May 2016 - US Summer Whites & Rose

This month's Wine feature is US Summer Whites & Rosé Wines
US Summer Whites & Rose Reviews
215067
Heron Hill Winery
2014 Semi-Dry Riesling
Bright light silvery straw color. Delicate, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of toasted lemon meringue, grilled apples, nougat, and white clay with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length dried peach, roasted lemon and lime, melon, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A mouthwatering, rock solid riesling that will cover many bases.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215068
Heron Hill Winery
2014 Semi-Sweet Riesling
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Bright, complex, floral smoky aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, grilled citrus and peaches, and roasted apples and nuts with a soft, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, involved, medium-length honeyed orange, coconut milk, and delicate fuel-like minerality finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nuanced and nicely structured riesling.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214907
Wagner Vineyards
2014 Estate Grown & Bottled, Caywood East Vineyard Riesling
Pale emerald straw color. Delicate, fruity, savory aromas of apple-peach relish, nuts, lemon peel, and coconut water with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length honeyed lime and chalk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A clean, bright, and vibrant riesling with great structure, dimension, and especially mouthwatering acidity.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214992
Spangler
2015 Viognier
Bright light medium bright gold color. Tropical, floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and orange blossoms, fresh banana cream pie, and peach cobbler with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long apple strudel, pineapple cake, and sweet creamy nougat finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins. A very fruity, attractive, scrumptious viognier that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214788
Hagafen
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, toasty, tropical buttery aromas and flavors of coconut buttercream and lemon scone with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long honey roasted yellow pepper, spiced apple, grapefruit, and key lime pie finish. A deliciously tropical fume style sauvignon blanc that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215107
Bordeleau
NV Moscato
Pale silvery straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of carnations and roses and spiced peaches with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long apple sauce and lemon sorbet finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A luscious, perfumed off-dry white wine that is sure to be a hit.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214989
Mill River Winery
NV Plum Island White American
Bright light medium emerald straw color. Delicate, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of lilac and peony, orange, and spiced peaches with an even, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, intricate, medium-long honeyed mango, green apple, and earth finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, flavorful, easy-drinking off-dry sipper that is sure to please.
92 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215023
Yorkville Cellars
2014 Eleanor of Aquitaine Yorkville Highlands
Bright light medium bright gold color. Creamy, fruity citrusy aromas of lemon cream - dreamsicle, dried mission figs, bread crust, and pressed linen with a tangy, dryish full body and a warming, refreshing, fast finish with chewy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215010
Chelsea
2015 Dry Rosé Alba Estate Vineyard Warren Hills
Brilliant pale Siam color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of baked cherries and raspberry yogurt with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, spiced apples and nuts and marinated cucumber finish with no oak. A very pretty, lightly savory and spicy rose that will be great at the table.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215181
Pine Ridge
2015 Chenin Blanc & Viognier California
Silvery straw color. Bright, attractive, tropical aromas and flavors of guanabana, guava, peach cobbler, and figs with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long orange, apple, melon, and banana finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and nuanced white wine with great table appeal.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214786
Hagafen
2015 Clearwater Riesling
Straw green color. Delicate, citrusy aromas and flavors of honeyed lemon, clementine, green apple, and yogurt with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-long plantain finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A zesty, refreshing and well balanced riesling for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215063
Penns Woods
2015 Bancroft Moscato
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, floral aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, dried peach, and nectarine stone with a supple, tangy, off-dry light body and a seamless, breezy honeyed apple and melon and kiwi sorbet finish with no oak. A vivacious, lightly floral white wine that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214946
High Valley Vineyard
2014 Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon High Valley
Bright medium light ruby color. Lively, fruity, citrusy earthy aromas of cherry -berry, gravel, lemon pith, and lemon pepper with a crisp, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, quick finish with chewy tannins and no oak.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214995
Byington
2014 "Saignee" Rosé Santa Cruz Mountains
Bright medium light ruby color. Bright, fruity, peppery oaky aromas of sour cherries, mocha - tree bark, lemon pith, and mild white pepper with an tart, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, brisk finish with barky tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214502
Penlyn Place
NV Moscato
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple marmalade, apple pie, coconut cookie, and tropical blossoms with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-long finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty and appealing still muscat wine with well balanced fruitiness and acidity.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214944
Atwater
2015 Estate Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc Seneca Lake
Pale pink coral color. Delicate, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of strawberries, vanilla milk, and nougat with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length blood orange, pickled golden beet, and minerals finish with no oak. A delightfully dainty rose with great balance and acidity.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214857
Maddalena
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright medium golden amber color. Lively, fruity aromas of dried peaches, hint of petrol, spiced lemon cream, and gravel with an tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, intriguing, buoyant finish with cottony tannins and no oak.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214761
Kiara
2015 Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, citrusy, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced apples and pears, melon balls, and vanilla milk with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length grapefruit gelato finish. A sleek, creamy sauvignon blanc that will appeal to fans and non-fans of the often frisky varietal.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214887
South Coast
2015 Verdelho
Pale straw green color. Bright, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of grilled grapefruit and guava, pickled melon, spiced apple, and nougat with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-length orange-lime curd, kiwi, and earth finish with no oak. A very appealing and snappy white wine with an unpretentious charm and grace.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214785
Hagafen
2015 Estate Bottled Riesling
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, floral, fresh aromas and flavors of sliced apples, honey, and lilacs with a silky, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-length clementine, earth, and rubber finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins. A refreshing, easy drinking off-dry riesling.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214993
Byington
2014 "Liage" Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium old gold color. Creamy, citrusy fruity fresh aromas of musky peaches, lemon cream, quince, and lemon pepper - gravel with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, complex, breezy finish with earthy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214774
Midnight Cellars
2014 "Aurora" Reserve White Blend Paso Robles
Yellow straw color. Lively, fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, coconut and banana cream pies, and praline with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, easy lemon spritzed apple and nuts finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins. A lush, satiny white wine with a nice creamy, fruity center and balanced oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215113
CK Mondavi
2014 Blonde Five White Blend California
Bright light medium golden yellow color. Delicate, floral, fruity toasty aromas of white flowers - orange blossoms, peaches & cream, toast, and potters clay with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with cottony, earthy tannins.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214923
Casa Larga
2015 Dry Rosé Finger Lakes
Pale salmon orange color. Bright, nutty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, floury almond cookies, and dried mulberries with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, delightful, medium-length pickled melon rind, sweet tomato, cherry, and orange finish. A very savory, table-tuned, dry adult rose.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214924
Casa Larga
2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir Finger Lakes
Steely pink color. Earthy aromas of dried berries and flowers and almond cookie with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length cranberries, raspberry gastrique, and melon finish with no oak. A slightly floral rose with zesty, table-friendly acidity.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214947
Shannon Ridge
2015 High Elevation Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light gold color. Lively, citrusy, sweaty fruity creamy aromas of ripe grilled lemons, cumin - saddle leather, clay - lime custard, and pressed linen with an lively, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, buoyant finish with cottony tannins.
89 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214912
Wagner Vineyards
2013 "Fathom 107" Estate Grown & Bottled, Wagner Vineyards Finger Lakes
Bright medium light emerald straw color. Delicate, baked, tropical aromas and flavors of spiced apples and kiwi, lemon curd, and hint of rubber with an even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, brisk tangerine and minerals finish with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty and refreshing white blend with nice depth and zesty acidity.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214789
Prix
2014 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden yellow color. Complex aromas and flavors of spicy pickled peppers, coconut frosting, and white toffee with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spiced melon and apple, nutty oak, and grapefruit finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A savory wood influenced sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215015
Barefoot
NV Riesling
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas and flavors of honeyed citrus, lanolin lotion, and praline with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length orange sherbet and apple sauce finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, flavorful, easy drinking off-dry riesling that will be a crowd pleaser.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214990
D.H. Lescombes
2015 Chenin Blanc
Emerald straw color. Bright, tropical aromas and flavors of fruit punch, kiwi-apple chutney, and banana pudding with a silky, soft, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, easy pear and melon finish with no oak. A delicate, very tasty, and refreshing chenin blanc that will make a lovely summer sipper.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215013
Black Willow Winery
"Classic Diamond" Diamond
Pale emerald straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of exotic tropical citrus and white grape juice with a soft, crisp, off-dry light body and a silky, breezy lemon-kiwi sorbet and honey finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A bright, uncomplicated, effortlessly drinkable, grapey off-dry white wine.
88 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214910
Wagner Vineyards
2013 Estate Grown & Bottled, Select Riesling select
Bright light medium golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, tropical aromas and flavors of kiwi-papaya-orange relish, tamarind, spiced lemon, and rubber with a soft, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, elegant, medium-length nougat finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. A fun, off-dry tropical sipper.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214988
Mill River Winery
NV Plum Island Rosé American
Steely pink color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves on rye and honey roasted cherries and apples with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, breezy melon finish with no oak. A nice jammy rose pleaser.
88 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214950
Firesteed
2014 Pinot Gris
Bright medium gold color. Lively, fruity, creamy minerally aromas of peach cobbler, lemon cream, yellow gummy bears - star anise, and well water with an lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, engaging, breezy finish with cottony tannins and no oak.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214952
Firesteed
2014 Rosé Willamette Valley
Bright light medium pale salmon color. Bright, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of strawberry coulis, melon soufflé, nut brittle, and leather with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length roasted nuts and strawberry granita finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. A crisp, dry rose.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215098
LangeTwins Winery
2015 Estate Sangiovese Rosé Lodi
Bright medium light ruby color. Lively, buttery, fruity aromas of bright berry notes -boysenberry, rhubarb custard, sweaty saddle, and cumin and lemon butter with a dry full body and a warming, relaxed finish with well-integrated tannins.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215069
Heron Hill Winery
2014 "Eclipse" White Finger Lakes
Pale silvery straw color. Bright, earthy aromas and flavors of bloomy cheese rind, damp earth, and fallen apple with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-length reduced lemon, kiwi, and nutskin finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting, savory, and somewhat rustic Old World styled white blend for the table.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214998
Jana
2014 One Last Kiss California
Pale straw color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of lavender and lilacs, pickling spices, and peach gastrique with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a polished, medium-length melon rind, apple tart, orange cream, and nougat finish with no oak. A pleasant, easy drinking floral summer sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214886
South Coast
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow straw color. Bright, earthy, yeasty aromas and flavors of citrus yogurt, almond skin, lanolin lotion, and pressed flowers with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery dried tropical fruits, spiced apple and melon, and reduced lemon finish with fine tannins and no oak. A crunchy, savory sauvignon blanc that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215102
Braman
2010 Joseph Braman Riesling
Pale light yellow straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nougat and caramel apple with a silky, soft, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk lemon and peach gelatos and honey finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A zippy, very fruity off-dry riesling sipper that will be great with spicy foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214809
Andis Wines
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale white gold color. Delicate, tropical, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit custard, guava, and plantain with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed lemon curd and wheatgrass finish with no oak. A solid, refreshing sauvignon blanc sipper.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214810
Andis Wines
2013 Bill Dillian Vineyard Semillon
Bright light straw color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of baked apple and banana, nougat, coconut custard, and flax with a glycerous, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length lime, melon rind, earth, and pepper finish with firm, fruit tannins. A racy white for rich seafood dishes.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215064
Penns Woods
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium old gold color. Bright, fruity, citrusy toasty tropical aromas of grilled lemon - pineapple, toasted coconut, turned earth, and lemon pepper with an lively, dryish full body and a peppery, interesting, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214904
Eagle Eye
2015 Rosé, Estate Alpha Wolf Vineyard Napa Valley
Bright light medium sunburst amber color. Bright, vinous, interesting aromas and flavors of red wine vinaigrette, cranberry bread toast, worn leather, and moss with an even, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, carefree nectarine, white strawberry, and nougat finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid, sturdy rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215021
Naked Grape
NV Moscato
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, buttery creamy aromas of honeycrisp apple, pineapple cream, apricot pits, and pressed linen with a bright, medium-full body and a complex, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak.
87 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215017
Barefoot
NV Moscato
Bright light yellow straw color. Bright aromas of spic and span cleanser, tropical fruits - cherimoya, pineapple syrup, and lychee nuts with a crisp, sweet medium-full body and a warming, delightful, sparse finish with chewy tannins and no oak.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215109
CK Mondavi
2015 Willow Springs Pinot Grigio
Bright white gold color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of fruit salad, peach sorbet, vanilla milk, and canvas with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, easy green apple, lemon, and nutskin finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A light and attractive pinot grigio sipper.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215112
CK Mondavi
2015 White Zinfandel Rosé White Zinfandel
Bright light reddish orange color. Bright, fruity aromas of orange zest, ripe berries, tree sap, and dried canvas with a tangy, dry medium-full body and a warming, short-lived finish with crunchy tannins.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214909
Wagner Vineyards
2013 Estate Grown & Bottled, Semi-Dry, Wagner Vineyards Riesling
Bright medium light golden yellow color. Bright, rubbery, fruity aromas and flavors of baked citrus, lemon mint, and spiced apples with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, brisk honeyed clementine, spiced peach, and gravel finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A dainty, delicately spicy, fruit-driven riesling.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214879
Sobon Estate
2015 Rosé Amador County
Light medium bright light ruby color. Bright, savory, fruity peppery aromas of spiced fraise du bois, red berries, soft white pepper, and lemon oil with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, intricate, carefree finish with earthy tannins and no oak.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215066
Heron Hill Winery
2014 Riesling
Bright light silvery emerald straw color. Lively, earthy aromas and flavors of potting soil, fallen apple, and lemon salt water taffy with a soft, racy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, easy kumquat, peach skin, pickled melon rind, and nutskin finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice, dry, earthy riesling for the table.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214905
Wagner Vineyards
2015 Rosé, Estate Grown & Bottled Finger Lakes
Bright pink coral color. Delicate aromas and flavors of strawberries in cream and nougat with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy white strawberry, lime, and earth finish. A pleasant, zesty dry rose for the table.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214908
Wagner Vineyards
2014 Estate Grown & Bottled, Dry, Wagner Vineyards Riesling
Bright light medium straw color. Fruity, rubbery aromas and flavors of green grass, apple, flower patch earth, and rope with an even, tart, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, crisp lemon and lime, peach skin, and minerals finish with grippy tannins and no oak. A racy, linear, very Teutonic riesling that will be great at the table.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215119
three
2015 Old Vines Rosé Contra Costa County
Bright light medium dark ruby color. Bright, fruity, minerally aromas of raspberries & cream, wine gums - red (cherry) gummy bears, toasted lemons, and gravel with a creamy, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, layered, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215011
Black Willow Winery
Trilogy White New York State
Bright light silvery straw color. Delicate, earthy, citrusy creamy aromas and flavors of lemon-lime powder and white toffee with an even, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, carefree honeyed nectarine and green apple finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A attractive, fruity, mouthwatering white that will make a fine aperitif.
87 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214987
Mill River Winery
NV Pinot Grigio
Bright light emerald straw color. Bright, buttery, toasty aromas and flavors of macadamia nut brittle, honeyed peaches, and spiced apples with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length praline, Asian pear, and hint of wintergreen finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, smooth and nicely toasty pinot grigio.
87 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215103
Brassfield Estate
2014 Pinot Gris
Bright light golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, creamy peppery aromas of peaches and cream, Meyer lemon cream, lemon pepper, and dried canvas & clay with an tangy, dryish body and a peppery, compelling, fast finish with cottony tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214945
High Valley Vineyard
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Light bright yellow straw color. Lively, citrusy, buttery aromas of Meyer lemon, gravel, key limes, and lemon pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, short finish with cottony tannins and no oak.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214770
Table 5
2013 White Wine Napa Valley
Straw color. Bright, yeasty, interesting aromas and flavors of floury almond torte, white chocolate mint, spiced apples and dates, and soy milk with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, cheery nut oil and pepper finish. An intriguing very dry white wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215019
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV Moscato
Bright light golden straw color. Fruity, sweet minerally aromas of yellow fruits - apples, lemon chiffon, lemon honey, and lemon head candy - the powdered sugar component with an crisp, sweet full body and a sleek, delightful, snappy finish with grippy tannins and no oak.
86 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215110
CK Mondavi
2015 Willow Springs Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light yellow straw color. Lively, citrusy, fruity aromas of spiced lemons, yellow gummy bears, potters clay, and lemon pepper with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, short finish with papery tannins and no oak.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215111
CK Mondavi
2015 Willow Springs Moscato
Bright light golden straw color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of grilled pineapple, star anise - yellow licorice, cardamon, and gravel - lemon cleanser with an bright, sweet medium-full body and a sleek, interesting, breezy finish with soft tannins and no oak.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214752
Bogle
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light straw color. Lively, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, green pepper, mango custard, and nuts with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, breezy clementine and nutskin finish with firm tannins and no oak. A rock solid sauvignon blanc with great balance and varietal character.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214933
Highway 12
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Earthy, spicy aromas and flavors of pickled melon rinds, roasted pepper, and toasted nuts with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed grapefruit custard and white toffee finish. A pleasant dry sauvignon blanc with a tangy, earthy twangy.
86 points $15.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214833
Portlandia
2015 Pinot Noir Rosé Willamette Valley
Bright light medium pink coral color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry shortcake and gravel with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length Meyer lemon, nuts, and cream finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An appealing adult rose with nice fruit and structure and a carefree style.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215065
Penns Woods
NV Bancroft Moscato Rosé Pennsylvania
Bright light tomato bisque color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of peach skin, plums, white flowers - peach blossoms, and pear skin - caramel with an lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a silky, appealing, brisk finish with chewy tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214787
Don Ernesto
2015 "Beret" Rose
Brilliant light ruby color. Lively, artificial aromas and flavors of berry pastry, melon balls, and praline with a soft, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, buoyant green apple, blood orange, and earth finish with grippy tannins and no oak. A brilliant gem of a rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215022
Yorkville Cellars
2014 Randle Hill Semillon
Bright light golden straw color. Lively, sweet, toasty tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, coconut custard, and date bread with an even, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, appealing, breezy spiced apples and citrus gelato finish with fine, fruit tannins. A very fruity and refreshing semillon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215016
Barefoot
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light straw color. Delicate, green, citrusy aromas and flavors of guava, yellow pepper, and cucumber skin with a soft, lively, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, carefree lemon spritzed melon, green apple, and lime sorbet finish with silky tannins and no oak. A pleasant, fruity, snappy sauvignon blanc.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215012
Black Willow Winery
Bare Cat Blush New York State
Bright light reddish amber color. Bright, citrusy, fruity aromas of grapey - fresh concord verjus, saltwater lemon taffy, dried canvas, and grape skin - lemon fruit roll with an crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, compelling, breezy finish with chewy tannins and no oak.
85 points $10.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215099
Sand Point
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Light gold color. Citrusy, fruity creamy aromas of delicate lemoncello, spiced gooseberries, gravel, and lemon pepper with a lively, dryish full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with papery tannins.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215092
Pedroncelli
2015 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel, Signature Selection Dry Creek Valley
Bright light medium dark ruby color. Lively, fruity aromas of cherry - blackberry, suede, dried twigs - tree bark, and lemon pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, intricate finish with barky tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214951
Firesteed
2012 Riesling
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of lemon, pickled melon, and rubber eraser with a soft, dryish light body and a seamless, fast green apple skin and chalk finish with dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A dry, savory riesling for the shellfish.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215020
Naked Grape
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale bright silvery straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of tangerine sorbet, tapioca tea, and fruit salad with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy spiced apple, honeyed melon, and minerals finish with soft tannins and no oak. A crisp and dainty pinot grigio quaffer.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215014
Barefoot
NV Pinot Grigio
Bright light white gold color. Bright, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, nectarine, and cream cheese with a soft, tangy, petillant, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy apple, delicately spiced nuts, and melon finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A well made easy quaffer with nice fruit.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215018
Barefoot
NV White Zinfandel
Bright light medium Siam color. Bright, fruity aromas of red cherry, red licorice, lemon grass, and spring water and linen with an lively, off-dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, quick finish with cottony tannins and no oak.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215093
Pedroncelli
2015 Friends White Sonoma County
Bright light medium golden yellow color. Bold, fruity, citrusy peppery aromas of spiced fruit - apricots, Meyer lemon curd, grapefruit pith, and white pepper with an tangy, dryish full body and a peppery, interesting, rapid finish with chewy tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214911
Wagner Vineyards
2013 Estate Grown & Bottled, Wagner Vineyards Gewurztraminer
Light yellow straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of lychee nuts, dried rose petals, grapefruit pith, and loess with a crisp, dryish full body and a smooth, appealing, snappy finish with firm tannins and no oak.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214880
Shenandoah Vineyards
2015 Vermentino Amador County
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts and coconut, cigar tobacco, dried apple, and hint of rubber with a lean, shy, bone-dry thin body and a instant gravel, nut oil, and dried banana finish with cottony tannins. A very dry and oily white wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215070
Heron Hill Winery
2014 Classic Unoaked Chardonnay
Pale emerald straw color. Mild, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of lemon yogurt, brazil nuts, and grass with a soft, dryish light body and a polished, brisk lemon rind and apple core finish with fine tannins and no oak. A dry savory chardonnay for the table.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214888
South Coast
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Monterey
Bright light reddish amber color. Bright, fruity, funky aromas of berry - cherry fruit leather, ripe lemons, and gravel with a crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, scant finish with grippy tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214939
Auburn Road
2015 Pinot Grigio
Pale silvery straw color. Bright, green aromas and flavors of cling peaches in cream, melon, apples on the tree, and roasted nuts with an even, tangy, petillant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, snappy lime sorbet and starfruit finish with dusty, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice, dry pinot grigio quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214902
GEN 7
2014 Vintner's Reserve Viognier
Bright light medium golden straw color. Bright, baked, yeasty aromas and flavors of stone fruits, overripe banana and melon, smoked nuts, and dried flowers with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, breezy honeyed nectarines, baked apples and pears, and pepper finish with grippy tannins and no oak. A soft, savory viognier for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214889
Edenvale Estate
2013 Dry Rosé Rogue Valley
Pale ruby color. Bold, curious aromas and flavors of old leather, over-roasted cranberries, and peanut brittle with a satiny, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, unusual, breezy spiced chocolate, strawberry gastrique, and olives finish. A very savory and earthy rose with a lot interesting twists.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214968
Castrucci
2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir Napa Valley
Bright light silvery pink color. Bright, curious, umami aromas and flavors of sour cream and butter on mashed potatoes, baked berries, marinated mushrooms, and bouillon with a velvety, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy cranberry yogurt, reduced lime, and minerals finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A dry, funky adult rosé for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214976
Lawer Estates
2015 Rosé Sonoma County
Bright light medium light ruby color. Bright, fruity, sweaty spicy aromas of spiced berries, saddle leather - cumin, gravel, and lemon pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, rapid finish with earthy tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215062
Penns Woods
2015 Traminette
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, earthy aromas and flavors of flower patch, toasted nuts, melon sorbet, and citrus zest with a supple, crisp, off-dry light body and an even, quirky, breezy almond brittle, damp earth, and nutskins finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A tangy, dusty, earthy white for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215091
Pedroncelli
2015 East Side Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light silvery emerald straw color. Rich, odd, baked aromas and flavors of baked and overripe fruits, wax, lanolin lotion, and graham cracker crust with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, carefree celery and orange yogurt finish with fruit tannins. A earthy, rustic white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214890
Edenvale Estate
2014 Pinot Gris
Bright light medium golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, citrusy funky minerally aromas of ripe peaches, turned earth, mildly spiced lemon, and well water with an crisp, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, easy finish with papery tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214853
Chaddsford
2013 Pinot Grigio
Bright medium yellow straw color. Bright, curious, smoky aromas and flavors of pickled and grilled green tomatoes, matchstick, and hint of boiled potato with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, brisk grilled lemon and apple, nut skins and shells, and melon rind finish with crunchy, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A smoky, earthy pinot grigio for the table.
81 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214994
Byington
2014 Ventana Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light medium light gold color. Bold, citrusy, fruity creamy aromas of ripe lemons & cream, grilled peppers, hemp, and dried canvas with an sharp, bone-dry full body and a peppery, appealing, instant finish with cottony tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214837
Skinnygirl
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale yellow straw color. Mild, smoky aromas and flavors of lit match and candle and smoked nuts with a soft, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk baked lemon and apple, gherkin, and bamboo finish with cottony tannins and no oak. A very smoky dry pinot grigio for the table.
80 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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