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May 2019 - US Summer Whites

May 2019 - US Summer Whites
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US Summer Whites Reviews

Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
95 points
$31
Clear yellow straw color. Grassy, green, herbal, funky aromas of harissa, green apple, papaya, and ripe pineapple with a fat body and a very long bell pepper , flint, lemon wedge, snipped chive, and apricot jam finish. A savory, flamboyant Sauvignon Blanc with killer minerality and style for days.
Heron Hill Winery 2017 Semi-Dry Riesling
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Clear straw green color. Grassy, green, herbal, hoppy aromas and flavors of cut grass, petrol, flint , starfruit, mango skin , dried pineapple, and passionfruit with a silky, dry full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long finish displaying accents of white peach, pineapple, jalapeño skin, ripe pear, peach yogurt, and apple skin with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A memorable Finger Lakes Riesling with stellar minerality and elegant finish.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Traminette
92 points
$14.49
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Green aromas of kiwi, gooseberry, basil, and lily with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and an even, breezy lime candies, yuzu, and lavender finish with no oak flavor. Exotic citrus notes tantalize the senses in this delicious Traminette that will appeal to sauvignon Blanc lovers.
92 points $14.49 Best Buy
Dry Creek Vineyard 2018 Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of passionfruit jam, honeydew melon, gooseberry, and white flowers with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long jasmine, key lime pie with whipped cream, celery, sugar snap peas, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A lengthy, delicate white that is a lovely example of Sonoma’s Sauvignon Blanc.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Bright Eyed Bird NV White Blend Paso Robles
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of peach cobbler and lemon curd and blossoms with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of fresh fruit salad, marinated apples, and honeyed almond with silky, fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A plush, luscious white blend with a great flavor, structure and nuance.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Hagafen 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$27
Clear yellow straw color. Grassy aromas and flavors of grass, wet white stone, granny smith, and honey with a lean, tangy, bone-dry light body and a graceful, compelling, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of grapefruit pith, white peach, and cedar with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A full-bodied, almost grippy Sauvignon Blanc that will make an upstanding dinner pairing.
MJA Vineyards 2017 Serene Cellars Wipeout Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$30
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of passion fruit, guava, sweet cheese Danish, and sugar-dusted orange with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long slate, honeysuckle, ripe pineapple, and kiwi finish. An outgoing, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc bursting with tropical flavor.
Hagafen 2017 Prix Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$40
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of all-butter cookies, passionfruit jam, fresh thyme, flint, cheese rind, and limestone with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of yuzu with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A distinctive Sauvignon Blanc with loads of minerality; old world Chardonnay drinkers will love this.
Narmada Winery 2018 Dream Traminette
91 points
$22
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, bruleed lime, garlic scapes, underbrush, fresh thyme, and honeysuckle with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, rapid finish with no oak flavor. A highly aromatic wine with loads of appealing, rustic flavors.
Hagafen 2018 Clearwater Ranch Riesling
91 points
$24
Yellow color. Aromas of beeswax, spiced pineapple, and apple fritter with a crisp, off-dry full body and a medium-length pressed flowers finish. Warm spice peppers the palate in this pure, round Riesling with excellent food affinity.
Sharpe Hill NV Ballet of Angels White Blend American
90 points
$13.75
Best Buy
Brilliant emerald straw color. Green, citrusy aromas and flavors of citrus and peach pith and pulp, green apple on the tree, and grassy herbs with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long finish revealing notes of grapefruit relish and pickled melon rind with no oak flavor. A delightfully savory and appetizing white wine that will pair brilliantly.
90 points $13.75 Best Buy
Heron Hill Winery 2017 Semi-Sweet Riesling
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple in creme, kiwi, beeswax, flint, and soufflé with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of ripe Hawaiian guava with no oak flavor. A dense and expressive Riesling with great balance and tropical style.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Paradise Ridge 2018 Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$28
Straw color. Fresh aromas of candied pineapple, wet grass, and lime with a satiny, lively, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long guanabana, slate, and celery leaf finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc with wildly attractive texture and elegance.
Falkner 2018  Viognier
90 points
$29.95
Yellow straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of bruleed grapefruit, baked apple, honeycomb, and wildflowers with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of toasted spice cake, baked mango, and white pepper with light oak flavor. A rich and satisfying Viognier packed with succulent fruit and toasty nuance.
90 points $29.95
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Gewürz Gewurztraminer
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Fresh, sweet aromas of kiwi, ripe apricot, honeysuckle, lychee, and Asian pear with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, interesting, medium-length lilac, Meyer lemon, and rosewater finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and lively Gewurztraminer with delicate perfumed style.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Jacuzzi 2017  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$21
Light gold color. Aromas of marzipan and flint with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and an even, engaging, medium-length melon, honeycomb on toast, nectarine, and Meyer lemon finish. An interesting, mineral-forward white wine that will make a distinctive pairings.
Valley of the Moon 2016  Pinot Blanc-Viognier
89 points
$22
Silvery straw color. Interesting, creamy aromas and flavors of peaches in creme fraiche and warm tapioca pudding with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with notes of apple and pear sauce, pickled mango, and coconut cream with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A charming and delicate white wine perfect for the picnic.
Cline 2018 Nancys Estate Grown Riesling
89 points
$25
Clear yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of soft ripe apple, rolled oats with peaches, pineapple, and whipped honey with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, crisp finish that shows notes of tinned peaches, apricot, and mandarins in syrup with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A bright Riesling that leads with a swift pop of sweet fruit and then fades to a dry, almost grippy finish.
CK Mondavi 2018  Chardonnay
88 points
$7
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of peach tea, flint, lemon curd, and ripe melon with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long finish manifesting notes of almond biscotti and schezuan peppercorns with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive Chardonnay with hints of flint and stone fruit.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Vidal Blanc
88 points
$11.49
Best Buy
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of key lime pie, gooseberry, grand marnier, bison grass, and white carnation with a satiny, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp finish with shades of white peach and candied banana with no oak flavor. A lightly sweet, fruit laden Vidal Blanc with wide appeal.
88 points $11.49 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2018  Chenin Blanc
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of cucumber, squash blossoms, sweet pea flower, and beeswax with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that exhibits elements of white tea with lemon, apricot tart, honeycrisp apple, and lanolin. A friendly, fruit-forward Chenin with great table appeal.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Highway 12 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of fresh cut grass, jasmine, cannabis, and musk with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length white grapefruit, tangerine, and spearmint finish with no oak flavor. A perfumed and gracious Sauvignon Blanc.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Barboursville 2018  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of struck match, pear, pineapple, and cut grass with a glycerous, tart, dryish light body and a seamless, easy finish with elements of wildflower honey with no oak flavor. A vibrant and refreshing Pinot Grigio that will pair well.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Highway 12 2017  Chardonnay
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple pie and frosted doughnut with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, crisp finish with impressions of caramel bread pudding with light oak flavor. A rock solid Chardonnay that hits every toasty, apple-y note.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry Riesling Riesling
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of potpourri, elderflower, baked pear, and lemon curd with a round, crisp, dry light body and a seamless, appealing, brisk finish with notes of white lilies, apricot, and kiwi with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A clean and buoyant Riesling.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet Riesling Riesling
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of kiwi, petrol, and hyacinth with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk tinned pineapple and sugarcane finish with no oak flavor. An off-dry Riesling in an easy-drinking style.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Bellacana Vineyards 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$18
Yellow color. Aromas of struck match, rice cakes, dill, pear compote, and Buddha’s hand with a bright, fruity medium body and a medium-long cream and crisp veggies finish. A dry, food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc that will benefit from aeration.
Le Vigne 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$18
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of pear candies, peaches and cream, and key lime pie with a soft, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of hay, fried plantain, ripe peaches, and vanilla with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A ripe, insistent new world Sauvignon Blanc that packs a creamy, fruity wallop.
Hagafen 2017 Clearwater Ranch Riesling
87 points
$24
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of stuck match, soufflé, Asian pear, and tapioca with a lively, fruity medium body and a medium-length finish that presents overtones of slate. A super-solid Riesling with an attractive fruity style; a natural with central European fare.
Falkner 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$26.95
Straw color. Aromas of kiwi, almond nougat, and candied lime with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a warming, engaging, medium-length cream and candied grapefruit finish with no oak flavor. A pretty Sauvignon Blanc with tantalizing acidity.
87 points $26.95
Eden Rift Vineyards 2017 Valliant Chardonnay
87 points
$32
Medium light golden yellow color. Buttery aromas and flavors of buttered popcorn, butterscotch, gridded pineapple, vanilla , and vanilla fudge with a velvety, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of caramel drizzled whip cream, buttered croissant, baked peaches, and tart pineapple with well-integrated, fruit, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tasty Chardonnay with a lingering, toasty finish.
Cline 2018  Gewurztraminer
86 points
$22
Straw color. Aromas of fresh baked cracker bread, peach soufflé, and alpine herbs with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, breezy fresh cream and lemon chiffon cake finish with no oak flavor. A soft and creamy Gewurztraminer in a pairable style.
Narmada Winery 2017 sur lie Reserve Chardonel
86 points
$28
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of vanilla pudding and frosted cinnamon rolls with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery graham cracker and apple tart finish with light oak flavor. A tasty Chardonel with toasty, oaky charm.
CK Mondavi 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$7
Straw color. Aromas of cannabis and limeade with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery white grapefruit and fresh cut grass finish with no oak flavor. A highly drinkable sauvignon Blanc with a nice grassy style.
Flat Top Hills 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$13.50
Gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of Bosc pear, yellow apple, and raw nuts with a silky, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with shades of lime skin, parchment, and granny smith with fruit tannins. A solid California Chardonnay for the table.
85 points $13.50
Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry Riesling Riesling
85 points
$14.99
Straw green color. Aromas of green pear, honeyed cracker, kiwi, and peach gummy with a satiny, bright, dry light body and a sleek, breezy tinned pineapple and sugar cane finish with leafy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry Riesling quaffer to serve with a good chill.
85 points $14.99
Bellacana Vineyards 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$18
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of grapefruit sorbet and limestone with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, breezy lemon spritz, fresh herbs, and hint of banana finish with no oak flavor. A delicate sauvignon Blanc best for light fish pairings.
Paradise Ridge 2018 Grandview Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$22
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of tomatillo, pineapple husk, and lemongrass with a supple, bright, dryish light body and an even, medium-length finish with notes of key lime pastry and wet stone with no oak flavor. A soft and highly drinkable Sauvignon Blanc.
Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Black Locust Dry Riesling Riesling
85 points
$24.49
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of ripe kiwi, underripe apricot, melon, and grape leaves with a supple, vibrant, dry light body and a medium-length finish manifesting accents of green tea. A rustic, super-sippable dry Riesling.
85 points $24.49
Biltmore Estate 2018  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$13
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of underripe apple and cantaloupe rind with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, swift sliced apples finish with no oak flavor. A clean and fruity Pinot Grigio that will be a real crowdpleaser.
Heron Hill Winery 2017 Dry Riesling
84 points
$15.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of underripe pineapple, clover honey, and lavender with a soft, crisp, thin body and a breezy finish with nuances of tart apple with no oak flavor. A crisp and clean dry Riesling to complement the meal.
84 points $15.99
Frey 2016 Biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$20
Yellow straw color. Aromas of king cake, zucchini, toasted coconut and almonds, and panettone with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, crisp buttered popcorn, honeyed apricots, and bitter almond finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A toasty sauvignon Blanc packed with baked fruit and nutty nuance.
Narmada Winery 2018 Mom White Blend Virginia
84 points
$21
Silvery straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of caramel rice cake, honeycomb, and dried apple and apricot with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, crisp finish revealing nuances of green apple skin, barley grass, and earth with no oak flavor. An earthy, zippy white that will shine at the table.
Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Seyval Blanc
83 points
$11.49
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of dried lemon, green apple, grapefruit juice, and quince with a lean, crisp, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a polished, short finish displaying accents of toasted cashew with no oak flavor. A crisp quaffer to serve with a good chill.
83 points $11.49
Frey 2017  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$18
Dull golden yellow color. Aromas of fruit cake with apricot preserves, agave nectar, toasted coconut, vanilla, garlic, and toasty tortilla with a round, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, refreshing, breezy soft pretzel and dried pear finish. An interesting Pinot Grigio with heavy notes of dried orchard fruit; drink now.
Flat Top Hills 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
82 points
$13.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cut grass, green plantain, water chestnuts, and cannabis with a supple, bright, dry light body and a seamless, brief finish that presents touches of sliced oranges with no oak flavor. A breezy quaffer for carefree sipping.
82 points $13.99
Frey 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
81 points
$14
Yellow straw color. Odd aromas of toasted coconut, sugar cookie, asiago bagel, and candied banana with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length fresh baked parker rolls and herb-butter finish. A savory and baked Sauvignon Blanc with mouthfilling flavor.
Corner 103 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
81 points
$30
Silvery straw color. Aromas of distant apple and hint of grass with a soft, bright, dry light body and a smooth, instant lemon spritz finish. An easy-going quaffer; try in a spritz.
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