Oh Rosé, how we love you, but our palates need something… new.
We’ve been popping rosé since the first hints of spring, but let’s face it: We’re in a rosé rut. This week, we’re grabbing refreshing, recently-rated West Coast white wines, which offer thirst-quenching acidity and freshness but also a range of ripe fruit flavors, from seasonally appropriate peachy flavors to zingy citrus notes. These are the whites to bring to your last few weekends of outdoor grilling and alfresco dining.
Pey-Marin 2013 The Shell Mound Riesling (Marin County); $28, 91 points. In this distinctive, delicate, dry Riesling, the signature aromas of pine, petrol and white peach lead to crisp, tangy, green apple and peach skin flavors that tingle the taste buds. It’s light bodied, lean in texture and makes the mouth water. —Jim Gordon
La Sirena 2013 Moscato Azul Dry Muscat Canelli (Calistoga); $30, 91 points. Almost clear in color, this wine has pungently floral aromas of honeysuckle that pave the way for sizzling acidity and fresh layers of peach and lime zest to complement one another on the palate. Refreshing, light bodied and dry, this is a wonderful additional to any arsenal of aromatic wines for summertime enjoyment. Editors’ Choice. —Virginie Boone
Sparkman 2014 Apparition White (Yakima Valley); $24, 91 points. Light golden-colored, this blend of 75% Roussanne, 12% Grenache Blanc and 13% Marsanne comes from Boushey and Olsen vineyards. It draws you into the glass with aromas of marzipan, nectarine and spice. The stone fruit flavors are lightly creamy in feel, showing a pleasing sense of balance and a lengthy finish. —Sean Sullivan
Round Pond 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford); $24, 90 points. From the heart of the Napa Valley, this estate white is dry in floral lemon and lime, in addition to more voluptuous helpings of apricot and peach. Stainless-steel fermented, it offers crisp acidity before taking on complexity on the finish, more weighty than on the palate. —V.B.
Stoller 2014 Chardonnay (Dundee Hills); $25, 90 points. Stoller does an all-stainless style of Chardonnay, and does it well consistently. The winery slogan—Authentically Oregon—fits the ultraclean, crisp and authoritative styling. The fresh apple fruit is pushed along by sappy acidity, showing length, purity and focus. —Paul Gregutt
Tranche 2013 Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley); $18, 89 points. Light aromas of citrus, herbs and nut oil are followed by a full-bodied palate with lightly sweet fruit flavors. It’s a fine display of the variety. —S.S.
Feliz Noche 2012 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County); $28, 89 points. Sea salt and buttered popcorn hit the nose first on this wine by Felipe Hernandez, who rose through his storied career from a field hand to winemaker. Next comes a leaner sense of chalk and Key lime rind. The palate shows buttered apple richness alongside lime and lemon acidity throughout the sip, with a touch of baking soda and more salt on the finish. —Matt Kettmann