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

Tom Eddy 2016 Purrington Chardonnay
95 points
$75
Yellow straw color. Confected, baked aromas of apple streusel, walnut confection, baked pear with brown sugar glaze, and lemon bar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long toasted pecan and smoked vanilla bean finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A beautiful, complex, smoky Chardonnay that can compete with the best of them; relish now or cellar.
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.
Iron Hub 2016 Small Lot Chardonnay
93 points
$28
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples, saffron, sliced pineapple, flint, and nutmeg-spiced nuts with a vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, layered, long finish with notes of fine tea with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright and tropical Chardonnay that will delight lovers of the style.
Youngberg Hill 2016 Aspen Chardonnay
93 points
$40
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey graham cracker, peach blossom, rice candy, tropical rooibos tea blend, and flaky croissant with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, thought-provoking, very long finish displaying nuances of flint with moderate oak flavor. Stunning minerality, concentrated fruit, unique nuance; drink this Chardonnay.
Ledson 2016 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
93 points
$44
Gold color. Aromas of orchard fruit, toasted brioche, and flint with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a long apple compote, whipped creme, and yuzu finish. A somewhat Burgundian Chardonnay with creamy oak and flinty mineral flare.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2016 Adelines Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$48
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of smoked grape leaves, brown butter, blistered persimmon, and pineapple-jicama relish with a vibrant, full body and a long finish that shows accents of white pepper and toasted Hawaiian bread. A thoughtfully constructed, complex and distinctive Chardonnay with flamboyant, quirky style.
San Simeon 2018 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$28
Emerald straw color. Aromas of sweet pear, guanabana, white grapefruit, malt, and pineapple candies with a silky, lively, fruity light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length lime zest and gravel finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. Vibrant acidity and perfectly round flavors shine in this balanced and beautiful Sauvignon Blanc.