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December 2018 - US Aromatic Whites

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

US Aromatic Whites Reviews

Calamity Sue 2016  Riesling
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Perfumed aromas of dried apricot and pineapple, petrol, vanilla licorice, and carnation with a round, lively, fruity medium body and an even, complex, long yuzu marmalade, pineapple tea cakes, matcha, and ripe mango finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An excellent Riesling from Arroyo Seco; stylish, refined yet outgoing.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Grgich Hills 2015 Estate Grown Fume Blanc
93 points
$31
Medium straw green color. Exotic, smoky aromas of gooseberry coulis, mesquite, and baked pear with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, long yuzu spritzed honeydew, tamarind, roasted pineapple, and ripe mango finish with light oak flavor. A bright and welcoming Fume Blanc that nails the style.
Biltmore Estate 2016 White Blend American
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized apples and peaches, lemon sorbet, and frosted apricot pastry with an bright, fruity medium body and an engaging, breezy finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A deliciously fruity and engaging white wine that is sure to please.
91 points $15 Best Buy
San Simeon 2017  Viognier
91 points
$22
Golden yellow color. Tropical aromas of dried pineapple, ripe apricot, peach pie, gooseberry preserves, and cannabis with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length zucchini bread, baked mango, peach muffin, and balloon finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A ripe and juicy white that will be a superb pairing with fowl.
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard Semillon
91 points
$26
Straw green color. Aromas of bruleed lime, ripe apricot, heirloom apple, flint, and cinnamon smoke with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long dried pineapple, beeswax, sea salt, grilled fruit, and shortbread finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A well-structured and complex Semillon that will come alive after cellaring.
Black Willow Winery 2017 Trilogy White Reserve New York State
90 points
$16.95
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon blossoms, fresh tarragon, and nectarine and green apple with an bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an intriguing, medium-length finish with accents of quince and nut brittle with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A charming, delicate white wine that will make a nice aperitif.
90 points $16.95 Best Buy
Flint & Steel 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Aromas of ripe juicy pear, walnut-nougat confection, and bell pepper relish with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length bruleed key lime, maple tossed meyer lemon supremes, vanilla creme, and yellow peach finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A vibrant, fruity Sauvignon Blanc with great structure and wide appeal.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Cedar Mountain 2017 Del Arroyo Vineyard Pinot Grigio
89 points
$18
White peach color. Aromas of baked nectarine, butter, dried lemon peels, and grapefruit custard with a silky, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length lime zest, lime leaf, wool, and pink peppercorns finish with no oak flavor. An elegant pinot grigio with great sense of purity.
L’Ecole N° 41 2017  Semillon
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Inviting, fruity aromas of toasted apple-cinnamon pastry, poached pear with walnut praline, dried orange peel, lime curd, and clove with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long caraway and banana confection finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A luscious white Bordeaux varietal blend that drapes the palate in decadent fruit and pastry notes.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Cedar Mountain 2017 Ghielmetti Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$18
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of heirloom pear, pineapple gummies, custard with poached orchard fruits, and shortcake with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A light-on-its-feet Sauvignon Blanc with lots of fruity flare.
Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release Semillon
88 points
$19
Straw color. Aromas of peach layer cake, french toast, lychee, croissant with apple compote, banana, and warm milk and honey with a velvety, crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length mango flan and powdered sugar-dusted alfajores with cajeta finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A creamy, outgoing off-dry Semillon with lots of appeal.
Armstrong Valley Winery 2017 Reserve Riesling
88 points
$20
Straw green color. Rustic, interesting aromas of stuck match, gun smoke, fennel and apple salad, grape-scented cigarillo, and cannabis with a round, crisp, off-dry medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length caramelized pineapple, grilled peach, and mango yogurt finish. There’s plenty of exotic, smoky notes to discover in this riesling; a wine that rewards the curious.
Biltmore Estate 2017  Chenin Blanc
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of beeswax, melon rind, and apricot-mango yogurt with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of sweet herbs with no oak flavor. A flirty Chenin Blanc that offers a true-to-varietal expression.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2017  Riesling
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of peaches in syrup, ripe mango, saffron rice, orange blossom, and spiced rice pudding with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length spiced apples and orange zest finish. A dense and fruity riesling with a toasty, spicy side.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Black Willow Winery 2016 Classic White Blend Diamond
86 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Fruity, floral aromas of grilled peach, blistered grapes, and musk with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length apple, lychee compote, golden plum, and concord grape sorbet finish with no oak flavor. A fun blend of vinifera and hybrid grapes; a juicy, fruity, slightly smoky pleaser that will be a unique offering for your guests.
86 points $12.95 Best Buy
Fulkerson 2017 Dry Riesling
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, fruit cup, preserved pear in fondant, and struck match with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of spiced pear butter on sourdough crisps, peach pit, and white pepper with no oak flavor. A silky-smooth Finger Lakes riesling in an anytime style.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Armstrong Valley Winery NV Semi-Sweet Moscato
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, peach blossom, pear, and white grape jam with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a quick finish that presents notes of coriander and allspice and orange cream wafer cookies with no oak flavor. A fruity and floral option for shellfish pairing
86 points $15 Best Buy
L’Ecole N° 41 2017 Old Vines Chenin Blanc
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of poached apple, honey-nut, and lemon peel with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy sweet lemon sorbet and milk and honey finish. A delicate Columbia Valley Chenin Blanc that will be a lovely shellfish companion.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Black Willow Winery 2016 Semi-Dry Riesling
86 points
$15.95
Straw green color. Earthy aromas of ripe heirloom apples, butternut squash, starfruit, marinated celery, and ripe papaya with a supple, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk sweet lemon finish with no oak flavor. An easy-drinking riesling with a kiss of fruity sweetness.
86 points $15.95
Armstrong Valley Winery NV  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$16
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe apple, fondant, marzipan, and white grapefruit with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a silky, medium-length finish that shows impressions of white peach, hazelnut, and olives with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward pinot grigio with lots of varietal character and kisses of sweetness.
Fulkerson 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$17
Straw color. Aromas of gooseberry jam, passionfruit, cucumber relish, and water chestnuts with a silky, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length aloe and fresh parsley and dill finish with no oak flavor. A vegetal and food-friendly sauvignon blanc
Greyscale 2016 Cuvée Blanc Napa Valley
86 points
$27
Pale golden straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla candle, peaches in walnut creme, peanut brittle, and fruit cake with a creamy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish that exhibits notes of water chestnuts, white apple flesh, and toasted sesame bun with moderate oak flavor. A creamy Bordeaux varietal blend that will be a decadent paring to lobster.
Fazeli Cellars 2017 Norooz White Blend Temecula Valley
86 points
$28
Straw green color. Sweet aromas of ripe summer peach, elderflower cordial, warm croissant, and lime curd with a round, off-dry medium body and a warming, medium-length sweet ginger, chamomile, white pepper, and spun sugar finish. A fruity and floral white blend that will be great with spicy south Asian fare.
Yorkville Cellars 2017 Randle Hill Vineyard Eleanor of Aquitaine Yorkville Highlands
86 points
$32
Silvery straw color. Creamy aromas of graham crackers, dried apricots in honey, sunflower seed, and boxed dried pineapple with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length parchment finish with light oak flavor. A crisp white that refreshes.
Augusta Winery 2017 Estate Bottled Dry Muscat
85 points
$14.82
Emerald straw color. Aromas of orange blossom water, fruit cup, pear fruit snacks, and honeycomb with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk peach tisane, starfruit, asian pear, and Jordan almonds finish. A dry and floral white that will be a fun choice for tapas.
85 points $14.82
Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Viognier
85 points
$26
Emerald straw color. Aromas of bubblegum, hefeweizen, dried peach, honeysuckle, and vanilla yogurt with a satiny, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a hot, medium-length lemon spritz, hearts of palm, and graham cracker finish with no oak flavor. An interesting Viognier with distinctive notes of banana and clove.
Pollak Vineyards 2016 Mille Fleurs Dessert Wine Monticello
85 points
$30
Yellow straw color. Aromas of poached apple, honey-nut cereal, caramelized pineapple, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length apricots on almond nougat, cinnamon, minerals, smoked heather, and cola finish. A captivating dessert wine with a flinty edge.
Black Box 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$6.25
Yellow straw color. Aromas of gooseberry, passionfruit shrub, and sliced bell pepper rings with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp chamomile and white grapefruit finish with no oak flavor. A crisp Sauvignon Blanc that refreshes.
84 points $6.25
CK Mondavi 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$6.99
Pale straw color. Aromas of white strawberry, meyer lemon, and butternut squash soufflé with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, brisk tart peach and sunflower seeds finish with no oak flavor. An anytime crisp white.
84 points $6.99
Maddalena 2016 Semi-Sweet Riesling
84 points
$16
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied pineapple and pear, beeswax, and carnation with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A sweet riesling with lots of fruity character for anytime enjoyment.
Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release Gewurztraminer
84 points
$17
Pale straw green color. Fruity aromas of dried lychee, concord grape jam, peach scented lotion, and jamaican spices with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, short finish with no oak flavor. A light and fragrant gewurztraminer that offers a fruity anytime sipper.
Great Frogs 2017 Vitners White Reserve Maryland
83 points
$35
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized figs and nuts, toasty granola, and dolmades with a soft, dryish light body and a brisk finish with notes of melon rind, grape pips, and starfruit with no oak flavor. A dry earthy white for the table.
CK Mondavi 2017  Pinot Grigio
81 points
$6.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of underripe peach, alfalfa sprouts, lemon, caraway, and egg white omelet with a soft, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, short-lived almond finish with no oak flavor. A swift and unobtrusive Pinot Grigio.
81 points $6.99
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