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2018 Top Values

Light Whites

Bright and refreshing, these crisp, light-bodied whites offer more diversity than ever, as a growing number of producers around the world opt for a fresher, more vibrant style. Hugely successful transplants such as Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand and Riesling in Australia have pushed the envelope in terms of value, while winemakers in France, Italy and Spain have dug deep to raise the quality of their traditional native varieties.
91 $19 Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley Dry 2017 Australia This is distinctively snappy and bright, offering fleshy grapefruit, green apple and passion fruit flavors that have tremendous concentration. —MaryAnn Worobiec
91 $14 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017 New Zealand Honeysuckle, peach cobbler and Key lime pie notes are aromatic, lush and expressive, set on a crisp, sleek frame, with plenty of juiciness. —MaryAnn Worobiec
90 $18 Godelia Godello Bierzo 2016 Spain Saline, smoke and citrus flavors give this firm white a Chablis-like character. Stays energetic and balanced through the clean finish. —Thomas Matthews
90 $16 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc North Canterbury 2017 New Zealand Grassy and fresh, this white features grated ginger, lemongrass and green apple flavors that show plenty of juicy intensity. —MaryAnn Worobiec
90 $15 Jean Perrier & Fils Savoie Apremont Cuvée Gastronomie 2017 France Fresh acidity carries honeysuckle, white peach and chamomile notes in this bright white, with a mineral streak on the zesty finish. —James Molesworth
90 $18 Ravines Riesling Finger Lakes Dry 2016 New York Very lively, with good cut from start to finish, as notes of peach, yellow and green apple, and honeysuckle stream through. —James Molesworth
90 $20 Jean-Marie Reverdy Sancerre La Villaudière 2017 France Pure and steely, with flint and apple notes zipping through thanks to rapier acidity, followed by a flash of gooseberry. —James Molesworth
90 $16 Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc-Viognier Clarksburg 2017 California Lively, lip-smacking and full of personality, with melon and peach flavors accenting pops of candied ginger, chamomile blossom and mandarin orange. —MaryAnn Worobiec
90 $15 Domaine Vetriccie Île de Beauté White 2017 France A fresh and racy style, with bright Key lime, verbena, apple, honeysuckle and quinine notes racing through. Vermentino and Chardonnay. —James Molesworth
89 $18 Can Feixes Penedès Blanc Selecció 2017 Spain Peach and quince flavors are backed by saline minerality in this fresh, lively and expressive white. Parellada, Macabeo and others. —Thomas Matthews
89 $19 Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina Sannio 2016 Italy A snappy white, light-bodied and zesty, offering crunchy white peach, stony mineral and citrus notes. —Alison Napjus
89 $17 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie La Pépie 2017 France This light, zippy white crackles, with lemon zest and white peach notes carried by a mouthwatering oyster shell accent. Textbook. —James Molesworth
89 $15 Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône White Réserve 2017 France A very fresh style, with honeysuckle, quinine, white peach and star fruit notes streaming through unencumbered. —James Molesworth
89 $15 Real Companhia Velha Douro White Evel 2017 Portugal Focused, offering streamlined peach, floral and melon flavors cast with mineral and spice undertones. —Gillian Sciaretta
89 $18 Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau Terrassen 2017 Austria Elegant and well-balanced, with apple and dried apricot flavors. This remains focused on the finish, ending with flinty, spicy notes. —Bruce Sanderson
88 $15 La Cappuccina Soave 2017 Italy A fresh, lithe and light-bodied white, with pretty honeysuckle and spice notes accenting the Gala apple and nectarine flavors. —Alison Napjus
88 $15 Charles & Charles Riesling Yakima Valley Art Den Hoed Vineyard 2016 Washington This is sleek and vibrant, with alluring aromas of lime and pear, appealingly accented by a whiff of petrol. —Tim Fish
88 $12 Bodegas Martín Códax Albariño Rias Baixas 2016 Spain This lively white delivers juicy flavors of peach and lime, with fresh acidity and an appealing briny note. A juicy and refreshing version. —Thomas Matthews
88 $13 Cantina di Santa Maria La Palma Vermentino di Sardegna Aragosta 2017 Italy Snappy acidity and a streak of salinity structure this aromatic white, which offers a pretty mix of peach skin, Meyer lemon peel and pink grapefruit sorbet flavors. —Alison Napjus
88 $13 Zacharias Moschofilero Péloponnèse 2017 Greece This tangy white is slightly pale pink in color, bursting with a fruit-forward mix of watermelon, mango, blood orange zest and basil flavors in a lip-smacking package. —Alison Napjus