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May 2013 - US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines and Rosé

May 2013 - US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines and Rosé
This month's Wine feature is US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines and Rosé Wines

US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines and Rosé Reviews

Hunt Country NV Dolce di Moscato Finger Lakes
94 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Expressive aromas of apricot tart, fruit salad, coconut, and white blossoms with a silky fruity light-to-medium body and a long, rich, and tangy orange sorbet and honeydew accented finish. A delicious and balanced off-dry moscato that is a sheer pleasure to drink. Impressive!
94 points $11.99 Best Buy
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Dry Riesling
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Lightly floral and fruity aromas of ripe nectarines and green apples on the tree with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a bright, crisp lemony finish. A delicious and artfully balanced riesling for sipping or the table.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Cardella 2011 Basila Farms, Home Vineyard Moscato
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Pale silvery golden color. Pure, floral peony, lychee, and peach aromas with a silky fruity light-to-medium body and a long tangy, spiced pear, nougat, and citrus sorbet accented finish. A very lively, stylish and well balanced moscato that seriously elevates the category.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Viansa 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$22
High toned aromas and flavors of gooseberries, pickled peppers,and grapefruit rind with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty honeyed lime and herb driven finish. A fantastically flavorful and vibrant sauvignon blanc for all applications.
Peirano 2012 The Heritage Collection Moscato
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Rich fancy lavender bath soap, dried apricot, and pistachio nougat aromas with a silky, fruity medium body and a rich, tangy peach cobbler and spiced apple accented finish. A lovely fruity sipper.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Lumos 2012 Temperance Hill Vineyard Gewurztraminer
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Bright aromas of apricots, lychee and roses with a crisp, fruity medium body and a long, perky finish with a mouthwatering wave of ripe clementine, stone fruit, and mineral flavors. A delicious and appetizing white for all occasions.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Lumos 2012 "Chiquita" Pinot Noir Rosé
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of yeasty dough, watermelon rind, and overripe berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium with a crisp, citrus and sour cherry finish. A really nice and vibrantly racy rose that will be great with Asian tuna dishes.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Voss 2012 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$21.99
Pale silvery golden color. Rich dill pickled pepper, grapefruit custard tart, and lime blossoms with a silky, dryish medium body and a grassy and citrus rind driven finish. A nicely structured and stylishly dry sauvignon blanc for the table or sipping.
92 points $21.99
Alexandria Nicole 2012 "Affinity" Albarino
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale straw with a silvery cast. Bright aromas and flavors of peach, lime curd, mango and nougat with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a refreshing, long finish. A delightful domestic version of albariño that will be great as a sipper or at the table with a wide range of foods.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Primero Beso 2011 White Blend California
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of dark fig-date bread and honey with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy apple, peach, starfruit and lemon tart accented finish. Very refreshing and lively as a sipper or pair with spicy Mexican foods.
91 points $18 Best Buy
PDX 2012 "Yield" Pennsylvania
91 points
$20.99
Pale yellow straw. Aromas of dark roasted nuts, grilled citrus, honeycomb, and dill pickle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lively creamy nougat, kiwi, melon, and sweet grass accented finish. A rich, smoky fruit and mineral laden white that is reminiscent of great Sicilian whites from Mount Etna.
91 points $20.99
Paradise Ridge 2012 Grandview Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$22
Silvery straw color. Aromas yellow pepper and grapefruit rind with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, juicy lemon and grassy earth finish. Great varietal flavors, balance and length.
PEJU 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$22
Nice nose of ripe melon and soft lemon cream aromas lead in rich tangy grapefruit custard flavors on the palate. Brilliant acidity translates into a wine that will sing with food. Pair with goat cheese salads.
Alba 2011 Chelsea Dry Rosé Warren Hills
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Vibrant aromas and flavors of balsamic and honey drizzled strawberries and cherries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and citrus, melon, and creamy accented finish. A delicious and stylish rose for sipping and the table.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Martin & Weyrich 2011  Moscato Allegro
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Aromas of lemon balm, peach and dusty apple with a round, fruity medium body and and a tangy clementine and earth finish. Nice complexity and off-dry style. Will be great for all occasions.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Peirano 2010 The Heritage Collection Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Toasty lemon cream and coconut pie aromas with a hint of salt water taffy. Rounded attack, good length and balance. Supple baked apple finish with solid fruit and nicely framed out nutty oak. A very nice fumé style.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Heron Hill Winery 2011  Muscat
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Floral lavender, lemon blossom and bloody orange aromas with a crisp, fruity, light body and a tangy yellow apple, peach skin and lychee finish. A really tasty carefree sipper that is sure to please.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Canyon Wind 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Appetizing aromas of peach yogurt, angel food cake, and grapefruit custard with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and melon, kiwi and wheat grass accented finish. A zingy, mouthwatering sauvignon blanc with very style and balance.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Creamy apple custard and peach tart aromas. Lively, almost spritzy entry, racy citrusy acidity with good length and an minerally lingering finish. Excellent vibrancy and table appeal for spicy Thai food.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Morais 2012 Select White Virginia
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Floral Japanese plum, lychee and peach custard pie aromas are very attractive with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, melon, starfruit and Meyer lemon driven finish. A lovely floral sipper or table wine with razor-like acidity. Pair with sautéed scallops.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Lumos 2012 Temperance Hill Vineyard, "Julia" Pinot Gris
90 points
$20
Pale straw robe with a light emerald-gray cast. Refreshing ripe peach and lime aromas and flavors with racy acidity. Nicely balanced with a touch of earthiness and honeyed nuts throughout the palate. A very nice sipper or pair with scallops.
Mazza Vineyards 2012  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Silvery straw color with a pale brass cast. Aromas of nut brittle, honeyed melon rind, and peach pit with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, nectarine and Meyer lemon accented finish. A bright, well-balanced sipper or table wine.
89 points $13.95 Best Buy
Morais 2011 Select White Virginia
89 points
$18
Aromas and flavors of yellow plum, tapioca, and pickled watermelon with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart tangerine, lemon and grass accented finish. A racy white for the table; pair with a mussels and oysters.
Madria Sangria
88 points
$5.99
Best Buy
yellow color. Vibrant aromas of flowers, yellow plum, and peach candy with a crisp, fruity medium body and a honey and apple-pear sorbet finish. A lovely off-dry sipper.
88 points $5.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  White Zinfandel
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Initial nose of stewed red fruits, tree bark and strawberry taffy. Rounded easy flavors follow with a nice underlying earthiness.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Martin & Weyrich 2011  Pink Moscato Allegro
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Vinous nose of cherry spritzer, raspberries and a hint of earth. Rounded easy flavors and a touch of residual sugar softens the finish. A pleasant off-dry summer patio wine.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Canyon Wind 2012 47-Ten White Grand Valley
88 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Pale platinum straw color. Aromas of kiwi-pineapple yogurt, nougat, and toasted Hawaiian bread with a supple, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, melon and nut accented finish. Tasty.
88 points $12.95 Best Buy
Peirano 2010 "The Other" White Lodi
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas of apple tart, cheesecake, and faint grilled pepper with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a round melon, praline and grass accented finish. A nicely balanced oak aged white for everyday pleasure.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2011 Estate Bottled, Select Riesling
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Latex scents lead with yellow apple back notes. Rich entry, good structure a bit of earth and a crisp tart finish.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Alexandria Nicole 2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyards, Late Harvest Riesling
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Floral ripe yellow apple and pear and banana custard aromas and on the palate. Later a hint of honey and earth. Off dry, tangy finish with an impression of sweetness. A nice pairing with spicy Asian food.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Robert Hall Winery 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Enticing nose of lemon pastry and a hint of cream. Tangy earthy flavors follow, with a rich entry and good length. A lovely sipper.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Edna Valley Vineyard 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden color. Bright aromas and flavors of grapefruit, green pepper, and gherkin with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a creamy, lightly grassy finish. Nice flavor and balance.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Chatom 2011 Estate-Grown, Reserve Semillon
88 points
$16
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of buttery pound cake, fig preserves, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla, nut, nectarine and citrus kissed finish. Pinpoint acidity and precise varietal flavors.
PDX 2012  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$17.99
Bold aromas of melted honeycomb, char-grilled stone and citrus fruits, and gherkin with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy blood orange, nectarine skin, and straw accented finish. Really richly smoky and exotic; pair this with Creole blackened fish.
88 points $17.99
Castoro Cellars 2011 "Tango" Central Coast
88 points
$22
Pale golden color. Bold aromas of white nut fudge, cotton candy, and coconut cream pie with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a drier finish with notes of nectarine, pickled melon, praline, and lemon pepper. A interesting flavor-coaster; serve with seafood lasagna.
Borderland 2012 "Leaping Sheep" Riesling
88 points
$24.43
Aromas of bruised peaches, grilled lemons, and beeswax with a silky, dryish medium body and a round, peach pit and grassy earth finish. A very serious, dry riesling for the table; try with grilled shrimp.
88 points $24.43
Barefoot NV  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Intense nose of all manner of pyrazines: jalapeno, tomato leaf, a bit of saddle sweat and lemon grass. Fun and complex. Nice attack and most of the flavors follow - would like a bit more length.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Moscato
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Ripe peach, honeycomb, and lemon curd aromas and flavors with a crisp, tangy orange finish. Very tasty and sure to please as a patio wine.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Castoro Cellars 2012 Estate Grown Muscat Canelli
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Peach yogurt and pastry, dried flowers, and honeyed nuts with a silky fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, spiced pear and orange accented finish. A tasty, fruity sipper.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2011 Estate Bottled, Semi-Dry Riesling
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Soft lemony scents and kerosine-like reductive notes dominate the nose. Sleek flavors fill out the mid-palate and an earth tinged finish.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
D.H. Lescombes 2012  Chenin Blanc
87 points
$13.50
Best Buy
Aromas of roasted lemons and squash with a soft fruity-yet-dry light body and a tangy red apple and orange finish. A pleasant, fruity everyday sipper.
87 points $13.50 Best Buy
Mazza Chautauqua Cellars 2011  Riesling
87 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Pale golden color. Lightly floral aromas of lime powder candy, citrus oil and nectarine pit with a dry-yet-fruity light body and a touch of grape leaves, twigs and earth on the tart, punctuated finish. Lots of earthy Old World character in a linear frame. Serve with food.
87 points $13.95 Best Buy
Castoro Cellars 2011 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$15
Best Buy
High toned in your face nose of pickle, lemon wafers and a hint of toasted grain. Big flavors follow with a subtle earthy underlayment. A fairly taut finish.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate NV Century White Wine American
87 points
$15.99
Pale golden silver color. Mellow aromas of nectarine, melon, and apple tart with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy honeyed apple, pressed flower and peach finish. A tasty sipper.
87 points $15.99
Chatom 2011 Estate-Grown Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$16
Aromas of toasted brioche and lemon cake with lively dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, kiwi, grass and peach and celery sodas accented finish. A fun zippy sauvignon blanc.
Lumos 2012 "Rudolfo" Pinot Gris
87 points
$17
Light straw robe with an emerald green cast. Soft nectarines and praline aromas come to mind. Underlying earthy flavors come on across the palate with a tart, peach skin and lemon zest finish. A crisp table wine to pair with crab and shrimp.
Arrow Creek 2012  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$17.99
Star bright straw robe with a gray cast. Peach and nougat aromas with a light creamy back note. Grilled peach calypso flavors are enticing with just a bit of warmth and spice in the finish.
87 points $17.99
Pend d’Oreille 2012 Willard Vineyard Roussanne
87 points
$18
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of linen, sweet cream, and peach coulis with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and crisp, melon, spun honey, and earth accented finish. A pleasant sipper or a table wine that will pair nicely with roasted poultry.
Barefoot NV "Refresh", Crisp White California
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Toasty apricot pastry and creamy nougat aromas with an effervescent fruity light body and a peach cobbler and lemon tart and soda finish. A zesty, toasty white sipper.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
The Naked Grape NV  Moscato
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Mild apple sauce and peach cider aromas and flavors with a crisp, fruity light body and a tangy citrus and apple finish. Tasty.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Mirassou 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Grilled lemons, a subtle tomato leaf scent and even a hint of cats pee. Rounded entry, and a bit of parchment in the short grippy, slightly sweet-tart finish.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Diversion NV  Riesling
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Delicate subtle nose, apples and lime blossoms come to mind. Key lime tart and earthy flavors follow with a tangy, crisp finish. A nice fruity everyday sipper.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Heron Hill Winery 2011 "Eclipse White" New York State
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Interesting aromas of salty lightly smoked nuts, apple butter, and lemon chiffon with a punchy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a crunchy green apple, melon and lime zest finish with crunchy fruit tannins. A zesty white that will go great with grilled shrimp.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Garfield Estates 2012 "S2" Grand Valley
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Attractive aromas of date cake, salted praline, pepper, and grapefruit preserves with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mellow melon and kiwi accented finish. A nicely styled table wine that will be good with seafood, chicken and pork dishes.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Morais 2011 Rosé Virginia
86 points
$17
Pale red color with an olive gray cast. Interesting aromas of pickled watermelon and dried cherries with a soft, dryish medium body and a spicy, herbal accented dried apple, and nut finish. A nice, dry savory rosé for the table; try with roasted pork.
Acronym 2011 White Blend California
86 points
$19.99
A bit of bubble gum dust, peaches and a dried twig note. This wine has a lot of fruity sweetness, refreshing acidity and a bit of honey and earthiness on the finish.
86 points $19.99
Heritance 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$24
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon bread, roasted pepper, and grass with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a nectarine skin, cream, and earth accented finish. A dry sauvignon blanc that will be good with grilled river fish.
flipflop 2012  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Pale straw with a light gray cast. Soft lemony pie aromas and with swirling stone fruits on the palate. Nutty finish with refreshing acidity. A nice everyday pint grigio.
85 points $5.99 Best Buy
The Naked Grape NV  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$7.99
Light shy earthy scents reminiscent of tree bark dominate the nose. Retronasal scents are closer to peach cobbler. Easy flavors come off as a bit dilute.
85 points $7.99
Turning Leaf 2011  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$8
Very pale robe with a light silvery gray cast. Ripe nectarine and a bit of earth. Simple easy drink with lighter flavors and a grippy finish.
Turning Leaf 2011 "Refresh", Crisp White California
85 points
$8
Toasty peach pasty, apple sauce and lemon chiffon aromas with a fruity, petillant light body and a zippy, pear and orange cake accented finish. Fun and flavorful.
Turning Leaf 2011 "Refresh" Moscato
85 points
$8
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of chalk, baked peaches and apples with a spritzy fruity medium body and a very crisp and tangy orange and earth finish. A nice tidy, effervescent sipper or pair with bbq.
Biltmore Estate NV  Riesling
85 points
$10.99
Green apple skin and lemon aromas lead with a touch of petrol. Rounded entry and a soft honeyed finish. A very nice quaffer.
85 points $10.99
Jersey Blush NV Semi-Sweet Rosé Wine New Jersey
85 points
$10.99
Funky wooly grapey notes lead. Flavors however are rounded, supple and balanced with a pleasant toasty dry finish.
85 points $10.99
Bordeleau 2009  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$12
Golden straw color. Stalky aromas suggest grilled citrus, charred nuts, and sour cream with a supple, dryish medium body and a kiwi, melon, yellow apple, and grass accented finish. A bit of a wild ride that finishes strong; pair with seafood gumbo.
Echelon 2011  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$12.99
Deep straw with a light pink gray cast. Peaches and lime yogurt with a light underlayment of earth. Easy entry and mid-palate with a taut finish. Pleasant with nice table friendly acidity.
85 points $12.99
Mazza Chautauqua Cellars 2011  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$13.95
Pale golden straw color with a faint brassy cast. Lightly yeasty aromas suggest lime powder, pepper dust, Brazil nuts, and nectarine pit with a sofr, dryish light body and a melon and coconut water accented finish. A sturdy table wine.
85 points $13.95
Alexandria Nicole 2012 "a-SQUARED" Pinot Gris
85 points
$14
Pale straw robe with a light silvery-green cast. Creamy soft peach and tapioca aromas lead. Easy rounded entry and a brisk, lemon zest and earth accented finish.
Canyon Wind 2012  Pinot Gris
85 points
$14.95
Very pale robe, the wine ears up nicely with a pale gray cast. Light easy flavors reminiscent of grilled peaches and apricot pits. An easy drink in a drier vein.
85 points $14.95
Morais 2012 Rosé Virginia
85 points
$17
Vibrant crimson color. Aromas of strawberry cake and dried cherries with a soft, dryish medium body and a kiwi, nut, and grassy earth accented finish. A nice dry rose for the table.
Barefoot NV  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Very pale robe, scents of green twigs lead. Light stone fruit scents more akin to peach pits dominate the nose. Light simple peachy flavors fall off rather quickly.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
South Shore Wine Company 2012  Gruner Veltliner
84 points
$14.95
Silvery straw color. Yeasty and minerally aromas suggest citrus rind, peach pit, nutshell and lime leaves with a racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an earthy, citrus and nut driven finish. A solid wine for oysters.
84 points $14.95
Weibel Family 2010  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$14.95
Silvery straw color. Earthy aromas of grass, melon rind, and yellow pepper with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a mellow starfruit accented finish. A dry sauvignon blanc for the table.
84 points $14.95
Morais 2012 Battlefield White Virginia
84 points
$16
Pale silvery golden color. Rather muted aromas suggest spiced lemon, pickled fruits, and nougat with a tart dryish light-to-medium body and a terse lemon, nut and kiwi finish. A tart citrusy wine to pair with oysters on the half shell.
Wagner Vineyards 2011 Estate Bottled, Dry Riesling
83 points
$12.99
Bright straw color. Dusty aromas of ironed cloth, peach Jell-O, and soursop with a soft, dryish light body and a earthy tart lemon and hay driven finish.
83 points $12.99
Skinnygirl 2011 Rosé Wine California
83 points
$14.99
Light salmon robe with a light violet cast. Soft berry notes an a hint of lemons. Easy entry, clean rounded flavors but the lemony finish seems a bit manipulated and is a tad too bitter.
83 points $14.99
West Slope Wine Company 2012  Moscato
83 points
$16
Pale silvery straw color. Earthy flower patch aromas of lilac, apricot pit, and Brazil nut brittle with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tart, melon, balsa and citrus oil accented finish.
Arrow Creek 2011  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$17.99
Pale straw with a beige cast. Greek yogurt and honeyed nectarines are the dominant aromas and flavors. Later grassy mineral and citrus note emerge. Flavors are light with a grippy fruit tannin finish.
83 points $17.99
Skinnygirl 2011 White Wine California
82 points
$14.99
Pale golden silver color. Really faint aromas suggest starfruit and a paper bad filled with pears and nectarines. Dry and soft on the palate with a light body and a dusty nutshell, melon and citrus rinds accented finish. Very restrained.
82 points $14.99
Nitty Gritty 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
82 points
$29.99
Pale golden color. Dusty aromas of pickled pepper, nettles, melon rind, and talc with a crisp dry light body and a brisk, lightly papery finish. (Both bottles sampled)
82 points $29.99
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