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90 • Hogue 2008 Riesling, Columbia Valley $9.99.
Brilliant straw hue with a slight spritz. Attractive, minerally lanolin and apple nose. A crisp entry leads a drying, medium-bodied palate with sharp acidity. A stylish, zesty, steely Riesling. Will develop over the next year or two. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
89 • Salmon Run 2008 Chardonnay-Riesling, Finger Lakes $8.99.
Pale silvery straw gold color. Aromas of peaches, pears, and sweet cream follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body with tangy sweet grapefruit and tangelo notes. Finishes with a tart, racy, light earthy fade. A great choice for spicy Asian seafood dishes. (tasted on Aug-17-2009)
88 • Lasata Wines NV Traminette, Illinois $8.99.
Pale straw green color. Bright mead-like aromas of crushed honeycomb, golden raisin, and nectarine have a yeasty baguette dough edge and follow through on a soft, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with tangy, dimensional nectarine notes through on crisp, mossy stone and brine accented finish. An interesting earthy white to pair with escargot and stinky cheeses. (tasted on Sep-08-2009)
88 • Alba NV "Mainsail White", New Jersey $8.99.
Light golden color. Honeyed peach and candle wax aromas follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body with hints of sweet lemon and tangerine peel. Finishes with a crisp, mineral kissed fade. A delightfully open and flavorful wine for sipping or grilled seafood. (tasted on Aug-17-2009)
88 • Fratelli Cellars NV Bianco $9.99.
Bright yellow-straw hue. Subdued talc, mineral, and orange blossom nose. A crisp entry leads a lean, light-bodied palate with taut acidity. A very stylish quaffer. Great aperitif. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Pacific Flyway 2008 Riesling, Washington $8.99.
Bright straw hue. Attractive talc and sweet citrus aromas have a subtle late-harvest undertone. A crisp entry leads a zesty, medium-bodied palate with a hint of sweetness. Balanced by acidity through the finish. A delicate, elegant style. Drinking well now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
88 • Glenora NV Cayuga, Finger Lakes $8.99.
Pale silvery straw color. Delicate aromas of green apple and nectarine follow through on a crisp entry to a fruity-yet-dry light body with vibrant fruit and excellent acidity. Finishes with a touch of stony minerality and puckering fruit tannins. A delightful tangy sipper or table wine to pair with sautéed scallops. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
87 • Chat 'O Souris 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Vin de Pays d'Oc $8.99.
Bright straw hue. Attractive citrus and honeyed lanolin nose. A crisp entry leads a dry, medium-bodied palate with lean acidity. Clean and refreshing in style. Would be a Muscadet-like match for shellfish. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
87 • Patch Block 2008 Chardonnay, Vin de Pays d'Oc $8.99.
Deep straw hue. Subdued, minerally lanolin nose. A ripe entry leads a rounded, moderately full-bodied palate with fresh acidity. A balanced, elegant, food-friendly style. Drink now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
87 • Silver Lake 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Rattlesnake Hills $9.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Pale silvery golden color. Aromas of honeyed grapefruit segments, golden plum, and granola have a sake-like quality and follow through on a soft entry to a dryish medium body with dried flower and delicate ramp and micro greens notes. Finishes with a crisp, refreshing, mineral kissed finish. Interesting, pair with sushi. (tasted on Aug-31-2009)