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January 2018 - US Aromatic Whites

January 2018 - US Aromatic Whites
This month's Wine feature is US Aromatic Whites Wines

US Aromatic Whites Reviews

Ledson 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$36
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.
Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Traminette
90 points
$13.49
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Traminette
90 points $13.49 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet Riesling
90 points
$13.49
Best Buy
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
White Pine 2016 Dry Riesling
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
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
Napa by N.A.P.A 2015 Biancas White Napa Valley
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
One Woman 2016  Gewurztraminer
90 points
$28
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.
One Woman 2016 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$32
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!
Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry Riesling
89 points
$13.49
Best Buy
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
Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry Riesling
89 points
$13.49
Best Buy
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
Donovan-Parke 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$15.95
Best Buy
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
Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Black Locust Dry Riesling
89 points
$18.99
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
The Naked Grape NV  Moscato
89 points
$19.99
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
Casa Larga 2016 Medium Dry Riesling
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Teira Wines 2016 Woods Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Jitterbug 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$17.99
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
Barefoot NV  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
White Pine 2016 Semi-Dry Reserve Riesling
87 points
$16.99
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
Sunstone 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$35
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.
Northern Natural 2012  Riesling
86 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Twirl 2016  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$13.95
Best Buy
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
Scotto Family Cellars 2016 Silvaspoons Vineyard Verdelho
86 points
$16.99
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
Barefoot NV  Moscato
85 points
$6.99
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
Barefoot NV  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$6.99
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
Robert Hall 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$12.99
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
Casa Larga 2016 Dry Riesling
85 points
$14.99
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
White Pine 2016  Traminette
85 points
$15.99
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
CK Mondavi 2016  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$6.99
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
Johnson Estate 2016 Estate Grown Seyval Blanc
84 points
$9.99
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
Alias 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$10.99
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
Twirl 2015  Moscato
84 points
$13.95
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
Grande River Vineyards 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$13.99
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
Northern Natural 2012 Dry Riesling
84 points
$16
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.
The Naked Grape NV  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$19.99
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
CK Mondavi 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$6.99
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
One Woman 2016  Gruner Veltliner
83 points
$28
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.
Grande River Vineyards 2015 Semi-Sweet Riesling
82 points
$15.99
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
Falkner 2016 Risque Semi-Dry Riesling
82 points
$21.95
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
Barefoot NV  Riesling
81 points
$6.99
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
Trailhead 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
81 points
$19.95
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
Stina’s Cellars 2013  Albarino
80 points
$24
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!
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