January 2018 - US Aromatic Whites

This month's Wine feature is US Aromatic Whites Wines
US Aromatic Whites Reviews
222669
Ledson
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Emerald straw color. Herbal aromas and flavors of ripe gooseberry, pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, and blackberry thicket with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A bright and herbal sauvignon blanc that hits all the right notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222589
Johnson Estate
2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Traminette
Straw color. Fruity aromas of sweet pea blossom, sugar snap peas, apricots in cream, and juicy pears with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-length peach cobbler, white grape sangria, and spiced orange peels finish with fine, fruit tannins. A sophisticated and table-ready take on Traminette; lovely.
90 points $13.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222587
Johnson Estate
2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet Riesling
Straw color. Aromas of ripe pears, honeycomb, and meyer lemon with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long marzipan, mandarin orange, and coriander finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A delicious, weighty riesling to seek out.
90 points $13.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222431
White Pine
2016 Dry Riesling
Clear straw color. Aromas of buttercup flowers, amber honey, and potato chips with an crisp, dry medium-full body and a captivating, medium-long honey blossom, graham cracker, petrol, and slate finish with no oak. A charming Michigan Riesling with surprising German qualities and layers.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222706
Napa by N.A.P.A
2015 Bianca's White Napa Valley
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon custard, honeycomb, and fresh linen with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length apple gastrique, minerals, and saline finish with fine, fruit tannins. A bright and charming White Meritage for excellent meals
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222691
One Woman
2016 Gewurztraminer
Yellow straw color. Exotic aromas of lychee candies, beeswax, botan rice candy, and lily with a velvety, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long starfruit confiture, kaffir lime leaf, coriander, galangal, and fresh coconut meat finish. An exotic, super-bright, dry Gewurztraminer for sophisticated pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222692
One Woman
2016 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Bright straw color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, orange, and lime zest with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an interesting, terse finish with no oak. A wine that is zippy and light on it’s feet!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222585
Johnson Estate
2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry Riesling
Yellow straw color. Fresh, fruity aromas of dried lemon wheels, white peach, honeycrisp apple, and honey with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length tangerine, starfruit, and sweet ginger finish with fine, fruit tannins. A lovely riesling that super-fresh with pure fruit aromas.
89 points $13.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222586
Johnson Estate
2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry Riesling
Medium yellow straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of nectarine, honeycomb, green pear, and apple blossom with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long marzipan finish with fine, fruit tannins. A mouth-filling Riesling with big fruit.
89 points $13.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222749
Donovan-Parke
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Brilliant silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of passionfruit and lemongrass with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with no oak. A tropical and zesty Sauv Blanc, perfect for a barbecue at the beach.
89 points $15.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222588
Johnson Estate
2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Black Locust Dry Riesling
Emerald straw color. Fruity, floral aromas of ripe white peach, fresh apricot, cherry blossom, honeysuckle, and sweet almond oil with a satiny, vibrant, bone-dry medium body and a sleek, layered, medium-length shale, tart lemon gelee, and dewy grass finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very dry, complex riesling with aging potential.
89 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222647
The Naked Grape
NV Moscato
Yellow straw color. Sweet aromas of peach candies, orange gummies, honeycomb, and jasmine with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a medium-length juicy pear finish with soft, fruit tannins. A not-too-sweet Moscato charmer.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222543
Casa Larga
2016 Medium Dry Riesling
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey drizzled pears, lemon soufflé, winter clementines, and nougat with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, easy lime blossom and wet minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and bright riesling.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222687
Teira Wines
2016 Woods Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit and dewy fresh cut grass with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length tropical fruit salad and orange Pez candies finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid Sauvignon Blanc for anytime sipping.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222557
Jitterbug
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Emerald straw color. Aromas of diced green peppers and papaya with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length green apple, orange blossom water, lime blossom, and spiced celery finish with fine, fruit tannins. A fun and bright sauvignon blanc.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222649
Barefoot
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, cat box, green pears, and agave nectar with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp fresh apples finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid sauvignon blanc that hits all the notes.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222432
White Pine
2016 Semi-Dry Reserve Riesling
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of under ripe apricot, peach blossoms, and slight petrol with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk Apricot Chutney finish with no oak. An easy drinking and fruity Riesling to compliment spicy dishes.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222617
Sunstone
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Straw green color. Aromas of gooseberry, lime sorbet, coriander seeds, and purple asparagus with a satiny, lively, dry light body and an engaging, breezy marinated grape leaves finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A zesty Sauvignon Blanc refresher.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222663
Northern Natural
2012 Riesling
Straw color. Aromas of diesel, dandelions, honeyed pears, and lychee with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, rapid tangerine candies and tropical fruit tart finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A tropical dessert wine with a rustic appeal.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222753
Twirl
2016 Pinot Grigio
Medium straw color. Aromas of ripe tangerine, prepared green tea, beeswax, underripe peach, and tahini with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk lemon zest, chalk, and apple compote finish. A friendly pinot grigio for anytime sipping.
86 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222707
Scotto Family Cellars
2016 Silvaspoons Vineyard Verdelho
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked apples, yellow peaches, and cream with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a swift finish with a suggestion of oak. Perfect to pop and pour!
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222648
Barefoot
NV Moscato
Yellow straw color. Aromas of honeycomb, pineapple, white grape, and apple-cinnamon with a syrupy, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a polished, fast sliced apples and beeswax finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasing moscato crusher.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222643
Barefoot
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Floral aromas of tinned peaches, honeysuckle, and lemon curd with a silky, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length violet pastilles and lemon drop finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A pinot grigio for moscato lovers.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222667
Robert Hall
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Straw green color. Aromas of fruit cocktail, bubble gum, and citrus pith with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-length lime zest, pistacio nougat, lime leaf, and rosemary finish with soft tannins and no oak. A crushable and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222542
Casa Larga
2016 Dry Riesling
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas of summer georgia peach and petrol with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, cheery underripe pear and meyer lemon juice finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An ethereal Finger Lakes riesling for light suppers.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222433
White Pine
2016 Traminette
Yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of exotic limes, meyer lemons, and lemon meringue pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, crisp finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy, crowd-pleasing, summery white that will pair with a variety of foods.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222563
CK Mondavi
2016 Pinot Grigio
Pale yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas of kiwi relish and dough with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length lime sorbet and white pepper finish with soft tannins and no oak. A bright pinot grigio for poolside sipping.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222590
Johnson Estate
2016 Estate Grown Seyval Blanc
White gold color. Aromas of nougat with dried citrus zests and cocoa butter with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, short-to-medium lemon tisane finish with soft tannins and no oak. A crisp and easy-drinking white wine for hot days and zingy pairings.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222639
Alias
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow straw color. Green aromas of green pepper relish and marshmallow with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a polished, brisk kiwi skin, cilantro, underripe pineapple, and beeswax finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An herbal sauvignon blanc.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222748
Twirl
2015 Moscato
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh lime and bee pollen with a supple, soft, off-dry light body and a sleek, brisk beeswax finish with soft tannins and no oak. A crushable moscato for everyday quaffing.
84 points $13.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222640
Grande River Vineyards
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow straw color. Aromas of kiwi soufflé, circus peanuts, scallions, and durian with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk roasted alliums and green papaya finish. A crushable Sauvignon Blanc.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222664
Northern Natural
2012 Dry Riesling
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of candied strawberry and spree candies with a tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length white flowers, watermelon rind, and peach pits finish with no oak. A crisp and refreshing Riesling with bright acidity; pair with shellfish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222646
The Naked Grape
NV Pinot Grigio
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon bar and graham cracker crust with a lean, soft, dry thin body and a instant finish with soft tannins and no oak. A clean Pinot Grigio Quaffer.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222564
CK Mondavi
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of starfruit, olive brine, kitty litter, and pickled shallot with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a snappy underripe apricot, green pepper, and salted white asparagus finish. A crisp sauvignon blanc for satisfying pairings.
83 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222693
One Woman
2016 Gruner Veltliner
Silver color. Aromas and flavors of underripe pear, paper mache, bee pollen, and linen with a supple, bright, dry thin body and a smooth, short finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A gentle quaffer for mellow days.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222641
Grande River Vineyards
2015 Semi-Sweet Riesling
Clear silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of concord grape, spree candies, and flower stems with a tangy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with no oak. An easy drinking dessert Riesling; serve it with fruit or cream driven sweets.
82 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222529
Falkner
2016 Risque Semi-Dry Riesling
Pale gold color. Baked, nutty aromas of almond cakes, cooking wine, yellow tomatoes, and tinned tropical fruit with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk discarded orange peel and molasses finish. A nutty, sherry-like riesling for cooking and adventure.
82 points $21.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222650
Barefoot
NV Riesling
Clear straw color. Aromas and flavors of white peach, apricot, and honeysuckle with a crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a short finish with no oak. A spritzy Riesling that is fruity with just a kiss of sweetness; great for moscato lovers.
81 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222750
Trailhead
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of fallen apple skin and wet grass with an soft, dry light body and a peculiar, fleeting finish with no oak. A crushable, if atypical Sauv Blanc for easy drinking with friends.
81 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222725
Stina’s Cellars
2013 Albarino
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked apples, ginger, and pineapple with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a short finish with a suggestion of oak. A richly textured wine!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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