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93 • Daniel Gehrs 2008 Chenin Blanc, Monterey County $15.
Brilliant pale yellow hue. Attractive honeyed melon aromas have a varietal earthy accent. Complex. A ripe entry leads a flavorful, moderately full-bodied palate with crisp acidity. Intense and well-structured. Drying finish. Just a whole lot cooler than your average Chardonnay. Drink in the same way. Astounding value. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
92 • Small Wonders 2008 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley $13.99.
Bright yellow-straw hue. Opulent, perfumed pineapple and melon aromas show great purity and tropical-fruit ripeness. A lush entry leads a rounded, full-bodied palate with a supple texture. Sweet oak flavors linger through the finish. An interesting, complex, stylish Chardonnay. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
92 • Sakonnet NV Petit White, Southeastern New England $11.95.
Pale golden silver straw color. Bold sauvignon blanc like aromas of grilled grapefruit, quince, and prairie grass follow through on a bright entry to a dryish medium body with citrus custard, almond, onion skin, and delicate herb notes. Finishes a long, refreshing fade. A superb table wine to pair with spicy Latin chicken dishes, like Ecuadorian pincho. (tasted on Aug-31-2009)
91 • Braganini 2008 Reserve, Traminette, Lake Michigan Shore $14.99.
Golden straw color. Aromas of singed peach cobbler crust and verbena follow through on a round, silky entry to a fruity medium body with dimensional honeyed peach and melon flavors and a long, crisp peach candy and fruit cocktail fade. Very tasty. Pair with crab salad or triple cream cheese. (tasted on Sep-08-2009)
90 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2008 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes $14.99. Sustainable Agriculture
Pale golden silver color. Ripe aromas of apricots, cream, and pistachio follow through on a zesty entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with ripe apple and tangelo notes. Finishes with a very crisp, tonic, chalk kissed fade. An excellent choice for raw oysters. (tasted on Aug-03-2009)
90 • The Crusher 2008 Wilson Vineyard, Chardonnay, Clarksburg $12.99.
Brilliant yellow-straw hue. Attractive apple pie aromas carry an integrated oak influence. A ripe entry leads a creamy, rounded, moderately full-bodied palate. Weighty-yet-delicate with great depth of flavor and a lengthy finish. Drink now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Alba 2007 Riesling, New Jersey $14.99.
Bright yellow-straw hue. Perfumed, spicy mineral and citrus peel nose. A crisp entry leads a rounded, medium-bodied palate with modest sweetness, pure fruit flavors, and zippy acidity. Great intensity. Lengthy finish. Drinking well now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Alexandria Nicole 2006 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $14.
Brilliant yellow-straw hue. Elegant, integrated French vanilla, pear, and cream nose. A ripe entry leads a rounded, moderately full-bodied palate with a silky texture and wood tinged flavors through the creamy finish. A stylish Chardonnay. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
90 • Lander Jenkins 2008 Chardonnay, California $12.
Golden yellow color with a nickel cast. Aromas of dried peaches, apple crisp, golden raisins, and orange blossom honey follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with Key lime custard, cocoa butter, and delicate gingerbread notes on the tangy fade. A fun, well crafted chardonnay for sipping or with bbq chicken. (tasted on Aug-17-2009)
90 • Solaire 2006 Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands $14.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep golden-straw hue. Intense, perfumed brown butter, cream, and Dutch apple pie nose. A ripe entry leads a generous, moderately full-bodied palate with great depth of flavor. Taking on some maturing complexities. A big style, but admirably restrained in alcohol with appropriate acidity. Drinking beautifully now. Great value. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)