12 Post-Labor Day Whites
Wearing white after Labor Day may be fashion faux pas, but there’s no rule against drinking it. That’s why we tapped the Wine Enthusiast tasting team for their top September whites, selected for quality and style. These 12 sips will keep you cool through the official end of summer.
This exquisitely crafted model of balance offers lemon-bar meringue and baked pear on the nose before revealing a tightrope of minerality and lush concentration on the palate, weighted perfectly against each other. Fleshy and delicious, the wine has so much fine fruit to offer now it’d be shame to wait, yet it will clearly hold onto its beauty with age. Editors’ Choice. —V.B.
abv: 14.1% Price: $75
This bold Sauvignon opens with classic varietal fragrances of crushed tomato vine, stone fruit and honeydew melon. The creamy palate delivers layers of white peach, apricot, cantaloupe and mineral supported by fresh acidity. Balance and structure seamlessly support the alcohol. Editors’ Choice. —K.O.
abv: 14.5% Price: $62
This is a deeply rich and concentrated expression of steely Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is ripe, full in the mouth with yellow fruits vying with citrus and capped by the more tense texture. It could still age, so wait until 2015. Best Buy. —R.V.
abv: 12.5% Price: N/A
Pure lemon zest mingles with peppery pungency and makes for pepper-speckled refreshment. Linearity and focus abound and this wine is so lively, it seems to fast-forwarded into the future. Editors’ Choice. —A.K.
abv: 12.5% Price: $34
Scents of peach and melon are layered with deep mineral tones on this gorgeously aromatic Riesling. The palate is lavish, with stone fruit and blossom flavors, yet it’s steely and dry, with a waxy richness that lends volume and power to the finish. This is elegance epitomized. Editors’ Choice. —A.I.
abv: 12.5% Price: $19
An aromatic wine with abundant notes of ripe white peach, apricot, mineral and flowers. It drinks off dry (10.7 g/L residual sugar) with a pleasing sense of tension between the acid and stone fruit flavors leading to a long, persistent finish. Editors’ Choice. —S.S.
abv: 12.7% Price: $18
Zesty lemon, minerals and sea salt on the nose lead into fresh, balanced citrus fruit and spice on the palate. Bracing, but offering attractive fruit body, the wine has poise and food-driven panache. An excellent example of what the variety can do. Pair with grilled seafood and poultry. —S.K.
abv: 13.5% Price: $35
Tangy green-apple aromas and flavors make this medium-bodied wine refreshing, crisp and palate-cleansing. The texture is vibrant and the finish lively. Best Buy. —J.G.
abv: 12.3% Price: $12
This wine remains a benchmark for the Vinho Verde region, even though the producers have now recast it as a Minho wine. It is steely, tight and crisp, with a touch of creaminess that gives it a more rounded aftertaste. Drink now through 2015. Best Buy. —R.V.
abv: 11.5% Price: $8
This Slovenian wine is golden straw colored, with aromas of white flowers and freshly cut honeycomb. It is round and opulent, with flavors of apple and peach and just a touch of saline minerality. —J.J.
abv: 12.5% Price: $30
Medium straw to the eye, this wine exhibits aromas of lemon, baking bread and toasted coconut. It is very full in the mouth, with an initial impression—which does not come to pass—that creaminess may outweigh brightness. Flavors of lemon curd, brioche and lemon-scented custard continue into the sustained and mouth-pleasing finish. —M.D.
abv: 13% Price: $45