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91 • Von Schleinitz 2012 Weissenberg, Riesling, Mosel $20.
Yellow with hints of gold. Aromas of ginger, honey, apple cake, ginger, a rocky spring and pebbles. Off dry with sweet pear, apricot and ginger cake coupled with wet stones and refreshing sweet lemon acidity. Full of fruit balanced with fresh acidity and a fine mineral structure. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
91 • Parker?s Estate 2012 Chardonnay, Sonoma County $19.99.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of banana meringue pie and pineapple tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy honeyed kiwi, clementine, honeycrisp apple, and creamy vanilla accented finish. A nice vibrant, chardonnay for sipping or the table. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
91 • Westport Rivers 2012 Grüner Veltliner, Southeastern New England $18.99. Sustainable Agriculture
Straw yellow color. Slightly smoky mineral led aromas of tart nectarine, lemon and green apple with a dryish light-to-medium body and a racy streak of acidity throughout. A great US version of the classic Austrian grape. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Alba 2012 Gewurztraminer, Warren Hills $18.99.
Golden silver color. Floral aromas of spicy poach apple, caramelized mango and lychee with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy Meyer lemon and chalk accented finish. Lovely flavors, acidity, and balance for sipping or the table. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Daniel Gehrs 2012 White Hills Vineyard, Chenin Blanc, Santa Barbara County $18. Best Buy.
Light golden silver color. Lightly smoky aromas and flavors suggest hot spicy gherkins and grilled lemons with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nice touch of baked apple and petrol-like minerality on the long finish. A dead ringer for a fine South African chenin; serve with grilled lobster and shrimp. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
90 • Taylors 2012 Chardonnay, Clare Valley $17. Best Buy.
Pale straw with emerald notes. Aromas of pineapple, yellow apple, sweet vanilla and a faint clove spice from a generous dose of new French Oak. Flavors of apples, pear, yellow plums and lemon integrate beautifully with vanilla kissed oak. Subtle acidity, but well balanced and elegant. New world freshness with old world finesse. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
90 • Taylors 2013 Riesling, Clare Valley $17. Best Buy.
Pale straw with glints of platinum. Aromas of Golden pineapple, ginger, papaya and candied red grapefruit. Dry, but with rich fruit flavors of ripe pear, exotic melons and papaya. Crisp and balanced finish with a touch of minerality. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
90 • Dellatorri 2012 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT $17.99. Best Buy.
Candied apples, pear tart, peach cobbler, ripe melon and mango lead the fruit forward nose that hints at stoney minerality. Crisp and dry palate with stoney minerality, citrus, fruit skin and unsweetened apple pie filling. Refreshing acidity and minerality yearns for food from fish to salads, seafood and aged goat cheese. Remarkable balance of opulent fruit and palate weight with freshness and acidity. Long, bright, satisfying finish. (tasted on Sep-03-2013)
90 • Ti Point 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $16.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Platinum yellow. Aromas of white grapefruit, jalapeño, lemon, green papaya and lime zest. Zesty flavors of lime, papaya, touch of jalapeño and citrus salad. Finishes with consistent fruit flavors and citrus. Nice depth and refinement. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)