December 2012 - US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines

This month's Wine feature is US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines
US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines Reviews
200439
Handley
2011 Gewurztraminer
Pale silvery straw color. Bright aromas of lychee and rose potpourri with a soft, dryish medium body and a zesty tropical citrus, yellow apple, mineral and spice accented finish. Great vibrancy and panache. A perfect choice for Thai food.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200521
Ledson
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery gold color. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade, gooseberry jam, and yellow pepper with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy ripe citrus and honey finish. A deliciously ripe and appetizing sauvignon that will be great with almost everything from the air and sea.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200513
Adler Fels
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of green and jalapeno peppers, grapefruit, and guava with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, mouthwatering finish. Deliciously zesty; will be great with Baja-style grilled chicken.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200441
Handley
2011 Riesling
Attractive aromas and flavors of peaches and cream with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy nectarine skin and sweet spice accented finish. Great fruit and a charming crowd pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200496
Lumos
2010 Temperance Hill Vineyard Gewurztraminer
Golden straw green color. Funky aromas of grilled peach and citrus, waxy honeycomb, and corsage flowers with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, smoky mineral, petrol, grilled pepper, melon and nut accented finish. Very Old World and varietally zany, in a good way; pair with grilled crab legs or squash puree.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200495
Lumos
2011 Temperance Hill Vineyard, "Julia" Pinot Gris
Pale golden color. Yeasty aromas of rising dough, lemon yogurt, fig, and peach pit with a tangy, slightly tannic light-to-medium body and a crisp, fresh lemonade and grassy finish. A tart, funky pinot gris to pair with oysters.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200754
Bianchi
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas and flavors of dusty yellow pepper, grapefruit yogurt, and guava with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and tangy, nicely balanced finish. A very nice everyday white wine.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200438
Ferrari-Carano
2011 "Bella Luce" Sonoma County
Bright golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of toast peach strudel, pineapple, and caramel apple with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy orange and delicate spice accented finish. A refreshing, fruity, crowd-pleasing sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200512
Coastline
2011 Pinot Grigio
Silvery golden color. Aromas of dried stone fruits and flowers and toasted nuts with a soft, dryish medium body and a crisp, apple, pear and citrus driven finish. Nice vibrancy and varietal character.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200755
Bianchi
2010 Moscato
Pale straw color. Aromas of peach yogurt and cake with a very fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy citrus sorbet and fruity salad finish. A nice fruity sipper.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200428
White Pine
2011 Traminette
Golden straw color. Intriguingly earthy aromas of fancy floral soap, beeswax candle, and dried stone fruits with a supple fruity medium body and a tart, citrus and peppered melon finish. A decidedly different flavor ride; pair with grilled river fish.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200426
White Pine
2011 Reserve, Semi-dry Riesling
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of dried apricot, lemon and honeycomb with a soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy mandarin orange and earth accented finish. A crisp, very fruity sipper, or pair with spicy Chinese food.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200440
Handley
2011 Helluva Vineyard Pinot Gris
Pale golden color. Aromas of peach custard, nut bar, and lemon tart with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy nectarine and green apple accented finish. A tasty sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200522
Ledson
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Aromas of lemon talc, mint, and roasted pepper with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, grassy, Meyer lemon, melon and apple accented finish. A nice earthy sauvignon for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200471
Baron Herzog
2011 Pinot Grigio
Very pale silvery straw color. Attractive aromas of peach, melon, and lime curd with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy, pineapple apple and lemon finish with crisp fruit tannins. Drinks like an unoaked chardonnay/sauvignon blend.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200470
Baron Herzog
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw green color. Aromas of floral talc, lemon, and lime leaf with a supple, dryish medium body and and tangy, honeyed citrus, earth and delicate spice finish. An earthy sauvignon for the table. Try with mushroom dishes.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200469
Baron Herzog
2011 White Riesling
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of of baked peaches, lemons and apples with a supple fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, honeyed orange and fig finish. A tasty off-dry sipper.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200753
Bianchi
2011 Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Grigio
Pale silvery straw color with a copper cast. Interesting aromas of herbed and spiced fruits has very white vermouth-like quality with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon sorbet, papaya custard, and bubblegum spice finish. Different.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200498
Cannonball
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of baked lemon and creme fraiche with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy citrus and melon rind accented finish. A crisp quaffer.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200472
Baron Herzog
2011 Chenin Blanc
Bright straw green color. Unusual aromas of honeycomb, roasted peppers and dried stone fruits with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy honeyed orange, nut, and kiwi finish. Different with a lot of sauvignon blanc character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200515
Coyote Creek
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw green color. Mild waxy, honeyed cream cheese, grassy aromas with a soft, dry light body and a brisk, overripe lemon and honey nut accented finish. Try with saganaki.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200514
Kitchen Sink
NV Moscato
Aromas of dried flowers, waxy honeycomb, and tropical fruit salad with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a cling peach in syrup finish. A fruity carefree quaffer.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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