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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)
95 • Zontes Footstep 2014 "Doctoressa di Lago", Adelaide Hills $16. Best Buy.
Silvery straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of peaches, lemon verbena, and lime leaf with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, stimulating, long nectarine, Meyer lemon sorbet, lime, and nougat finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. A sensational flavorful and delicious pinot grigio. (tasted on Apr-27-2015)
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 • 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)
93 • Hosmer 2013 Riesling, Cayuga Lake $15. Best Buy.
Bright pale golden straw color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of tropical fruit tart, dried apricot, and floral honey with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-length green apple and peach skin finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. A fruity, crowd pleasing riesling with a satisfying honeyed character. (tasted on Mar-30-2015)
93 • Cape May 2014 "White", Vidal Blanc, New Jersey $19. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of pineapple yogurt and honeyed nuts with a satiny, lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, long roasted apples, dried peach, orange, and minerals finish. A delicious and robust late harvest style vidal with great acidity. (tasted on Apr-13-2015)
93 • Mitchelton 2013 Victoria Series, Riesling, Victoria $20. Best Buy.
Brilliant medium yellow straw color. Rich, earthy, fruity aromas of prom corsage and earth with a vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length lemon curd and toast finish with fruit tannins and light oak. Complex and nicely astringent on the finish. (tasted on Apr-14-2015)
93 • Palacio de Bornos 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Rueda $14.99. Best Buy.
Pale clear light bright straw color. Delicate, attractive, fruity toasty aromas of roasted almonds, peach tart, and fruit salad with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length lemonade, mossy earth, and olive finish with fruit, well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A lively and flavorful dry white wine that is sure to please. (tasted on Jun-22-2015)
93 • Cedar Creek Winery 2014 La Belle Vie, Vidal Blanc, American $9. Best Buy.
Yellow color. Aromas of pineapple custard, coconut milk, and white nougat bar with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length ripe apple, delicate spice, and wheatgrass finish. A delicious, wonderfully fruity vidal blanc with great flavor and style. (tasted on Aug-17-2015)
93 • Glenora 2014 Gewurztraminer, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Emerald straw color. Bright, floral aromas of peony, lychee, and nougat with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long spiced apple, marinated nectarines, and minerals finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. An elegant and intricate gewurztraminer with lots of appeal. (tasted on Sep-17-2015)
93 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2014 Gewurztraminer, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Bright straw color. Bright, fruity, tropical floral aromas of lychee, golden pineapple, mango, and lemongrass with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, long lychee, champagne mango, creek stone minerality, and yuzu finish with no tannins and no oak. The nose unfolds with layers of lychee, mango, lemongrass, saltwater toffee and creek stones that mirror on the opulent palate, flowing and layered with a long, complex, balanced finish that keeps going and going with lychee/mango/lemongrass. (tasted on Sep-17-2015)
92 • Handley 2013 Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley $20. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Medium gold color. Rich aromas of mango chutney and lemon cake with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length Meyer lemon, melon gelato, and touch of pepper finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, appetizing pinot gris that is sure to please. (tasted on Nov-03-2014)
92 • Puzzle Pieces 2012 White Wine, Santa Ynez Valley $19.99. Best Buy.
Gold color. Rich aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, coconut cream, and peach with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with notes of yellow apple, delicate spiced nuts, melon, and pear. A very tasty and nuanced white blend that is sure to please. (tasted on Nov-15-2014)
92 • Barboursville 2013 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Virginia $18.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Silvery straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of grapefruit sorbet, lemon custard, and floral honey with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish that shows overtones of citrus peels, grass, and minerals with no oak. A delightful delicious and mouthwatering sauvignon blanc. (tasted on Jan-15-2015)