May 2017 - US Summer Whites

This month's Wine feature is US Summer Whites Wines
US Summer Whites Reviews
219426
Le Vigne
2016 Il Fiore Viognier
Bright pale golden yellow color. Fresh, floral, fruity aromas of ripe peaches, wildflowers, tropical fruit tart, and meyer lemon with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long ripe pineapple and fresh pear, crystalized flowers, vanilla creme Anglaise, and apricot jam on crumpet finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A yummy, super-fruity Viognier to share with friends.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219415
2Hawk
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Light golden straw color. Inviting, elegant aromas and flavors of water lilly, pistachio, fresh basil, and banana yogurt with a supple, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, involved, medium-long pecan sandies and banana, grapefruit jellies, overripe pineapple and mint, and graphite finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An enchanting sauvignon blanc with beautifully integrated flavors; one to write home about.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219457
Cedar Mountain
2016 Del Arroyo Vineyard Pinot Grigio
Light pale khaki orange color. Elegant, citrusy, minerally aromas and flavors of orange blossom, soft peaches with roasted pistachio, himalayan salt, and dried spiced lemon with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long dried apricot, pink peppercorn, and lilly blossom water finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins. An elegant, soft spoken citrusy wine with memorable finish.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219590
Sutter Home
NV Gewurztraminer
Bright straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lychee and exotic blossoms with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length lime oil, roasted cashew butter, crystalized flowers, and fresh nectarine finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A wonderful Gewurztraminer with excellent balance and intense aromas.
92 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219601
SeaGlass
2016 Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe peach, nut brittle, and delicate spiced melon with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, long yellow apples and kiwis and lemon gelato finish with soft, chewy, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A delicious, refreshing Pinot Grigio with with great fruit and varietal character.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219610
Slow Press
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Aromas of water lilly, dried grapefruit, and buttered lemon loaf with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long grapefruit jellies, green apple, and fresh mint finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A big California Sauvignon Blanc packed with flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219461
Atwater
2015 Pinot Gris
Pale white gold color. Earthy, citrusy, floral aromas and flavors of flower patch earth, dried lemon and peach, brazil nuts, and caramel rice cake with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long clementine, honeyed green apple and pear, and chalk and minerals finish with well-integrated, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very crisp, mouthwatering Pinot Gris with a nice sense of place; try as an aperitif.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219548
San Simeon
2016 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Pale emerald straw color. Citrusy, exotic aromas of grapefruit zest, almond paste, sticky rice with bananas and mango, and saffron galangal with a supple, racy, dryish light-to-medium body and a complex, long lime leaf, pickled lemongrass, coconut water, and pear tart finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. An intriguing and distinctive Sauvignon Blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219608
Monteviña
2015 Glass Falls Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Fruity, floral aromas of ripe white peach, honeysuckle blossom, and slate with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a breezy peach cobbler, apple skin, and almond meal finish with soft, fruit tannins. A clean and fresh Pinot Grigio that will be a crowd-pleaser.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219604
Joel Gott
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Citrusy, fresh aromas of grapefruit zest, mango, and celery with a round, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-length grapefruit coulis, ground nuts, tropical fruit tart, and orange creamsicle finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and no oak. A zingy Sauvignon Blanc.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219592
Ménage à Trois
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw green color. Clean, vegetal aromas and flavors of raw asparagus and romaine lettuce with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a medium-length underripe pear finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting vegetal Sauvignon Blanc that is crisp and fresh.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219594
Ménage à Trois
2015 Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Fresh, clean aromas and flavors of white peach and pressed flowers with a soft, bright, dry thin body and a medium-length finish with soft, fine, fruit tannins. A delicate yet gulpable Pinot Grigio.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219352
Biltmore Estate
2015 Pinot Grigio
Pale emerald straw color. Fruity, tropical aromas and flavors of white peach, dried kiwi, and chamomile flowers with a gritty, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length sliced pineapple, coriander, lemon granita, and apple skin finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. Lush tropical fruits and zippy acidity give this pinot grigio staying power.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219677
Henry Estate
2016 Muller Thurgau
White gold color. Aromas of toasted marshmallow and pressed flowers with a satiny, crisp, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length sweet nuts, banana and mango in yogurt, lemon curd, and toasted coconut finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely wine with ample fruit and minerality.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219354
Point of the Bluff Vineyards
2014 Semi Dry Riesling
Medium straw green color. Citrusy aromas of almond cookies, lime gel, and underripe mango with a round, racy, dry medium body and a medium-long peach tart with lime glaze, sliced kiwi and clementine, and tropical fruit pavlova finish with fine, fruit tannins. A nice Riesling with bursts of acidity and a mouthwatering fruit finish.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219666
Brutocao
2016 Estate Bottled Feliz Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas of dried grapefruit zest, sweet herbs, and pea shoots with a silky, lively, dryish light body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long honeyed starfruit, herb coated roasted nuts, grapefruit pavlova, and flint finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An unassuming nose leads to a bright and zingy palate that begs for summer dinners.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219603
Napa Cellars
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Baked, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest cookies, marshmallow, and hazelnut with a creamy, racy, dry medium body and a medium-long finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A creamy and citrusy Sauvignon Blanc.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219482
Tertulia Cellars
2016 Whistling Hills Estate Vineyard Viognier
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of peach frosting, key lime pie, vanilla, and jelly bean with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a brisk sea salt, fresh lemon, and ginger root finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A tangy and crisp everyday white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219588
Sutter Home
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale yellow straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of young peach, fishing line, and water lilly with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a relaxed finish with soft, fruit tannins. A light and easy drinking Pinot Grigio.
89 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219589
Sutter Home
NV Moscato
Light yellow straw color. Aromas of apple tart, peony, acacia, and rock candy with a round, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a medium-length orange blossom honey, wildflower, apple, and passion fruit sorbet finish with fine, fruit tannins. A pleasing everyday desert wine.
89 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219221
90+ Cellars
2015 Lot 64 Sauvignon Blanc
Brilliant straw green color. Aromas and flavors of dried nectarine and blossoms and nutskin with an bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length green apple and pear, meyer lemon, pickled melon, and straw finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A distinctive, dry Sauvignon Blanc that will be versatile.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219349
Biltmore Estate
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Light color. Funky aromas of breakfast cereal, corn meal, distant citrus, and cream of asparagus with a creamy, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a snappy apples in yogurt finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An easy drinking summer wine.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219605
Joel Gott
2015 Pinot Gris
Pale straw color. Interesting aromas of wool, lime oil, peach skins, and apple nut granola with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an interesting, medium-length wet stone, flint, and celery finish with silky, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An elegant Pinot Gris with generous minerality.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219351
Biltmore Estate
2015 Limited Release Chenin Blanc
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed peach and apple and white blossoms with an bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-length orange custard and caramelized spiced pears finish with no oak. A delicious, easy drinking Chenin sipper that will be great with spicy foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219510
Brassfield Estate
2014 High Serenity Ranch Vineyard Pinot Gris
Straw green color. Toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of nectarine preserves on toast and spiced caramel apples with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long lime spritzed green apple and kiwi, peach skin, vanilla nuts, and pepper finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and light oak. A bright, zesty Pinot Gris with a nice toasty note.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219580
Barefoot
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale white gold color. Floral, inviting aromas and flavors of peach blossom, green apple candy, asian pear, and gardenia with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a medium-length kiwi syrup, cucumber, and lemon sorbet finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A clean and soft Pinot Grigio.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219232
Rascal
2015 Pinot Gris
Pale silvery straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of underripe peach, fresh pears, lemon zest, and marzipan with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sparse finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An easy drinking Pinot Gris for light dishes.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219348
Biltmore Estate
2015 Riesling
Pale straw green color. Citrusy, clean aromas of fresh lemon, nectarine, rice flower cookies, and white iris with a glycerous, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a short-lived lemon and peach frosting, almond cake, and orange blossom water finish with soft, fruit tannins. Enjoy the beautiful bouquet of aromas in this Riesling.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219357
White Pine
2015 Dry Riesling
Pale golden straw color. Exotic, floral aromas and flavors of lychee, lily, mountain stream, and fresh pears with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, relaxed kiwi finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice fruity and floral Riesling for all occasions.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219609
Terra d’Oro
2016 Pinot Grigio
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Fresh, inviting aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, underripe nectarine, and jasmine with a soft, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a breezy bitter almonds and cake batter finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A silky, effortless Pinot Grigio that is massively crushable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219350
Biltmore Estate
NV Century Sweet White American
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of musky ripe peaches, key lime custard, hint of honeysuckle, and gravel and toasted yeast with an lively, medium-full body and an interesting, rapid finish with well-integrated tannins. An easy, fun, fruit driven white with a delicate floral note.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219524
Burning Tree Cellars
2013 The Architect White Blend California
Golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, malted vanilla tapioca, and baked kiwi and peaches with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length roasted coconut, apples and lemon and praline finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tasty, toasty white blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219587
Sutter Home
NV Riesling
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apple, pear, vanilla and nougat, and pineapple with a soft, off-dry medium body and an interesting, quick finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A modern domestic Riesling with ripe fruit and crisp acidity; good on its own, better with a meal.
87 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219579
Barefoot
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw green color. Interesting aromas and flavors of roasted peanuts in caramel and grapefruit gel with a satiny, crisp, dryish thin body and a easy sweet lettuces finish with fruit tannins. An interesting Sauvignon Blanc that is both roasty and fresh.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219602
Trinity Oaks
2015 Pinot Grigio
Pale straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of key lime pie and peach frosting with a lean, soft, fruity watery body and a brisk roasted carrot and underripe white peach puree finish with soft, fruit tannins. An easy drinking Pinot Grigio for the table.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219607
Ménage à Trois
2015 White Blend California
Straw green color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced apples and oranges and lilacs and peony with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and an even, brisk lemon sorbet and nectarine and green apple finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A nice light, floral, fruity sipper.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219509
Brassfield Estate
2015 High Serenity Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of grilled lemons and green apples and doused match with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a swift tart peach skin, gooseberry, and grass finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry, tart Sauvignon Blanc for seafood.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219531
Andis Wines
2016 Cuvee Blanc Amador County
Pale straw green color. Tropical aromas and flavors of caramelized tropical fruits, banana, and minted melon with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, snappy roasted grapefruit, vanilla yogurt nuts, kiwi and starfruit, and grass finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A pleasing, lightly tropical and savory white blend.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219484
Narmada Winery
2015 MOM White Blend Virginia
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of peach nectar, lemon cream, pressed linen, and crushed gravel with an lively, dryish full body and a nuanced, crisp finish with earthy, cottony tannins and no oak. A domestic white with delicate scents and a silky mouthfeel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219481
Tertulia Cellars
2016 Elevation Estate Vineyard Marsanne
Pale yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of whole ripe banana and peach-coconut granola with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, carefree spiced peach, apple, and nuts finish with fine, chewy, soft tannins and no oak. A nice dry Marsanne with appetizing acidity and subtle fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219556
One Woman
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Clean, grassy aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, green grasses, cat box, and marshmallow fluff with a satiny, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a captivating, medium-length sliced almonds finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and citrusy everyday Sauvignon Blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219555
One Woman
2015 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw green color. Grassy, citrusy aromas and flavors of fresh long grass, white flowers, lemon balm, and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with a silky, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-length finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins. An easy to drink juicy white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219653
Reynolds Family Winery
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw green color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of green almond, cat box, dried herbs, and dried citrus peels with an tangy, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-length finish with fine, fruit, coating tannins. A refreshingly zesty Sauvignon Blanc with great nutty character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219596
Trinchero
2016 Mary's Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd, crumpets, white flowers, and distant grapefruit zest with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish with fine, fruit, coating tannins and no oak. A rich and complex Sauvignon Blanc for thoughtful dinner pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219586
Sutter Home
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus and wet grassy earth with an crisp, light-to-medium body and a stimulating, snappy yellow apple and meyer lemon juice finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp refreshing Sauvignon Blanc for everyday pleasure.
86 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219591
Sutter Home
NV Chenin Blanc
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of grilled lemons and nectarines and rice cake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a buoyant pear sauce, honeyed golden raisin and fig, and nutskin finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice, fruity Chenin with a touch of smokiness.
86 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219359
White Pine
NV White Expression Medium Sweet White Blend Michigan
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of spiced lemons, yellow apple skins, green grapes, and honeysuckle and crushed gravel with a lively, dry full body and a captivating, brisk finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A complex wine with subtle integration of spice, fruit and floral notes.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219593
Ménage à Trois
2015 Moscato
Gold color. Green aromas and flavors of lemongrass, ginger, lime oil, and jasmine with a medium body and a medium ground ginger finish. A floral and citrusy wine with intense exotic flavors.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219300
Black Willow Winery
2015 Classic Diamond White Dessert Wine New York State
Light emerald straw color. Aromas of elderflower, solvent, and cherry pits with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a medium-length globe grapes and fresh fennel finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting dessert wine with with a powerful nose.
86 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219663
Bliss Family Vineyards
2016 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of banana and rice cake, lemon sauce, and parsley with a round, racy, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-long lemon zest, Italian sweet herbs, brine, and dill finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A Sauvignon Blanc with outstanding salinity for easy pairings.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219460
Atwater
2014 Medium-Sweet Riesling
Bright straw green color. Aromas of melon rind and grapefruit, dough, quartz, and apple skins with a bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length ripe melon, kiwi tart, and sweet dill pickle finish with fine, fruit tannins. A fruity quaffer with an interesting relish-like presence.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219637
Yorkville Cellars
2015 Randle Hill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Yeasty aromas of bread, aquarium, and elderflower with a supple, off-dry light body and a delightful, medium-length grapefruit upside down cake, wet stone, and sweet parsley finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A Sauvignon Blanc with maritime character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219511
Brassfield Estate
2015 Serenity Reserve White Blend High Valley
Light color. Aromas and flavors of apple, pear, and nougat with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, quick finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very nice crisp white with a rich mouthfeel and good complexity; rich enough to stand up to a variety of dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219571
Michael Gill Cellars
2016 Estate Bottled Black Tie Viognier
Pale golden yellow color. Clean, fruity aromas of white peach, banana yogurt, geranium, and clove tea with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an elegant, long salted Marcona almond, preserved peach, lilac, and fruit glaze finish with dusty, fruit tannins. A fruity Viognier with a long and persistent finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219597
Three Thieves
2015 Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of whole lemon and peach fuzz with a soft, dryish thin body and a quick finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A neutral wine that will serve a crowd well.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219459
Atwater
2012 Gewurztraminer
Straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of thyme crusted cheese and chicken jus with a supple, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length kiwi, underripe gooseberry, and bitter lemon soda finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A savory Gewurztraminer for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219240
Northleaf Winery
NV Town Square Series Chenin Blanc
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked peaches and whole grapes and dark roasted nuts with an soft, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with crunchy, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A fruity, earthy Chenin that will be interesting to pair with.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219585
The Naked Grape
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale emerald straw color. Fruity, attractive, floral aromas of fruit cocktail syrup, jasmine, raw almonds, and soursop with a round, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy slate, white grape popsicle, and nutskin finish with no oak. A nutty and tropical Pinot Grigio that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219452
Valley of the Moon
2014 Pinot Blanc
Straw green color. roasted, pineapple and papaya aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple and papaya, green apple, and spiced nuts with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, carefree melon rind, golden beets, and edible flowers finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. An interesting savory white blend sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219485
Narmada Winery
2015 Dream Traminette
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasted smoked yeast, ruby grapefruit, baked oak, and bitter lemon pith with a lively, dry medium-full body and an interesting, brief finish with papery tannins and no oak. An enticing wine with delicate, natural scents.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219453
Madrone Estate
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of buttered biscuit, carnation, overripe pineapples, and clotted cream with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a cheery guava, grapefruit pith, and wheat grass finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A bold Sauvignon Blanc with creamy flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219217
Kenefick Ranch
2015 Estate Grown Pickett Road White Calistoga
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of apple, honey, and sherry with a soft, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A full and complex Rhone-style white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219668
Pearmund Cellars
2015 Silver Creek Vineyard Viognier
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of caramel covered green apple, marzipan, fondant, and wisteria with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a swift mulling spices and walnut shell finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A bright and autumnal white with tons of pairing possibilities.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219554
One Woman
2015 Gewurztraminer
Golden straw color. Peppery aromas of ground ginger, white pepper, and moist almonds with an oily, lively, light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, breezy cream soda, underripe stone fruit, gentian, and grapefruit pith finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A creamy Gewurztraminer for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219639
Yorkville Cellars
2015 Eleanor of Aquitaine Randle Hill Vineyard White Blend Yorkville Highlands
Light color. Aromas and flavors of underripe apricot, white flowers, sweet pea, and wheat grass with a soft, dryish light body and a quick lemon conserve and pound cake finish with fruit tannins. A clean and easy drinking white; juicy but with a lovely grippy texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219581
Barefoot
NV Refreshingly Sweet Riesling
Pale golden straw color. Sweet, floral aromas and flavors of turkish delight, chamomile, lilac, and honey with a lightly tannic, soft, petillant, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, carefree white tea, Bartlett pear, and prickly pear finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A straightforward sweet sipper.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219582
Barefoot
NV Deliciously Sweet Moscato
Pale golden straw color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of orange blossom, japanese rice candy, and apricot flower with a satiny, bright, petillant, moderately sweet light body and a brisk finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. Enjoy a beautiful floral bouquet on this botanic driven sweet sipper.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219595
Bandit
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale golden straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of peach skin, raw almonds, parsnip, and starched linen with a shy, fruity light body and an intriguing, medium-length slightly underripe nectarine, clementine, sliced almonds, and pear sauce finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A soft and peachy little number for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219429
Kiara Bella
2016 Moscato
Bright white gold color. Sweet, floral aromas and flavors of sweet lilac, sugar snap peas, fruit cocktail syrup, and orange blossom honey with a supple, flat, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, terse jicama, rice candy, and yellow apple finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An easy drinking, soft sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219626
Mill River Winery
NV Five O'Clock White American
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of green nectarines, bruised green apples, sour lemon and crushed gravel, and baked oak with an crisp, dryish full body and an interesting, brisk finish with earthy, papery tannins and light oak. Crisp refreshing acidity makes this a nice starter wine.
84 points $15.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219676
Henry Estate
2015 Pinot Gris
Pale color. Aromas of baby powder, squash, and taleggio with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a crisp peach icing and cake mix finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A funky Pinot Gris that will appeal to off-dry wine lovers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219627
Mill River Winery
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peanut, wheat biscuit, meyer lemon, and baked peaches with a supple, fruity thin body and a brief lemon curd and baked peaches and oranges finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A savory and funky Pinot Grigio.
84 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219390
Calamity Sue
2015 Riesling
Light color. Aromas and flavors of apple, nougat, and candy with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice easy to drink Riesling with fresh flavors.
84 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219430
Le Vigne
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Light emerald straw color. Rustic aromas of stable, dried starfruit, pepper jelly, and smoked paprika with an oily, tart, dry light body and an appealing, medium-length pistachio confection, gooseberry, lime custard, and green tea finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A dry and earthy quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219528
Cape May
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Medium emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of apple caramel muffin and circus peanuts with a lean, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, short baked green apples, cinnamon yogurt, toasted almond, and spiced celery finish with fine, fruit tannins. A refreshing patio pounder.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219584
The Naked Grape
NV Moscato
Dark bright yellow straw color. Sweet aromas of canned stone fruit, apple blossom, and spiced pears with a syrupy, soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy honey and pear pastry, white grape, and mandarin oranges in syrup finish with fine, fruit tannins. A pleasingly sweet dessert wine with good guzzle-ability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219638
Yorkville Cellars
2015 Randle Hill Vineyard Semillon
Pale straw green color. Funky aromas of fishing line, pond stones, beeswax, and wet hay with a lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-length underripe mango, starfruit, and gravel finish. A friendly Semillon with pleasant acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219525
Burning Tree Cellars
2014 The Austringer White Blend Arizona and California
Yellow straw color. Interesting, toasty aromas and flavors of oiled leather, mesquite, grilled nectarines and apples, and cedar pencil shavings with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, brisk smoked nuts and creme brulee crust finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. An intriguing, lightly smoky and woodsy white blend for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219226
Midsummer Cellars
2015 Pinot Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach scone, cashew butter, asian pear, and dried citrus with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy lemon-spritzed melon rind, baked apple, and almond skin finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry Pinot Blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219222
Grgich Hills
2014 Fume Blanc Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
Light yellow straw color. Baked aromas and flavors of breakfast cereal, toasted lemon poppyseed muffin, and coconut frosting with a lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium salt finish. A rich Sauvignon Blanc with a hint of salinity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219570
Michael Gill Cellars
2016 Oso Blanco White Vermentino
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of cotton candy, nougat, and vanilla with an shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very juicy white with a sweet nose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219557
Penman Springs
2014 Dry Humour White Paso Robles
Light color. Aromas and flavors of honey, nougat, and pear with an flat, dryish light-to-medium body and an appealing, swift finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Plenty of ripe juicy fruits are complemented by a clean finish in this easy-going wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219456
Cedar Mountain
2016 Ghielmetti Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Pale white gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe banana custard and fruit salad with a soft, dryish light body and a swift yellow grapefruit and hint of wheat grass and straw finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A Sauvignon Blanc quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219353
Point of the Bluff Vineyards
2014 Dry Riesling
Bright straw green color. Cheesy aromas of parmesan, lemon spritz, parsley, and lychee with a lean, puckering, dry light body and a medium-length lemon segment and underripe melon finish with no oak. A tart and citrus-forward Riesling.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219529
Andis Wines
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of standing water, pressed flowers, and lemon juice concentrate with a gritty, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length crushed gravel, honeycomb, lime, and underripe pear finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A mild Sauvignon Blanc.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219599
SeaGlass
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of sour cream and gherkins, dried peaches and lemons, and cedar saw dust with an vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peculiar, easy pickled melon, grass, and balsa finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. An unusually funky and savory Sauvignon Blanc for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219600
SeaGlass
2015 Riesling
Light color. Aromas and flavors of apple, pear, and citrus with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a compelling, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy white with a mixture of fruits; perfect for poultry and pork dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219569
Elk Run
2015 Riesling
Bright straw color. Aromas of baked olives, anchovies, dried pineapple, and toasted yeast with a round, bright, dryish light body and a hot, brisk spiced apple core, raisin bread, limestone, and oyster shell finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lean wine for the table.
82 points $16.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219445
Northleaf Winery
NV Girls are Meaner Gewurztraminer
Clear golden amber color. Musty aromas of petrol, spiced orange tea, sunchoke, and roasted nuts with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length dried stone fruit, apricot tart, olive, and pressed flowers finish with fine, fruit tannins. A fascinating wine with oxidative qualities.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219358
White Pine
2013 Semi-Dry Reserve Riesling
Light color. Funky aromas of beeswax, gum wrapper, marzipan, and petrol with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length gooseberry and celery finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A funky Riesling.
81 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219356
White Pine
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Unusual aromas of hard boiled eggs, white vinegar, and dried citrus edamame with a soft, shy, dryish light body and a brisk underripe peach, banana puree, mayonnaise, and parchment finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting and earthy Pinot Grigio.
81 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219454
Lake Sonoma
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Pungent aromas of egg yolks, buckwheat honey, sandalwood, and goat gouda with a chunky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length underripe pear, root vegetables, and soursop finish with clunky, fruit tannins. A distinctively savory and appetizing Sauvignon Blanc for adventurous imbibers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219552
One Woman
2015 Tribute White Blend North Fork of Long Island
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked oak, crushed gravel, apricot pits, and lemon pith with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a short finish with papery, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A simple and breezy white, serve with a good chill.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219567
Elk Run
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Funky aromas of shrimp and taffy with a lean, shrill, dry light body and a brisk finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A wine for cheese.
80 points $16.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219568
Elk Run
2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Pinot Gris
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Unusual aromas and flavors of wintergreen, feijoa, moth balls, and herbal honeycomb with a soft, shy, dryish light body and a polished, odd, swift tree sap, pear core, and dusty minerals finish with fine, dusty tannins. A dry, very herbaceous Pinot Gris for the table.
80 points $17.45
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219530
Andis Wines
2015 Bill Dillian Vineyard Semillon
Pale silvery straw color. Sulfurous aromas of eggs and frozen guava with a lean, shy, dryish medium body and a smooth, easy dried lemon and homeopathic medicine finish with fruit tannins. A very light and mild wine.
80 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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