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July 2017

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78  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2017 WINES Hahn 2016 Pinot Gris, Monterey County ($14) Aromas and flavors are liberated in this white: a free-flowing cascade from lime- drenched apples to honeyed Asian pear and, in between, developed notes where white flowers bloom on a viscous weightiness. The finish ekes out a mineral grassiness. Does this PG overdeliver or what? 92 HAHN FAMILY WINES Moobuzz 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey ($17) Buttered white-floral petals, lemon and vanilla make up the beautiful perfume for this great-value gem. Weighty and seductive, honeyed white roses, lime zest and spearmint become comrades in arms, housed by fine acidity. Chamomile and tangerine bring up the rear. 92 3 BADGE BEVERAGE CORPORATION Feliz Noche Cellars 2016 Riesling, Santa Barbara County ($15) Stone fruits and honeysuckle are prominent on the nose, almost showy in their mineral-tipped glamour. The weight on the palate is discernible, but the passion is here in lean, tightrope acidity. A faint hint of petrol seeps in after it opens up, and the grassy notes on the finish become rounder, morphing to apricot nectar. 91 ONYX WINE Feliz Noche Cellars 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County ($25) Pretty pears and white petals are the scents of summer from this lovely white. Grapefruit and sweet melon follow through with a pineapple finish. Crisp and delicate. 92 ONYX WINE Tenuta Sassoregale 2016 Vermentino, Maremma Toscana DOC, Italy ($18) From Italy's Mediterranean coast, this fresh white has a scent that reminds me of freshly squeezed lime with a salt rim—almost like breathing salt air. The medium weight and mineral- blessed acidity keep the wine bright, with flavors of pine nuts, peaches and pesto. 93 SANTA MARGHERITA USA Mt. Beautiful 2015 Riesling, North Canterbury, New Zealand ($22) With its iconic beeswax scent, this Southern Hemisphere "beauty" also shows off lemon curd and white petals. The perfumes carry through and, with each sip, intensify the flavors. Rich, honeyed pineapple and clean vanilla slide across the mouth. 94 MT. BEAUTIFUL USA In each issue, The Tasting Panel's Publisher and Editorial Director, Meridith May, selects her favorite wines and spirits of the month. Check here for the latest arrivals in our offices, the hottest new brands on the market and an occasional revisited classic. Publisher's Worthy of a smooch. French-style double bizou. Wildly infatuated. Seriously smitten. Head over heels in love. PHOTO: DAVID GADD PICKS

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