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May 2014 - US - Summer/Aromatic White Wines and Rosé

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

Heitz 2013 Grignolino Rosé Napa Valley
94 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Lumos 2013 Temperance Hill Vineyard, "Julia" Pinot Gris
94 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2013  Gewurtztraminer
93 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Grizzly Peak 2012 Estate Vineyard Pinot Gris
93 points
$18
Best Buy
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
Casa Larga 2012 Medium Dry Riesling
92 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2013 Dry Rosé of Sangiovese Alexander Valley
92 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Casa Larga 2012  Muscat Ottonel
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Lumos 2013 "Rudolfo" Pinot Gris
92 points
$18
Best Buy
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
Lakewood 2012  Riesling
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Falkner 2012 Estate Grown, Rosato Temecula Valley
91 points
$15.95
Best Buy
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
Cape May NV White New Jersey
91 points
$17
Best Buy
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
Hagafen 2013  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$24
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.
Borderland 2013 Wilson Vineyard Riesling
91 points
$24.53
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
Greyscale 2011 Cuvée Blanc Napa Valley
91 points
$34
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.
Pedroncelli 2013 "friends.white" Sonoma County
90 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Casa Larga 2012 Dry Riesling
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Bordeleau  Dry Rosé Maryland
90 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Grizzly Peak 2012 Estate Vineyard, "Rumor" Rogue Valley
90 points
$19
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.
Castoro Cellars 2012 Estate, Whale Rock Vineyard Pinot Grigio
90 points
$21
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.
Grgich Hills 2012 Estate Fume Blanc
90 points
$30
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.
Pedroncelli 2013 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
89 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Wagner Vineyards 2012 Estate, Select Riesling
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Wagner Vineyards 2012 Estate, Semi Dry Riesling
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Falkner 2012  Riesling
89 points
$19.95
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
Lumos 2013 "Chiquita", Rosé of Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
89 points
$22
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.
flipflop 2012  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$7
Best Buy
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
Alexandria Nicole 2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "a-SQUARED" Rosé Horse Heaven Hills
88 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Bordeleau  Wicomico Blush Maryland
88 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Canyon Wind 2013 47-Ten White Grand Valley
88 points
$12.95
Best Buy
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
Lakewood 2012 Dry Riesling
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Castoro Cellars 2013 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Casa Larga 2012  Gewurtztraminer
88 points
$16.99
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
Cape May 2013  Riesling
88 points
$18
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.
PDX 2013  Pinot Blanc
88 points
$20.99
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
Envy Wines 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$24
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.
Calcareous Vineyards 2013 Vin Gris of Grenache Paso Robles
88 points
$28
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.
Canyon Wind 2013 47-Ten Rosé Grand Valley
87 points
$12.95
Best Buy
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
Heritage NV Cuvée Blanc Outer Coastal Plain
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Heritage 2012 Dry Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Cape May 2013  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$20
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.
Ordaz 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$20
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.
Elk Run 2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Pinot Gris
86 points
$16.51
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
Lumos 2013 Temperance Hill Vineyard Gewurztraminer
86 points
$19
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.
Falkner 2012 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$19.95
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
PDX 2013 Schmidts Vineyard Traminette
86 points
$20.99
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
Envy Wines 2012 Rosé Napa Valley
86 points
$22
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.
Envy Wines 2012 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$50
Toasty aroma of lemon curd pastry, nougat and cream with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy, orange spice cake accented finish.
Esser Vineyards 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$10.99
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
Pedroncelli 2013 East Side Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$14
Aromas of aloe, overripe melon, and guava with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a citrus ice and earth finish.
Midsummer Cellars 2013 "GMRV" Yolo County
85 points
$19
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.
PDX 2013 "Yield" Chester County
85 points
$20.99
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
Wagner Vineyards 2012 Caywood East Vineyard, Dry Riesling
84 points
$14.99
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
Chacewater 2013 Rosé Sierra Foothills
84 points
$16
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.
PDX 2013  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$17.99
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
Chacewater 2013 Organically Grown Grapes Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$15
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.
Chacewater 2013  Sauvignon Blanc
82 points
$14
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.
Midsummer Cellars 2013 Grenache Rosé Yolo County
82 points
$19
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.
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