January 2017 - Aromatic Whites

This month's Wine feature is Aromatic Whites Wines
Aromatic Whites Reviews
217925
Frey
2015 Spin Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of cedar pencil shavings, lemon taffy, and spiced pineapple with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length vanilla cream, nougat, apple sauce, and sea spray finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A charming fruity, lightly creamy chardonnay that is a pleasure to drink.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217897
Member’s Mark
2015 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of spiced pineapple and apples, roasted chestnuts, nutmeg, and lemon candy with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, long white toffee, lemon custard pie, and mango chutney finish with silky, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very tasty, toasty, and appetizing chardonnay that is sure to please.
92 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218015
Handley Cellars
2015 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Buttery, toasty aromas and flavors of coconut buttercream, pineapple and banana cakes, and clay pot with a satiny, bright, medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length apple custard tart, spiced lemon, and roasted nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A nice old school buttery, oaky chardonnay sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218083
Ledson
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright straw green color. Tropical aromas and flavors of grapefruit, mango custard, lemon blossoms, and rice cake with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long spiced citrus and apples and wheatgrass finish with no oak. A delicious, vibrant sauvignon blanc with great flavor and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217916
Marmalade
NV Moscato
Brilliant straw green color. Floral, fresh aromas and flavors of potpourri, key lime curd, and delicate herbs with a silky, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lychee and orange cream finish with no oak. A very tasty and appetizing off-dry white.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217880
Armstrong Valley Winery
NV Moscato
Brilliant light yellow straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of orange blossoms, fruit salad, and delicate spice with a silky, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, compelling, long honeyed melon and apple and sweet cream finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, refreshing, fruity white wine sipper.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218054
San Simeon
2015 Stefano Vineyard Estate Reserve Viognier
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, apple pie, and honeysuckle with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long dried apricot, lemon sorbet, and nuts finish with silky, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice viognier for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217888
Barefoot
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Clear color. Fruity, tropical aromas of honeydew melon, mango papaya relish, and green pepper with a silky, bright, fruity body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length apple and pear sauce, lime sorbet, and nutskin finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins. A juicy, fruity, crowd pleasing sauvignon blanc.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217828
Brassfield Estate
2015 Serenity Reserve High Valley
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of bruised peaches, lime pith, spiced lychee, and dried flowers with an vibrant, dryish full body and an interesting, swift finish with medium tannins and no oak. A full range of interesting unique fruit scents in the bouquet. A nice warmth to the flavors
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218016
Handley Cellars
2015 Estate Vineyard Gewurztraminer
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, yeasty aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, vanilla sour cream frosting, spiced pears and apricots, and geranium with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length melon, minerals, and pressed flowers finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very subtle, drier Alsatian style gewurztraminer with lots of food pairing possibilities.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217798
Falkner
2015 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Nutty, buttery aromas and flavors of baked pineapple and buttery peanut brittle with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long caramel apple, lemon custard cake, and nuts finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A rich pastiche of toasty fruit and oak colors.
89 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218081
Zina Hyde Cunningham
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright golden straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dusty lime, pineapple cake, and melon in cream with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, breezy Meyer lemon, honeyed apple, and grass finish with no oak. A tangy, engaging sauvignon blanc with good varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217820
Peirano
2014 "The Other" White Lodi
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of popcorn butter, yellow apples and pineapple, lemon cream, and musky peaches and vanillin with an lively, dry full body and a very complex, carefree finish with woody, medium tannins and light oak. A virtual cornucopia of ripe fruits very hedonic.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218118
Château Élan
NV Summer Wine Georgia
Bright emerald straw color. Tropical, floral, interesting aromas and flavors of spiced apples and watermelon, citrus chutney, and gardenia with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length orange and honeydew sorbets, grape jam, banana, and green apple finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, exotically fruity sweet white wine for desserts, cheeses or spicy foods.
88 points $11.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218051
Estancia
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Citrusy aromas of lemon custard cake, spiced lime, and wheatgrass with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, compelling, breezy nuts finish with chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A zesty, stimulating sauvignon blanc with good varietal character.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218055
Maddalena
2015 Estate Reserve Muscat Canelli
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed golden raisins in porridge and ripe peaches and mangos with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, crisp flan and spiced apples and lime finish with no oak. A tasty, lighter styled dessert and cheese wine.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217926
Frey
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright straw green color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of buttery apple custard pie, lemon yogurt, and sourdough muffin with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, charming, carefree honeyed apple and melon, vanilla milk, and cedar finish with a suggestion of oak. A creamy, fruity sauvignon blanc sipper.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218003
Firesteed
2012 Riesling
Clear emerald straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of balloon, lime skin, and green apple tree with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length Meyer lemon, minty grassy earth, and limestone finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry riesling with a good sense of place.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217867
Flint & Steel
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit sorbet, grass, and floral melon with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length clementine and lime marmalade finish with no oak. A crisp and inviting sauvignon blanc.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218068
Stina’s Cellars
2014 Rebus White Yakima Valley
Pale yellow straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and peony, peach pastry, fennel, and bark with a satiny, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, relaxed pear custard finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, floral, fruity sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218014
Handley Cellars
2015 Pinot Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of banana taffy and apple yogurt with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp vanilla cream finish with no oak. A smooth and easy drinking pinot blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218082
Ledson
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Earthy, interesting aromas and flavors of damp earth and straw, overripe citrus and melon rind, pressed flowers, and white pepper and brewer’s yeast with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, easy grapefruit sorbet and green apple skin finish with no oak. A very earthy and interesting sauvignon blanc with lots of wild wooly character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217890
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV Moscato
Clear emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasted almond, lanolin lotion, dried pears in cream, and bubblegum with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a captivating, cheery orange and ruby grapefruit, white chocolate nuts, and apple sauce finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant easy drinking dessert wine.
87 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217986
Sutter Home
NV Moscato
Bright straw color. Sweet, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange blossoms and sorbet, lemon marmalade, and spiced apples and lychee with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-length peach sorbet and nectar finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty fruity sweet summer sipper perfect for patios and lighter fare.
87 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217989
Sutter Home
NV Chenin Blanc
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of melon and orange and herbal honey on toast with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a polished, intriguing, breezy fig and persimmon and apple sauce finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and tasty off-dry sipper.
87 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217889
Barefoot
NV Moscato
Clear golden straw color. Tropical, floral aromas and flavors of lychee, mango custard, yellow rose, and citrus gelatin candy with a supple, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy orange spice cake, apple cider, lemon sherbet, and chalk finish with fine, dusty tannins and no oak. A fun, spry dessert wine for sipping with desserts or spicy foods.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217917
Casa Larga
2015 Dry Riesling
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed peach and melon, wet grass, and spiced apple with a supple, tart, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, breezy lemon, apple skin, pickled gooseberries, and minerals finish with no oak. A nice, light, very dry riesling aperitif.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217918
Casa Larga
2015 Medium Dry Riesling
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach cookie, apple sauce, and flower corsage with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, buoyant clementine and yellow apple finish with fine, crunchy tannins. A supple satisfying riesling with nice fruit.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218106
Château Élan
2015 Muscadry Rosé Georgia
Pale coral orange color. Fruity, green aromas and flavors of red grapes cluster and leaves, strawberry champagne vinaigrette, raisin toast, and rice cake with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, breezy pink lemonade, blood orange, and pickled golden beets finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins. A fun, savory rose that has lots of pairing possibilities.
87 points $15.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217827
Brassfield Estate
2014 High Serenity Ranch Vineyard Pinot Gris
Bright straw color. Aromas and flavors of beeswax candle, overripe nectarine, and rubber leaf with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, breezy green nectarine and apple, mineral, and lime rind and yogurt finish with crunchy, cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak. A racy, dry white table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217987
Sutter Home
NV Gewurztraminer
Bright golden straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of lychee, honeysuckle, spiced tangerines, and lemon chiffon pie with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-length mango-apple coulis, fruit salad, and edible flowers finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A lively and refreshing gewurztraminer with good balance.
86 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217887
Barefoot
NV Riesling
Clear emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple custard tart and banana taffy with a soft, crisp, petillant, off-dry light body and a buoyant peach sorbet, yellow apple and pear, and fruit salad finish with no oak. A tasty lighter styled dessert wine sipper.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217988
Ménage à Trois
2015 White California
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey crisp apples, peaches, pressed linen, and honey suckle and turned earth with an crisp, dry full body and a complex, short finish with cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak. Enticing nose, vibrant front loaded flavors
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217883
This Is Napa
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of frosted lemon cake and lit match with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length lemon and vanilla cream and nougat finish with a suggestion of oak. A creamy toasty fume style sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218109
Château Élan
2015 "Belle" Reserve American
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, wet grass and twigs, and dried flowers with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length brazil nuts and lemon finish with well-integrated, crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fun, slightly funky earthy white blend.
86 points $23.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218110
Château Élan
2015 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Unusual aromas and flavors of mashed potatoes, rice cake and toast, and gooseberries with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, amusing, breezy pickled apple and melon and straw finish with no oak. An intriguing somewhat toasty and yeasty sauvignon blanc.
86 points $23.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218116
Château Élan
NV Duncan Creek Muscadine
Pale silvery straw color. Curious, earthy, unusual aromas and flavors of pickled veggies, grape chutney, grassy herbs, and bubblegum with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length white grape juice and straw finish with no oak. A fun, very savory and herbaceous lighter styled dessert wine with a funky edge for cheeses.
85 points $11.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218000
Henry Estate
2015 Muller Thurgau
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of exotic fruit salad and plantain yogurt with a supple, racy, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, crisp and apple spiced peach and lime sorbet finish with fruit, crunchy tannins. A racy, lightly spritzy fruit white wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218105
Château Élan
2015 Muscadry Blanc Georgia
Bright light gold color. Aromas of Welch’s white grape juice, peach skin, key lime, and pressed linen with an tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a charming, brisk finish with cottony tannins and no oak. A better than average quality example.
85 points $15.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217919
Casa Larga
2015 Microclimate Riesling
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried apple and lemon, geranium, and tree bark with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk grassy earth, nectarine, and nut skin and shell finish with dusty, fruit tannins. An earthy, dry-yet=fruity riesling for the table.
85 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217871
Corner 103
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Grassy, musty aromas and flavors of damp grassy mossy earth, citrus rind and seed, overripe papaya, and brewer’s yeast with a soft, tart, dryish light body and a brisk nut skin and shell finish with no oak. A dry, lean, somewhat musty sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217881
Armstrong Valley Winery
NV Niagara
Pale emerald straw color. Green, fruity aromas and flavors of white grape skin and leaves and persimmon and fig with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, cheery spiced apple and pear in cream, melon rind, and earth finish. An intriguing, grapey, earthy white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217882
Armstrong Valley Winery
NV Riesling
Silvery straw color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of ripe lemons and peaches, grass, pickled melon, and rice with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, carefree finish with no oak. A crisp, savory dry riesling for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218107
Château Élan
2015 Muscadry Rouge Georgia
Medium light garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grapes, spiced cherries, and cocoa with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length mulberries finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, crunchy fruit red.
83 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217927
Frey
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Smoky, funky aromas and flavors of grilled citrus, toasted herbs, rubber eraser, and Brussels sprouts with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, odd, swift charred apple, chestnut honey, nutskin, and cedar mulch finish with fine, crunchy tannins. A funky, edgy sauvignon for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218108
Château Élan
2015 Reserve Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Roasted, smoky aromas and flavors of rubber eraser, toasted cedar, grilled apples, and fleur de sel with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy reduced lemon, grilled pineapple, dried mango and apple, and pepper finish with heavy oak. A bold toasty, oaky chardonnay sipper.
83 points $23.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218067
Stina’s Cellars
2014 Millennium Vineyards Siegerrebe
Brilliant old gold color. Funky, rustic, smoky aromas and flavors of baked mulberries, burning fall leaves, and match stick with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, brisk lemon spritzed melon, grilled yellow apple, and birch bark finish with a suggestion of oak. A smoky, rustic orange wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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