The turn to warmer weather (hurray!) has our thoughts on white wines. Whether you’ll be hosting a crowd on the patio or enjoying a quiet afternoon alone, these wines are sure to please and easy on the wallet.

CVNE Rioja Blanco “Monopole” 2013
90 Points, Wine Spectator
$14 the bottle
“This focused white shows bright, juicy flavors of white peach and Meyer lemon, with herbal and mineral accents. The texture is quite rich, but crisp, citrusy acidity keeps this lively. Drink now through 2017.”

Note: #64 in the 2014 Wine Spectator Top 100. Yes, a top 100 wine for less than fifteen dollars a bottle!!!

Santo Wines Santorini 2013
91 Points, Wine Spectator
$17 the bottle
100% Assyrtiko. “Intense golden raisin, tarragon and grapefruit flavors give this white good cut. Very minerally in the mid palate, with a luscious finish that combines candied mint and dried mango flavor. Exotic and richly spiced. Drink now through 2020.”

Raventós i Blanc Xarel∙lo ‘Silencis’ 2013
92 Points, Wine Advocate
$20 the bottle
“The 2013 Silencis is pure Xarel∙lo from a cold vintage harvested on September 25, which is the date when Xarel∙lo used to be harvested 30 years ago…it feels very pure, lively and … authentic…Apple notes, smoky, flinty, bread dough and a salty, mineral finish with superb acidity and freshness. Pure acid, fruit juice with an electric feeling in the palate. A superb Mediterranean Xarel∙lo that should develop well. Very good price for what it is. Drink now – 2018.”

Emilio Lustau “Papirusa” Manzanilla MV
90 Points, Wine Advocate
$17 the bottle
“The NV Manzanilla Papirusa from Sanlúcar de Barrameda has an intense straw color with a smoky nose of roasted nuts. The palate is dry and light, with clean, pungent flavors, showing finesse and good length. Lustau is doing a good job to improve their Manzanillas, working with a good almacenista in Sanlúcar.

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