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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)
93 • Glenora 2012 Gewürztraminer, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Bright aromas of rose petals, lychee and apple are classic with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus and stone fruit driven finish with a nice wisp of minerality. A superb, mouthwatering gewurztraminer. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
93 • Quasar 2013 Moscato Frizzante, Curico Valley $10.90. Best Buy.
Pale silvery straw color. Attractive aromas of golden raisin, peach custard and honeysuckle with a fruity sweet, effervescent medium body and a juicy sweet citrus sorbet, melon, apple, elderflower, and delicate spice accented finish. Very tasty and nicely balanced. (tasted on Oct-17-2013)
93 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Muscat Ottonel, Finger Lakes $19.99. Best Buy.
Light gold with brass accents. Aromas of apple blossom, honeysuckle, acacia, pineapple, ripe pear and Meyer lemon zest. Off dry with pineapple, mango and papaya flavors. Fruit forward but not overly sweet and well balanced with sweet grapefruit. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
93 • Ramos Torres 2012 "Las Lomitas", Madera County $18. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color with an emerald cast. Aromas of creamy vanilla and coconut and roasted mangoes and peaches with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, exotic, tropical citrus and spice finish. Great integration of oak. Impressive. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
93 • Williamsburg Winery 2011 "Act 12 of Sixteen Nineteen", Chardonnay, Virginia $18. Best Buy.
Bright golden color. Aromas of spicy apple-pear tart and creme brulee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a round, vibrant tropical fruit punch and citrus finish. A very appetizing and refreshing chardonnay for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
93 • Chateau Burgozone 2012 Viognier, Danube Plain $15. Best Buy.
Lustrous golden yellow color. Aromas of dried nectarine, pickled citrus, and minerals with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy tropical fruit, custard, and baking spices accented finish. Exquisitely balanced, nuanced, and flavorful. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
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)
92 • Stephen Vincent 2011 Chardonnay, California $11.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of whole pineapple, roasted nuts, apples, and clay with a crisp, dryish medium body and a mineral, citrus, and earth accented finish. A very nice Old World styled chardonnay. Impressive in its restraint and balance. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
92 • Lucky Star 2011 Chardonnay, California $8.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apple and pineapple cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, mouthwatering lemon curd accented finish. Great vibrancy and purity of flavor. Delicious. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
92 • Johnson Estate 2012 Freelings Creek Reserve, Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie $12.99. Best Buy.
Silvery straw green color. Aromas of lemon spritzed apple, chalk, and dried lime with a fruity medium body and a jazzy peach and kiwi driven finish with nice fruit tannins and minerality. A dead ringer for a fine German riesling. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
92 • Knapp 2012 Vignoles, Finger Lakes $10.95. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of caramel apple, lemon tart, and pineapple cake with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy mandarin orange and Key lime accented finish with nice chewy fruit tannins. A superb, refreshing and delicious off-dry vignoles. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
92 • Taltarni 2011 "Three Monks", Fumé Blanc, Victoria $20. Best Buy.
Silvery straw color. Bold oak and fruit aromas of sweet pepper, grapefruit, gherkin, and toasty profiterole with a tangy, medium body and a citrus custard, passionfruit, green apple, and delicate baking spice accented finish. Balanced oak makes this a pleasure to drink. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
92 • Tobias 2012 Chardonnay, Potter Valley $20. Best Buy.
Pale gold with a silvery cast. Aromas of apple on the tree and vanilla yogurt coated nuts with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless pear and earth nuanced finish. Great understated balance and pure, supple flavors. Quite enticing. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
92 • Artesa 2012 Chardonnay, Carneros $20. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of vanilla custard, spiced apple, and pineapple with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy sweet citrus, praline, and creme Anglaise accented finish. A solid sophisticated chardonnay that artfully balances fruit and oak. (tasted on Dec-16-2013)
92 • Chateau Burgozone 2012 Chardonnay, Danube Plain $15. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas of roasted lemon, guava, and passionfruit pastry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy delicately smoky, nougat, pineapple creme brulee, and spiced apple accented finish. Nice purity, balance, and vibrancy of flavor; this could easily pass for a much more expensive chardonnay or white Burgundy. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)