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90 • Daniel Gehrs 2008 Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, Monterey $15.
Aromas of overripe peach, pickled pepper, honeycomb, and nougat follow through on a round, silky entry to a medium-to-full body with great smooth texture and balanced flavors and acidity. Finishes with a crisp, sliced pineapple and peppercorn accented fade. Nice purity and vibrancy. (tasted on Aug-17-2009)
89 • Don Ernesto 2008 "Collage" White Table Wine, North Coast $15. Kosher
Bright golden color. Sweet toasty oak aromas with warm crusty apple and pear tart highlights follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with honeycomb, peach and delicate baking spice notes. Finishes with a long, juicy, tropical fruit salad fade. A delicious, crowd pleasing sipper or pair with grilled fruit summer salads. (tasted on Sep-14-2009)
89 • Château LaFayette Reneau 2008 Estate Semi-Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes $14.99.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of grapefruit, edamame, and nectarine sorbet follow through on a round, satiny entry to a fruity medium body with rich, ripe citrus and apple fruit and a long, honey and mineral kissed fade. A superb riesling that is sure to please at the table with salads and seafood or as a sipper. (tasted on Aug-03-2009)
89 • Maryhill 2008 Viognier, Columbia Valley $11.
Pale straw color. Toasty praline, caramel apple and chocolate covered peach notes follow through on a soft, crisp entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with a tangy sweet citrus and plum notes. Finishes with clean, crisp mouthwatering fade. A great table friendly viognier to pair with spicy grilled seafood. (tasted on Sep-08-2009)
89 • Alba 2007 Dry Riesling, New Jersey $12.99.
Brilliant yellow-straw hue. Subdued, minerally lanolin nose. A crisp entry leads an angular, drying, medium-bodied palate. Has good depth of flavor and a firm structure. Will develop over the next five years. Very stylish. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
89 • Clos du Bois 2008 Chardonnay, North Coast $15.
Deep straw hue. Attractive pear and melon aromas have an integrated vanilla-oak accent. A rounded entry leads a medium-bodied palate with a hint of fruit sweetness and lean acidity. Lengthy, creamy vanilla finish. Nicely balanced. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
89 • Vina Robles 2008 "White 4", Paso Robles $14.
Deep straw hue. Subdued, minerally aromas have a subtle vanilla accent. A crisp entry leads a weighty, full-bodied palate. Balanced by racy acidity. Persistent, flavorful finish. A good seafood option (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Tinhorn Creek 2008 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley $17.99.
Bright straw hue. Subdued, minerally, creamy nose. A lean entry leads a crisp, medium-bodied palate with pure apple and pear flavors. Bright, zesty, slightly creamy finish. Drinking well now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2007 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes $14.99. Sustainable Agriculture
Pale golden color. Aromas of toasty praline and vanilla custard danish follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium body with tart apple and pineapple notes. Finishes with a tangy, smoky grilled citrus accented fade. A nice food wine to serve with smoked oysters. (tasted on Aug-03-2009)
88 • Surfrider 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Edna Valley $19.
Pale straw green color. Interesting aromas of pickled okra, pepper oil, and spicy honeyed lime follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with grapefruit and minty grass notes on the crisp, mineral kissed finish. A nice choice for chicken fajitas. (tasted on Sep-14-2009)
88 • Château LaFayette Reneau 2008 Estate Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes $14.99.
Pale yellow silver color. Aromas of red apple skin, praline, and delicate spice follow through on a crisp, round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with great balance and lovely layers of dried citrus and minerals. Finishes with a long, tart citrus and delicate verbena accented fade. A wonderful food wine to pair with spicy grilled shrimp. (tasted on Aug-03-2009)
88 • Van Ruiten 2007 Pinot Grigio, Lodi $13.99.
Pale golden color. Aromas of cheese rind, peach and apple follow through on a soft entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with a touch of egg white, clove, and lime. Finishes with a tangy, snap. A good table wine. (tasted on Aug-31-2009)
88 • Knapp 2008 Riesling, Finger Lakes $14.95.
Brilliant straw hue. Austere, minerally aromas have a sweet citrus accent. A crisp entry leads a generous, medium-bodied palate with moderate sweetness. Juicy, mouthwatering, zesty finish. Stylish. Try with Chinese. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Alexandria Nicole 2008 Destiny Ridge, Sauvignon Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills $18.
Pale platinum straw color. Bright floral aromas of nectarine, gooseberries, and honeyed pears follow through on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body with nice nicely balanced acidity and a chalky mineral, lemon and melon rind accented fade. (tasted on Sep-08-2009)
88 • Knapp 2008 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes $14.95.
Bright straw hue. Minerally, slightly honeyed nose. A sharp entry leads a drying, medium-bodied palate with piercing acidity. Has good depth of stone-fruit flavors. Angular finish. Will develop over the next three years. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Two Rivers 2008 Chateu Deux Fleuves Vineyards, Chardonnay, Mesa County$13.50.
Bright yellow-straw hue. Smoky, leesy aromas carry a toasty oak influence. A ripe entry leads a zesty, medium-bodied palate with crisp acidity and citrusy flavors. Creamy finish. Stylish. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Adirondack Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State $14.75.
Rich golden color with an orange amber cast. Aromas of pineapple, ripe kiwi, buttercream, and spun honey follow through on a round, satiny entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with nice layers of citrus, praline, and spice. Finishes with a crisp, melon rind accented fade. (tasted on Aug-17-2009)
88 • Rutherford Ranch 2008 Chardonnay, Napa Valley $15.
Aromas of toasted apple-peach danish, coconut oil, and spiced nuts follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with golden raisin chutney, poached pear, and spicy, nutty oak notes on the gentle finish. Nice use of oak, pair with sautéed ocean fish. (tasted on Aug-17-2009)
88 • Round Hill 2008 Pinot Grigio, California$12.20.
Pale straw color. Aromas of crushed green apple, lime zest, and honeycomb follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with tart citrus and nut notes on the crisp finish. A nice, quenching pinto grigio to serve with shrimp or melon and serrano ham. (tasted on Sep-08-2009)
88 • Darcie Kent 2008 DeMayo Vineyard, Chardonnay, Livermore Valley $17.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Bright straw-green hue. Subdued, minerally, creamy aromas have a warming quality. A crisp entry leads a weighty, full-bodied palate with ripe, melony flavors. Buoyed by crisp acidity. Creamy finish. Drink now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)