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April 2021 - US Summer Whites

April 2021 - US Summer Whites
This month's Wine feature is US Summer Whites Wines

US Summer Whites Reviews

Billsboro 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime flesh, pomelo, underripe pineapple, and fresh cut grass with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish imparting notes of green mango with no oak flavor. A lean and bone dry Sauvignon Blanc that doesn’t skimp on varietal character; a charming wine from the Finger Lakes.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Pend D’Oreille 2020 White Blend Albarino
91 points
$20
Emerald straw color. Clean aromas of white strawberry, cream, mandarin, fresh cut grass, and lemon zest with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length ripe pear and river stones finish with no oak flavor. A juicy and mineral-driven Albariño with can’t-get-enough velvety texture.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2020  Albarino
91 points
$22
Light golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd, brine, dried pineapple, ripe peach, and slate with a supple, racy, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long green apple, wet stone, golden pineapple, white cranberry juice, and kiwi finish with no oak flavor. A muscular Albariño full of golden fruit and hints of seawater; perfect for a beach day.
St. Clair Winery 2019  Malvasia
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of white flowers, rambutan, apricot nectar, honeydew melon, and flint with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish conveying notes of orange zest with no oak flavor. A refreshing, full-flavor Malvasia with a juicy personality.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Portlandia 2020  Pinot Gris
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Light straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apple, potpourri, brie rind, starfruit, and ginger with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of lemon pith, fresh apricot, white peppercorn, sun baked stone, grilled citrus, and flint with no oak flavor. A gorgeously concentrated Pinot Gris for long dinners and conversation.
90 points $16 Best Buy
South Coast 2020  Verdelho
90 points
$20
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of sweet pear, hints of white flowers, lime custard, sliced bananas, and coriander with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward, rich and undulating Verdelho with sprightly acidity.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2020  Fiano
90 points
$26
Medium yellow straw color. Aromas of nectarine, dried apricot, yellow melon, clove honey, and creme brulée with a satiny, lively, dry medium-to-full body and an even, complex, medium-long lemon zest, lemongrass, roasted peaches, beeswax, fresh cut grass, vanilla, fresh dough, and wet stone finish with moderate oak flavor. A fresh, creamy, and delicious white blend that is sure to please Chardonnay lovers.
DoublePlus Wines 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$29
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of onion bun, vidalia onion jam, clove, and cantaloupe with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and an even, complex, medium-long finish imparting notes of underripe starfruit, kumquat, and pear with a suggestion of oak flavor. An unusually savory Sauvignon Blanc; a unique and unexpectedly delicious wine.
Penns Woods NV Estate White Moscato
89 points
$24
Silver color. Aromas and flavors of lychee, fresh jasmine, and elderflower with a satiny, crisp, petillant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, short finish manifesting notes of lemon candy, peach, and hibiscus with no oak flavor. A well-balanced Moscato: fruity and crisp and extremely enjoyable.
Penns Woods 2020  Traminette
89 points
$26
Yellow straw color. Aromas of peach skin, fresh lychee, jasmine, rose petal, elderflower, and ginger with a supple, lively, petillant, fruity light body and an even, interesting, brisk fresh-made paper, pear, and lychee soda finish with no oak flavor. A zesty and slightly petillant, dry yet juicy Traminette.
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Peach California
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas of peach sorbet, honey-drizzled biscuits, and honeysuckle with a satiny, petillant, sweet light body and a smooth, crisp peach liqueur finish. A spritzy, peachy refresher for poolside sips.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Mango California
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Aromas of tangerine, honey, and passionfruit with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy ginger-peach iced tea finish with no oak flavor. A passionate blend of tropical flavors will delight sweet drink lovers.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2020 Gewürz Gewurztraminer
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh lychee, lilac, orange blossom, and bergamot with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of hints of ginger jam with no oak flavor. A solid dry Gewurztraminer with big lychee notes that will surely satisfy lovers of the varietal.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2019  Riesling
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Light yellow straw color. Floral aromas of green apple, white pineapple, sun baked slate, and lemongrass with a supple, tangy, dryish light body and a seamless, brisk white grapefruit, orange blossom, fallen apples, yellow apple, lime cordial, ginger skin, and dried yarrow finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, floral Riesling with a mineral nuance that checks all the boxes.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Opolo Vineyards 2019 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$26
Pale straw color. Aromas of bruleéd lime, orange sherbet, hints of ripe peach, and wheat grass with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and an even, medium-length lemon creme and tart apple finish with no oak flavor. A clean and lean Sauvignon Blanc for refreshing summer sips al fresco.
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Watermelon California
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Coral orange color. Aromas of watermelon cooler, strawberry sauce, guava nectar, orange julius, and vanilla bean with an crisp, petillant, sweet medium body and a seamless, interesting, easy bubblegum and banana candies finish with no oak flavor. A sweet and fruity summertime quaffer.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Apple California
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Candied aromas of green apple candies, honey sticks, bubblegum, and pear sorbet with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A sweet and candied quaffer with the fresh flavors of green apple.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Spumante Moscato
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of chamomile tea with honey, sliced peaches, sweet melon, and honeycrisp apple with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A juicy and refreshing sweet Moscato pleaser.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Peach California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of green apple, peach candies, strawberry popsicle, and coconut lifesavers with a satiny, sharp, fizzy, sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length peach iced tea finish with no oak flavor. A fun peach bubbly quaffer for sweet tooths.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Imagery Estate 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$19
Brilliant pale yellow straw color. Aromas of green bell pepper, grapefruit zest, and candied lemon with a satiny, soft, dry medium body and a silky, brisk passionfruit and Asian pear finish with no oak flavor. A zippy Sauvignon Blanc that shows hints of tropical fruit; delicious and seamless.
Gersing Cellars 2019 Emergence White Wine Blend Columbia Valley
87 points
$22
Medium yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cream, lemongrass, thyme, and lemon zest with a round, tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish that shows overtones of fresh churned butter, mandarin orange, hints of butterscotch, and fresh oregano with moderate oak flavor. A bright and crisp white for the table.
South Coast 2019  Viognier
87 points
$25
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe nectarine, tangerine, honey butter, and southern biscuit with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of roasted nuts and pressed flowers with light oak flavor. An outgoing Viognier with enticing aromas of fresh fruit.
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Strawberry California
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Light ruby color. Aromas of grape jam, raspberry jellies, and strawberry bon bons with a round, vibrant, petillant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A grapey, lipsmacking flavored Moscato for your sweet tooth.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
WineSociety NV Fate Premium White Blend California
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe apple, orange custard, Asian pear, spring blossoms, pineapple cake, and coconut frosting with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-long toffee-coated popcorn, candied pineapple, and glazed nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A tropical, buttery, juicy white that will delight Chardonnay fans.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Benziger 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$16
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of grilled lemon, wet stone, and fresh cut grass with a satiny, racy, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long lychee, touch of vanilla, fresh snap peas, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A savory, food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc for weeknight dinners.
Tribute 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$16
Light straw color. Aromas of preserved lemons, crushed rock, white cranberry juice, and fresh cut grass with a lean, racy, dry thin body and a tingling, odd, brisk grilled lemon, white grapefruit, canned pear, marzipan, and Japanese sweet potato finish with no oak flavor. A racy Sauvignon Blanc with tangy fruit and balancing minerality.
Dh Lescombes 2019  Semillon
86 points
$18
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of dried apples, lemon peel and hints of grass with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length tangy underripe starfruit finish with no oak flavor. A dense and tangy Semillon for creative pairings.
Black Box 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$19.99
Straw color. Aromas of butter-drizzled pineapple, poached mango, cooked lime, and pear custard with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a silky, fast apple compote finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and clean Chardonnay for the gang.
86 points $19.99
Penns Woods 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$28
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon peel, lime zest, yellow apple, yellow plum, pineapple soda, and lightly charred toast with a satiny, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, crisp finish with notes of waxed apple skin, white nectarine, honeysuckle, and golden potato with no oak flavor. A tangy and crisp everyday white.
Barefoot NV  Moscato
85 points
$6.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of orange flower water, fondant, honey cake, and sweet ginger with a supple, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length grapefruit segments in syrup finish with no oak flavor. A cheerful fruit basket of a wine.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$6.99
Pale straw color. Aromas of pear drops, candied apple, and hints of peach with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length pressed flowers and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A clean and delicate Pinot Grigio with friendly fruit.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$6.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, hints of grapefruit, mixed melons, and lilac with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy sweet citrus and mineral water finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, juicy and crowdpleasing Sauvignon Blanc quaffer.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot Spritzer NV Summer Red California
85 points
$6.99
Light siam color. Aromas of raspberry liqueur and strawberry bon bon with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy berry sherbet and sweet hibiscus tea finish with no oak flavor. A fun and bubbly berry-flavored wine cocktail that’s friendly and crushable.
85 points $6.99
Black Box 2019  Riesling
85 points
$19.99
Light golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of baked pear, red apple, white peaches, chamomile, wet stones, and lemon curd with a supple, lively, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium finish with overtones of lemon preserves, lilac, tangerine, star fruit, and orange zest with no oak flavor. A bright fruit-basket of a Riesling that is the perfect foil for spicy Thai.
85 points $19.99
Beaucanon 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$20
Emerald straw color. Aromas of lime custard and bay with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a graceful, breezy citrus zest, hints of olive, and sea salt finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and citrusy Sauvignon Blanc for hot weather refreshment.
Longwood Estate 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$25
Straw green color. Aromas of papaya muffin, sweet guava, green peppercorn, and soft pastry with a supple, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy lime-spritzed jicama finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry but juicy Napa Sauvignon Blanc for spring pairings.
101 North NV  White Moscato
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Light golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of dried floral bouquet, peach essence, and orange oil with a silky, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, terse finish with suggestions of baked apricot, anise, and fruit cocktail with no oak flavor. A juicy sweet wine for simple dessert pairings.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Riesling
84 points
$6.99
Pale straw color. Fruity aromas of tinned pineapple, fruit cup, and ginger ale with a supple, crisp, petillant, sweet light body and a smooth, brisk mandarins in syrup and marzipan finish with no oak flavor. A fun, fruity, slightly spritzy sweet Riesling that will charm your sweet tooth.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$6.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe banana, vanilla pudding, and spiced apple compote with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, swift apricot jam and butter finish with light oak flavor. A soft and buttery Chardonnay quaffer for everyday indulging.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot Spritzer NV  Moscato
84 points
$6.99
Silver color. Candied aromas of lime sherbet, peach gummies, fruit snacks, and elderflower with a supple, vibrant, very sweet light body and a tingling, medium-length berry pastilles finish with no oak flavor. A candied quaffer for that sweet-tart craving.
84 points $6.99
Cupcake LightHearted 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$9
Pale emerald straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lime zest, lemon juice, granny smith apple, and eucalyptus with a lean, lively, dry light body and an effortless, brisk finish manifesting notes of white melon with no oak flavor. A racy Sauvignon Blanc that is very food friendly.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée California
84 points
$9.99
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of candied pear, honey-drizzled biscuits, and peach gummies with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy lime zest finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, bright and awakening sparkler.
84 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry California
84 points
$9.99
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas of buttered multigrain toast, peach preserves, mango yogurt, and soursop with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. Big fruity flavors shine in this crowd-pleasing, almost-off-dry sparkler.
84 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Pink Moscato
84 points
$9.99
Steely pink color. Fruity aromas of sliced watermelon, honey, and peach sorbet with a supple, crisp, effervescent, sweet light body and a smooth, easy strawberry-lime soda finish with no oak flavor. A soda-like refresher for anytime quaffing.
84 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$9.99
Pale gold color. Fruity aromas of apricot, lilac, sorbet, apple vinaigrette, and ripe melon with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, crowd-pleasing sparkler with kisses of sweetness.
84 points $9.99
Barefoot On Tap NV Buttery Chardonnay
84 points
$19.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of caramel-drizzled apple cobbler, banana cream pie, and fruit cocktail with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy toast finish with moderate oak flavor. A toasty Chardonnay with pleasing fruitiness.
84 points $19.99
Grgich Hills 2018 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$31
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of mignonette, onion jam, and ramps with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a silky, brisk finish that exhibits overtones of sandalwood, tea, and underripe peach with no oak flavor. A distinctively alliaceous Sauvignon Blanc for creative spring pairings.
St. Clair Winery 2019  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$15
Pale old gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple sauce and celery with a soft, shy, light body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A simple white quaffer to serve with a good chill.
Cedar Mountain 2019 Ghielmetti Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$23
Pale straw color. Aromas of ripe apricot, melon rind, hints of buttered brioche, and grapefruit curd with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a medium-length ripe apples and lemon pepper finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A plush Sauvignon Blanc quaffer.
Barefoot Fruitscato NV Blueberry California
81 points
$6.99
Violet color. Tropical aromas of blackberry-sage lozenge, honey, and earth with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, agreeable finish with no oak flavor. A brambly, funky flavored Moscato.
81 points $6.99
Blue Teal NV  Riesling
81 points
$10
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pound cake, granny smith apples, fruit cocktail, fruit cake, and peach blossom with a round, crisp, moderately sweet watery body and a warming, medium-length finish displaying notes of honey with no oak flavor. An off-dry, fruit-forward Riesling with fresh-baked flavor.
Black Box 2019  Pinot Grigio
81 points
$19.99
Pale straw color. Aromas of apples and bananas with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a sleek, brisk finish with no oak flavor. An easy white quaffer for everyday indulging.
81 points $19.99
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