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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 • 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 • 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)
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)
92 • Arnaud de Villeneuve 2013 "Tradition White", Muscat de Rivesaltes AOP $19. Best Buy.
Golden straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of peach, pineapple, cherry blossom, and Meyer lemon with a creamy, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, medium-long finish with accents of charentais melon, yellow plum, creek stones, and lemon chiffon with no tannins and no oak. Jam packed with indulgently ripe fruit, creek stone minerality and cherry blossoms, a sweet, yet bright tone of citrus keeps all the fruit and top notes in check. (tasted on Aug-29-2014)
92 • Pomerols 2013 Picpoul de Pinet AOP $9.99. Best Buy.
Steel gray color. Lively aromas and flavors of nectarine, white pineapple, lemon blossom, and limestone with a silky, racy, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of lemon, lime, tart apple, and pear with no tannins and no oak. Electric from start to finish. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
92 • Grande River Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Grand Valley $15.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted coconut and pineapple cake with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of kiwi, apple tart, and lime curd with medium tannins and moderate oak. A robust, seamless chardonnay that drinks like it's much more expensive that it is. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
92 • Daniel Gehrs 2012 Oak Free, Chardonnay, Central Coast $20. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Mellow aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, dill, and waxy honeycomb with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, breezy finish with shades of green apple and grassy earth with fruit tannins and no oak. A stylish and nuanced chardonnay with a nod to the Old World. (tasted on Aug-22-2014)
92 • Knapp 2013 Semi-Dry, Gewurztraminer, Cayuga Lake $14.95. Best Buy.
Pale golden yellow color. Floral aromas and flavors of rose, peach, and lychee with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with impressions of clementine and honey with no oak. A delicious and satisfying white wine with a great combination of fruit and structure. (tasted on Aug-28-2014)
92 • Sweet Tulip NV Moscato, American $6.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Silvery straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of peony, spicy peach tart, and almond nougat with a silky, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with suggestions of lemon sorbet, mandarin orange, and lime with no tannins and no oak. A deliciously zesty and refreshing off-dry sipper that is certain to please. (tasted on Aug-18-2014)