December 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
208460
Lakewood
2013 Valvin Muscat
Pale silvery straw color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, apple sauce, and peach sorbet with a silky, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish revealing nuances of sweet citrus and melon with no oak. A delicious, balanced, and not-too-sweet ’dessert’ wine that is dry enough for entrees too.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208525
Puzzle Pieces
2012 White Wine Santa Ynez Valley
Gold color. Rich aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, coconut cream, and peach with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with notes of yellow apple, delicate spiced nuts, melon, and pear. A very tasty and nuanced white blend that is sure to please.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208570
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2013 Estate, Rosé Chehalem Mountains
Salmon ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spiced strawberries, cherry butter, and nougat with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long finish with touches of spice, savory citrus, and minerals with fine tannins and light oak. A very nuanced and delicious, adult rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208658
Shenandoah
2013 Shenandoah Blanc Shenandoah Valley
Silvery straw color. Attractive, bright, creamy aromas and flavors of apple custard tart and tropical fruit salad with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, breezy finish evoking accents of banana custard, delicate spice, and pineapple sorbet with crunchy tannins. A delicious and zesty white sipper.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208446
deLorimier
2013 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Golden straw bright medium color. Complex aromas and flavors of lemons, gooseberries, cats pee, and turned earth with a chewy, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, complex finish with fine tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208438
Handley
2013 Riesling
Bright medium straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of yellow apples, paraffin, and bitter lemon with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a mildly astringent, captivating, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208540
Westport
2013 "Fleur de Lis" Yakima Valley
Silver color. Bright aromas and flavors of peach chutney and fruit salad with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of spiced apples, Meyer lemon, and melon. A very tasty and balanced pinot gris.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208542
Westport
2013 "Bordello Blonde" Yakima Valley
Pale silvery straw color. Interesting, fruity, yeasty aromas and flavors of piña colada, lemon Greek yogurt, stollen, and honeycomb with a lively, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish displaying notes of honeyed apples and peaches and Meyer lemon tart with no oak. A delicious and vibrant fruit-forward white blend that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208792
Quail Creek
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of key lime pie, orange-kiwi marmalade, and dried blossoms with a vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of melon, nuts, apple, and delicate earth. A lovely elegant pinot grigio with great varietal character and balance.
90 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208463
Lakewood
2013 Riesling
Straw light pale bright color. Attractive aromas and flavors of stone fruit, apricot pits, Meyer lemon, and spun sugar with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely, harmonious expression of the Riesling varietal.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208559
Worthy
2010 "Five Clones" Napa Valley
Light golden silver color. Delicate, inviting aromas of grapefruit chutney, gooseberry custard, and straw with a soft, dryish body and a tingling, cheery Meyer lemon, melon, and earth finish. A vivacious and nicely structured sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208439
Handley
2013 Gewürztraminer
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of peaches, lychee, and peony with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish. A delicious and balanced gewurztraminer with nice style and length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208682
Jana
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Rich aromas and flavors of exotic tropical fruit salad, grapefruit custard, and delicate herbs with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish displaying notes of guava, minerals, delicate spice, and melon rind with fruit tannins and no oak. An exotic and distinctive sauvignon blanc that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208541
Westport
2013 "Captain Gray" Yakima Valley
Silvery straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of white rose and peach sorbet with a supple, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length finish that presents impressions of fruit salad, rose water, and honey. A bold, fruit jammed gewurztraminer with pleasant sweetness and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208544
Westport
2013 "Willapa White" Yakima Valley
Light silvery straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of pineapple cake and lemon meringue pie with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, carefree finish with impressions of kiwi and green apple. A tasty, tangy sipper or table companion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208571
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2013 Estate Riesling
Bright clear silvery straw color. Complex aromas and flavors of baked apple, latex, minerality, and volcanic dust with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208482
Grgich Hills
2012 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc
Straw bright medium color. Complex aromas and flavors of spiced lemons, toasty lees, savory herbs, and butter brickle with a lightly tannic, lively, dry full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. This is about as savory as American Sauvignon Blanc gets.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208799
The California Winery
2013 White Zinfandel California
Bright medium salmon color. Aromas and flavors of spiced red berries, lychees, yellow roses, and yellow plums with a silky, crisp, off-dry medium-full body and a colossal finish. Nicely balanced blend that is quite harmonious.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208619
Wollersheim
2013 Dry Riesling
Light golden silver color. Bright aromas and flavors of kiwi and nectarine with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with notes of pineapple, Meyer lemon, honey, and earth. A delicious, lively riesling for all occasions.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208794
Salmon Creek
2013 Pinot Grigio
Yellow color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of baked peach, nut brittle, and melon sorbet with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-length finish with notes of honeyed lime. A very nice zesty pinot grigio that will be great with spicy dishes.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208660
Kitchen Sink
NV Reserve, White Table Wine California
Clear pale silvery straw color. Bright, complex aromas and flavors of lychees, musky peaches, white flowers, and Meyer lemons with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very complex balanced harmonious white wine blend.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208526
Calamity Sue
2013 Riesling
Bright pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of lightly spiced apricots, bubblegum dust, cream, and nice hint of minerality with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium-full body and a smooth, very complex, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Full, rich flavors are all in balance as the residual sugar holds everything in check.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208652
Elk Run
2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Gewürztraminer
Yellow color. Rich, floral aromas and flavors of exotic honey, flower garden, and peach-grape jam with a soft, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, buoyant finish evoking accents of guava and melon. A pleasant, ethereal gewurztraminer with a really nice, earthy floral character.
89 points $24.33
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208543
Westport
2012 "Lighthouse White" Yakima Valley
Golden silver color. Bold, complex aromas and flavors of baked exotic tropical fruits, toasted meringue, melon, and rubber sap with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, engaging finish imparting notes of honeyed pineapple and papaya-lime relish with fruit tannins and no oak. A lot of fun, fruity layers here.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208616
Ledson
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Rich aromas and flavors of warm peach cobbler, guava gelato, and melon ice with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, breezy finish with impressions of ripe citrus and straw with fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and refreshing sauvignon blanc with nice restraint and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208776
ForestVille
2012 Chenin Blanc
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple custard and nougat with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with accents of honeyed clementine. A very tasty, spot on chenin blanc.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208787
J.W. Morris
2012 White Zinfandel California
Bright pale salmon color. Lively, complex aromas and flavors of red berries, lychees, and plum pits with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, layered, medium-length finish with fine tannins and light oak. A very refreshing adult rose.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208786
J.W. Morris
2013 Moscato
Pale golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of wax candy, lemon-lime powder, instant ice tea, and tropical fruit with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, breezy honey and peach sorbet finish. A very tasty and appetizing dessert wine.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208788
Long Lake
2013 Pinot Grigio
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of fruit custard tart and floral honey with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish that shows notes of green pineapple, nuts, and earth. A rock solid sipper with nice balance and style.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208755
Coastal Ridge
2013 White Zinfandel California
Bright clear color. Attractive aromas and flavors of black raspberries, red plums, hint of peaches, and red apple with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A refreshing adult rose that is very refreshing.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208620
Wollersheim
2013 White Riesling American
Light golden silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of green apple and meringue with a supple, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree finish with elements of honey, nectarine, and lime. A nice zesty, off-dry sipper.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208760
Cottonwood Creek
2013 White Table Wine California
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted apple and nougat with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery finish that shows nuances of green apple and lemon curd. A nice fruity sipper that is sure to please.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208796
Salmon Creek
2013 White Zinfandel California
Bright salmon color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberries, red ju ju beads, plums, and wild strawberries with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a silky, complex, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, balanced summer rosé.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208751
Allure
NV Pink Moscato California
Pink steel gray color. Lively aromas and flavors of berry custard, cherry, and orange with a supple, crisp, petillant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy finish that shows accents of delicate bubblegum spice. A very tasty and lively pink moscato.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208752
Allure
NV White Moscato California
Straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of honeyed nuts, lemon ice, and dried flowers with a supple, tangy, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length finish displaying accents of melon, mandarin orange, and Meyer lemon. A very refreshing and appetizing off-dry bubbly.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208628
Bordeleau
2013 Moscato
Pale silvery straw color. Interesting, yeasty aromas and flavors of fallen grapes, lychee nut, French milled soap, and stollen with a soft, crisp, off-dry light body and a smooth, engaging, breezy finish evoking notes of spiced peach, pressed flowers, and dusty minerals. An intriguing earthy floral dessert wine.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208445
deLorimier
2013 "Spectrum" Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium silvery straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of Persian figs, grilled lemons, peppery herbs, and cream of tomato soup with a chewy, puckering, dry full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with fine tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208768
Douglass Hill
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright pale silvery straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lemon grass, ripe apples, red table grapes, and toast with a chewy, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208773
Estrella
2013 Lot #3, Proprietor's Reserve White California
Clear silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of stone fruits, bees wax, and toast with a chewy, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant refreshing white wine.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208780
Fox Brook
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Light golden silver color. Toasty aromas and flavors of citrus jelly on toast and guava with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, buoyant finish evoking impressions of honeyed lime and grapefruit. Nice fruit and acidity.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208771
Estrella
2013 Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Grigio
Pale golden silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of fruit salad and peaches in cream with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy finish evoking overtones of honeyed nut, apple skin, and Meyer lemon. A tasty, easy-drinking pinot grigio.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208777
ForestVille
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden silver color. Lively aromas and flavors of French toast with syrup and lemon-lime curd with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy finish with notes of nectarine, melon sorbet, and nougat. A nice lively sipper or table wine.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208783
Grand Cru
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Light golden silver color. Lively aromas and flavors of toasted coconut and pineapple, orange tart, and grapefruit custard with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, buoyant finish with accents of honeyed yellow apple and vanilla milk. A nice, toasty, oak influenced sauvignon blanc that is sure to please.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208753
Coastal Ridge
2012 Gewurztraminer
Silvery straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of floral honey, fruit salad, and nougat with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a snappy finish that shows nuances of pear custard. A very tasty and fruity gewurz.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208798
The California Winery
2013 Moscato
Bright straw color. Muted aromas of lemon balm and honeycomb with a supple, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy orange, honeyed lemon, apple, and cling peach finish with no oak. A nice tangy, fruity moscato.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208775
Forest Glen
2013 "Forest Fire", White Merlot California
Medium ruby bright color. Aromas and flavors of spiced red plums, stone fruit, pectin, and turned earth with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Lots of subtle flavors nicely woven together.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208757
Coastal Vines
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light silvery straw color. Complex, attractive aromas and flavors of Meyer lemons, yellow apples, honeysuckle, and potters clay with a chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a engaging finish.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208791
Motos Liberty
2012 Pinot Grigio
Golden silver color. Toasty aromas and flavors of creamy nougat and peach-apple tart with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, delightful, cheery finish with accents of kiwi, almond skin, and vanilla-lemon cookie. A spry, tasty pinot grigio for everyday enjoyment.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208523
Peirano
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Golden straw bright medium color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lemon candy lik-a maid (Pez), faint coconut, and later - bitter lemon Schweppes with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, involved, medium-long finish with fine tannins and light oak.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208748
Six Degrees
2013 Rosé California
Ruby light color. Attractive aromas and flavors of red berries, red delicious apples, pepper, and gravel with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208464
Lakewood
2013 Gewürztraminer
Golden yellow color. Mild aromas and flavors of lychee nut, dried flowers, and baked peach with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, snappy finish with notes of honeycomb and hint of pepper with no oak. A solid, fruity gewurz.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208631
White Pine
2013 Traminette
Straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of orange custard, blossoms, and tropical fruits with a silky, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting finish that presents notes of honeycomb and leafy earth. A nice fruity, off-dry sipper.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208528
Pebble
2012 Viognier
Golden silver color. Lively aromas and flavors of ripe peach, tapioca, and honeyed pear with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, carefree finish with notes of nutskin, earth, and apple. A nice zippy viognier.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208539
Westport
2012 "Elk River" Yakima Valley
Bright pale platinum straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of yellow apples, petrol, and nice earth with a satiny, lively, off-dry full body and a medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208761
Crane Lake
2013 Moscato
Straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of lemon blossoms, oranges, and cling peaches with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy finish that presents accents of honey and lemon sorbet. A nice crowd-pleasing off-dry moscato.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208763
Crane Lake
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Mild aromas and flavors of kiwi chutney and grapefruit with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery finish manifesting notes of white grapefruit, grass, and melon. A tasty, easy going sipper.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208766
Douglass Hill
2013 Moscato
Straw color. Delicate aromas of dried citrus, honeycomb, and straw with a supple, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a mandarin orange finish with no oak. A nice fruity, easy-drinking moscato.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208767
Douglass Hill
2013 Pinot Grigio
Golden straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of ripe nectarine, sweet citrus, and nutshell with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish. A tasty pinot grigio for everyday enjoyment.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208789
Long Lake
2012 White Zinfandel California
Bright pale pink salmon color. Fruity aromas and flavors of red berries, spiced plums, and wild strawberries with a soft, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208793
Pink Truck
2013 Pink Blend California
Salmon ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of strawberries in cream and watermelon with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with notes of honeyed cherry. A nice, carefree rosé.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208659
Kitchen Sink
NV White Table Wine California
Straw color. Bright aromas of peach custard, citrus peel, and earth with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, refreshing, breezy pear and melon finish. A nice sipper.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208756
Coastal Vines
2013 Pinot Grigio
Light golden yellow color. Interesting aromas and flavors of herb bread, nougat, and pears in cream with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with shades of nectarine skin and earth. A nice everyday sipper.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208627
Bordeleau
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of pear custard, grilled quince, and gherkin with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying notes of melon rind, delicate grass, and nutshell with leafy tannins. A nice relaxing sauvignon blanc.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208533
Johnson Estate
2013 Freelings Creek, Sweet Riesling
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey crisp apples, stone fruit, and later a toasty leesyness with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Could see this at the end of a meal for closure.
86 points $13.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208560
Truth
2013 "Cuvee de Fume" California
Straw pale color. Fruity aromas of green apples, burnt lemon, green figs, and honey suckle with a flat, bright, dry medium body and a warming, papery flavors detract finish with fine tannins and light oak. An easy quaffer.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208630
White Pine
2013 Reserve Riesling
Silvery straw color. Delicate aromas of apple wine gums, yellow gummy bear candy, a very subtle cherry/red fruit, and toasted yeast with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a engaging finish. Very subtle, complex "old world " style riesling
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208657
Shenandoah
2013 Johannisberg Riesling Shenandoah Valley
Bright light silvery straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of stone fruit, ripe green apple, hint of honeysuckle, and hint of minerality and candle wax with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, charming, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208681
Jana
2013 Riesling
Bright medium straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of apple butter, dried straw, minerality, and powdered (dried) mushrooms with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208765
Crane Lake
2013 White Zinfandel California
Pink silver color. Bright aromas and flavors of strawberry custard pie with a crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, crisp finish with nuances of lemon gelato and cherry jam. A nice fruity quaffer.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208769
Douglass Hill
2013 White Zinfandel California
Salmon pink silver color. Mild aromas and flavors of watermelon candy and strawberry sauce with a supple, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp finish with suggestions of honeyed green apple. A fun, super fruity rosé.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208779
ForestVille
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of citrus marmalade, raisin toast, and passionfruit with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a seamless, breezy finish with overtones of lime and apple sauce. A pleasant, easy drinking white.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208785
Hacienda
2013 Riesling
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple cake and apple-peach strudel with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling finish manifesting touches of honeyed kiwi and earth with fruit tannins. A fun, fruity, carefree sipper.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208621
Cedar Creek
2013 "Waterfall" Riesling
Yellow color. Mild aromas and flavors of green pineapple and nectarine with a supple, lively, off-dry light-to-medium body and a breezy finish with accents of green apple, honey cream, and citrus. A solid off-dry quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208750
Albertoni
2013 White Zinfandel California
Salmon pink silver color. Fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon candy, strawberry soda, and whipped cream with a soft, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish. A nice off-dry pink sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208749
Albertoni
2013 Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nectarine, lemon, and faint herbs with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp finish with suggestions of nutskin and earth with light oak. A pleasant everyday sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208795
Salmon Creek
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden yellow color. Mild aromas and flavors of grilled lime, guava jam, and lemon scone with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish that exhibits nuances of grapefruit and nuts. A solid sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208759
Cottonwood Creek
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden straw color. Curious aromas and flavors of butter pecan ice cream and melon sorbet with a soft, bright, fruity light body and a sleek, amusing, breezy finish that exhibits impressions of vanilla caramel, peach cobbler, and lime curd with fine tannins and light oak. An interesting oak influenced pinot grigio with confectionary streak.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208531
Johnson Estate
2013 Freelings Creek, Dry Riesling
Pale silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple gum, hint of licorice, and a bit of dried earth with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish with no tannins and no oak. A easy drinking wine for the garden.
85 points $13.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208532
Johnson Estate
2013 Freelings Creek, Semi Dry Riesling
Silvery straw pale color. Lively aromas and flavors of yellow apples and faint peachiness with a soft, bright, off-dry medium body and a warming, terse finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant simple off-dry white wine.
85 points $13.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208624
Save Me, San Francisco
2013 "Bulletproof Picasso" Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of soft lemons, bubble gum dust, and star anise with a soft, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An easy white wine for the outdoor deck and summer sipping.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208653
Elk Run
2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Riesling
Straw medium bright color. Bright aromas and flavors of spiced apples, soft ripe lemon, and light earthiness with a soft, crisp, petillant, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
85 points $16.51
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208527
Bright Eyed Bird
2012 Pinot Grigio
Golden silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, nougat, and spiced raisins with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with touches of yellow apple, earth, and nutskin. A nice easy sipper.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208797
Sea Ridge
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed raisin toast and orange marmalade with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish that shows accents of grapefruit and lemon curd. A nice quaffer.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208772
Estrella
2013 Proprietor's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Pale gold color. Delicate aromas and flavors of candied lime and grapefruit-ginger sorbet with a soft, bright, fruity light body and a sleek, cheery finish. A nice relaxed sipper.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208770
Estrella
2013 "Proprietor's Reserve" Moscato
Straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb and dried citrus with a soft, tangy, off-dry light body and a smooth, carefree finish displaying notes of pear and honey cream. A solid, fruity off-dry quaffer.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208782
Grand Cru
2013 Pinot Grigio
Light golden yellow color. Mild aromas of peaches in cream, lemon powder, and honeycomb with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a fast nutskin and dried tropical citrus finish. A sturdy sipper.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208784
Grand Cru
2013 White Zinfandel California
Pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry custard with a silky, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, easy finish that shows elements of melon and nutskin. A fun, fruity quaffer.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208758
Coastal Vines
2013 White Zinfandel California
Pink silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of strawberries and cherries with a soft, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, rapid finish with notes of melon sorbet and apple sauce. A pleasant off-dry quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208622
Cedar Creek
2013 Gewürztraminer
Yellow color. Mild, yeasty aromas and flavors of soda bread, peach chutney, and melon with a soft, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift finish that presents accents of watermelon and honey. A light, fruity quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208774
Fat Cat
2013 Pinot Grigio
Yellow color. Muted aromas and flavors of peach tart and powdered lemon with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, brisk finish with impressions of melon and cream. A pleasant sipper.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208790
Motos Liberty
2013 Moscato
Pale golden yellow color. Mild aromas and flavors of nougat, papaya relish, and melon sorbet with a supple, bright, fruity sweet light body and a polished, brisk finish evoking overtones of honey and jicama. A pleasant dessert wine.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208462
Lakewood
2013 Dry Riesling
Medium bright color. Attractive aromas and flavors of sour lemon and green apple skin with a chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208629
White Pine
2012 Reserve Riesling
Golden straw clear color. Bright aromas of petrol - latex, apricots, and banana skin with a supple, crisp, off-dry medium body and a warming, interesting, tangy upturned finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Rounded easy white that would benefit with some time in an ice bucket.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208461
Lakewood
2013 "3 Generations" Riesling
Silvery straw color. Complex, lively, bright aromas and flavors of ripe apples, peach skin, and sour lemon with a lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant everyday sipper.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208781
Foxhollow
2013 White Zinfandel California
Bright salmon platinum color. Bright aromas and flavors of strawberry jam and cherry sorbet with a silky, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a polished, swift finish evoking suggestions of honeyed melon and nut. A nice carefree quaffer.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208754
Coastal Ridge
2013 Moscato
Pink steel gray color. Delicate aromas and flavors of berry custard, nut brittle, and straw with a silky, tangy, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, rapid finish with suggestions of cherry bubblegum, orange custard, and nutshell. A solid off-dry sipper.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208569
Grande River Vineyards
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Bold, exotic aromas and flavors of goat cheese rind, gooseberry-fig jam on toast pints, delicate pickling spices, and white tea leaves with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, cheery finish that presents accents of pickled melon, kaffir lime, and dusty straw. A very savory and distinctive sauvignon blanc for robust earthy dishes.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208524
Screaming Goat
2013 Gewürztraminer
Light golden silver color. Interesting aromas of floral lotion, macadamia nuts, and peach orange cake with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk yellow apple and pepper finish. Serve with a good chill.
83 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208762
Crane Lake
2013 Riesling
Pale golden silver color. Muted aromas and flavors of nut brittle and caramel apple with a soft, shy, off-dry light body and a swift finish. A pleasant patio wine.
82 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208778
ForestVille
2013 Riesling
Golden silver color. Mild aromas of sesame candy and salt water taffy with a soft, bright, off-dry light body and a smooth, brisk green apple, lemonade, and balsa finish.
82 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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