May 2015 - US Summer Whites & Rosé

This month's Wine feature is US “Summer Whites” & Rosé Wines
US Summer Whites & Rosé Reviews
210385
Summit Lake
2013 "Blythe Susan" Howell Mountain
Bright medium salmon color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of berry tart and toasted nuts with a oily, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long honeyed sour cherries, melon, tangerine, and minerals finish with firm tannins and light oak. A robustly flavorful rose with great acidity.
95 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210243
Hosmer
2013 Riesling
Bright pale golden straw color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of tropical fruit tart, dried apricot, and floral honey with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-length green apple and peach skin finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. A fruity, crowd pleasing riesling with a satisfying honeyed character.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210384
Cape May
2014 "White" Vidal Blanc
Golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of pineapple yogurt and honeyed nuts with a satiny, lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, long roasted apples, dried peach, orange, and minerals finish. A delicious and robust late harvest style vidal with great acidity.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210157
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2013 Reserve Riesling
Light silvery straw color. Delicate, tropical aromas of guava, mango, and honey with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length green apple, peach, and lime sorbet finish with crunchy fruit tannins and no oak. A deliciously zesty and zippy riesling with great intensity and balance.
93 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210195
Point of the Bluff
2013 Dry Riesling
Bright clear light straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of lemon custard tart, kiwi, and melon with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length key lime, green apple, and mineral finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very precise and vibrant Old World styled riesling that will be great at the table.
92 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210183
Brassfield Estate
2013 "Serenity" Reserve High Valley
Medium bright golden yellow color. Delicate, interesting, toasty spicy aromas of key lime pie with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk green apple finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A little like sauvignon blanc with all the corners knocked off, non-floral gewurz.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210245
Castoro Cellars
2013 Rosato di Paso Paso Robles
Medium clear coral orange color. Floral, creamy exotic aromas of orange blossom with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, easy tropical fruit finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Nicely sophisticated and complex.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210158
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2013 Pinot Gris
Bright light straw color. Lively, fruity, minerally aromas of stewed peaches, sea salt, apricot pits, and gravel with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A well made white.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210259
Casa Larga
NV "Vineyard Hill" Riesling
Brilliant pale silver color. Mild, fruity, nutty tropical aromas of dried citrus, nougat, and guanabana with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length lemon and green apple finish with no oak. A delightfully pure and refreshing riesling.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210255
Casa Larga
2014 Vidal Blanc
Brilliant white gold color. Floral, fruity aromas of lilacs, honeyed peaches, and spiced apples with a supple, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length pineapple, mango, and tangerine finish with no oak. A pure and mouthwatering vidal for sipping or the table.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210300
ONEHOPE
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Medium pale clear bright gold color. Spicy, herbal classic interesting aromas of spice/nutmeg and dried flowers with a soft, dryish light body and a warming, atypical, medium-length pie crust finish with fine tannins and light oak. Pushes the sauvignon blanc standard, unusual but tasty.
91 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210218
Pollak Vineyards
2013 Estate Viognier
Emerald straw color. Mild, fruity aromas of tropical citrus, honey Greek yogurt, dried peach, and grape leaves with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length golden apple, lemon curd, nuts, and earth finish with no oak. A nicely nuanced viognier with great varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210220
Sobon Estate
2014 ReZerve Rose
Clear medium ruby garnet color. Mild, classic, floral fruity aromas of banana with a velvety, crisp, light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick green apple, lemon curd finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Very southern Rhone, a nice summer food wine.
90 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210122
St. Clair Winery
2013 Malvasia Bianca
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Floral, fruity aromas of lychee, peony, and honeyed peach with a supple, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, snappy apple sauce finish with no oak. A fun and fruity off-dry patio sipper.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210276
Ledson
2014 Pinot Noir Rose
Pale silver pink color. Bright, floral, interesting aromas of jasmine, puffed rice, melon, and beeswax with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length mulberry and kiwi finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced, very adult rosé with an elegant style.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210150
Hanna
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale light straw color. Rich, citrusy aromas of grapefruit, green pepper, and pickled melon with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long gooseberries, Meyer lemon, and earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and vibrant sauvignon blanc with great varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210311
Pearmund Cellars
2013 Viognier
Golden straw color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of fruit custard tart and peach cobbler a la mode with a glycerous, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length roasted nuts and melon finish with light oak. A well crafted viognier with nice texture and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210274
Ledson
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of gooseberry jam and grapefruit custard with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length Meyer lemon and green apple custard finish with no oak. An attractive, vibrant sauvignon with great fruit and snappy acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210279
CK Mondavi
2014 Pinot Grigio
Silver color. Attractive, exotic aromas of starfruit, pineapple, and nougat with a silky, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, delightful, snappy lime curd and caramel apple finish. A refreshing pinot grigio that is sure to please.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210317
Pedroncelli
2014 "Signature Selection" Dry Rose of Zinfandel
Bright pale salmon color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of cherry custard, strawberry preserves on toast, and twig with a soft, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy lemon marmalade and pepper finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A snappy, very refreshing rose that will be great with food.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210116
Canyon Wind
2014 47-Ten White Grand Valley
White gold color. Bright, toasty, fruity attractive aromas of ripe cantaloupe and apple tart with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy citrus and sweet cream finish with no oak. A silky, easy drinking white blend that is sure to please.
89 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210315
Pedroncelli
2014 "East Side Vineyards" Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Aromas of apples, white blossoms, delicate spicy nougat, and linen with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an interesting, breezy yellow apple, lime, starfruit, and minerals finish with no oak. An elegant, zesty sauvignon blanc with a nice sense of place.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210152
Grizzly Peak
2013 Estate Pinot Gris
Bright light straw green color. Fruity, nutty savory aromas of stone fruit, dried hay, roasted almonds, and honeysuckle with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A savory complex white for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210202
Lumos
2014 "Rudolfo" Logsdon Ridge Pinot Gris
Clear light golden straw color. Lively, citrusy, complex aromas of lemon, green apple on the tree, nectarine, and fuel-like minerals with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, compelling, breezy nutskin finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely balanced and flavorful pinot gris.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210217
Pollak Vineyards
2014 Estate Rose
Bright pale medium sunburst amber color. Delicate, fruity, herbal floral aromas of raspberries, heather, sandalwood, and toast with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated tannins and no oak. A very nice understated, stylish wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210275
Ledson
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of exotic tropical citrus, coconut cream, and delicate spice with a supple, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length lemon, melon rind, and wheat grass finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A crisp and attractive, dry sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209968
De La Cruz
NV Riesling
Clear medium straw color. Mild, interesting, odd minerally aromas of flowers and dried citrus with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an even, intriguing, brisk limeade finish with no tannins and light oak. A nice new world off-dry Chinese-food wine.
88 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210280
CK Mondavi
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Clear light straw green color. Rich, spicy, earthy classic savory aromas of cat pee and earthy with a silky, crisp, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk grapefruit and lime rind finish with no tannins and no oak. A rock solid sauvignon blanc.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210257
Casa Larga
NV "Pallido" Finger Lakes
Silvery straw color. Mild aromas of lemon soda bread, flower buds, clementine, and microgreens with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, snappy white grape and plum skins and lemon curd finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. An attractive, easy drinking sipper.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210254
Casa Larga
2014 Dry Rose Finger Lakes
Pink coral color. Bright, floral aromas of watermelon sorbet and white strawberry with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a easy Meyer lemon and orange peel finish with crunchy fruit tannins. A very nice, dry adult rose.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210351
Martin & Weyrich
2013 Moscato
Light straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of honeysuckle, peaches, and potpourri with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, amusing, breezy lemon sorbet and apple sauce finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty and easy drinking off-dry sipper.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210200
White Pine
NV White Expression
Yellow straw color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of peach cobbler, kiwi gelato, and lily with a supple, crisp, off-dry light body and a smooth, interesting, carefree melon, honey, apple, and earth finish with no oak. A nice carefree, off-dry sipper.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210316
Pedroncelli
2014 "Friends" White Sonoma County
Yellow color. Aromas of honeysuckle, apple sauce, and ripe tropical citrus with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, easy green pear, starfruit, mineral, and pepper dust finish with no oak. A soft, easy drinking white.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210092
Heritage
NV 4th Edition Cuvèe Blanc Outer Coastal Plain
Yellow straw color. Bright, toasty, buttery aromas of phyllo fruit pastry and nut brittle with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lemon curd, green apple, and lime finish. A vivacious and table friendly offering.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210348
Sand Dollar
2013 Pinot Grigio
White gold color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of honeyed peaches and spiced apples with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, carefree lemon and nutskin finish with no oak. A zesty, satisfying pinot grigio that will be good with salads.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210115
Calamity Sue
2013 Riesling
Yellow color. Aromas of yellow apple and nectarine with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, crisp apple sauce, citrus gelato, and honeyed pear finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A soft, attractive, easy drinking summer white wine.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210149
Hanna
2013 Rosé Alexander Valley
Salmon orange color. Bright, fruity aromas of sour cherries and watermelon sorbet with a supple, tart, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, breezy Meyer lemon, white mulberry, nutskin, and minerals finish with light oak. A very nice dry adult rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210331
Chatom
2014 Estate Grown Syrah Rose
Bright light violet color. Rich, fruity aromas of choke cherry jam and strawberry shortcake with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long melon, blood orange, nutskin, and pepper finish with fruit firm tannins and light oak. A very nice, dry adult rose with a captivating color.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210203
Lumos
2014 "Julia" Temperance Hill Pinot Gris
Clear light golden straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of lemon poppyseed soap, nectarine tart, praline, and gravel with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, breezy citrus and melon finish with fine fruit tannins and light oak. A zesty, mouthwatering pinot gris that is sure to please at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210031
24 Brix
2012 Sierra Foothills
Medium bright golden straw color. Rich, toasty, fruity aromas of coconut macaroon, very ripe banana and mango, and earth with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, breezy coconut cream, nut, pear skin, and lime finish with silky tannins and light oak. A creamy, nicely oaked, fume style sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210117
Canyon Wind
2014 47-Ten Rosé Grand Valley
Pale clear light ruby color. Lively, fruity aromas of plums, black currants, red licorice, and fleur de sel with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely balanced, juicy savory wine.
87 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210213
Firesteed
2012 Riesling
Silvery straw color. Mild aromas of starfruit, dried citrus, and almond skin with a lean, tart, dryish light body and a polished, cheery limeade, green apple skin, and minerals finish with no oak. A nice zesty quaffer.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210307
Shenandoah Vineyards
2014 Blanc Shenandoah Valley
Silvery emerald straw color. Waxy aromas of honeycomb, geranium, and pear-fig jam with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy clementine, lemon sorbet, and homemade apple sauce finish with no oak. A tasty, lightly floral sipper.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210161
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2014 Dry Rosé Finger Lakes
Siam color. Delicate, smoky aromas of roasted berries and nuts and grilled citrus and watermelon with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy sour cherry finish with light oak. An interesting smoky rose that will be good with grilled foods.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210196
Point of the Bluff
2013 Semi Dry Riesling
Pale golden straw color. Delicate, yeasty aromas of soda bread, candied lemon, and balloon dust with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant chalk, green apples and crabapples, lime, and grass finish with crunchy fruit tannins and no oak. A very crisp and racy riesling that will be great with shellfish.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210215
Cedar Mountain
2014 Del Arroyo Vineyard Pinot Grigio
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of nectarine and nougat with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, breezy melon rind finish with no oak. A nice mellow pinot grigio for sipping.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210244
Hosmer
2013 Dry Riesling
Pale bright golden straw color. Mild, fruity, earthy aromas of papaya custard, melon rind, fallen apple, and lemon water with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk lime and mineral finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A dry, very Old World styled riesling with crisp acidity and good minerality.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210184
Brassfield Estate
2013 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris
Medium clear golden straw color. Fruity, earthy aromas of nectarines, turned earth, fleur de sel, and dried twigs with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Lively flavors could take on earthier fare.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210330
Chatom
2013 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
Pale light golden straw color. Delicate, toasty aromas of citrus cream puff pastry and banana nut muffin with a silky, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, refreshing, breezy lime cream, nuts, and grass finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A snappy sauvignon blanc that will be good at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210283
CK Mondavi
2014 Moscato
Bright pale straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of banana taffy and baked lemons and peaches with a supple, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a seamless, delightful, breezy apple sauce and orange blossom water finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice off-dry sipper for the deck.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210100
Barefoot
NV "Refresh", Crisp White California
Silver color. Delicate aromas of lilac, papaya, and Playdoh with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy pear sorbet, clementine, and melon finish with no oak. A very pleasant, off-dry sipper.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210120
St. Clair Winery
2013 Riesling
Clear straw color. Muted, attractive, interesting aromas of flowers with a soft, moderately sweet medium body and a graceful, sparse green chuckles finish with no tannins and no oak. A light pleaser with late sweetness.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210121
St. Clair Winery
NV Gewurztraminer
Pale straw color. Bright, exotic, fruity aromas of tropical fruit medley and mango cream with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length honeyed melon, kiwi, and delicate spice finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice fruity gewurztraminer for the patio.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210160
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2013 Gewurztraminer
Bright light golden straw color. Bright, floral, fruity aromas of lychee and baked peach with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, buoyant melon, mineral, and citrus finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A smooth and tasty gewurztraminer.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210119
DH Lescombes
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Muted, earthy aromas of dusty lemon, flower patch, and dried mango with a silky, tangy, dry light body and a smooth, buoyant white grapefruit, kiwi, green pepper skin, and nut finish. A nice dry sauvignon blanc.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210377
Stina’s Cellars
2013 Semillon
Golden straw color. Mild, toasty, fruity aromas of apple tart, tropical flowers, and sautéed nuts with a soft, tart, bone-dry light body and a short Meyer lemon, brioche, and leaves finish with dusty leafy tannins. A very dry and austerely styled mature semillon that drinks a bit like a fino sherry.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210159
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Aromas of charred nuts, grilled citrus and sweet peppers, and starfruit with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, carefree lemon, melon rind, and grassy earth finish with no oak. A fun, lightly smoky and earthy white for smoked and grilled foods.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210151
Grizzly Peak
2013 Estate Syrah Rose
Dark ruby color. Rich, interesting, smoky meaty aromas of grilled cherries, caramelized bacon, and boysenberry creme brulee with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, snappy brown sugar finish with light oak. A very different, smoky rose for BBQ.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210103
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV Pink Moscato California
Light pink old gold color. Bright, sweet, fruity aromas of tropical fruit punch and orange powder with a soft, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, cheery green apple finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant, off dry quaffer.
85 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210350
Line 39
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Light clear straw green color. Classic, citrusy aromas of light grapefruit with a soft, shy, dry thin body and a smooth, brisk dry citrus finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely tart sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210123
St. Clair Winery
2013 Pinot Grigio
Bright clear pale straw color. Lively, fruity, creamy aromas of peach cobbler and honeysuckle with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, delightful, snappy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A refreshing, cleanly made white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210074
Hey Mambo
2013 Rose
Pale ruby color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of strawberry tart and buttermilk custard with a even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, cheery berry and lemon spritzed apple finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice tangy rose sipper with an appealing creaminess.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210204
Lumos
2014 "Chiquita" Temperance Hill Rose of Pinot Noir
Bright ruby color. Rich, smoky aromas of grilled berries, dark roasted nuts, chocolate espresso beans, and matchsticks with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length grilled apple skin, volcanic ash, and lemon water finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A very smoky and very dry rose for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210104
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV White Zinfandel
Brilliant salmon color. Bright, fruity aromas of watermelon candy with a soft, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, compelling, brisk yellow apple finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A simple, refreshing, melony rose.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210214
Firesteed
2013 Pinot Gris
Bright pale golden straw straw yellow color. Delicate, fruity aromas of apple, white cranberry, lemon rind, and carnation with a soft, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, quick lime finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. A bright, zesty pinot gris that will be good with seafood and light chicken dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210199
White Pine
2013 Traminette
Clear medium yellow straw color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe nectarines, roasted nuts, mint toothpaste, and dried stems with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, brief finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Overripe fruit flavors.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210216
Cedar Mountain
2014 Ghielmetti Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Aromas of banana, pineapple-papaya yogurt, coconut, and carnation with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, buoyant yellow apple, melon, earth, and nutskin finish with no oak. A nice carefree sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210383
Cape May
2014 Riesling
Straw color. Delicate, oily, earthy aromas of nut oil, honeycomb, and white mulberries on dirt with a lean, bright, dry medium body and a sleek, brisk lemon rind, green apple skin, and gravel road finish with soft dusty tannins and no oak. A pleasant, earthy dry table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210205
Lumos
2014 Temperance Hill Gewurztraminer
Bright light golden straw color. Delicate, earthy, smoky aromas of grilled citrus, roasted nuts, and gherkin with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk lemon water and grass finish with no oak. A plain and simple, lightly smoky white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210281
CK Mondavi
2014 "Blonde Five" California
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, fruity aromas of floral honeycomb, pears, and figs with a soft, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, breezy yellow apple and nut finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A solid sipper.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210282
CK Mondavi
2014 White Zinfandel California
Silvery pink color. Delicate aromas of cranberry sauce, sweet pickle relish, and honeyed nuts with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, swift watermelon and dried cherry finish. A carefree rose that is nice and easy.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210349
Line 39
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright pale straw color. Mild, fruity aromas of peach skin, gravel, and lemon soda with a lean, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An easy quaffer to be used as an aperitif.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210312
PDX
2014 "Pail Pink" Pennsylvania
Orange amber color. Bold, smoky aromas of charred nuts and meats and smoked berries with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, intriguing, breezy sour cherry jam, honeyed strawberries, and bbq woods finish with heavy oak. A curiously smoky rose for BBQ.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210198
White Pine
2013 Riesling
Yellow color. Aromas of spiced apples and nuts, citrus peel, and linen with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk melon, nutskin, and minerals finish with no oak. A light and dry quaffer.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210206
Lumos
2014 Wren Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Aromas of overripe citrus, melon rind, and tree bark and leaves with a soft, tart, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length kiwi, lime, and minerals finish with no oak. A zesty, earthy sauvignon blanc for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210310
Pearmund Cellars
2013 Petit Manseng
Golden straw color. Lively, creamy aromas of toasted meringue, white chocolate mint cookie, and banana with a soft, tart, dry light body and a smooth, snappy Italian lemon juice, green starfruit, and herbs and bark finish with no oak. A very racy white for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210256
Casa Larga
2014 Dry Riesling
White gold color. Mild, waxy aromas of beeswax, nut oil, and dried nectarine with a supple, puckering, bone-dry body and a smooth, brisk lemon juice, grape leaves, and green apple skin finish with no oak. A bone-dry, bracing, laser-like riesling that needs food.
82 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210376
Stina’s Cellars
2013 Riesling
Bright gold color. Mild aromas of honeycomb, nut brittle, and honeysuckle with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, brisk apple core, grass, lemon rind, and potpourri finish. A mature, very dry and earthy table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209967
De La Cruz
NV Moscato
Pale bright straw color. Bright, floral aromas of lipstick, pressed flowers, and peaches with a lightly tannic, crisp, off-dry medium body and a tingling, brisk honeyed green apple, lemon, and potpourri finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A fruity carefree sipper.
81 points $4.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210099
Barefoot
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale light emerald straw color. Lively, fruity aromas of peach pits, turnips, and green stems with a lean, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, brief finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Nice hints of a green earthiness.
81 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209984
Midsummer Cellars
2014 "GMRV" White Wine Field Blend Yolo County
White gold color. Mild, fruity, yeasty aromas of apricot yogurt and twigs with a oily, shy, bone-dry body and a seamless, scant finish with no oak. A very light, very dry quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210145
Heritage
2012 Dry Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
Light silver pink color. Delicate, fruity aromas of white strawberries, melon rind, and tangerine with a even, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, short chalk eraser and nutshell finish with leafy dusty tannins and light oak. A lean, austerely dry rose; try as a sangria base.
80 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209983
Midsummer Cellars
2014 Grenache Rose
Clear light amber color. Muted, attractive, floral aromas of gladiola with a lean, crisp, bone-dry thin body and a tingling, perplexing, immediate citric acid finish with no tannins and no oak. Mouth-puckering tartness pretty much overwhelms anything else.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210382
Cape May
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright pale golden straw color. Fruity, citrusy creamy aromas of tangerine, spiced lemons, yeast, and buttercream with a lean, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, short finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Pleasant soft fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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