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94 • Alexandria Nicole 2012 Crawford Vineyard, Viognier, Columbia Valley $20. Best Buy.
Golden silver. Attractive aromas of tropical fruit custard tart with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy pear, peach and sweet cream driven finish. A delicious and voluptuous viognier. (tasted on May-20-2013)
94 • Anko 2012 Torrontes, Salta $14.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of date-orange bread, honeysuckle, and honeyed grilled pear with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, tropical citrus finish. Nice complexity and structure for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jul-22-2013)
94 • Schade Creek 2013 "Creme de la Creme Blanc", Iowa $12. Best Buy.
Pale platinum straw color. Floral aromas suggest pears in sauce, peaches in cream, and banana blossoms with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy lime sorbet finish. Very refreshing and satisfying. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
93 • Philipps-Eckstein 2012 Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling Kabinett, Mosel $18. Best Buy.
Aromas yeasty lemon scone, praline and honeycomb with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a long, scintillating, grilled peach, apple and lemon and delicately smoky, fuel-like mineral finish with laser-like acidity. A great sipper or pair with spicy shrimp fajitas. (tasted on Apr-29-2013)
93 • Lenz Moser 2012 Prestige, Grüner Veltliner, Niederösterreich $13.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of banana, nectarine, and spiced melon with a racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy lime and chalk driven finish. A delicious sipper or pair with fish, scallops and crab legs. (tasted on Apr-29-2013)
93 • Locomotora 2012 Sagrada Familia, Exotic White, Lontue Valley $9.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of peaches cobbler, gooseberry jam, and lemon meringue with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, lively sweet citrus, melon, and cream accented finish. Very tasty. (tasted on Aug-05-2013)
93 • Glenora 2012 Gewürztraminer, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Bright aromas of rose petals, lychee and apple are classic with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus and stone fruit driven finish with a nice wisp of minerality. A superb, mouthwatering gewurztraminer. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
93 • Quasar 2013 Moscato Frizzante, Curico Valley $10.90. Best Buy.
Pale silvery straw color. Attractive aromas of golden raisin, peach custard and honeysuckle with a fruity sweet, effervescent medium body and a juicy sweet citrus sorbet, melon, apple, elderflower, and delicate spice accented finish. Very tasty and nicely balanced. (tasted on Oct-17-2013)
93 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Muscat Ottonel, Finger Lakes $19.99. Best Buy.
Light gold with brass accents. Aromas of apple blossom, honeysuckle, acacia, pineapple, ripe pear and Meyer lemon zest. Off dry with pineapple, mango and papaya flavors. Fruit forward but not overly sweet and well balanced with sweet grapefruit. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
93 • Ramos Torres 2012 "Las Lomitas", Madera County $18. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color with an emerald cast. Aromas of creamy vanilla and coconut and roasted mangoes and peaches with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, exotic, tropical citrus and spice finish. Great integration of oak. Impressive. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
93 • Williamsburg Winery 2011 "Act 12 of Sixteen Nineteen", Chardonnay, Virginia $18. Best Buy.
Bright golden color. Aromas of spicy apple-pear tart and creme brulee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a round, vibrant tropical fruit punch and citrus finish. A very appetizing and refreshing chardonnay for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
93 • Chateau Burgozone 2012 Viognier, Danube Plain $15. Best Buy.
Lustrous golden yellow color. Aromas of dried nectarine, pickled citrus, and minerals with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy tropical fruit, custard, and baking spices accented finish. Exquisitely balanced, nuanced, and flavorful. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
93 • Esser Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Monterey $12.99. Best Buy.
Mellow aromas of toasted nuts, meringue, and dried pineapple with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toasty oak and mouthwatering lemon-guava-passionfruit sorbet accented finish. Excellent vibrancy and balance of fruit and oak. (tasted on Mar-10-2014)
92 • Echeverria 2013 Moscato, Curico Valley $10.90. Best Buy.
Pale straw. Aromas of delicate perfume, peach, banana, and honey with a fruity, slightly petillant medium body and a long, mouthwatering honeyed green apple, orange and peach sherbet finish with a hint of floral talc. A classic moscato with nice complexity. (tasted on Jul-15-2013)
92 • Carlos Basso 2012 Dos Fincas, Torrontes, Cafayate Valley $12.95. Best Buy.
Golden silver color. Aromas of honeyed dates and fig scone with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy apple, white blossom, and lemon finish. A very nice dry torrontes. (tasted on Jul-22-2013)
92 • Manos Negras 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley $14.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Bold aromas of pickled banana pepper and honeyed, grilled grapefruit with a tangy, medium body and a mouthwatering, fresh cut grass and passionfruit custard accented finish. Great vibrancy and varietal character. (tasted on Jul-22-2013)
92 • Stephen Vincent 2011 Chardonnay, California $11.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of whole pineapple, roasted nuts, apples, and clay with a crisp, dryish medium body and a mineral, citrus, and earth accented finish. A very nice Old World styled chardonnay. Impressive in its restraint and balance. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
92 • Lucky Star 2011 Chardonnay, California $8.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apple and pineapple cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, mouthwatering lemon curd accented finish. Great vibrancy and purity of flavor. Delicious. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
92 • Johnson Estate 2012 Freelings Creek Reserve, Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie $12.99. Best Buy.
Silvery straw green color. Aromas of lemon spritzed apple, chalk, and dried lime with a fruity medium body and a jazzy peach and kiwi driven finish with nice fruit tannins and minerality. A dead ringer for a fine German riesling. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
92 • Knapp 2012 Vignoles, Finger Lakes $10.95. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Golden yellow color. Aromas of caramel apple, lemon tart, and pineapple cake with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy mandarin orange and Key lime accented finish with nice chewy fruit tannins. A superb, refreshing and delicious off-dry vignoles. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)