About Pinot Gris White Wine

About Pinot Gris White Wine
Pinot Gris is the same grape as Pinot Grigio, but when a wine is identified as a Pinot Gris, it is generally a more full-bodied, more complex, more age-worthy wine.

The best examples of Pinot Gris come from Alsace in northeastern France and Oregon. These wines are have excellent weight on the palate, good acidity and ripe apple and pear fruit with a distinct spiciness and a dry finish. Most examples are aged only in steel, but some producers in Alsace will age Pinot Gris in large, older wooden casks, which can add a touch of spice as well as additional texture.

There are also some sweeter versions of Pinot Gris produced in Alsace; these are labeled as vendange tardives or grains nobles.

There are also versions of Pinot Gris from the far northwestern Italian region of Valle d'Aosta as well as from California.

Consume most versions of Pinot Gris at an early age, from two to five years. The finest versions of Alsatian Pinot Gris (from Grand Cru vineyards) can be enjoyed at 15-20 years of age.

Food pairings that work well with Pinot Gris include smoked fish, sushi, Asian cuisine, chicken with cream sauce or veal, pork or poultry with mushrooms.

Top Picks for Pinot Gris

Handley Cellars 2017  Pinot Gris
94 points
$25
Pale straw color. Pure aromas of underripe apricot, fresh pineapple, ripe pears and papaya, and jasmine with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, interesting, medium-long shaved fresh turnip and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A fresh and pure Pinot Gris with poignant fruit and endless minerality.
Cline 2017 Estate Grown Pinot Gris
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale brushed amber color. Elegant aromas of fresh sliced pear, grapefruit marmalade, minerals, jasmine, snap pea, and honey with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long succulent peach and apricot-almond finish with no oak flavor. A stylish and nuanced Pinot Gris to share with excellent company.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Clone 7 2017  Pinot Gris
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aroma of ripe pear with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, medium-length crystalized ginger and lemon zest finish with no oak flavor. A fresh, clean Pinot Gris that needs no excuse to enjoy.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Brassfield Estate 2017 High Serenity Ranch Pinot Gris
90 points
$22
Yellow straw color. Aromas of white peach, heather, honey, and lanolin with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length cantaloupe finish with no oak flavor. A vibrant Pinot Gris with layers of minerality and stylish fruit.
Marley Farm 2018  Pinot Gris
89 points
$25
Straw color. Aromas of lemon shortbread, ripe melon, and orange blossom with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length lime and freesia finish with no oak flavor. An aromatic and cheerful pinot gris that will be a well-received aperitif.
Brassfield Estate 2017  Pinot Gris
89 points
$17
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of peaches and pears in syrup, crushed pineapple, coffee cake, and gooseberry with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, crisp finish with no oak flavor. A friendly pinot gris with a lip-smacking juiciness.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under'
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Pinot Gris
89 points
$19
Yellow color. Aromas of underripe peach, celery leaf, and eucalyptus with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length gooseberry jelly and lychee finish. A delicate and table-friendly Pinot Gris.
Thor’s Well 2017 Spouting Horn Pinot Gris
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe pears, delicate honey, and white flowers with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and an interesting, medium-length crystalized lemon peel, white tea, and pineapple with lime zest finish with no oak flavor. An English garden of a Pinot Gris to drink all year long.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Fil Dore 2017  Pinot Gris
86 points
$18.99
Steely orange color. Aromas and flavors of dried orange, cantaloupe, white clover flowers, and lemon balm with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish. A friendly and warming Pinot Gris.
86 points $18.99
The Great Oregon Wine Company 2017  Pinot Gris
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Topaz gray color. Aromas of wool, dried lemon, and pressed flowers with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery berry tisane, squash blossom, and creamy masa finish with soft tannins and no oak flavor. A solid Willamette Pinot Gris for delicate fish.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy