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96 • Zontes Footstep 2013 "Doctoressa di Lago", Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills $18. Best Buy.
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of creamy nougat, kiwi, and banana custard with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, complex, long finish with overtones of nectarine, key lime, minerals, and delicate spice. Exquisite balance, subtlety and depth of flavor; a world class pinot grigio. (tasted on Nov-17-2014)
94 • Schade Creek 2013 "Creme de la Creme Blanc", Iowa $12. Best Buy.
Pale platinum straw color. Floral aromas suggest pears in sauce, peaches in cream, and banana blossoms with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy lime sorbet finish. Very refreshing and satisfying. (tasted on Apr-14-2014)
94 • Lumos 2013 Temperance Hill Vineyard, "Julia", Pinot Gris, Amity-Eola Hills $20. Best Buy. Salmon Safe Certified-Food Alliance Certified
Golden silver color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spiced apples, nectarines, and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, cream and mineral kissed finish. A fantastic pinot grigio for all occasions. (tasted on Apr-23-2014)
94 • MYKA Cellars 2013 Unoaked, "Mitzi", Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains $19.99. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Pale golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of tropical fruit medley and peach gelato with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with nuances of sweet pineapple, melon, and coconut water. A vibrantly delicious, mouthwatering chardonnay that is sure to please. (tasted on Oct-13-2014)
94 • Auburn Road 2013 "Solé", Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain $13.99. Best Buy.
Silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of lychee, cling peaches, and carnation with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, compelling, relaxed finish conveying overtones of minted melon, yellow apple, delicate brown spices, and pineapple with no oak. A very tasty and well balanced vidal blanc. (tasted on Jan-05-2015)
93 • Esser Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Monterey $12.99. Best Buy.
Mellow aromas of toasted nuts, meringue, and dried pineapple with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toasty oak and mouthwatering lemon-guava-passionfruit sorbet accented finish. Excellent vibrancy and balance of fruit and oak. (tasted on Mar-10-2014)
93 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2013 Gewurtztraminer, Mendocino County $12. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Golden color. Floral aromas of lychee and yellow roses with a silky, fruity medium body and a zesty lemon-lime curd accented finish. Delicious, vibrant, and pure. (tasted on Apr-23-2014)
93 • Grizzly Peak 2012 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley $18. Best Buy.
Golden color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream and peach-apple pie with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a nut brittle and sweet citrus accented finish. A rich, delicious, oak influenced pinot gris that is sure to please. (tasted on Apr-23-2014)
93 • Mackinaw Trail Winery 2013 Chardonnay-Pinot Gris, Michigan $14. Best Buy.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of grilled lemon, baked peach, and geranium with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart, zesty lime, clementine, green apple, and mineral finish. Superb Burgundian style, purity, and balance for sipping or the table. (tasted on May-14-2014)
93 • Villa 46 2013 Chardonnay, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy.
Gold color. Bright aromas and flavors of tropical fruit medley and toasted Hawaiian bread with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of honeyed kiwi and delicate spice with crunchy tannins and light oak. A super sippable chardonnay. (tasted on Sep-29-2014)
93 • Alba 2013 Gewürztraminer, Warren Hills $18.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of yellow rose, apricot tart, and orange oil with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, captivating, medium-long finish with notes of sweet golden beet and yuzu with fruit tannins and no oak. A superbly flavorful, balanced, and savory gewurztraminer for all occasions. (tasted on Aug-28-2014)
93 • Zontes Footstep 2013 "Sea Mist", Verdelho, Fleurieu Peninsula $18. Best Buy.
Golden straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of pickling spices, kaffir lime, passionfruit, and curry leaf with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of lemon sorbet and earth. An exotic white wine treat. (tasted on Nov-17-2014)
93 • Lakewood 2013 Valvin Muscat, Finger Lakes $12.99. Best Buy.
Pale silvery straw color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, apple sauce, and peach sorbet with a silky, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish revealing nuances of sweet citrus and melon with no oak. A delicious, balanced, and not-too-sweet 'dessert' wine that is dry enough for entrees too. (tasted on Nov-17-2014)
93 • Lyss 2013 "Excellence", Riesling, Niederösterreich $18.40. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Medium straw orange color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ripe nectarines, honeycrisp apples, key lime custard, and slate with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an effortless, complex finish with fruit tannins and no oak. (tasted on Nov-17-2014)
93 • Nederburg 2014 Foundation, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape $9.99. Best Buy.
Straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb, dates, and roasted apples with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of lemon cream, grass, melon, and nectarine with fruit tannins and no oak. A spot on chenin with nice flavor and texture. (tasted on Nov-24-2014)
93 • Terras Gauda 2013 Abadía de San Campio, Rias Baixas $20. Best Buy.
Bright golden yellow color. Delicate, complex aromas of spiced citrus and apples, mint cookie, and nectarine with a silky, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, complex, blood orange, melon rind, tart green apple, and fuel-like minerals finish with no oak. A sensational, earthy white wine to pair with spicy seafood dishes. (tasted on Dec-01-2014)
93 • Don Rodolfo 2014 High Altitude Vineyards, Moscato, Mendoza $10. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Golden silver color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of lychee and white rose with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a silky, stimulating, medium-length finish that shows notes of honeyed peach and lemon zest with no oak. A delightful, very fruity sipper with lots of gewurztraminer qualities. (tasted on Jan-26-2015)
92 • Chatom 2012 Chardonnay, Calaveras County $18. Best Buy.
Toasty aromas of pineapple and coconut creme pies with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a generous and juicy spiced apple, vanilla, and nut finish. Well structured and very flavorful. (tasted on Mar-10-2014)
92 • Sea Salt NV Sparkling Moscato, Australia $14. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Exotic citrus and flower aromas with an interesting herbal note. Crisp and lightly carbonated on the palate with a fruity sweet medium body and a tangy spiced peach and pear skin finish. Very tasty and appetizing on its own or with cheeses. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
92 • Casa Larga 2012 Muscat Ottonel, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Pale platinum color. Fragrant aromas of honeysuckle, lychee, and nectarine with a crisp, fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed clementine, yellow apple, and melon finish. A delicious and well balanced aromatic white wine that will be great on its own or with lighter fare. (tasted on Apr-23-2014)