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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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