Best Inexpensive White Wine

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Heron Hill Winery
2014 Semi-Dry Riesling
Bright light silvery straw color. Delicate, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of toasted lemon meringue, grilled apples, nougat, and white clay with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length dried peach, roasted lemon and lime, melon, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A mouthwatering, rock solid riesling that will cover many bases.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218613
Robert Hall Winery
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of melon, ripe banana, and pomelo with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length apple, lemon curd, and fig finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely well balanced sauvignon blanc with great smoothness and drinkability.
94 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214557
San Simeon
2014 Chardonnay
Bright brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of apple pie, citrus buttercream on cake, and nut brittle with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long coconut cream, vanilla-lime custard, and delicate baking spices finish with silky, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A lovely creamy chardonnay with lots of tropical fruit flavors and bright acidity to support them.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217166
Crane Lake
2015 Pinot Grigio
Bright clear yellow straw color. Tropical, floral aromas and flavors of guanabana, orange chiffon, honeysuckle, and toasted meringue with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long pineapple and lime, coconut water, and pistachio nougat finish. A delicious, tropical fruit forward pinot grigio that is sure to please.
93 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219077
Monteviña
2015 Omira Hills Chardonnay
Bright old gold color. Perfumed, fruity aromas of juicy pear, grilled peach a la mode, mango nectar, and apple blossom with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a layered, long apricot nectar, whole nutmeg, apple cinnamon compote, and vanilla yogurt finish with well-integrated, soft tannins and heavy oak. A terrific, singing wine, balanced with an endless finish.
93 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214485
Peirano
2014 Heritage Collection Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, grilled pineapple and coconut, and caramel with an even, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length honeyed citrus and apples, dark toast, and cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A solid well oaked chardonnay sipper.
93 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216892
Repartee
2015 Vintner's Reserve Bergerac Blanc
Golden yellow color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of grapefruit, white pepper, and straw with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, compelling, spiced peach and fig custard finish with no oak. A smooth and even sauvignon blanc led blend with rich fruit and structure.
93 points $11.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Leatherwood
2015 Viognier
Bright light yellow straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit custard tart, spiced peaches and pears, and nougat with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length citrus marmalade on scone, white toffee, lime-melon sorbet, and minerals finish with earthy, firm tannins. A delicious, varietally correct viognier with precise flavors and pinpoint acidity.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Heron Hill Winery
2014 Semi-Sweet Riesling
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Bright, complex, floral smoky aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, grilled citrus and peaches, and roasted apples and nuts with a soft, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, involved, medium-length honeyed orange, coconut milk, and delicate fuel-like minerality finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nuanced and nicely structured riesling.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219133
Esser Vineyards
2015 Chardonnay
Light yellow straw color. Toasty aromas of lemon poppyseed muffin and almond meal with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, long white peach, orgeat, and tangerine finish with light oak. A thoughtfully constructed peachy Chardonnay.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab