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Light Whites

Freshness and vibrancy define these light-bodied whites, whose lively flavors and bright acidity make them ideal aperitifs or perfect matches with seafood. With producers around the world pushing into cooler-climate regions, there are more wines than ever that offer high quality in a lighter, crisper style. Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling present go-to examples, yet less-familiar grapes such as Jacquère, grown in France’s Savoie region, also make distinctive versions.
92 $15 Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 New Zealand A lip-smacking and juicy white, offering flavors of mango, lemon and pineapple that are bold and energetic. Finishes crisp and bright.—MaryAnn Worobiec
90 $15 Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Peter Yealands 2016 New Zealand Whiffs of smoke and honeysuckle add an aromatic accent to the core of peach, pear and mango flavors in this white.—MaryAnn Worobiec
90 $16 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny 2016 France Chiseled, with chive and flint notes backed by a zip of sel gris through the bracing finish. Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.—James Molesworth
90 $17 Wakefield Riesling Clare Valley 2016 Australia Citrus and floral notes mingle on a lithe body, with white pepper and green apple peel details, finishing with a crescendo of acidity.—MaryAnn Worobiec
90 $18 Ravines Riesling Finger Lakes Dry 2015 New York Still youthfully tight, this brims with tension as the minerally spine holds the yellow apple, star fruit and white peach flavors together.—James Molesworth
90 $20 Poet’s Leap Riesling Columbia Valley 2016 Washington Snappy and refined, with expressive star fruit and slate aromas and sleek, lingering apricot and spice flavors.—Tim Fish
89 $14 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc California 2016 California Silky and elegant, with crisp Key lime, Meyer lemon and fresh herbal shadings on a light, refreshing body.—MaryAnn Worobiec
89 $14 Kono Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 New Zealand Light and lively, with refreshing acidity that keeps the papaya, lime and pineapple flavors fresh and vibrant.—MaryAnn Worobiec
89 $15 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris Oregon 2015 Oregon Bright and graceful, with pretty cantaloupe and almond flavors on a slightly nubby texture, lingering on the finish.—Harvey Steiman
89 $15 Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley East Side Vineyards 2016 California This vivid white features lemon-lime flavors, with whiffs of peach blossom and lemon verbena adding aromatic intensity.—MaryAnn Worobiec
89 $15 Philippe Viallet Vin de Savoie 2016 France A zip of white peach is laced with verbena and quinine notes that race through the pretty, high-pitched finish. Jacquère blend.—James Molesworth
89 $18 August Kesseler Riesling Kabinett Pfalz R 2015 Germany This is redolent of fresh-cut Fuji apple, with notes of ripe melon and kiwifruit that are crunchy and well-spiced.—Kim Marcus
89 $20 Domaine Vetriccie Corse White 2016 France Lively lemon zest, white peach and yellow apple notes form the core, backed by a minerally zing on the finish. Vermentino.—James Molesworth
88 $13 Cune Rioja White Monopole 2016 Spain Lively flavors of apple, wet stone and herbs mingle in this fresh white, kept focused by crisp acidity. Viura.—Thomas Matthews
88 $14 Alsace Willm Riesling Alsace Réserve 2016 France Bright and citrusy, this light-bodied Riesling has a minerally underpinning to its blood orange, nectarine and fresh basil flavors.—Alison Napjus
88 $15 I Greco Calabria White Filù 2015 Italy Lively and expressive, with juicy clementine flavors that show hints of cardamom, pink grapefruit zest and ginger. Greco Bianco.—Alison Napjus
88 $15 Hugel Alsace Gentil 2016 France Offers a lively mix of Honeycrisp apple, white cherry, basil and pickled ginger, with a stony underpinning and tangy acidity. Gewürztraminer blend.—Alison Napjus
88 $17 Vicente Gandía Albariño Rias Baixas Con un Par (With a Pair) 2016 Spain Aromatic, with floral and ginger notes, this polished white offers light peach and quince flavors enlivened by fresh citrusy acidity.—Thomas Matthews
88 $17 Prà Soave Classico Otto 2015 Italy This lithe white is fresh and creamy, with a stony element to the Honeycrisp apple, apricot, ginger and orchard blossom flavors.—Alison Napjus
88 $18 Roberto Anselmi Veneto White San Vincenzo 2016 Italy Lightly creamy, with a fresh basil note leading to pink grapefruit sorbet, peach skin and stone flavors. Garganega blend.—Alison Napjus