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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 • 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 • 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)
92 • Glenora 2013 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Yellow color. Mild aromas and flavors of pineapple cream, apple, and delicate spice with a silky, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with shades of lime sorbet, dried peach, and clay with no oak. A delicious, well balanced riesling that will cover a lot of bases. (tasted on Sep-22-2014)
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)