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91 • Daniel Gehrs 2011 White HIlls Vineyard, Gewürztraminer, Santa Barbara County $19.
Aromas of nut oil, rubber, grilled peach, and roasted pumpkin seeds with a very soft dry-yet-fruity medium body with zesty peach and Meyer lemon notes on the finish. A delicate, elegant Gewurztraminer with an appetizing Old World character. (tasted on Sep-12-2012)
91 • Crow River NV Riesling, California $16.99. Best Buy.
Bright honeycomb and lemon rind aromas with a very fruity medium body and a tangy orange sorbet and faint fuel like mineral finish. A great off-dry riesling with a real spatlese-like Germanic mineral and honey streak; will be great with spicy grilled seafood. (tasted on Sep-25-2012)
91 • Knapp 2011 Riesling, Finger Lakes $16.95. Best Buy.
Aromas of lemon, apple and peach sorbets with a silky fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a juicy, honeyed finish with a dash of earth. Elegantly light in style, but very harmonious and flavorful. (tasted on Sep-27-2012)
91 • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2011 Pinot Gris, Finger Lakes $18. Best Buy.
Lovely apple sauce and nectarine aromas with satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a plush, pure honeyed fruit and earth driven finish. A really classy pinot gris that tastes like an Alsatian. Pair with crab legs. (tasted on Sep-13-2012)
91 • Von Schleinitz 2011 Weissenberg, Riesling, Mosel $20.
White peach, yellow apples, pineapple, a touch of slatey minerality and ripe pear with jasmine, mango and honeysuckle. Silky mouthfeel has well-balanced acidity that keeps the luscious tropical fruit intact. Moderately long and balanced finish going back and forth from fruit to mineral to off dry to refreshing acidity. (tasted on Sep-27-2012)
90 • Hedgeline 2011 Pinot Gris, Oregon $17.99. Best Buy.
Coconut water, banana custard, pear tart, brown sugar pie crust & tart apples leads to a dry finish and light body. Balanced and very pleasant for a drinker looking for a light white. (tasted on Sep-11-2012)
90 • Daniel Gehrs 2011 White HIlls Vineyard, Chenin Blanc, Santa Barbara County $18. Best Buy.
Smoky grilled stone fruits, baked apple, and nut aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an elegant, almost savory finish with delicate layers of earth and fruit. A great choice for grilled shrimp. (tasted on Sep-13-2012)
90 • John Robert Eppler 2011 Fumé Blanc, Rutherford, Napa Valley $19.
Bright aromas of exotic tropical fruits, banana yogurt, and marinated banana peppers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, melon, pepper and plantain finish. A really interesting expression of the grape. Pair with grilled crab and lobster or sip to your heart's content. (tasted on Sep-25-2012)
89 • Adirondack Winery NV Pinot Grigio, American $15.25. Best Buy.
Mild aromas of baked peaches and praline with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, crisp apple, mineral and citrus accented finish. A spot on sipper or pair with fried calamari. (tasted on Sep-13-2012)
88 • F.J. Serra 2011 Chadonnay, California $19.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of apple and pineapple tarts and praline with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, tropical citrus and custard finish. A tasty nicely balanced wine for sipping or grilled chicken dishes. (tasted on Sep-11-2012)