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88 • Quasar 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley $5.99.
Pale silvery straw color. Floral peach and lipstick aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with tangy nectarine and Meyer lemon notes. Finishes with a crisp, mineral, melon, and vellum accented fade. A nice crowd pleasing sipper. (tasted on Sep-14-2009)
87 • Lucas Vineyards 2008 Cayuga White, Cayuga Lake $8.
Pale straw color. Floral peach and citrus aromas follow through on a bright entry to a fruity light-to-medium body with candied melon notes and a breezy, crisp fade. A nice summer sipper. Try with ceviche. (tasted on Aug-17-2009)
87 • Lost Vineyards NV Spumante Italiano $4.99.
Pale silvery straw color. floral aromas of apples, peaches, and potpourri follow through on a round, frothy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with good depth of tangy peach fruit and a breezy, harmonious green apple kissed finish. A nice sipper for a warm summer day. (tasted on Sep-14-2009)
87 • Black Swan 2008 Riesling, South Eastern Australia $8.
Bright yellow-straw hue. Attractive, minerally, petrolly aromas show good varietal typicity. A lush entry leads a rounded, medium-bodied palate with a touch of sweetness. Crisp flavorful finish. A stylish, flavorful, easy drinking Riesling. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
86 • Castillo de Molina 2008 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Elqui Valley.
Bright straw hue. Piercing dried herb, grapefruit, and stone aromas. A sharp entry leads a lean, medium-bodied palate with zesty acidity. Tart, angular finish. A clean style that would work well as a foil for rich poultry dishes. Interesting. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
86 • Barefoot NV Riesling, California $6.99.
Brilliant straw hue. Lean, minerally, citrusy nose. A crisp entry leads a zesty, medium-bodied palate with modest sweetness. Clean, citrusy finish. Very refreshing style. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
85 • Lost Vineyards NV Vinho De Mesa Branco $3.99.
Slightly hazy silvery straw color. Yeasty apple cider and raw honey aromas follow through on a bright, slightly spritzy entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with tangy nectarine, orange, and lime peel notes. Finishes with a crisp, mineral kissed fade. A nice choice for sushi or grilled sardines. (tasted on Sep-08-2009)
85 • La Playa 2009 Chardonnay, Colchagua Valley $7.
Brilliant yellow-straw hue. Subdued, minerally, citrusy nose. A crisp entry leads a zesty, medium-bodied palate with a touch of sweetness to the bright fruit flavors. Bright, clean finish. A good cocktail style. Drink now. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)
85 • Vendange 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, California $4.99.
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted nut bread, honey, and baked apples and lemons follow through on a soft entry to a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body with tangy green apple skin and lemongrass notes. Finishes with a quick, talc accented fade. (tasted on Jul-20-2009)
85 • Bella Sera 2008 Pinot Grigio delle Venezie $6.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep straw hue. Subdued, minerally, slightly earthy nose. A ripe entry leads a rounded, medium-bodied palate with lean acidity. Nicely balanced. A solid food wine and a very good value in Italian PG. (tasted on Aug-15-2009)