January 2013 - US - Pinot Noir & Gamay

This month's Wine feature is US - Pinot Noir & Gamay Wines
US - Pinot Noir & Gamay Reviews
200845
Fotinos Brothers
2010 Pinot Noir
Ruby. Inviting aromas and flavors of honeyed graham cracker, coconut and cherry tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, wonderfully rich, elegant and harmonious finish with vanilla, spice, berry and praline notes dancing on the tongue. A sensationally delicious Napa pinot with great use of American oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200631
Mario Perelli-Minetti
2009 Pinot Noir
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas of vanilla cherry bark, spiced orange tea, mocha, and cranberry relish with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, spicy poached peach and pomegranate chutney finish. An exotically spicy and delicious pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200732
Forchini
2009 Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Noir
Rich, earthy aromas of clay, peanut brittle, and spicy cherry vinaigrette with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy caramel apple, lemon curd, and forest floor accented finish. A very nice composition of Old and New World styles in a mature frame. Pair with veal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200660
Renteria
2009 Knittel Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep ruby color. Smoky roasted coffee and chocolate covered cherry aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy spiced apple, raspberry, and vanilla cream accented finish. A vibrant choice for tuna steaks and Peking duck.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200764
Savannah-Chanelle
2010 Tondre's Grapefield Pinot Noir
Garnet black color. Aromas of pickled okra, toffee and sour cherry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, vanilla, whole nut, soil, and spice kissed finish. A very attractive and balanced pinot for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200602
Deep Sea
2009 Pinot Noir
Ruby with a tawny cast. Aromas of honeyed berries and coconut flan with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a mouthwatering finish with notes of tomato, nuts and spice. A very hedonistic pinot noir for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200763
Savannah-Chanelle
2010 Regan Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep garnet black color. Aromas sweet dill pickles and boysenberry pie a la mode with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and lively, spiced apple, craisin, cocoa and peppery spice notes on the finish. Bright acidity will make this a star at the table; try with salmon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200490
Abbey Creek
2010 Pinot Noir
Garnet violet color. Deep aromas of dark roasted nuts, mocha maple fudge, and berry pie with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and tart currant, sea salt, and pencil shaving accented finish. A nicely structured wine for the table; pair with roasted duck.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200690
Lumos
2009 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries and tomatoes with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a wildflower honey, green apple, kiwi, and mineral accented finish. A very nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200603
Deep Sea
2010 Solomon Hills Pinot Noir
Deep garnet color. Attractive aromas of vanilla cream, orange sorbet, and raspberry pie with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a cedar, peppercorn, and tomato accented finish. A big and bold pinot with some syrah-like qualities; pair with elk.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200661
Renteria
2009 River Ranch Pinot Noir
Aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker and waxy honeyed dried cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, citrus, praline, pimento olive, and peppery spice accented finish. A lively and appetizing pinot for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200765
Savannah-Chanelle
2010 Armagh Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep garnet violet color. Meaty aromas of baked cherries, sandalwood incense and vanilla have a peppery spice center with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, fruit leather, honey and mineral finish. Highly extracted flavors make the a warming sipper or pair with game fowl like ostrich and pheasant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200640
Pollak Vineyards
2011 Estate Pinot Gris
Aromas of creamy nougat, lime skin, and melon rind with a fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy apple sauce and a tropical fruit sorbet finish. A tasty fruity sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200628
Heron Hill Winery
2009 Ingle Vineyard Pinot Noir
Aromas of pickled beets, carrots, and chocolate cherries with a dryish medium body and a savory, smoky herb and pepper accented finish. A savory pinot for the table.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200800
Indigene
2007 Pinot Noir
Ruby with a brown black cast. Aromas of peanut brittle, latex, pepper and berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried cherry, nut, and earth accented finish. Interesting Amarone-like mature oxidized notes. Pair with veal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200773
Hyatt Vineyards
2011 Pinot Gris
Vibrant aromas of tropical citrus fruit and blossoms with a fruity-yet-dry silky light-to-medium body and a peach and lychee in syrup driven finish. A tasty sipper.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200662
Manzoni Estate
2011 Pinot Gris
Pale golden color. Rich aromas of toasty coconut dream bar, melon and peach with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy lemon pepper, lime and earth accented finish. A rich oak accented pinot gris.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200622
Weibel
2010 Pinot Noir
Aromas of cocoa, apple-cherry tart, and dried lime with a soft, dryish light body and a drying nutskin and dusty tannin finish.
83 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200720
Fulkerson
2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Aromas of tropical fruit gelato, praline, and floral/herbal soap with a soft, bitterish light body and an quick tomato on vine, mushroom and earth finish. Old World and a touch soapy.
82 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200663
Johnson Estate
2011 Freelings Creek Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright ruby color. Aromas of lime powder, incense and cherry Pez with lightly tannic, dryish light-to-medium body and a curious tomato relish and children’s flavored vitamin finish. Odd.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200629
Heron Hill Winery
2009 "Classic Series" Pinot Noir
Pale scarlet amber color. Aromas of pickled tomatoes, roasted nuts, and dried cherries with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a tangy craisin, dolmades, and nutshell finish.
81 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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