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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)
88 • Johnson Estate 2012 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie $12.99. Best Buy.
Pale silver color with a hint of green straw. Floral aromas and flavors of peony, lychee, and honeycomb with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light body with crunchy green apple, spiced pear, and earth on the finish piquant finish. A lovely sipper or pair with salads or scallops. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
88 • Maryhill 2011 Moscato di Canelli, Oregon $11.95. Best Buy.
Pale golden silver color. Floral aromas of apricot marmalade on pound cake and pineapple custard with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and breezy spiced pear and orange blossom honey accented finish. A pleasant off-dry sipper. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
86 • Firesteed 2009 Riesling, Oregon $13. Best Buy.
Yellow straw to white gold. Aromas of ginger, pineapple, mango, papaya and caramel apples with off dry flavors of pear tartlet, lemon, papaya and melon. Touch of river stones and old world petrol. Well balanced with a pleasant finish with notes of stoney minerality and refreshing lemon. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
85 • Two Oceans 2013 Pinot Grigio, Western Cape $9.99.
Yellow straw to white gold. Aromas of apple, pear, white peach and a touch of tomato leaf. Dry and silky with sweet apple and pear, subtle notes of pineapple and dried honey. Touch of tomato leaf in the nose goes turns to lemon, grapefruit and yellow apples. Balanced and crisp. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
85 • Maryhill 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley $9.95.
Yellow straw to white gold. Aromas of pineapple, peach, nectarine and Meyer Lemon. Lush and off dry with peach cobbler, pineapple, mango and lemon pie flavors. Fruit forward style, perfect for a picnic. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
85 • The Naked Grape NV Moscato, California $7.99.
Pale silvery straw color. Mild aromas of nectarine and fruit lip balm with a soft, fruity sweet light body and a relaxed spicy apple sauce and golden raisin accented finish. Pleasant. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
84 • Obikwa 2013 Pinot Gris, Western Cape $7.99.
Yellow straw to white gold. Aromas of pears, cinnamon, white grapefruit, quince and apples. Apple, grapefruit and pear flavors with a lemony crisp finish and notes of white grapefruit zest. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
84 • De Alto de Amo 2011 Blanco, Rioja $9.
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of peaches, meringue, apple and nut with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lushly textured finish with some peppery warmth. A pleasant sipper or poultry wine. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
84 • Madria Sangria NV Moscato, California $5.99. Best Buy.
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of orange and strawberry sorbets with a soft, off-dry light body and a breezy orange blossom water accented finish. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
83 • Johnson Estate 2012 Estate Grown, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie $9.99.
Pale platinum straw color. Aromas of geranium, powdered lime, and thyme with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a soft, drying Asian pear, spiced apple, and straw finish. A mellow sipper. (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.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
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)