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. A fresh and pure Pinot Gris with poignant fruit and endless minerality.
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. 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. An English garden of a Pinot Gris to drink all year long.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Rock Point 2016  Pinot Gris
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Creamy aromas of vanilla nougat, orange Pez candies, Turkish delight, petrol, and wisteria with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length white pepper finish with soft, fruit tannins. A silky pinot gris for delightful pairing.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2016  Pinot Gris
88 points
$18.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of nutshells, apricot, and marmalade with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length brook stones finish with fine, fruit tannins. A clean and cool Pinot Gris with ample minerality.
88 points $18.99
Cline 2016 Estate Grown Pinot Gris
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright straw color. Aromas of dried grass, apricot, rose hip, and honeydew with an soft, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length almond and dried apple finish. A dry and serious Pinot Gris.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Okanagan Hills 2015  Pinot Gris
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Clear straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe lemons, white peaches, cream, and roasted nut with an bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a compelling, relaxed finish with a suggestion of oak. A fresh and fruity white wine that’s sure to please on a hot summer day.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Lumos 2016 Rudolfo Logsdon Ridge Vineyard Pinot Gris
87 points
$19
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple yogurt and minerals with a silky, tangy, dryish light body and a tingling, snappy lemon slices finish. A super-bright Pinot Gris for summer pairings.
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. A solid Willamette Pinot Gris for delicate fish.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy