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
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.
Adastra 2017  Chardonnay
94 points
Bright gold color. Aromas of cinnamon-dusted toasted croissant, pineapple, mango, peach pie, and flint with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long silky creme brulee, rum sauce, and hazelnut cream finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oak-laden Chardonnay with silky texture and delectable fruit.
White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
94 points
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
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
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.
Portlandia 2018  Pinot Gris
93 points
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of honeycomb, apricot, white tea, and lime with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long dried pineapple, sweet papaya, minerals, hints of grapefruit zest, and fresh grass finish with no oak flavor. Bright, lengthy, elegant; this generous Willamette Pinot Gris has it all.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Maddalena 2017  Chardonnay
93 points
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of caramel apple fritter, toasted croissant, baking spices, and kiwi with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish displaying shades of spiced pineapple, apricot, and meyer lemon with moderate oak flavor. A rich and oak-centric Chardonnay with great style and length.
93 points $20 Best Buy
McIlroy 2018 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas of lime curd, pineapple relish, ripe pear, cut grass, and toasted hawaiian roll with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, long allspice, cinnamon-caramel, mango tart, and praline finish with heavy oak flavor. A concentrated Chardonnay with vibrant, tropical fruit and superbly integrated, silky oak.
Adastra 2017 Boundless Optimism "America, America" Chardonnay
93 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, ripe mango, tangerine zest, and vanilla custard with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, amusing, medium-long finish with shades of caramel drizzled pineapple, whipped cream, allspice, and marzipan with heavy oak flavor. A plush, palate-enveloping Chardonnay with big Carneros swagger.
Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced pineapple, ripe mango, ripe apricot, caramel-apple, sandalwood, and hint of anise with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with accents of tarragon with heavy oak flavor. An oaky, tropical Chardonnay with great acidity that keeps you coming back for another sip.