June 2012 - US - Pinot Noir & Gamay

This month's Wine feature is US - Pinot Noir & Gamay Wines
US - Pinot Noir & Gamay Reviews
198478
Mooney Family
2010 Boekenoogen Vineyard Pinot Noir
Violet red color. Bright aromas of ripe berries, butter roasted cashews, and minty spice with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy pomegranate-tangerine sorbet finish. Fantastic fruit and acidity make this a real pleasure to sip.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198493
Willow Crest
2010 Minick Family Estate Vineyard Pinot Gris
Pale golden straw color. Nicely meshed aromas of ripe banana, melon, nectarine and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful citrus, green apple, and mineral accented finish. A spot-on pinot gris with everything in it’s place.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198340
Manzoni Estate
2010 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir
Rich aromas of melted toffee and toasty cherry cobbler with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy, roasted marinated tomato, apple, spice and straw nuanced finish. A very table friendly offering.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198348
Piedra Creek
2010 San Floriano Vineyard Pinot Noir
Layered aromas of spiced strawberries and cherries, honeyed golden raisins, and sweet baking spices with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy chocolate, tomato skin, spice, mint, and earth accented finish. Great balance of fruit, oak and sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198438
Davis Family
2009 Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Pinot Noir
Garnet color with violet rim. Aromas of sour cherries, pickling spices, herbs, and chocolate milk with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy cherry-berry chutney, cedar, and mineral finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198439
Davis Family
2009 Soul Patch Pinot Noir
Deep garnet color. Aromas of baked berries, Indian spiced chocolate, and vanilla with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, tomato, nut and grassy herb accented finish. A very nice table wine with gravitas.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198486
Mark West
2010 Pinot Noir
Aromas of spicy boysenberry custard, mint, and praline with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body with a wonderful blueberry pie and nut finish. Delicious and sure to please.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198500
Bouchaine
2010 Rocking' H Vineyard Pinot Noir
Garnet violet color. Exotic aromas and flavors of eucalyptus incense, lavender and blueberries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body-to-full body and a rich, tannic tart berry, sandalwood, and clove finish. A powerfully spicy, floral, and herbal pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198505
Savannah-Chanelle
2009 Tina Marie Vineyard Pinot Noir
Aromas of waxy honeycomb, boysenberries pie, vanilla and baking spices with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, peach, apple, and black cherry finish. A very tasty sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198507
Savannah-Chanelle
2009 Gunsalus Vineyard Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Mild aromas of floral honeycomb, cocoa, and cherry custard with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, tangy, peach, citrus and spiced apple accented finish. A nice lively pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198196
Tolosa
2009 Barrel Selection 1772 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas of buttery nut brittle, cherry pie filling and grilled citrus with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a delicate sprinkle of mocha and spice on the long elegant, lightly smoky finish. An excellent pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198502
Bouchaine
2009 Copeland Estate Pinot Noir
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of mocha, bacon, dried berries and spiced chocolate with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a rich, seamless finish with minerals, tomato, mint and fine tannins. A lush, powerhouse of a pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198470
Castle Rock
2010 Pinot Noir
Aromas of bacon and chocolate cherries with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smoked pork, spiced apple, and mineral finish. A solid choice for bbq.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198349
Pessagno
2009 Central Avenue Vineyard Pinot Noir
Ruby with a red brick rim. Dense aromas of dried cherries, toasted coconut macaroon, and vanilla creme fraiche with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, lively, juicy plum, chocolate, tomato, citrus and pepper finish. Deliciously rich.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198455
Encanto
2009 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Intriguing aromas of pistachio brittle, macaroon, melted wax, and cherry chutney with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering cranberry, spice, and earth finish. A very nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198440
Davis Family
2009 Pinot Noir
Garnet color. A pleasing medley of baked berries and vanilla fudge aromas with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a ripe tomato and smoked cherry accented finish. A solid sipper or table wine; pair with rabbit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198592
Schug
2008 Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir
Smoked meat, chocolate covered espresso bean, honeycomb and berry pie aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy tart berry, apple, tomato and clay accented finish with chewy tannins. Nice complexity and subtlety.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198584
Saikkonen
2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Aromas of toasted marshmallow, spumoni ice cream, and chocolate strawberry with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, sweet spice, nut, and marinated tomato accented finish. A fruit driven pinot with complexity, refreshment, and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198506
Savannah-Chanelle
2009 Tondre's Grapefield Pinot Noir
Garnet violet color. Aromas of strawberry yogurt, pepper, and dried meat with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a charming, juicy, peppery spice accented finish. A fruity, nicely balanced pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198468
Castle Rock
2010 Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Aromas of dried flowers, honeycomb, dried cherries and tomatoes with a soft, dryish medium body and a spicy baked apple and starfruit accented finish. A pleasant sipper or table wine.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198364
Biltmore Estate
2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Deep ruby color. Pencil shavings, pepper, honeycomb and cherry custard with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an elegant herb, dried citrus, and mineral finish. Great Old World acidity and poise for the table; serve with grilled tuna steaks.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198484
Mark West
2010 Pinot Noir
Aromas of smoked nuts, baked cherries, toffee and floral beeswax with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a meaty, tomato, salt, and herb accented finish. A delicious savory, pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198497
Spoiled Dog
2010 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of raspberries, cocoa, baking spice and coconut custard with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pleasing medley of dark and red berry, spiced pear, and kiwi notes on the lively, chewy tannin finish. A great choice for Asian beef and pork dishes.
90 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198591
Schug
2009 Pinot Noir
Aromas of medicinal cherry lozenge, dried eucalyptus, and dried meat with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a long roasted nut, grilled apple, cranberry, peppercorn, and dusty earth finish. A great savory pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198454
Encanto
2008 Pinot Noir
Supple cherry-raspberry pastry and spiced chocolate nut aromas and flavors with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy herbed berry, toffee, and earth finish. Nice layers of fruit and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198523
Árdíri
2009 Estate Grown, Vineyard Select Pinot Noir
Rich aromas of mocha, roasted nut and cherry gelato with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spicy, dried apricot, raspberry, floral and sandalwood finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198524
Árdíri
2009 Pinot Noir
Chocolate covered espresso bean, oven roasted tomato, cherry marmalade with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a resonant, tangy, berry and citrus peel finish. A lovely sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198503
Bouchaine
2010 Estate Vineyard, Bacchus Collection Pinot Meunier
Garnet violet color. Aromas of smoky toffee and coffee and chocolate covered sour cherries with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crunchy apple and minerally earth accented finish. A charming, lively sipper or table wine somewhat reminiscent of a CdP.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198390
Johan Vineyards
2008 Nils Reserve Pinot Noir
Deep ruby black color. Elegant aromas of cherry chutney, pepper, cedar, and flower bed with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart berry, spice, and mineral finish. Appetizing and polished in a very Old World style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198075
Reynolds Family Winery
2009 Pinot Noir
Garnet with a black gray cast. Honeycomb, chocolate nuts and graham crackers, and cherry tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, tomato, plum, and pepper accented finish. A nice savory pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198501
Bouchaine
2009 Gee Vineyard, Bacchus Collection Pinot Noir
Deep garnet violet color. Dense aromas of chocolate mint and dried blueberries and cherries with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy cedar, raspberry, spice, and charcoal accented finish. A very tasty, tangy, almost zin-like pinot for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198483
Mark West
2010 Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Smoky aromas of dark roasted nuts, berry pie, and chocolate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a lively creme brulee, juicy cherry and delicate citrus accented finish. A nicely composed pinot for sipping or the table.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198410
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2010 Pinot Gris
Exotic aromas of ripe kiwi, passionfruit, mandarin orange, waxy with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lemon, dried jasmine, nutskin, and grass accented finish. Nice sense of unique style; sip or pair with scallops.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198472
Castle Rock
2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Deep ruby color. Aromas of smoked cherries, spice, nougat and jerky with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart blackberry, cocoa and mossy earth accented finish. Lots of savory earthy character for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198492
Primarius
2010 Pinot Noir
Ripe cherry, chocolate covered graham cracker, and spiced nut aromas with a silky dryish medium body and a roasted tomato, sea salt, and dusty mineral finish. Nice sense of place; will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198485
Mark West
2010 Pinot Noir
Aromas of chocolate coffee bean, honeycomb, and roasted nut, and dried cherries with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy dark berry, chocolate, spice and cedar finish. Very nice balance and style for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198389
Johan Vineyards
2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Ruby color with a charcoal cast. Aromas of raspberry, pressed flowers, fruit cocktail, and earth with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body a juicy, sour cherry, tomato, and praline accented finish. Very balanced and table friendly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198197
Tolosa
2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Interesting aromas of pork fat, green peppercorns, nuts, and dried blueberries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, dried cherry, apple, cocoa and spice finish. A very classy sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198432
Tyee
2009 Estate Barrel Select Pinot Noir
Lovely cherry and peach marmalade, spice, and marinated tomato aromas and flavors with a tangy, supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a racy citrus, cedar, and earth finish with plump tannins. A great choice for duck.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198404
Windy Oaks
2009 Schultze Family Vineyard, Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir
Aromas of cherry coulis, peppercorns, licorice and caramel fudge with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and nut and spice accents on the warming finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198437
Davis Family
2009 Starr Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
Aromas of ripe berries, chocolate caramel corn, peppery spices, and dried flowers with a chewy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sassy, cherry cider, dried orange and mineral accented finish with coating tannins. A nice choice for Peking duck.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198365
Bargetto
2010 Mount Eden Clone Pinot Noir
Aromas of dried berries, peppery spice, waxy honeycomb, and creamy caramel with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy chocolate covered citrus and nut accented finish. A full throttled and sexy pinot for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198474
Ledson
2010 Pinot Noir
Aromas of cherries, lychee and mocha nut fudge with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a fire roasted tomato, craisin, spiced apple, and pepper nuanced finish. A rich, sturdy pinot; serve with pepper steak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198471
Castle Rock
2010 California Cuvée Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Aromas of raspberry-cherry pie and creme brulee with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mouthwatering finish with notes of roasted tomato, spice, strawberry and citrus marmalade. A refreshing sipper.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198469
Castle Rock
2010 Pinot Noir
Smoky roasted nut, spiced loganberry and exotic tropical fruit (guananaba) aromas and flavors with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy berry, melon, cocoa and spice snap on the finish. Fun and flavorful.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198369
Donovan-Parke
2010 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of potter’s clay, nut brittle, toasted coconut and cherry preserves with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice hint of sweet cream and spiced apple on the zippy finish.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198572
Henry Estate
2009 Pinot Gris
Pale golden color with a amber cast. Aromas of dried flowers, citrus and leaves and spice nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon, peach, cream and earth accented finish. Nice layers and very table friendly.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198414
Firesteed
2009 Pinot Noir
Aromas of waxy apple, roasted nuts, tomato, tea and pansy patch with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, citrus, stone fruit, and mineral accented finish. A nice Old World styled pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198571
Henry Estate
2009 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry preserves, lime curd, and nougat with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, citrus, honeydew, and floral honey accented finish. A refreshing, appetizing pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198590
Schug
2009 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, and dried cherries with a silky, dryish medium body and a salty roasted tomato and cranberry accented finish with light powdery tannins. A nice, smoky table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198431
Tyee
2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherries, pencil shavings and clay with a crisp, dryish medium body and a lively, chewy tannin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198350
Pessagno
2009 Lucia Highlands Vineyard Pinot Noir
Aromas of olives and pickle, dried cherry, leather and spice with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a well balanced cocoa, toasted nut, and mineral finish. A nice earthy table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198405
Windy Oaks
2009 Schultze Family Vineyard, Terra Narro Pinot Noir
Rich aromas of milk chocolate craisin, herbs, and spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, singed citrus and apple accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198499
Bouchaine
2011 Estate Vineyard, Bacchus Collection Pinot Gris
Pale golden color. Rich aromas and flavors of lemon-coconut buttercream, peach chutney, and orange with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, mineral and spice accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198508
Savannah-Chanelle
2009 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Aromas of cherries, crayon, and praline with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zippy, tart berry, green apple, citrus, and spice finish with chewy tannins. A good choice for roasted duck.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198498
Bouchaine
2009 Pinot Noir
Aromas of potpourri, dark berries, and roasted nuts with a supple dryish medium body and a herbal rosemary, pepper, and earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198504
Savannah-Chanelle
2009 Armagh Vineyard Pinot Noir
Garnet color with a brick rim. Aromas of stewed tomatoes, okra, and cherries, candle wax with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy sour cherry, grilled apple, and cocoa finish. A savory table wine that will be great with pulled pork.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198453
Kalaris
2010 Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate and cherry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, tangy, spiced apple and clementine accented finish with light, chewy tannins. A nice table wine; give this a little time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198406
Duck Pond
2010 Pinot Gris
Very pale silver straw color. Mild aromas of nectarine and lemon with a tangy light-to-medium body and a crisp, citrus and melon accented finish. A racy table wine to serve with spicy grilled fish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198370
Lucky Star
2010 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby color. Interesting aromas of watermelon, toffee, and dark roasted nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy berry, nutskin and melon finish. A tidy sipper.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198401
Wollersheim
2010 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby black color. Mild aromas of cherry tart, peppery spice and cocoa with a dryish light-to-medium body and a chewy baked apple, melon rind, and straw accented finish. A nice dry pinot for the table.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198407
Duck Pond
2009 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of toffee, berry jam, and delicate spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and cedar and crisp, powdery tannins on the finish. A nice sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198391
Johan Vineyards
2010 Pinot Gris
Pale golden color. Aromas of caramel apple and praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy apple sauce and lemon-lime curd finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198326
Scott Family Estate
2010 Dijon Clone Pinot Noir
ruby color. Mild aromas of cashew butter, pencil, and fruit leather with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a baked strawberry, melon and citrus accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198473
Castle Rock
2010 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of baked berries, pepper, floral honey, and hard wood charcoal with a crunchy dryish medium body and a sun-dried tomato and cedar accented finish. A nice table wine.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198547
Elk Run
2011 Cold Friday Vineyard Pinot Gris
Silvery straw cast. Delicate aromas of peach and nougat with silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body with a honeyed melon, white strawberry and dried lemon accented finish. A pleasant sipper.
86 points $16.51
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198416
Firesteed
2008 Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Aromas of votive candle, baked berries, licorice and spice with a crisp, tangy medium-to-full body and a woody, tart berry skin and earth finish with firm tannins. Needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198351
Pessagno
2009 Estate Grown, Four Boys Vineyard Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Unusual aromas of goji berries, dried meat, Asian spices, and molten wax/plastic with a supple, dryish medium body and a peppery, mint and tilled earth accented finish. A bit jumbled.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198415
Citation
2002 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of smoldering candle wax, cherry-tomato vinaigrette, and lacquered wood with a tart medium-to-full body and a pithy, cherry pit, moss, and chocolate citrus peel finish with papery tannins. Too much wood here.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198413
Calcareous Vineyards
2010 Pinot Noir
Mild aromas of molasses, licorice, plum pit, and pepper with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pomegranate yogurt, praline, starfruit and slate accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198321
Heron Hill
2008 Pinot Noir
Light ruby color with a red brick rim. Aromas of cherries, pepper, and slate with a crunchy, dry medium body and a tomato, cedar, and forest floor accented finish.
81 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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