December 2015 - US Aromatic Whites & Rosé

This month's Wine feature is US “Aromatic Whites” & Rosé Wines
US Aromatic Whites & Rosé Reviews
213092
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2014 Gewurztraminer
Bright medium silvery emerald straw color. Rich, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peonies, peaches, and lemon chiffon with a glycerous, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, long lychee, sweet cream, and delicate spiced nuts finish with fine tannins and no oak. A superb gewurztraminer that is sure to satisfy.
94 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213036
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2014 Willamette Valley Riesling
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Delicate aromas of green apples, Meyer lemon, and balloon dust with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, engaging, medium-long melon and minerals finish. A delicious, crunchy riesling with nice varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213091
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2014 Semi-Dry Riesling
Bright medium silvery emerald straw color. Bright, tropical aromas and flavors of citrus salad, mango-papaya custard, spice, and white pepper with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long peach sauce, lemon-lime sorbet, nutskin, and earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, vibrant and fruity riesling that will cover a lot of bases.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213252
Terra d’Oro
2014 Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Bright, toasty, tropical aromas of pineapple cake and powdery apple tart with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length vanilla cream and nougat finish. A silky, very tasty and crowd-pleasing pinot grigio.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213154
Byington
2013 Liage Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium yellow straw color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, roasted peppers, peach skin, and lime leaves with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length citrus cream and gherkin finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely sauvignon sipper with appealing layers of fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213076
Hagafen
2014 "Don Ernesto Collage" Lodi
Golden yellow color. Bright, toasty, creamy fruity aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie, peach-apple tart, and rubber leaf with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long vanilla cream, nougat, and delicate spice finish with fine tannins and light oak. An elegant and stylish white Rhone blend with creamy, judicious oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213163
R. Stuart
2014 "White Sky" Oregon
Pale straw color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced pear, melon, and nectarine in cream with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long yellow apple and vanilla taffy finish with firm tannins and no oak. A delicious, silky, richly fruited white blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213169
Stonehedge
2013 Terroir Select Muscat Canelli
Straw color. Bright, attractive, fruity creamy aromas and flavors of peach and banana custards and orange blossom honey with a satiny, lively, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, intricate, medium-long spiced apples, nougat, and melon finish. A delicious, multilayered and seamless off-dry white wine sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213116
Grgich Hills
2013 Fume Blanc
Bright medium silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled citrus and peppers, dark roasted nuts, and toasted herbs with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length grapefruit cream, pickled melon, and cream finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting smoky sauvignon blanc in the fume style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212981
ONE LEAF
2013 Moscato
Bright medium gold color. Bright, fruity, inviting creamy aromas of peaches & cream, vanilla taffy, orange zest, and honeysuckle with a supple, lively, moderately sweet medium-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213249
Ménage à Trois
2014 White California
Bright medium golden straw color. Lively, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of yellow roses, fruit salad, and spiced peaches with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-length pear, melon, and nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins. A fun, floral sipper.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213090
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2014 Dry Riesling
Brilliant white gold color. Bright, citrusy, savory interesting aromas and flavors of lemon, passionfruit custard, gherkin, and peppercorn with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length limeade and nectarine finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A distinctive savory and mouthwatering riesling with lots of character.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213339
White Pine
2014 Traminette
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, peach cobbler, and apple sauce with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long honeyed apples and minerals finish. A wonderfully flavorful and spicy white wine.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213038
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
Bright medium yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple and coconuts and buttery caramel apples with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length vanilla cream, spiced nut brittle, honeyed lemon and green apples, and minerals finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderful marriage of fruit and spicy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213248
Ménage à Trois
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright light silvery straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of peach zabaglione, apple sauce, and praline with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length nectarine skin, nutskin, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A clean, delicious, very well balanced pinot grigio that is sure to please.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213192
Mazza Chautauqua Cellars
2014 Gewurztraminer
Bright light white gold color. Bright, savory, fruity floral aromas and flavors of baked peach and pineapple, honeysuckle, and clover honey custard with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, snappy green apple, lemon, and lychee finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An elegant, nicely nuanced gewurztraminer.
91 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212997
Maddalena
2013 Riesling
Yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of ripe pineapple and pistachio gelato with a silky, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, apple sauce and lemon sorbet finish. A very fruity, off-dry riesling.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213411
Three Knights
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Bright, tropical aromas and flavors of mango gelato and coconut custard with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length spiced pear, white grapefruit, and grass finish with fine tannins. A nicely polished, elegant sauvignon blanc.
91 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213307
Corner 103
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of spiced lemons and grapefruits, pickled melon, yellow pepper, and pressed flowers with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length apple, lime, and grass finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and no oak. A bold and vibrant sauvignon blanc with lots of varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213230
Duck Commander
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale white gold color. Delicate, citrusy, nutty aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon custard and pistachio nougat with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy apple and peach finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A vibrant, nicely balanced pinot grigio.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213244
Joel Gott
2012 Riesling
Bright light straw green color. Bright, rubbery, fruity aromas and flavors of nectarine pastry, lime rind, and rubber band with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length green apple, coconut milk, and earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty and appetizing riesling.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213240
Joel Gott
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Straw green color. Delicate aromas and flavors of grapefruit custard, pickled pepper, and lemon chiffon with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-long melon, lime, passionfruit, and wheatgrass finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A smooth and even sauvignon blanc with a snappy finish.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213348
Martin & Weyrich
2014 "Allegro" Moscato
Bright pale silvery emerald straw color. Lively, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of orange blossoms, peach custard, and nougat with an even, lively, petillant, moderately sweet medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length golden raisin and ripe apricot finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An attractive muscat dessert wine with a nice creaminess.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213127
Kenwood
2014 Chardonnay
Brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, toasty, oaky aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, coffee, and baked apple with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length dried pineapple and honey finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid oaky chardonnay.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213191
South Shore Wine Company
2014 Gruner Veltliner
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pear, spiced melon, peppery spice, and delicate mint with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, appealing, medium-long sweet citrus and green apple finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicate, nuanced white with good varietal character.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213000
Maddalena
2014 Muscat Canelli
Yellow straw color. Delicate, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of peonies, peach relish, and pickled citrus with a silky, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-length spiced apples, clementines, and nougat finish with soft, fruit tannins. A delicious and attractive off-dry white wine.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213040
Draxton
2014 Nelson Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light golden yellow color. Bright, spicy, citrusy earthy fruity aromas of Meyer lemon, lemon hard candy, lemon grass, and gravel with a racy, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213267
Edenvale Estate
2014 Midsummer's Cuvée Rogue Valley
Bright pale silvery straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, starfruit, pear, and toasted herbs and pepper with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length clementine, melon, apple, and spiced nuts finish with firm, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright, refreshing and very tasty white blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212996
Monte De Oro
2014 "Nostimo" Estate Grown Temecula Valley
Silvery straw color. Lively, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of cornichon, honeysuckle, and spiced pear with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, breezy Asian pear, kiwi, nutskin, and minerals finish with no oak. A nice, smooth and nuanced white blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213096
Barefoot
NV Pinot Grigio
Bright pale white gold color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peaches, lemon blossoms, and lime curd with a soft, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length honeyed apple and rose water finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely spicy pinot grigio that tastes a bit like an Alsatian gewurztraminer.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213202
Castle Rock
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of pressed linen and crushed pineapple with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lemon spritzed apple, ruby grapefruit with honey, and pickled melon finish with fruit tannins. A pleasant, mellow sauvignon sipper.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213347
Line 39
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Emerald straw color. Bright, citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of pickled pepper and reduced grapefruit with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an amusing, breezy tart apple and pineapple finish. A crisp, savory, and satisfying sauvignon blanc.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213030
Biltmore Estate
2013 White Blend American
White gold color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and baked lemons and peaches with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, stimulating, crisp green apple, lemon sorbet, nougat, and cedar finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, flavorful, easy drinking white.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213253
Terra d’Oro
2014 Chenin Blanc/Viognier
Bright medium silvery straw color. Bright, fruity, citrusy aromas and flavors of toasted meringue and pineapple with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy nectarine and green apple finish with chewy, firm tannins and no oak. A refreshing, appetizing, nicely poised white that will cover a lot of bases.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213354
Unionville Vineyards
2014 Mountain Road Vineyard Pinot Grigio
Bright light silvery straw color. Bright, waxy, earthy aromas and flavors of green apple candy, lemon meringue, melon gelato, and prairie grass with an even, lively, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-length tart orange, pickled melon, and earth finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A snappy, savory pinot grigio.
89 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213239
Napa Cellars
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium pale silvery straw color. Bright, fruity, citrusy aromas of spiced melon, nectarine, and cream with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length citrus, yellow apple skin, and earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A solid sauvignon sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213170
Stonehedge
2013 Terroir Select Gewurztraminer
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of dried rose, lychee, and peach with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length sweet cream, nougat, delicate spice, and nut oil finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice mellow, warming gewurztraminer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213149
Brassfield Estate
2013 Serenity Reserve High Valley
Bright medium golden yellow color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of apple taffy, key lime pie, and toasted coconut with a soft, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy melon sorbet, almond milk, and pepper finish with fruit tannins. A pleasant white sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213357
Jana
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light yellow straw color. Delicate, citrusy, fruity leesy aromas of spiced lemons, toasty grilled lemons, lemon grass, and gravel with a lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213227
Three Thieves
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright light silvery straw color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of fresh peach tart and nut brittle with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, relaxed apple, lemon-lime chiffon, and tapioca finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty and lively pinot grigio.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213399
Forest Glen
2014 Tehachapi Clone Pinot Grigio
Emerald straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nougat, spiced apples, and dried flowers and herbs with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, appealing, breezy toasted nuts finish with no oak. A juicy and attractive pinot grigio.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213029
Biltmore Estate
2013 Riesling
Yellow straw color. Mild, fruity aromas of fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, spiced apples, and rubber with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, cheery finish with no oak. A pleasing riesling that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212998
Maddalena
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Golden straw color. Delicate, toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of caramelized mango and pineapple, grapefruit yogurt, and cornichon with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, green apple and lemon water finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid sauvignon blanc sipper.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212952
Truth
2013 Cuvee de Fume Napa Valley
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of citrus, apple, and spiced nuts with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy pear, vanilla nuts, and delicate spice finish with soft, fruit tannins. A nice fume style sauvignon blend.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213341
Page Mill
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-lime custard, gooseberry jam, and pineapple with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, immediate green apple and grassy earth finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very nice, earthy sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213057
Pend d’Oreille
2014 Willard Vineyard Roussanne
Silvery straw color. Aromas of Manuka honey, meringue, and spiced pear with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, carefree melon, starfruit, nougat, and delicate peppery spices finish with no oak. A nice delicate white sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213146
Brassfield Estate
2014 Gewurztraminer
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of nut brittle, baked autumn fruits, and coconut with a satiny, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy nougat and peaches in cream finish with no tannins and a suggestion of oak. A well made, delicately styled gewurztraminer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213121
Refugio Ranch
2014 Malvasia Bianca
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of apple, nougat, and caramelized Meyer lemon with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, relaxed melon, clementine and lime, and earth finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A nice refreshing, zesty dry white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213398
Forest Glen
2014 Moscato
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of ripe stone fruits, dried apricots, white flowers, and honey with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212982
ONE LEAF
2013 Chardonnay
Bright medium golden yellow color. Rich, tropical aromas and flavors of super ripe pineapple, sour sop, and coconut custard with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length citrus vanilla cream and bark finish with fine, woody tannins and moderate oak. A pleasantly tropical oaky sipper.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213229
Duck Commander
2013 Moscato
Bright pale gold color. Bright, fruity, citrusy aromas of cling peaches, dried apricots, lemon pith, and dried leaves with a lively, sweet full body and a warming, complex, brisk finish with no tannins and no oak.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213251
Montevina
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright pale silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of nectarine, nutskin, and green banana with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, relaxed orange chiffon, praline, and grass finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A light, refreshing pinot grigio.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213185
Adirondack Winery
2014 Gewurztraminer
Bright medium straw green color. Bright, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of raisin soda bread, honeycomb, dried peach, and moss with an even, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, engaging, swift lime curd, citrus pulp, nuts, and earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An earthy gewurz for the table.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213184
Adirondack Winery
2014 Dry Riesling
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, curious aromas of coconut-lemon custard, buttery nut brittle, and glued wood with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long exotic citrus, warm tapioca, salted and spiced nuts, and grass finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A broad, almost oaky riesling sipper.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212987
Lulo
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, grassy citrusy funky aromas of ripe Meyer lemon, crenshaw melon, lemon grass, and gravel with a tart, dry full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-length finish with fruit tannins.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213153
Byington
2013 Ventana Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Bright, citrusy, creamy aromas and flavors of grapefruit and kumquat custards, honey roasted peppers, vanilla cream, and Asian spice with a soft, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length marinated cucumbers, nutshells, and mushroom finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A silky, fruity, earthy sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213200
Sunstone
2014 "Linda's Vineyard" Estate Bottled Viognier
Bright medium yellow straw color. Bright, toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of peach custard, spiced tropical fruits, and nougat with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, medium-length pickled citrus, nutskin, and vanilla cream finish with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice savory viognier with a hefty oak component.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213222
Sutter Home
NV Gewurztraminer
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of peaches in cream, honeysuckle, and lychee with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy apple sauce, cling peaches and pears, and lemon gelato finish with no oak. A tasty, easy drinking fruity white wine.
86 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213100
Barefoot
NV Moscato
Bright light golden yellow color. Lively, fruity aromas of ripe stone fruits, fruit cocktail, orange zest, and dried leaves with a supple, tangy, sweet medium-full body and a polished, engaging, crisp finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213098
Barefoot
NV Riesling
Yellow color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of apple sauce, spiced peaches and melons, and banana bubblegum with a supple, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy orange sorbet finish with no oak. A nice fruity sweet riesling for carefree sipping.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213410
Pink Truck
2014 Pink Wine California
Clear light siam color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of berry soda float, honey butter, and cherry tart with a soft, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, relaxed cherry taffy and soda and white toffee finish with dusty, leafy tannins. A fruity off dry quaffer.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213226
Bandit
NV Pinot Grigio
Bright pale white gold color. Delicate, citrusy, grassy aromas and flavors of lime peel and nettles with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, engaging, crisp lemon curd and earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A solid pinot grigio sipper.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213128
Kenwood
2014 Sauvingnon Blanc
Bright medium light gold color. Lively, interesting, citrusy fruity medicinal aromas of spiced ripe lemons, gauze - dried canvas, gravel, and lemon pepper with a racy, dry full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with fruit tannins.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213346
Line 39
2014 Pinot Grigio
Straw color. Bright, fruity, tropical aromas of roasted apples and mangos, coconut, and peach yogurt with a silky, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy green apple, lemon, and slate finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A solid dry quaffer with nice tropical fruit notes.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212980
ONE LEAF
2013 Pinot Grigio
Bright medium silvery straw color. Bright, earthy aromas and flavors of nectarine, straw, and clay pot with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, relaxed lemon, leaves, and melon rind finish with dusty, leafy tannins and no oak. A dry, sturdy pinot grigio.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213234
SeaGlass
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright pale light white gold light color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of peach and apple pulp, whipped cream, almond skin, and lemongrass with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk citrus cream and grass finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely structured and crisp pinot grigio.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212995
Monte De Oro
2014 Estate Grown/Galway Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium gold color. Earthy, citrusy fruity cheesy aromas of lemon zest, cheese rind, lemon grass, and turned earth - salinity with a puckering, dryish full body and a warming, engaging, carefree finish with fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213217
Sutter Home
NV Pinot Grigio
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach, apple, and creamy nougat with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, crisp sweet cream finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice fruity, uncomplicated wine.
85 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213220
Sutter Home
NV Chenin Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of honeyed peach, delicate spice, and nut brittle with a silky, body and a smooth, breezy pear cider, apple cider, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, fruity and appetizing everyday white.
85 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213247
Ménage à Trois
2014 Moscato
Bright medium gold color. Fruity aromas of grilled peaches, roasted turnips, apricot pits - dried leaves, and Schweppes bitter lemon with an crisp, moderately sweet medium-full body and a warming, appealing, short finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213245
Ménage à Trois
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium light gold color. Lively, citrusy, fruity dusty aromas of lemon pith, lemon taffy, green twigs, and turned earth with an crisp, dry medium-full body and a peppery, stimulating, cheery finish with fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213363
Firesteed
2012 Riesling
Bright light golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, rubbery aromas of green apple skin, lime zest, kerosine, and Schweppes bitter lemon with an lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, crisp finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213254
Terra d’Oro
2014 Moscato
Bright medium yellow straw color. Bright, floral, tropical aromas and flavors of peony, lychee, and orange marmalade with a soft, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, engaging, breezy rose water, yellow apple, and melon finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A relaxed and easy dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213219
Sutter Home
NV Moscato
Bright light gold color. Bright, earthy, fruity aromas of ripe pears - stone fruits, gooseberries, roasted root vegetables, and dried leaves with a crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, scant finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
84 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213221
Sutter Home
NV Riesling
Yellow straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of apples, tropical fruits, and delicate spiced nuts with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy pear and clementine finish with no oak. A pleasant carefree sipper.
84 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213218
Sutter Home
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Brilliant silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon, grapefruit, and grass with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk citrus rind, dolmades, tart green apple, and lemon pepper finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant, dry quaffer.
84 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213101
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV Moscato
Bright light gold color. Bright, fruity aromas of peach skin, spring water, suede, and gravel with an bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, momentary finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213099
Barefoot
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light yellow straw color. Mild, citrusy, fruity aromas of lemon pith, lemon pepper, and gravel with a soft, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213404
J.W. Morris
2013 White Zinfandel
Dark pink coral color. Lively, confected aromas and flavors of watermelon candy and rind, whipped cream, and bubblegum with a soft, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, easy orange-cherry sherbet and nuts finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant off-dry quaffer.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213031
Biltmore Estate
2014 Blanc de Noir Zinfandel
Pale pink coral color. Bright, interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry hard candy, cucumber relish, rhubarb, and microgreens with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, carefree almond skin and sweet cream finish with fine, dusty tannins and no oak. A fun, fruity rose with nice delicacy and a hint of savoriness.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213235
Fancy Pants
2014 Pinot Grigio
Brilliant white gold light gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of apple, nougat, and peach custard with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, rapid clementine sorbet finish with fine, no tannins and no oak. A tasty, fruity pinot grigio.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213027
Biltmore Estate
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright light silvery straw color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of peach, pear, and pepper with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, rapid green apple finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant quaffer.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213232
SeaGlass
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium silvery emerald straw color. Bright, citrusy, floral aromas and flavors of citrus salad, pickled jalapeno, grapefruit pith, and lemon pepper with an racy, dryish full body and a warming, compelling, cheery lemon sorbet and dolmades finish with fine, fruit tannins. A pleasant, earthy sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213338
White Pine
2014 Dry Riesling
Bright light golden yellow color. Bright, minerally, fruity rubbery aromas of green apple, molten plastic - petrol, lime pith, and clay with a tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, quick finish with no tannins and no oak.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213340
White Pine
NV Pinot Grigio
White gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of honeyed musky peaches, apple yogurt, and damp earth with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, buoyant roasted lemon, clementine, melon, and gherkin finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A refreshing pinot grigio with a nice savory character.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213028
Biltmore Estate
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light golden yellow color. Mild, fruity, citrusy aromas of ripe lemons, baked parchment, and lemon pepper with a sharp, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, brief finish with fruit tannins.
83 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213397
Fat Cat
2014 Pinot Grigio
White gold color. Faint, dusty aromas of fallen apple, molasses bread, and pressed linen with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, brisk clementine, grass, and parchment finish with dusty, leafy tannins and no oak. A solid, dry pinot grigio.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213236
Trinity Oaks
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright pale light silvery straw color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of peach meringue and cashew buttercream with a soft, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, fast yellow apple and parchment finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice creamy quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213238
Trinchero
2014 Mary's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium silvery emerald straw color. Bright, odd, woody aromas and flavors of treated lumber, overripe lemons, grapefruit yogurt, and green coffee beans with an oily, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, fast apples in cream, twigs and leaves, and pond water finish with fruit tannins. An odd assemblage of sour and green wood tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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