May 2012 - US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines

This month's Wine feature is US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines
US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines Reviews
198105
Viansa
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Ripe guava and grapefruit aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rich honeyed Meyer lemon and ruby grapefruit finish. Sensational varietal character and mouthwatering style; try with fajitas.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197943
Quady
2010 "Essensia" Orange Muscat
Bright orange amber color. Robust aromas of peach marmalade, nut brittle and suede with a rich, fruity sweet full body and a long, generous, mouthwatering citrus and spice accented finish. Wonderfully delicious.
93 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198226
Ledson
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Rich aromas and flavors of guava, grapefruit and green pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a snappy wheatgrass and pepper accented finish. Delicious, vibrant, and varietally on the money.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198366
Trailhead
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of sautéed yellow pepper, bubblegum spice, and grapefruit-golden raisin chutney with a dry medium body and a haystack, fleur de sal and grapefruit zest driven finish. A nice dry, Old World styled table wine.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198195
Tolosa
2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Rich aromas and flavors of green pepper, exotic tropical fruits, and grapefruit sorbet with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, hay, lemon pepper, and mineral accented finish. Great character and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198225
Ledson
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Delicate aromas of green and pickled jalapeno peppers and straw with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a vibrant cling peach, apple, and ruby grapefruit driven finish. Stylish; try with mushroom tart.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198245
Concannon
2011 Selected Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of white strawberries, lemon chiffon, and pressed flowers with a supple, dryish medium body and a yellow pepper, baked citrus and grass accented finish. Very nice and a solid choice for the table.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198134
Firelands
2011 Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of fancy floral bath soap and lychee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spicy pear sauce and honeyed nectarine finish. A delicious sipper.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198079
Peirano
2009 The Heritage Collection Sauvignon Blanc
Zesty grilled coconut, Key lime, praline and mango aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy nectarine skin, salt, and earth finish. Not a lot of varietal character, but very tasty and stylish.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198198
Shenandoah Vineyards
2011 Johannisberg Riesling
Pale silvery golden color. Attractively floral, peach gelato, nougat, and golden apple aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a crisp, crunchy honeyed apple, clementine and pear finish. Delicious.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197781
Midsummer Cellars
2011 Grenache Rosé
Silvery pink color. Vibrant aromas of spicy cherry-raspberry chutney, coriander, and sweet pickled peppers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, piquant apple, watermelon, and beet accented finish. Deliciously exotic.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198244
Concannon
2011 Selected Vineyards Pinot Grigio
Smoky grilled peach, pear yogurt aromas with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a nut brittle and citrus accented finish. A nice choice with food.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198106
Jersey White
NV Semi-Sweet White Wine Blend New Jersey
Aromas of honeycomb and dried apple with a fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a mouthwatering, honeyed citrus and peach finish. A delicious sipper.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198367
Main & Geary
2011 Pinot Grigio
Golden silver color with a bronzy cast. Aromas of dried flowers, lanolin lotion, tropical fruit, and almond with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, citrus, grassy earth and praline accented finish. Nice complexity and style.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198281
Hosmer
2010 Riesling
Pale golden color. Mild fruit salad and lemon beurre blanc aromas with a soft, fruity light body and a crisp, mineral, citrus, and straw accented finish. Charming and beautifully proportioned.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198137
Estraié
2010 "Affaire" Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Intricate aromas of tropical fruit custard tart with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honeyed, crunchy nectarine finish. Delicious and versatile at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197944
Quady
2010 "Elysium" Black Muscat
Aromas of honeyed plums, dried peaches and flowers with a supple fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a crisp, spiced pear and honeycomb finish. Very balanced and tasty.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198179
Wollersheim
NV Blushing Rosé American
Pale pink silver color. Mild melon, strawberry and mint aromas with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, sweet apple and citrus finish. Very refreshing.
88 points $6.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198182
Cedar Creek
NV "Settlement Gold" American
Interesting aromas of honeyed rice cake and fruit salad with a crisp, fruity medium body and a tangy, tangerine, yellow apple, and apricot finish. Refreshing.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198305
Weinstock
2011 Moscato by W
Bright aromas of toasted coconut, dried apricot, white tea, and vanilla nut fudge with a tangy, fruity medium body and a zesty tangerine sorbet and lemon and honey spritzed apple finish. Tasty, off-dry, and sure to please.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198306
Baron Herzog
2010 Pinot Girgio
yellow color. Attractive aromas of fondant, macadamia cookie and apricot marmalade with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peach skin, citrus, melon and edible flower accented finish. Fun.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198178
Alba
2010 Chelsea Dry Rosé Warren Hills
Fruity berry lip balm, cherry ice cream, and potpourri aromas with a fruity medium body and a tangy green apple, coconut juice, and lemon sorbet accented finish. Tasty and fun.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198230
Two Rivers
2011 Riesling
Pale golden color. Fruity peach and citrus jam aromas with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a clean, honeyed finish. A tasty off-dry sipper.
88 points $12.75 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198080
Peirano
2011 The Heritage Collection Muscat Cannelli
Attractive aromas of potpourri and peach-raisin chutney with a silky fruity medium body and a melon and pear finish. Tasty; try with sushi.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198081
Peirano
2009 "The Other" White Lodi
Toasty coconut macaroon and pineapple aromas with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle, relaxed citrus spritzed finish. A nice easy going sipper.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198135
Auburn Road
2011 Pinot Grigio
Pale silvery straw color. Delicate aromas of cinnamon pear tart with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a crunchy green apple and Meyer lemon finish. Very nice and varietally pure.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198123
Hosmer
2008 Vintner's Reserve Riesling
Pale golden yellow color. Lightly smoky, grilled peach, coconut, and rubber with a fruity, tangy, medium body and a mineral and tropical citrus salad like finish. Interesting and late harvest like.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198180
Wollersheim
NV "River Gold" American
Mild aromas of tapioca and peach with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a honeyed citrus, nectarine and apple finish. Tasty.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198243
Big House Wine Co.
2011 Big House White California
Aromas of perfumed orange and melon with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tart green apple, delicate spice, and kiwi finish. Pleasant.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198261
Frey
2010 Organic, No Added Sulfites Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of macadamia buttercream, papaya custard and kiwi with a spritzy, dryish medium body and a melon rind, straw, and citrus pith accented finish.
87 points $12.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197807
Hawk Haven
2010 Gewurztraminer
Golden color. Lush fresh baked peach strudel and orange sorbet aromas with supple, fruity medium body and a honeyed golden raisin chutney and apple-pear cider finish. A nice late harvest style gewurz.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198112
Norman
2009 Pinot Grigio
Aromas of peach, toasted meringue, and baked apple with nuts with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a coconut milk, kiwi and earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198304
Baron Herzog
2010 Chenin Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Mild aromas of nut brittle, nectarine pit and earth with a crisp, dryish light body and a fruit gum and wheatgrass accented finish. A nice zippy sipper and a good choice for grilled shrimp.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198147
Sugar Plum
2010 Riesling
Spicy apple and mincemeat pie and flower aromas with aromas with a crisp, fruity light body and a tangy, orange and pear skin accented finish with crunchy fruit tannins.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198144
Totally Random
NV Moscato
Aromas of fruit stripe gum, tropical fruit salad and mild perfume with a soft, fruity medium body and a crisp, snappy, spiced apple finish. A nice carefree sipper; try with strawberries.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198145
Kitchen Sink
NV Reserve White Table Wine California
Lovely delicately floral aromas of peaches and apple blossoms with a silky fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a pleasant apple, pear and earth accented finish. A very nice sipper.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198124
Hosmer
2010 Dry Riesling
Delicate mineral, grass and citrus custard aromas with a crisp, tart light body and a lemon-lime and hay accented finish. A zippy shellfish wine with laser like acidity.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198231
Tyee
2010 Estate Pinot Gris
Sake-like aromas of melon, roasted citrus and spiced nuts with tart light-to-medium body and very crisp lemon, tangerine and green apple finish. A nice choice for oysters.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198111
RoxyAnn
2010 Pinot Gris
Silvery straw color. Aromas of stone fruits, nutshells, and kiwi with a crisp, dryish light body and a tart citrus and chalk finish. A nice dry aperitif styled pinot gris that will be good with grilled fish.
86 points $16.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198181
Cedar Creek
NV Cranberry Blush American
Aromas of sour cherry, pressed flowers and earth with a crisp, fruity light body and a mouthwatering strawberry-cranberry juice accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198143
Coastline
2010 Pinot Grigio
Muted waxy nose with a hint of melon and cream and a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and tangy lemon spritzed apple and nut brittle nuanced finish.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198368
Donovan-Parke
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of olive, yellow pepper, and grapefruit custard, with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery citrus, nectarine, and grass accented finish.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198283
Maryhill
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Golden silver color. Mild aromas of passionfruit pastry and lime with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart green apple, peach pit and lemon finish. A crisp seafood wine.
84 points $9.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198284
Maryhill
2010 Winemaker's White Columbia Valley
Mild, lightly smoky aromas of roasted fruits and talc with a soft, dry light body and an oily, baked citrus, whole nut, and apple finish.
84 points $9.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198242
Big House Wine Co.
2011 "The Birdman" Pinot Grigio
Light bronze gray. Aromas of creamy nougat, ice tea, nectarine and meringue with a soft, dryish light body and a brisk, citrus and peach pit finish. A nice dry pinot grigio.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198131
Heron Hill
NV "Game Bird Blush" New York State
Sweet berry sherbet and cherry bubblegum aromas and flavors with a soft, sweetish light body and a breezy, gum dust accented finish. A candied picnic sipper.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198108
Hyatt Vineyards
2010 Pinot Gris
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of lightly floral bath talc, apple core, and grape seeds with a dryish light body and hints of marzipan and green pineapple on the brisk finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198104
Viansa
2011 Pinot Grigio
Aromas of oily nougat, honeycomb and nectarine with dry light body and a dusty mineral, peach pit, and citrus pith snap.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198177
Alba
NV "Mainsail White" Warren Hills
Aromas of bath talc, fiddle head ferns, and baked pear with a dryish, crisp light body and a tart apple and lemon finish. A dry seafood wine.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198107
Heritage
NV Cuvée Blanc Outer Coastal Plain
Aromas of grilled citrus and stone fruits have a yeasty edge with a dryish light-to-medium body and a green apple and floral talc accented finish.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198427
Prince Michel
2010 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden color. Bold aromas of peach cobbler and yogurt and toasty pineapple upside down cake with a flabby fruity-yet-dry medium body and a sour, yeasty green apple skin and orange peel finish. A bit jumbled, but interesting.
83 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Shortcut: http://www.tastings.com/Calendar-Wine/Review-2012-05-03-US-Summer-Aromatic-White-Wines.aspx