May 2014 - 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
206290
Heitz
2013 Grignolino Rosé Napa Valley
Luminous pink-fuchsia color with a platinum cast. Floral aromas of orange blossom honey on ripe cherries and huckleberries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy blood orange, melon, and delicate spice finish. An impressive adult rose for sipping, seafood, or chicken pesto.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206293
Lumos
2013 Temperance Hill Vineyard, "Julia" Pinot Gris
Golden silver color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spiced apples, nectarines, and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, cream and mineral kissed finish. A fantastic pinot grigio for all occasions.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206176
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2013 Gewurtztraminer
Golden color. Floral aromas of lychee and yellow roses with a silky, fruity medium body and a zesty lemon-lime curd accented finish. Delicious, vibrant, and pure.
93 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206118
Grizzly Peak
2012 Estate Vineyard Pinot Gris
Golden color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream and peach-apple pie with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a nut brittle and sweet citrus accented finish. A rich, delicious, oak influenced pinot gris that is sure to please.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206308
Casa Larga
2012 Medium Dry Riesling
Silvery straw color. Aromas of dried citrus, lip balm, and baked nectarine with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a light smoked toasted nut, chalk, and apple skin finish. Tasty and very table friendly with spot on varietal character.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206177
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2013 Dry Rosé of Sangiovese Alexander Valley
Silvery pink color. Aromas of strawberries in cream and cherries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and zesty lemon spritzed melon accented finish. Very tasty, fruity, and refreshing for sipping or the table.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206310
Casa Larga
2012 Muscat Ottonel
Pale platinum color. Fragrant aromas of honeysuckle, lychee, and nectarine with a crisp, fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed clementine, yellow apple, and melon finish. A delicious and well balanced aromatic white wine that will be great on its own or with lighter fare.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206292
Lumos
2013 "Rudolfo" Pinot Gris
Pale golden silver color. Pleasant aromas and flavors of honeyed melon, spiced apple and nectarine with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creamy nougat accented finish. Delicious and beguiling.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206131
Lakewood
2012 Riesling
Golden straw. Aromas of nectarine and green apple with a crisp, fruity light body and a tangy lemon sorbet and mineral accented finish with zippy acidity and fine fruit tannins. A great summer sipper or seafood wine.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206352
Falkner
2012 Estate Grown, Rosato Temecula Valley
Steely pale ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of fried pickle and Twinkie, yellow pepper, and cranberry chutney with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy clementine, cherry, herb, and sweet cream finish. Distinctively delicious.
91 points $15.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206247
Cape May
NV White New Jersey
Golden yellow color. Lightly floral aromas and flavors of white blossoms, peach custard, lime, and honeyed graham cracker with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a delicate vanilla and peppery spiced apple finish. A delicious, fruity sipper that is sure to please.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205829
Hagafen
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden color. Effusive aromas and flavors of banana chip, grapefruit marmalade, and tropical fruits with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creamy vanilla and straw accented finish. Excellent range and depth of tropical flavors. Try with fish and chips.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206203
Borderland
2013 Wilson Vineyard Riesling
Silvery straw color. Aromas of peaches, honey, limes, and straw with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a zesty citrus and mineral finish. A elegant, balanced riesling that is a great choice for shellfish.
91 points $24.53
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206185
Greyscale
2011 Cuvée Blanc Napa Valley
Pale golden color. Aroma of buttery nut brittle, coconut, and mango pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a kiwi, nut, and sweet cream accented finish. A stylish and tasty oak aged white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206206
Pedroncelli
2013 "friends.white" Sonoma County
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of white flowers, lychee, and mango with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy melon, apple, cream and citrus accented finish. Very tasty, balanced and crowd pleasing.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206309
Casa Larga
2012 Dry Riesling
Pale yellow straw color. Earthy aromas of dried flowers, fallen apples, and honeycomb with a dryish light body and a tart Meyer lemon soda, chalk, lime zest finish. A Teutonic dry table wine that will be perfect with oysters.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206238
Bordeleau
Dry Rosé Maryland
Pink salmon color. Toasty strawberry tart and herb aromas and flavors with a crisp, tangy medium body and a juicy red berry, cream and spice accented finish. Refreshing.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206119
Grizzly Peak
2012 Estate Vineyard, "Rumor" Rogue Valley
Golden yellow color. Aromas of wild flowers, toasty angel food cake, and delicate pickling spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy Meyer lemon, melon, and nut brittle accented finish. Very tasty and distinctive.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206222
Castoro Cellars
2012 Estate, Whale Rock Vineyard Pinot Grigio
Golden color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed melon, yellow apple, and starfruit with a soft, dryish medium body and a crisp, mineral, nutskin, and citrus kissed finish. Nice purity and table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206088
Grgich Hills
2012 Estate Fume Blanc
Pale golden yellow color. Slightly smoky aromas of grilled grapefruit and green peppers and gherkins with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy ripe mango and passionfruit accented finish. A delicious, zesty sauvignon blanc for all occasions and especially grilled shrimp.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206205
Pedroncelli
2013 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
Steely pink color. Mellow aromas of strawberry compote and pound cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sweet citrus and cream accented finish. A great summer sipper.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206190
Wagner Vineyards
2012 Estate, Select Riesling
Straw silver color. Aromas of lemon meringue pie and peach cobbler with a fruity, light-to-medium body and a sweet apple sauce and creamy Key lime pie accented finish. Nice semidry sipper. Try with pate and charcuterie.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206189
Wagner Vineyards
2012 Estate, Semi Dry Riesling
Aromas of melon sorbet and lemon chiffon with a petillant, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a racy, honeyed peach and apple finish. A tasty off-dry sipper.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206351
Falkner
2012 Riesling
Pale golden color. Aromas of grilled apples, nectarines, and kiwis with a silky, fruity medium body and a honeyed Asian pear, melon and mint accented finish. flavorful and styled like an Alsatian riesling.
89 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206295
Lumos
2013 "Chiquita", Rosé of Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Steely pink red color. Aromas of gherkin and dried strawberry with a dry light-to-medium body and a tangy orange cream, pepper, melon and grass finish. Interesting aromas and flavors with great structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206142
flipflop
2012 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of hard cheese rind, honey baked apple, and peach yogurt with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy apple, melon, lemon, and straw finish. A nice earthy pinot grigio for the table.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205878
Alexandria Nicole
2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "a-SQUARED" Rosé Horse Heaven Hills
Steely pink color. Aromas of strawberry shortcake and honey with a fruity medium body and a juicy cherry and cream finish. A tasty fruity rosé sipper.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206239
Bordeleau
Wicomico Blush Maryland
Orange pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry and spice with a tangy, fruity medium body and a crisp sour cherry finish. Tasty. Serve with a good chill.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206148
Canyon Wind
2013 47-Ten White Grand Valley
Pale silvery gold color. Aromas of lemon, melon, and cream with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, nutskin accented finish. A nice refreshing white for sipping or the table.
88 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206132
Lakewood
2012 Dry Riesling
Pale straw yellow color. Aromas of lemon tart and rubber leaf with a crisp, tangy light body and a zesty honeyed lime and mineral finish with crunchy fruit tannins. Very tasty and refreshing.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206221
Castoro Cellars
2013 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, melon and lemongrass with tart dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, green apple skin finish. A nice well rounded sauvignon blanc.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206311
Casa Larga
2012 Gewurtztraminer
Golden yellow color. Aromas of nut pastry, dried flowers, and dried peaches with a very fruity medium body and a tangy orange, cream and leafy earth accented finish. A nice off-dry white with a sense of place
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206246
Cape May
2013 Riesling
Pale golden color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb and grilled apples with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, Meyer lemon and grassy earth accented finish. A solid riesling for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206198
PDX
2013 Pinot Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of smoky pistachio brittle, spiced peaches, and apple yogurt with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mellow citrus, cream, nut and grilled melon accented finish. A nice dry, oak accented pinot blanc for the table.
88 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206179
Envy Wines
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
golden straw color. Aromas of grass, lemon, and nut with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp, melon, apple and nougat finish. A pleasant sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206207
Calcareous Vineyards
2013 Vin Gris of Grenache Paso Robles
Nickel pink color. Aromas of bread flour, pipe tobacco, and dried berries with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy citrus sorbet, melon, and creamy nougat finish. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206149
Canyon Wind
2013 47-Ten Rosé Grand Valley
Pale garnet silver color. Aromas of watermelon and sour cherry tart with a dry medium body and a crisp, citrus, grass and mineral finish. Tastes like a lot like sauvignon blanc, especially in the finish.
87 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206284
Heritage
NV Cuvée Blanc Outer Coastal Plain
Golden silver color. Aromas of baked peaches and lemon custard pie with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lightly smoky grilled apricot, green apple, and kiwi finish.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206285
Heritage
2012 Dry Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
Pink orange color. Aromas of cherry, melon, and cream with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a refreshing citrus finish. A very good sipper or table wine.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206245
Cape May
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of dried honey, overripe apples, and yogurt with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a kiwi, whole nut, and earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206219
Ordaz
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of yeasty lemon custard pastry with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a cream, lime leaf, melon and clementine sorbet, and grass accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206227
Elk Run
2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Pinot Gris
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of melon balls, peach yogurt, and white toffee with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy lemon, green apple, and nutshell finish.
86 points $16.51
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206294
Lumos
2013 Temperance Hill Vineyard Gewurztraminer
Golden color. Aromas of jasmine, lanolin, dried apple, and peppery gherkin with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart lemon, nutskin, and green starfruit finish. A nice dry white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206353
Falkner
2012 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
golden silver color. Aromas of roasted peppers and grapefruit and passionfruit have a touch of yeast with a silky, dryish medium body and a delicate honeydew melon and yellow apple skin finish. A nice mellow sipper.
86 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206200
PDX
2013 Schmidt's Vineyard Traminette
Straw color. Aromas of pressed roses, musky peaches, and overripe white grapes with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an earthy grape stem, lychee, and chalk accented finish.
86 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206181
Envy Wines
2012 Rosé Napa Valley
Pale ruby color. Aromas of baked cherries and berries and toasted cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart lemon pepper, melon, and earth finish. A nice dried styled table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206180
Envy Wines
2012 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Toasty aroma of lemon curd pastry, nougat and cream with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy, orange spice cake accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205883
Esser Vineyards
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Aromas of white grapefruit, yellow apple, and sweet grass with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a straw, melon and cream accented finish. Good varietal character.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206204
Pedroncelli
2013 East Side Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of aloe, overripe melon, and guava with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a citrus ice and earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206160
Midsummer Cellars
2013 "GMRV" Yolo County
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of melon, cream, graham cracker, and fig with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a yeasty, toasty spike cake, starfruit and nutskin accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206201
PDX
2013 "Yield" Chester County
Pale golden silver color. Aromas smoky grilled citrus and stone fruit, geranium, and gherkin aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a singed almond and earth accented finish. Maybe a bit too much smoky oak for some; try with smoked oysters.
85 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206188
Wagner Vineyards
2012 Caywood East Vineyard, Dry Riesling
Silvery straw color. Aromas of baked lemon and rubber sap with a dryish light body and a terse chalky finish. Serve with food.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206172
Chacewater
2013 Rosé Sierra Foothills
Lovely pink ruby color. Aromas of baked strawberries, aloe, and shortcake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and drying melon rind and mulberry finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206199
PDX
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden color. Smoky aromas of grilled citrus and stone fruits and cheese with a soft, dryish medium body and an oily, smoked nut and earth finish. Smoky oak notes mask the fruit.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206170
Chacewater
2013 Organically Grown Grapes Sauvignon Blanc
yellow color. Aromas of brewer’s yeast and lemon pasty with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a melon rind and grass accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206171
Chacewater
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of overripe tomato, chili pepper, gooseberry, and creme fraiche with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a grassy earth and nutshell finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206161
Midsummer Cellars
2013 Grenache Rosé Yolo County
Light pink silver color with an orange cast. Interesting herbal meaty aromas evoke memories of ballpark franks with relish with a dry light-to-medium body and an oily, cherry pit finish. Different.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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