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May 2018 - US Summer Whites

May 2018 - US Summer Whites
This month's Wine feature is US Summer Whites Wines

US Summer Whites Reviews

Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Sweet Riesling
94 points
$24
Light straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe apricot, juicy pear, lychee, wool, and candied cashew with a round, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length beeswax, sweet ginger, meyer lemon, and yellow plum finish with no oak. A juicy, fruit-packed Riesling with a sunny disposition and elegant style; a Cellar Selection.
Heitz 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$23
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of fresh green asparagus, cut grass, kiwi, lychee, eucalyptus, and cat box with a velvety, tangy, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finger lime, green apple skittles, passionfruit sorbet, wild mint, cilantro, peppercorns, lemongrass, and pine needles finish. Waves of persistent tropical flavors make this wine perfect for summer dining.
Hagafen 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$27
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas of white asparagus, starfruit, eucalyptus, peach tea, curry, fennel, and geranium with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy asparagus water, underripe passionfruit, dried cantaloupe and peach cobbler finish. A rich and full California Sauvignon Blanc with great acidity and food affinity.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Mohr-Fry Ranches Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$20
Clear white gold color. Funky, vegetal, tropical aromas and flavors of passionfruit, mango, eucalyptus, and white asparagus with a velvety, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-length mango, kiwi, papaya and wild mint finish with no oak. A complex and tropical Sauvignon Blanc that hits all the right chords for a rich dinner pairing.
Braganini 2016 Reserve Albarino
91 points
$21.99
Brilliant golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked apples, butter roasted nuts, and bark with a vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a compelling, medium-long honeyed pears and clementines finish with fine, fruit tannins. A bright and refreshing Albarino with great varietal flavor, character and structure.
91 points $21.99
Narmada Winery 2017  Viognier
91 points
$27
Silvery emerald straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and peaches and melon and kiwi with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, long lemon curd and green apple sorbet, praline, and wheat grass finish with no oak. A very crisp, tangy, lighter styled Viognier that will shine at the table.
Bordeleau NV Estate Off-Dry Moscato
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Light silvery emerald straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of lilacs and honeysuckle and fresh fruit salad with peaches and lychee with a supple, vibrant, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, long peach sorbet, sultana, and delicate spice finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A lively and expressive moscato with fine balance and a vibrant finish; drinks like a gewurztraminer.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Sharpe Hill  Ballet of Angels American
90 points
$13.49
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach, melon, hint of lychee, and white blossoms with an vibrant, light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-long clementine, apple, and honey finish with no oak. A bright and fruity white wine that satisfies with mouth watering acidity.
90 points $13.49 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Moscato
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Clear emerald straw color. Aromas of wool, elderflower, sweet peach candies, and honeysuckle with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and an effortless, snappy Botan rice candies and lime spritz finish with no oak. A pleasing and breezy moscato with balanced sweetness.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
St. Julian NV Michcato Semi-Sweet White Wine Lake Michigan Shore
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Clear brilliant silver color. Aromas and flavors of lemon candy and white flowers with a silky, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-length lemon zest, nectarine, candied pineapple, apricot, honey, and gummy candies finish. A delightfully refreshing dessert wine for a lighter fruit-driven finish to the meal.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled Select Riesling
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of beeswax, peach blossom, pear, white peaches, white flowers, and petrol with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk peach gummies, dreamsicle, apple handpie, chamomile, and fruit leather finish. A precise and weighty Riesling that delights the senses.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Frey 2016  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$18
Brilliant straw color. Buttery, oaky, citrusy, oily aromas and flavors of lemon meringue, lemon curd, vanilla frosting, fresh biscuits, and toasted oak with a round, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with light oak. A rich, barrel-influenced Pinot Grigio.
Braganini 2016 Mountain Road Estate Bottled Reserve Riesling
89 points
$21.99
Clear emerald straw color. Aromas of beeswax candles, pressed flowers, dulce de membrillo, and ripe papaya with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree ripe apples and pineapple finish with no oak. A lovely dry Riesling that highlights an oft-overlooked wine region.
89 points $21.99
Forgotten Barrel 2017  Marsanne
89 points
$26
Light gold color. Fruity aromas of dried pineapple and apricot and coconut macaroon with an oily, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long melon with vanilla cream, peppered banana chips, spiced starfruit, and almond oil finish. A very supple and warming white sipper.
Tom Gore Vineyards 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Clear white gold color. Candied, citrusy, clean, tropical aromas and flavors of lime zest, citrus chewy candy, peach blossoms, and grilled vegetables with a silky, lively, bone-dry medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length lime flesh and green apple skins finish. A tangy Sauvignon Blanc with a mouthwatering combination of fruity and savory notes.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled Dry Riesling
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of honeydew melon, mango preserve, pear skin, white tea, wet straw, bromine, and flint with a soft, tangy, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length lime flesh, underripe pineapple, pickled white strawberry, lemon balm, coriander, and wool finish. A racy and layered Riesling from the Finger Lakes ready for a bolder food pairing.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Hoot 2016 White Blend Symphony-Muscat of Alexandria
88 points
$16.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of peony and lychee with an crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-long lemon-orange sorbet and rose water finish with no oak. A very pretty floral, off-dry quaffer.
88 points $16.99
Barefoot NV  Riesling
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Clear straw green color. Aromas of orange blossoms, beeswax, peach, sweet almond oil, lilac, and lychee with a satiny, vibrant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy apricot nectar and pineapple gummies finish with no oak. A bright and fruity riesling for any sweet wine lover.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Clear silver color. Minerally, clean, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon pith, underripe peach, mango candy and orange rose petals with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk lemon zest, confected lemon candy, orange blossom water, and wilted flower petals finish with no oak. A subtle Pinot Grigio that yearns for some flavorful food to complete the meal.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled Semi Dry Riesling
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of lemon poppy seed muffin, watermelon rind, orange flowers, lily, match head, and diesel with a satiny, lively, bone-dry medium body and a sleek, short kaffir lime, peanut brittle, bruised pear, lime pith and white pepper finish with no oak. A lovely riesling expression from Finger Lakes.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Braganini 2016 Reserve Dry Riesling
87 points
$19.99
Medium golden straw color. Interesting aromas of honeycomb, meyer lemon cordial, celery chutney, cherry blossom, and pear fruit leather with a supple, bright, dry thin body and a graceful, brisk tinned pineapples and pears finish with a suggestion of oak. A honeyed Michigan dry Riesling with tons of pairing possibilities.
87 points $19.99
Narmada Winery 2017 Mom White Blend Virginia
87 points
$20
Silvery emerald straw color. Green aromas and flavors of fruits on trees and leaves with a soft, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy apple sauce and honeyed peach finish with no oak. A nice fruity and earthy sipper.
Narmada Winery 2016 sur lie Reserve Chardonel
87 points
$27
Gold color. Tropical aromas of peach loaf, zucchini bread, and overripe papaya with a satiny, fruity medium body and a sleek, amusing, medium-length vanilla taffy, mixed fruit syrup, toasty oak, and thyme finish with light oak. An intriguing and distinctive Chardonel.
CK Mondavi 2016  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$7
Best Buy
Clear white gold color. Fruity, fresh, citrusy, candied, tropical aromas of tangerine, peach, mango, pink flowers, orange Tic-Tacs, and chalk with a silky, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length lemon flesh, underripe pineapple, white flowers, and yogurt finish with no oak. A fruity and tropical Pinot Grigio with layers of flavor for easy pairing.
86 points $7 Best Buy
Kung Fu Girl 2016  Riesling
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of fine Italian lemons, quartz, soursop, and honey-drizzled persimmon with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a breezy fresh apple, lime zest, and mandarin orange finish with no oak. A clean, unfussy riesling with weighty texture that will have you begging another sip.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Braganini 2016 Off-Dry Reserve Traminette
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of pineapple syrup, strawberry cupcake, orange gel candies, and violet candies with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, brisk finish. A fun and candied Traminette for easy-going Sundays.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Storyteller 2016 About Last Night Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas of passionfruit butter, hint of pineapple, and cilantro stem with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy white grapefruit pith and apple compote finish. A reserved sauvignon blanc for easy weeknight pairings.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Brass Tacks 2017  Moscato
86 points
$15.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of honeysuckle, wrapped Botan rice candy, dried pineapples, and ripe apricots in syrup with a round, crisp, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy sweet almonds and fruit cocktail finish with no oak. A very sweet and lovable moscato.
86 points $15.99
Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Salman Farms Off-Dry Gewurztraminer
86 points
$24
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried peaches and flowers, melon drizzled with white balsamic, and plum skin with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium apple sauce and honeyed nectarine finish. A mild, easy-sipping gewurztraminer.
The Naked Grape NV  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Clear white gold color. Citrusy, tropical, grassy, confected aromas and flavors of fresh and confected kiwi, mango, orange flowers, blossom water, and limestone with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish with no oak. A light yet tropical Pinot Grigio perfect for meals al fresco.
85 points $4.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$6.99
Brilliant white gold color. Chemical, vegetal, dusty aromas and flavors of fresh steamed asparagus, pasta water, and chalk with a soft, lively, bone-dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk kaffir lime, fresh asparagus, eucalyptus, and limestone finish with no oak. A zippy Sauvignon Blanc with subtle vegetal notes.
85 points $6.99
St. Julian NV Envy Sweet White Blend Michigan
85 points
$9.99
Clear emerald straw color. Aromas of celery, lemon pith and honeydew rind with a soft, bright, sweet medium body and a breezy lemon curd, key lime, meringue, and cupcake frosting finish with no oak. A sweet dessert option for a fruity dessert pairing.
85 points $9.99
St. Julian 2016 Reserve Pinot Grigio
85 points
$12.99
Clear silver color. Citrusy, waxy aromas of lemon flesh, melon rind, and peach pit with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant lemon & lime flesh, grapefruit peel, honeydew, white flower petals, slate, and sidewalk chalk finish with no oak. A zippy little Pinot Grigio with enough character to be enjoyed alone.
85 points $12.99
St. Julian 2016 Reserve Riesling
85 points
$12.99
Medium yellow straw color. Fruity, floral aromas of honeysuckle, apricot confection, orange flower water, camphor, and turkish delight with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a carefree tropical fruit cocktail, key lime cordial, and herbal tea finish with no oak. A fruity, tropical riesling that could easily become a weeknight go-to.
85 points $12.99
Frey 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$14
Brilliant emerald straw color. Vegetal, green, herbal aromas and flavors of starfruit, passionfruit, eucalyptus, and fiddlehead fern with a supple, soft, dry light body and a smooth, short finish with no oak. A light and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc for weekday dinners
San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$22
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of white beans, tomato leaf, green olive tapenade, grilled mango, coriander, and wet stone with a round, bright, dry medium body and a brisk meyer lemon, quince, banana chips, green pepper, sweet & sour pork, melted candle wax, and bar soap finish. A smoky and nuanced Sauvignon Blanc.
Prix 2016 Estate Bottled Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$40
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Oaky aromas of wet dill, toasted coconut, buttered corn bread, and bourbon barrel with a supple, puckering, dry light-to-medium body and an even, intriguing, medium-length key lime pie, buttered dill scone and pickling spice finish with heavy oak. A savory and distinctive wine for the table.
The Naked Grape NV  Moscato
84 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Brilliant straw color. Aromas of struck match, lemon soufflé, lime cordial, and candied ginger with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, swift sweet pear finish with no oak. A sweet sipper for anytime tippling.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Parker’s Estate 2016 Tolleson High Corniche Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$9.99
Clear silvery straw color. Fruity, candied aromas and flavors of grapefruit rind, underripe kiwi and smarties candies with a lean, tangy, bone-dry light body and a smooth, terse lemon flesh & pith, grapefruit peel, melon rind, dandelion, wormwood, and minerals finish. A palate cleansing Sauvignon Blanc that will disappear in no time with a good meal.
84 points $9.99
Frey 2016  Gewurztraminer
84 points
$14
Golden yellow color. Aromas of guineps, white chocolate covered graham cracker, plum and grape skins, and overripe lychee and rubber leaf with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk salted roasted nuts, reduced lemon, and grass finish. An exotic Gewurztraminer that will make for a unique oyster pairing.
Brass Tacks 2017 Pink Moscato
84 points
$15
Clear silvery amber color. Aromas and flavors of apricot fruit leather, dandelion, and almond pound cake with a soft, bright, sweet light body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak. A sweet and innocent quaffer.
Highway 12 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$15.50
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of struck match, dill broth, apple compote, and grapefruit soufflé with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy citrus coulis and honeydew finish. A fuller bodied Sauvignon Blanc to stand up to richer dishes; aeration is a must.
84 points $15.50
Braganini 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$21.99
Straw green color. Fruity, floral aromas of orange blossom water, candied apricot, orange sherbet, and candle wax with a soft, bright, dryish light body and a seamless, fast lemon tea finish with no oak. A breezy white quaffer that will enhance a lazy Sunday.
84 points $21.99
Narmada Winery 2017 Dream Traminette
84 points
$22
Straw color. Fruity, smoky aromas of peach slushie, orange gushers snacks, and singed bouquet with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy lemon flesh finish. A refreshingly tart Traminette with a pleasant fruity nose.
CK Mondavi 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$7
Clear silvery straw color. Citrusy, perfumed, floral aromas and flavors of white grapefruit flesh and pink flowers with a soft, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a fast underripe mango, orange peel, wilted flowers, perfume, and sidewalk chalk finish. A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with a clean finish perfect for a flavorful dish to go with it.
St. Julian NV Blue Heron Semi-Sweet White Blend Michigan
83 points
$8.99
Brilliant silvery straw color. Aromas of concord grape, cucumber peel and dill with a supple, soft, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, brisk honey, white peach, apricot pit, white flowers, and bee pollen finish. A subtle dessert wine from Michigan for lighter after-dinner fare.
83 points $8.99
Le Vigne 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
82 points
$18
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of underripe pear, boiled asparagus, canned artichoke hearts and toasted nuts with a soft, dry light body and a terse pear skin and apple bobbing water finish. A light and sippable Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc.
Forgotten Barrel 2016 Estate Bottled Moscato
81 points
$28
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of wrapped apricot candies, bee pollen, and molten plastic with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a medium-long lychee candies, banana runts, wax, and hint of chlorine finish. A unique and expressive dessert wine for adventurous diners; also a great sangria option.
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