color. Grassy, green, herbal, hoppy aromas and flavors of cut grass, petrol, flint , starfruit, mango skin , dried pineapple, and passionfruit with a silky, dry full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long finish displaying accents of white peach, pineapple, jalapeño skin, ripe pear, peach yogurt, and apple skin with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A memorable Finger Lakes Riesling with stellar minerality and elegant finish.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy