December 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
204746
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2012 Reserve Riesling
Light gold to polished brass. Aromas of golden pineapple, mango and sweet papaya with stoney minerality and honeyed raisins. Sweet and honeyed with lip smacking acidity. Minerality comes thru the palate adding a refreshing complexity. Golden pineapple and lemon flavors mingle with dried honey, dried flowers and peach pit. Long, complex and balanced finish.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204745
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2012 Muscat Ottonel
Light gold with brass accents. Aromas of apple blossom, honeysuckle, acacia, pineapple, ripe pear and Meyer lemon zest. Off dry with pineapple, mango and papaya flavors. Fruit forward but not overly sweet and well balanced with sweet grapefruit.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204668
Heron Hill Winery
2011 Ingle Vineyard Riesling
Medium straw. Aromas of golden pineapple, mango, papaya and yellow apples with a note of hay and orange zest. Semidry with lush peach, pear and pineapple flavors and a long, clean, simple finish.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204578
Grgich Hills
2011 Estate Fume Blanc
Light gold color. Bold aromas of lemon, green pepper, jalapeno, white grapefruit and baked apples. Spicy and herbal with lemon-rosemary, cashew nougat, and green pepper accents. Interesting with a great, grassy pepper character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204573
Voluptuous
NV Red Moscato
Bright scarlet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry custard pie and meringue with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a nicely balanced watermelon, cherry, and delicate spice finish. Delicious.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204671
Heron Hill Winery
2012 Classic Series, Semi-Sweet Riesling
Pale straw. Aromas of honeysuckle, white lilies, acacia, river stones, Meyer lemon, jasmine, peach skin and white raspberry. Off dry with peach, ripe pear and golden pineapple flavors accentuated with white flowers. Opulent fruit on the long, balanced finish. A very pretty style with lots of finesse.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204742
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2012 Gewurztraminer
Medium straw yellow. Aromas of lychee, jasmine tea, lemongrass, passion fruit, mango, pineapple and grilled peaches. Touch of ginger on the palate adds a zippiness to the lush tropical fruit. Crisp lemon balances the lush fruit that leads into a medium long and satisfying finish.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204593
Elk Run
2012 Cold Friday Vineyard Gewurztraminer
Bright gold with reflections of polished brass. Aromas of lychee, honeycomb, mango, golden pineapple, white roses and jasmine. Floral and spicy flavors of tropical fruits, ginger and acacia. Hedonistic while remaining balanced from Meyer lemon and golden delicious apples. Finish is long and complex maintaining all the flavors and aromas to the end. Could be compared to a Grand Cru Vendage Tardive from Alsace.
90 points $16.51 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204743
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Light gold and star bright. Aromas of lemongrass, fresh hay, Italian parsley, apple skin, wet stones and white grapefruit. Dry and crisp flavors of lemon, lime, grapefruit, Asian pear, honeydew and yellow bell pepper. Fruit driven with just enough herbal character to give added complexity to the fruit.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204775
Niner Wine Estates
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright yellow with notes of polished brass. Aromas of yellow bell pepper, passion fruit, freshly cut herbs, orange zest and cantaloupe. Crisp flavors of lemon, lime and red grapefruit with a balance of tropical fruit and savory herbs. Long and complex finish with textbook varietal typicity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203561
PEJU
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Straw yellow with platinum notes. Aromas of apples, pear, lemon, white peach and cantaloupe. Touch of fresh thyme on the nose and palate leads to crisp apple-pear flavors. Round, dry and satisfying. Ends crisply on a mineral note and yearning for food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204672
Heron Hill Winery
2012 Classic Series, Semi-Dry Riesling
Medium straw. Aromas of pear, pineapple, dried mango and lemon zest. Touch of wool, creek pebbles and honeysuckle. Off dry and soft peach flavors mingle with lemon, honey and white plums. Quite complex as if a touch of botrytized grapes were included in the cuvee.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204670
Heron Hill Winery
2011 Classic Series Muscat
Bright straw silver. Aromas of pineapple, lychee, jasmine, magnolia and mango. Semidry with notes of dried honey, coconut milk, mango lassi, pineapple and lemon meringue. Crisp, round and charming. Enough bright citrusy acidity to perfectly balance with a touch of sweet melon. Very Alsatian in style.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204669
Heron Hill Winery
2012 Reserve Pinot Blanc
Pale straw with yellow highlights. Aromas of yellow delicious apples, Bartlett pear, creek stones and lemon peel. Overall dry, but with a bit of sweet apple cider flavors followed by Asian pear and honeydew. Silky round texture.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204740
Biltmore Estate
Blanc de Blancs North Carolina
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd tart with a crisp, frothy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long tangy, peach and orange accented finish. A nice racy, sipper or pair with spicy grilled shrimp.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204618
Martha Clara Vineyard
2012 Estate Reserve Riesling
Bright straw yellow. Aromas of candied lemon peel, apple skin, papaya, white pineapple, pear and petrol. Off dry and minerally with sliced apple, pear and white pineapple flavors that persist long and balanced thanks to the bright citrus acidity and mineral core.
89 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204234
Treleaven
2012 Semi-Dry Riesling
Pale straw with a touch of spritz. Aromas of white peach, ripe guava, pineapple, lychee, wool sweater and honeysuckle. Off dry with peach, pineapple, sweet lemon flavors and a zippy off dry finish. Medium long finish full of ripe fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204811
ForestVille
2011 Chenin Blanc
Light gold with glints of polished brass. Aromas of ripe pear, honey, yellow raspberry, white peach and wool sweater. Honeyed melon and pineapple flavors are balanced with sweet lemon and orange notes. Long and balanced finish.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204522
Chateau St. Croix
NV Riesling Auslese
Light straw yellow and star bright. Aromas of Asian pear, mango, papaya, pineapple skin, wet stones and lemon zest. On the dry side of off dry with bright, crisp white grapefruit acidity, stoney minerality and mango, pineapple and ripe pear flavors. Fruit, acid and mineral are well balanced through the finish.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204836
Green Truck
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Light gold and day bright. A hint of jalapeno on the nose adds intrigue to the pineapple, guava and melon aromas. Fruit on the palate is almost creamy with a silky texture and flavors of honeydew, ripe pear and sweet grapefruit. Crisp finish balances complex fruit with a touch of fresh herbs.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204673
Heron Hill Winery
2012 Classic Series, Dry Riesling
Medium straw to pale gold. Aromas of golden pineapple, guava, lychee and sweet orange. Off dry, lively and balanced. Peaches and honeydew flavors coupled with the tropical nose lead to a medium-long finish.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204660
Glenora
2012 Dry Riesling
Medium straw to pale yellow. Aromas of poached pears, apricot, lemon meringue pie and mango. Off dry, balanced and harmonious, like a well proportioned fruit cocktail. Highly quaffable.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204487
White Pine
2012 Traminette
Straw green color. Fruity, floral aromas of peach blossoms and orange jam with a crisp, fruity medium body and a long sweet vanilla cream and cake accented finish. A very tasty and fruity off-dry sipper.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204777
Grande River Vineyards
2012 Meritage White Grand Valley
Deep straw to pale gold. Aromas of almond, magnolia, mango, white chocolate, vanilla, grilled pineapple and butterscotch. Flavors are as complex as the aromas. From pastry kitchen to white chocolate truffles to baking spice, vanilla and toasted allspice. Finish is long and balanced with just enough wood to add another dimension without overpowering the fruit.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204711
ElRoy
2012 Nelson Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Bright yellow. Touch of spritziness. Aromas of passion fruit, jalapeno, white grapefruit skin, lime and fresh thyme. Lively and crisp with mouthwatering citrus and sweet-tart passion fruit. Well balanced finish keeps you coming back for more.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204747
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2011 Reserve Gewurztraminer
Golden yellow. Smoky aromas of grilled apples, white peach, grass, lychee, mango and white pepper. Off dry and loaded with tropical fruit, honey and spice. Lush without being lob-sided thanks to a deft touch of grilled lemon acidity.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204667
Heron Hill Winery
2012 Reserve Gewurztraminer
Straw yellow. Heady aromas of acacia, lychee, ripe peaches, candied ginger, wool sweater and gardenia’s. Floral driven flavors of lilies, yellow flowers and jasmine combine with baked pear, almond, and grilled yellow plum. Almost dry, adding to the fat, weighty palate. A bit over the top, but fun and perfumey in style. Like a weighty Torrontes.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204734
Westport Rivers
2012 Riesling
Pale Gold with brass highlights. Aromas of golden pineapple, mango, white raspberry, violets and white icing. Off dry and lightly spritzy and smoky with pineapple, mango, peach and pear flavors. Clean, silky finish with a touch of slate-like minerality. A vibrant oyster wine.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204774
Niner Wine Estates
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright yellow with notes of polished brass. Aromas of pineapple, sliced peaches, nectarines, white raspberry, sweet melon and yellow flowers. The fruit forward nose carries thru with juicy, aromatic fruit flavors. A touch of lemongrass keeps the fruit in check.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204646
Clos du Val
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw. Aromas of yellow apples, pineapple, lemongrass, passion fruit and Asian pear. Note of wet creek stones as well. Lush fruit flavors are balanced with lemon, lime, red apple, and grapefruit acidity leading to a long and refreshing finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204235
Treleaven
Estate Bottled, Reserve Riesling
Bright straw with platinum highlights. Aromas of sugar plums, cantaloupe, Meyer lemon, kumquat and dried apples. Almost dry with refreshing acidity that balances honeydew melon, yellow apple and green papaya flavors. Clean finish with bright notes of crisp apple and creek stones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204797
Crane Lake
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of powdered lime, honeyed apple, and Brazil nut with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, white grapefruit and grass accented finish. Tasty with good varietal character.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204799
Doña Sol
2012 Moscato
Golden yellow color. Aromas of floral honeycomb, golden raisin and orange custard with silky, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a candied apple and delicate spice finish.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204574
Pedroncelli
2012 Friends White Sonoma County
Pale straw yellow. Aromas of lemon blossom, pineapple, Champagne mango, fragrant pear and jasmine. Crisp flavors of Anjou Pear, heirloom melon, lemon zest, white grapefruit and dried honey. Round and supple.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204421
Robert Hall Winery
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright yellow with notes of polished brass. Aromas of lemon, Bartlett pear, pineapple, lemongrass and peach. Medium bodied and clean with melon, lemon and tart apples. Touch of fresh herbs on the nose and palate.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204733
Westport Rivers
2012 Pinot Noir Rosé
Light crimson with notes of pumpkin and ruby. Aromas of strawberry, crushed boysenberry and ripe papaya. Dry and silky red fruit flavors and notes of just crushed wild raspberries with a touch of grape tannin gives it just enough seriousness to pair with a wide range of foods from roast chicken to Bouillabaisse. Finish is well balanced, making you want another sip.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204619
Martha Clara Vineyard
2012 Riesling
Pale straw. Aromas of ripe pear, papaya and sliced granny smith apples. Touch of ginger and mango with flavors of sweet Meyer lemon and apple cider. Fresh and lively finish ends with notes of honeysuckle.
87 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204741
Biltmore Estate
NV Blanc de Noir Brut American
Silvery salmon color. Aromas of spicy strawberry and cherry preserves on scone with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon, sweet cream, and mineral finish. A very pleasant sipper.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204792
Crane Lake
2012 Gewurztraminer
Pale straw to bright yellow hue. Aromas of white flowers, pineapple, peaches, lychee and jasmine with a hint of sweet bell pepper. Off dry with floral flavors of rose water and orange blossom along with golden pineapple, peach puree and mango.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204812
ForestVille
2012 Gewurztraminer
Pale straw with light notes of polished brass. Aromas of lychee, pear tart, pineapple and papaya. Semi dry with tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, mango, papaya and lychee. Fruit driven with a touch of honeysuckle and jasmine.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204816
ForestVille
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of grapefruit, guava, and green pepper with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a round, juicy lime, green pear, and grass accented finish. Nice flavor, balance, and varietal character.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204819
Fox Brook
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit tart, green apple, and honeyed lime with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy guava and delicate spice accented finish. Tasty.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204825
Long Lake
2012 Riesling
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of dried citrus, soda bread, and peach pit with a soft, fruity light body and a breezed honeyed green apple skin and mineral finish. Tasty and food friendly.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204785
Coastal Ridge
2011 Gewurztraminer
Straw yellow with light notes of white gold. Aromas of peaches, lychee, mango and orange zest. Off dry with flavors of golden pineapple, peach cobbler, apple tart tartin, caramel, pastry dough and papaya.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204786
Coastal Ridge
2010 Moscato
Golden yellow color. Aromas of golden raisin, honeydew, and peach cobbler a la mode with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a round, orange sherbet, fig, faint herb, and heritage apple accented finish. A nice off-dry sipper.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204806
Forest Glen
2011 Moscato
Bright gold. Aromas of candied peaches, lychees and oranges like a nice fruit cocktail. Soft and fruity sweet with a tangy spiced apple, honey, and herb accented finish. A pleasant sweet quaffer.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204659
Knapp
2012 Dry Gewürztraminer
Medium straw yellow. Aromas of apples, dried pear, honeydew, a hint of passion fruit and straw. Off dry with gingered pear, white peach and papaya flavors. Touch of spice and zippy lime zest on the finish.
86 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204662
Glenora
2012 Gewürztraminer
Medium straw yellow. Aromas of lychee, mango, papaya and apple pie. Crisp lemon and lime zest frame flavors of mango and lychee. Long finish is soft, earthy and satisfying.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204485
White Pine
2012 Dry Riesling
Deep straw to light gold. Aromas of grilled pineapple, pear tart, creme caramel, marzipan, pastry and honeycrisp apples. Overall dry, but with just a touch of sweet fruit to keep from being austere. Pear, apple and melon flavors are coupled with white grapefruit and pastry dough. (Smells like a Roussanne, very interesting.)
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204486
White Pine
2012 Reserve Riesling
Deep straw to light gold. Aromas of ripe pear, pineapple, mango, apple tart, honeycomb and doughnuts. Off dry with a silky texture and flavors of spiced peaches, heirloom melon, pear and yellow plum. Finishes fruit forward, but not cloying.
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204594
Elk Run
2012 Riesling
Pale straw with a touch of spritz. Aromas of honeysuckle, Bartlett pear, apple blossom, crenshaw melon and brioche. Semi-sweet with pastry dough, pear tart, Rainier cherry and melon flavors. Supple and balanced with a harmonious fruit cocktail finish.
86 points $16.51
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204232
King Ferry
NV "Gilded Lily" Cayuga Lake
Bright gold with yellow highlights. Aromas of mango, pineapple, pear tartlet, sweet tarts, maple and almond. Semidry with mango, baked pear, grilled pineapple and river rock flavors. A fruit driven picnic wine with some complexity going beyond the fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204233
Treleaven
2012 Estate Bottled, Dry Riesling
Bright straw with platinum highlights. Sweet aromas of candied pineapple, musk melon, lime, pear and candied apples with a hint of wool blanket. Dry, medium bodied and somewhat austere with parchment and pebbly mineral notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204798
Crane Lake
2012 White Zinfandel
Light strawberry red. Aromas of cherry skin, raspberries and red plums. Off dry. Sweet cherries, crushed strawberries, raspberry jam and a touch of sweet tomato. Well balanced through the finish with just enough crisp red apple flavors to balance the berries.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204793
Crane Lake
2012 Moscato
Bright gold. Aromas of lychee, pineapple, sweet peaches, guava and papaya. Lively tropical and exotic fruit flavors end sweet and simply. Liquid fruit salad.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204800
Douglass Hill
2012 Moscato
Bright gold. Aromas of apples, pineapple and papaya. Sweet peach cobbler, vanilla custard and golden pineapple flavors carry through a medium long finish.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204820
Fox Brook
2012 White Zinfandel
Light magenta. Aromas of strawberries, papaya and sweet melon. Off dry with a touch of crisp red delicious apples balances the ripe papaya and strawberry flavors. Well made for a variety of food pairings from salads to roast chicken to cold meats.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204841
Sea Ridge
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden color. Attractive aromas of Key lime pie, grapefruit marmalade and yellow pepper with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy kiwi and grass accented finish. A relaxed sipper.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204823
Hacienda
2012 "Clair de Lune" Riesling
Golden yellow color. Aromas of dried citrus and grilled yellow apple and peaches with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy honeyed nut and earth accented finish. A solid, fruity sipper.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204809
Forest Glen
2012 Riesling
Pale golden color. Aromas of baking soda, lime rind, and peach pit with a fruity light-to-medium body and a honey, green apple skin and chalk finish with nice grippy fruit tannins. A good sipper or spicy fish option.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204827
Motos Liberty
2012 Moscato
Golden yellow color. Mild aromas of wax, white cranberry, and nougat with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy, tangy raisin and honey finish.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204784
Cedar Brook
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of smoky grilled citrus, almond oil, and banana pepper with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart, lemon, dried blossoms, and grass finish. A crisp sipper or pair with smoked oysters.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204661
Glenora
2012 Riesling
Pale straw. Aromas of peach, nectarine, pear, honeydew and wet stones. Off dry flavors of melon and peach cobbler. Finish is clean with nectarines driving the last notes of flavor.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204657
Knapp
2012 Dry Riesling
Medium straw to pale gold. Aromas of sweet cantaloupe, baked apples, Bartlett pears and yellow plum. Melons and sweet citrus flavors with a touch of pineapple lead to a straight forward, but very pleasant finish.
85 points $15.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204658
Knapp
2012 Riesling
Medium straw. Aromas of yellow apples, Bartlett pears, white peach and lemon. Off dry with rustic citrus notes, like lemonade. Simple fruit flavors with yellow apples and pears predominate.
85 points $15.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204831
Picket Fence
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright yellow with notes of polished brass. Aromas of lemon, apples, melon and wet stones. Lemony melon and apple flavors are crisp and clean. Well made and safe, simple finish.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204509
Calamity Sue
2011 Riesling
Light gold and star bright. Aromas of pineapple, mango, lemon, orange blossom and ripe cantaloupe. Off dry with honeydew, sweet lemon and pineapple flavors. Fruit driven and clean.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204577
Shenandoah
2012 Johannisberg Riesling
Bright straw with a touch of spritz. Aromas of golden pineapple, orange zest, apple blossoms, mango, Rainier cherries and Meyer lemon. Off dry and silky with honeydew melon, pineapple and lemon meringue pie flavors. Light finish of yellow apples.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204838
Rutherford Vineyards
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Light gold. Aromas of baked peaches, ripe pear, candied grapefruit, dried papaya, vanilla and tabouli. An opulent style with barrel aged flavors of vanilla, custard and cloves offering glimpses of the light fruit. Lots of stuffing.
85 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204620
Martha Clara Vineyard
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale gold and day bright. Aromas of lemon, white pineapple and papaya. Dry and crisp with apple, pear and honeydew flavors. Clean and straight forward.
85 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204801
Douglass Hill
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of exotic citrus, passionfruit, lime leaves and lemon verbena with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a slightly dilute finish. Could use a bit more acidity to hold it together.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204815
ForestVille
2012 Riesling
Golden silver color. Aromas of grilled lemon and peach skin with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, lime-spritzed green apple finish. A soft, fruity, crowd pleasing sipper.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204803
Estrella River
2012 Proprietor's Reserve White Zinfandel
Pink to pale red. Aromas of lingonberry, black raspberry and boysenberry. Strawberry and hay aromas and flavors. Has a dusty note to the palate, like a fruit cellar or unwashed apples off a tree.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204790
Coastal Ridge
2012 White Zinfandel
Light magenta. Aromas of strawberries, plums, cherries and red apple skin. Off dry with red berries driving the flavors. A fruit forward picnic wine.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204810
Forest Glen
2012 "Forest Fire" White Merlot
Cherry red, quite deep for a rose, on the verge of a light red. Aromas of tomato leaf, cherries and strawberries with a earthy freshly tilled garden soil note. Sweet cherry and strawberry flavors finish off dry.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204623
Bordeleau
NV "Sundancer" Maryland
Rich gold with brass highlights. Aromas of mango, lychee, candied papaya, pineapple, muscadet and wet wool. Highly aromatic. White mushroom and foxy pear and pineapple flavors. Starts off a touch off-dry, but finishes dry.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204521
Chateau St. Croix
NV Wild River Rose American
Bright pink with copper tones. Aromas of strawberry, roses, lingonberry, red licorice and red cherries. Off dry berry flavors lead the simple palate and finish.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204666
Heron Hill Winery
2011 "Eclipse White" New York State
Pale gold with yellow highlights. Aromas of apples, pear, white fleshed melon, apple skin and lemon. Clean, dry and light with a hint of wet stones.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204576
Shenandoah
2012 Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon Shenandoah Valley
Light copper with a pink rim. Aromas of sweet raspberry, wild strawberries, watermelon, nut, and peach tart. Sweet aromas turn to a dry rose. Fruit is a bit tired with flavors of berry and cherry salad that has lost its vibrancy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204554
Adler Fels
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavor of baked peach and mango, praline, and lemon curd with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a somewhat flat and dilute grass accented finish.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204656
Knapp
2012 KV Estate, Dry Riesling
Gold with hints of emerald. Candied aromas of sugar plums, caramel apples, sweet tarts and candied lemon zest. Crisp acidity with notes of candied pineapple, apple tart tartin and minerals. Reminds one of English Christmas cookies. The acidity is austere and not seamless with the sweet notes, technically balanced but not fluid on the palate.
84 points $18.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204542
Tyee
2012 Gewurztraminer
Pale straw with light notes of white gold. Aromas of white pineapple, apples, pear, lemongrass and starfruit. Mango and papaya flavors have notes of honey and ripe melon. Ripe fruit with a faint hint of lychee. Finish is a bit heavy. Could use a bit more crispness to liven it up.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204817
ForestVille
2012 White Zinfandel
Orange-tinged copper. Aromas of cherries, raspberries and red plums. Sweet cherry-centric palate is simple and driven by the core of sweet red fruit. Tastes like a well-made cherry wine.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204834
Quail Creek
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of lime yogurt and brown grass with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a green apple, kiwi and honeyed citrus rind finish.
83 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204789
Coastal Ridge
2012 Riesling
Golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed lemon, nectarine, and grilled apple with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a light, parchment accented finish and chewy fruit tannins.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204804
Fat Cat
2012 Moscato
Pale gold. Aromas of apple skin, white pineapple and nectarine. Nose is understated with sweet flavors of ripe melon and a simple finish. Flavors are clean and full on he mid-palate, but without the nose at the beginning or balancing acidity at the end.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204518
Point of the Bluff
2012 Semi Dry Riesling
Medium straw to pale gold. Aromas of white peach, white grapefruit skin, ginger, petrol and tomato leaf. Light chemical note on nose and palate, like a new rubber bucket. Medium bodied, finishing with notes of sweet spiced apples.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204655
Brass Tacks
2011 Moscato
Bright gold. Aromas of candied pineapple, dried mango, yellow plums, glazed doughnuts and icing. Sweet, sweet, sweet. High residual sugar drives the flavors with sweet melon notes but leaving the other fruits indistinguishable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204776
Grande River Vineyards
2012 Viognier
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of talc, peach pit, and dried lemon with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy, honey yogurt and grass accented finish. Not a lot of varietal character or structure; serve with fish.
83 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204796
Crane Lake
2012 Riesling
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of lemon pith, wax, and nut with a fruity light body and a soft, apple sauce and grass accented finish.
82 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204654
Brass Tacks
2012 Pink Moscato
Pale Copper with notes of amber. Sweet aromas of candied apples, sweet tarts, cherry lifesavers and applejacks. On the verge of cloying with sweet strawberry and caramel apple flavors, heavy on the palate with the lack of anything crisp.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204517
Point of the Bluff
2012 Dry Riesling
Medium straw to pale gold. Aromas of ripe apple, pineapple and mango. Non-vinous aromas like water thru a garden hose. Dry and austere, with crisp acidity and a quick finish. Touch of rubber on the palate and finish. Rustic home winemaker style.
81 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204739
Biltmore Estate
NV Pas de Deux Moscato
Pale straw silver color. Aromas of orange phosphate, melon, soda bread, and sweet pickle relish with a bubbly off-dry light body and a dried lemon rind, paper and chalk finish. CHECK.
81 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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