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90 • Adirondack Winery 2012 Seyval Blanc, New York State $12.95. Best Buy.
Pale straw green color. Interesting aromas of pickled melon and cucumber and spiced apple with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy pineapple and quince finish. Very tidy, tasty, and distinctive. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
90 • Westport Rivers 2012 Riesling, Southeastern New England $18.99. Sustainable Agriculture
Rich aromas of honey baked peach and pineapple with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a poached apple, lemon pulp, and peppery spice accented finish. A great choice for seafood. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
90 • Johnson Estate 2012 Freelings Creek Reserve, Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie $12.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of powdered lemon and lime with a crisp dryish light-to-medium body and peach and green apple skins on the chalky finish. Very citrusy, mineral driven and Old World in style. Will excel with oysters. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
90 • Knapp 2012 Semi-Dry, Gewürztraminer, Cayuga Lake $14.95. Best Buy.
Pale golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of poached pear, praline, and earth with a very fruity medium body and a pleasant, off-dry honeyed apple finish. A delightful sipper. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
89 • Taltarni 2011 Three Monks, Fumé Blanc, Victoria $19.
Pale straw. Lightly sulfury aromas of white grapefruit zest, lemongrass, rosemary and wet creek stones. Crisp citrus, apple skin and dried herbs lead the flavors. Tart and well-structured if a bit angular. Crisp, lip smacking finish. A Sauvignon Blanc not afraid to be a Sauvignon Blanc. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
89 • La Playa 2012 Block Selection Reserve, Chardonnay, Limari Valley $12. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Star bright Golden color. Aromas of exotic pears, yellow delicious apples, pineapple and young mango framed with subtle buttery oak and creek stones. Dry and well balanced between the apple/pear tartness and a touch of tropical. Oak enhances but does not overpower the fruit. An elegant, balanced style verging on old world qualities. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
89 • Wild South 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $14.99. Best Buy.
Platinum yellow. Aromas of lemongrass, roasted sweet yellow peppers, white grapefruit, pineapple salsa and wet stones with a hint of mango. Bright and lively with flavors of green papaya, lemongrass, green curry and wet stones. Great citrus-fruit-herbal balance leading to a complex and balanced finish. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
89 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Alexander Valley $18.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted pineapples, apples and nuts with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a well-balanced honeyed citrus and spice accented finish. Very tasty. (tasted on Sep-13-2013)
89 • Naked 2011 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County $12. Best Buy.
Aromas of apple-pear cider and lemon chiffon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart pineapple and lime driven finish. A nice zesty sipper of table wine; pair with spicy grilled chicken. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
89 • Hedgeline 2012 Chardonnay, Washington $17.99.
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of pineapple upside down cake and caramel apple with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nice even baked citrus and spiced apple driven finish. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
89 • Alba 2012 Riesling, Warren Hills $12.99. Best Buy.
Golden straw color. Rich aromas of honeycomb, geranium, and dried peach with a silky, fruity medium and a tangy, yeasty apricot pastry, lemon and leafy earth accented finish. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
89 • Biltmore Estate 2012 Pinot Grigio, American $11.99. Best Buy.
Pale silvery brass color. Aromas of chestnut brittle, green apple, and starfruit with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy clementine and mineral finish. A delicious, mouthwatering pinot grigio. (tasted on Sep-13-2013)
89 • Crow River NV Frontenac Gris, Minnesota $15.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow. Highly aromatic with notes of ripe pear, roasted pineapple, baked apricot, white grapes, cantaloupe and mango. Off dry with mouth filling ripe yellow fruit. Golden plums, musk melon, papaya, and grilled peach. Sweet grapefruit and Meyer lemon acidity, just enough to keep the tropical fruit sweetness in check. Most intriguing, lots going on. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
89 • Knapp 2012 Dry, Gewürztraminer, Cayuga Lake $14.95. Best Buy.
Golden silver color. Mild aromas of green apple, pressed flower and earth with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body a spicy, honeyed mango and peach finish. A tasty, fruity sipper or table wine for spices foods. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
88 • Black Box 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley $24.99/3L Cask.
Bright Platinum color. Aromas of lemon, white peach, grapefruit, tomato leaf, green guava and papaya. Flavors deliver with exotic fruit intermingled with zippy lemon. Well balanced thru the finish with a touch of stoniness helping the solid structure. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
88 • Les Hauts de Lagarde 2012 White, Bordeaux ABC $11.99. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Medium straw to pale gold. Aromas of white peach, lemon, honeydew, yellow watermelon, honeysuckle and creek stones. Dry and crisp with melon and ripe pear accented by bright lemon and lime zest. Hint of herbaceousness but driven by the fruit. Well balanced modern style. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
88 • Escher Haus 2012 Riesling, Rheinhessen $13.99. Best Buy.
Bight yellow with hints of gold. Aromas of peach, nectarine, pineapple, Meyer Lemon and wet stones. Off dry with peach, nectarine and sweet lemon flavors thru the well balanced stoney finish. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
88 • Tiziano 2012 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT $9.99. Best Buy.
Yellow apple, honeydew, peach, Meyer lemon, chrysanthemum and lime zest on the lively nose lead to flavors of golden delicious apples, lemon, wet stones, yellow flesh peaches and nectarines. Has a touch of sweetness on the finish that comes across more as opulent. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
88 • Wild South 2012 Chardonnay, Marlborough $14.99. Best Buy.
Bright gold with emerald highlights. Aromas of movie popcorn, apple tart, pears and grilled pineapple with vanilla and toasty oak. Lush fruit flavors of ripe pear, sun ripened apples and pineapple with generous, but balanced oak. Well made international style. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
88 • Maryhill 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $9.95. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of soda bread, banana cream pie, and cinnamon apples with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy baked citrus and nut, meringue, and graham cracker accented finish. A nice everyday dinner wine. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)