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June 2013 - US - Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris

June 2013 - US - Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris
This month's Wine feature is US - Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris Wines

US - Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris Reviews

Jazz Cellars 2010 Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points
$48
Dark garnet violet color. Savory aromas suggest waxy honeycomb, olive, and pickled beets and berries with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium body and a concentrated dried berry, barnyard fence, and overripe fallen apple accented finish. A great blend of fruit and funky Old World rusticity. Pair with rabbit and turkey leg.
Canihan Family 2010  Pinot Noir
94 points
$49
Deep garnet color. Jazzy aromas of dried cherry, toffee, vanilla with supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a lavish, nut, berry and baking spice driven finish. A delicious and lush pinot noir with great fruit and style.
Ledson 2011  Pinot Noir
94 points
$60
Garnet color. Aromas of berry pie and chocolate toffee with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cherry-orange compote and creamy walnut and mocha gelato accented finish. A rich and decadent pinot with great fruit and structure.
Alba 2010  Pinot Noir
93 points
$21.99
Dark ruby color. Earthy aromas of tomato on the vine, clay, roasted nut, and honeyed cranberry with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and savory roasted root vegetable, dried cherry, and slate accented finish. A great table wine with a real European style.
93 points $21.99
Storyteller 2011 "Into the Fog" Pinot Noir
93 points
$24.99
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of clay, cocoa, and craisin with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, elegant dried cherry, vanilla, and delicate spice nuanced finish. Very stylish and tasty.
93 points $24.99
Schug 2010  Pinot Noir
93 points
$30
Bold chocolate mint, eucalyptus, and berry tart aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sour cherry, vanilla, herb and mineral accented finish. A very complex, herbal and savory pinot that will excel at the table; try with marinated pork loins.
City Winery 2011 Reserve, Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$38
Pretty garnet color with a hint of violet. Aromas of honeyed berry scone and toffee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a elegantly balanced and richly concentrated fruit, nut, vanilla and spice nuanced finish. Deliciously satisfying.
Angela 2010 Angela Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$40
Dark ruby garnet color. Funky aromas of savory cheese, spicy raspberry compote, fruit punch, and clay with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a floral, spiced apple, watermelon, and cherry pie finish. Lots of complexity and exotic flavors here. A marvelous sipper or pair with Peking duck.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2011 "Shalee" Pinot Noir
93 points
$52
Aromas of toffee, herbs, oyster shell, and dried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, dried peach, peppery spice, Brazil nut and mineral driven finish. A deliciously balanced pinot for sipping or the table.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2010 Reserve, "Shalee" Pinot Noir
93 points
$62
Deep garnet black color. Dense aromas of dried berries, honey dark roasted nuts, leather, orchid, herbs and spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, seamless, and rather meaty, peppery spice finish. Remarkably delicious and balanced.
Kings Ridge 2012  Pinot Gris
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Pale golden silver with a faint amber cast. Intriguing aromas of waxy honeycomb, nougat, peach, white flowers, and apple with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a more drying mineral, rhubarb, and Meyer lemon driven finish. Nice brush strokes of table friendly flavors and acidity.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Gris
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of nut brittle, melon, and yellow apple with a fruity medium body and a nice honeyed pastry accented finish. A delicious, juicy pinot gris that is sure to please.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Manzoni Estate 2011 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$35
Ruby black color. Layered aromas of leather, pickled tomatoes and berries, and chocolate smoked nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy raspberry coulis, caramel apple and plush tannin finish. A delicious and savory pinot that is sure to please.
Chehalem 2010 Reserve, Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir
92 points
$60
Garnet color. Rich aromas of cranberries, sour cherries, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long roasted nut, grilled orange, lilac, and grassy earth accented finish. A complex, deeply flavorful, and terroir-driven pinot that will triumph at the table.
HandCraft 2011  Pinot Noir
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Aromas praline, honeyed toast, and red berries with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a zesty berry and spice driven finish. A very pleasant sipper.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Calcareous Vineyards 2010 "Twisted Sisters" Pinot Noir
91 points
$20
Ruby color. Aromas berry custard pie and chocolate graham crackers with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy cherry and pickled tomato finish. Very zesty and super table friendly.
Sonoma Hills 2011  Pinot Noir
91 points
$22.99
Warm buttery caramel, chocolate nut, and cherry compote aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty blood orange, apple and spice accented finish. A really tasty pinot that covers a lot of bases.
91 points $22.99
Castoro Cellars 2011 Whale Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$23
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry pie a la mode with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy dark berry, nut, and mineral accented finish. Excellent balance and restraint; will shine with turkey and salmon.
Schug 2011  Pinot Noir
91 points
$24
Ruby garnet color. Intricate and lightly smoky aromas and flavors of cranberry toast, thyme honey, and chocolate toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nice hint of cherry, sage and eucalyptus on the lively finish. A great choice for Mediterranean lamb and duck dishes.
Paradise Ridge 2011  Pinot Noir
91 points
$45
Aromas of chocolate graham crackers, wholes nuts, and pickled berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty green apple, citrus, and earth accented finish. Very alive and flavorful.
Montpellier 2011  Pinot Noir
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of frosted cherry strudel and delicate spice with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy, spiced caramel apple, rhubarb and nut finish. A lovely, crowd-pleasing sipper with great purity of fruit and balanced oak.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Castle Rock 2011  Pinot Noir
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas of chocolate covered berries, dates, grilled pepper, cedar, and a touch of peppered ham with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cherry tart and dark roasted nut finish. Very tasty and well balanced.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Grizzly Peak 2011 Estate Vineyard Pinot Gris
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Aromas of grilled peaches, gherkin, and smoked nuts with a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a long, tangy, kiwi, lime and soursop accented finish. A very zesty and exotically tropical pinot gris that will be a fun sipper or pair with smoked shrimp.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
90 points
$27
Aromas of chocolate mint, cherries, and cola with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a wave of peach, eucalyptus mint, and minerals on the finish. Nicely layered and very tasty.
Forchini 2010 Proprietors Reserve Pinot Noir
90 points
$34
Resonant aromas sour cherry, boysenberry, and green tobacco leaf with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy dried cherry and spice driven finish. A delicious and zesty pinot for all occasions, especially with food.
Calcareous Vineyards 2010  Pinot Noir
90 points
$40
Garnet color. Rich aromas of craisins, praline, and peppery spice with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy cherry compote and toast accented finish. A very tasty and robust pinot that will excel as a sipper or with veal chops.
Forestville 2011  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd and peach pit with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a very tangy, starfruit, Meyer lemon and mineral snap on the finish. Refreshing; pair with grilled fish.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Save Me, San Francisco 2011 "Soul Sister" Pinot Noir
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Ruby color with a light rim. Aromas of tomato and cherry sauces with a brisk fruity light body and a tangy, sweet orange sorbet, nut and apple finish. A zippy sipper.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Carmenet 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Bright toasty aromas of graham cracker, chocolate, and cherry-berry pie with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and honeyed berry and apple finish. A nice fruity crowd pleaser.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Masked Rider 2011  Pinot Noir
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Mild aromas of dried cherry, spice and toffee with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, raspberry tart, lemon curd and caramel apple finish with chewy nutty tannins. Very tasty.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Castle Rock 2011  Pinot Noir
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of smoked peppercorn, cherries, and honey cream with a supple, tangy medium body and a crisp, chewy, cedar and grilled apple accented finish. Nice smoky oak compliments the tangy fruit well.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Wollersheim 2011  Pinot Noir
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of vanilla nut fudge and cherry jam aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, chocolate orange peel, banana, and delicate spice accented finish. Very nice purity of fruit and balanced oak in a very Burgundian in style.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Fog Head 2011 Highland Series, Reserve Pinot Noir
89 points
$16.99
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate and cherry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, candied orange peel and nutty praline accented finish. Very nice fruit and acidity that will pair with will spicy Latin pork and Asian tuna dishes.
89 points $16.99
Flat Creek Estate 2012 Estate Vineyard Pinot Grigio
89 points
$17.95
Aromas of peach cobbler and nougat with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a crisp, lemon custard and pear accented finish. Very tasty.
89 points $17.95
Chehalem 2011 Three Vineyard Pinot Noir
89 points
$29
Bright garnet color. Aromas of crushed cherries and berries, cocoa and dried meat with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a plush, medley of cranberry, cedar and minerals on the long finish. Very elegantly styled for the table.
Firesteed 2008  Pinot Noir
89 points
$30
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cherry custard, cinnamon toast and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, blood orange and tart red berry finish with powdery coating tannins. A zesty pinot that will shine at the table.
Schug 2009 Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir
89 points
$40
Dark ruby color. Aromas of cherry pie filling, praline, chocolate mint and pickled beets with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nutty, wood spice accented finish. A nice marriage of fruit and oak.
Fat Cat 2011  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale golden color. Ripe kiwi, orange yogurt, and nougat aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed melon and mineral accented finish. Very tasty and vibrant. A really crowd pleaser.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Gnarly Head 2011  Pinot Noir
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of berry pie and nuts with a supple fruity medium body and a spiced apple note on the round, juicy finish.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Castle Rock 2011  Pinot Noir
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Garnet color. Lightly smoky aromas of caramelized nuts, mocha, and toasty berry crumble with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a snappy citrus, mineral and peppery spice nuanced finish. A solid sipper or table wine.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Castle Rock 2011  Pinot Noir
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts and cherries and artichoke heart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a savory herb and sweet spice accented finish. A rock solid pinot.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Irony 2011  Pinot Noir
88 points
$15.99
Pure garnet color. Aromas of chocolate toffee, mocha gelato, and cranberry bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, nutty accented finish with fine dusty tannins. A nice table wine. Pair with pork medallions.
88 points $15.99
Hard Row to Hoe 2012  Pinot Gris
88 points
$18
Pale golden color with a pale amber cast. Bright aromas of spiced apple and cling peach with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body a zesty citrus, nut, and pear skin accented finish. A refreshing and very table friendly pinot gris.
Kings Ridge 2011  Pinot Noir
88 points
$18
Rich ruby color. Aromas of baked cherries and toasty cedar with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rich, salted tomato and earth accented finish. A delicious and satisfying table wine that will pair well with duck.
Forest Glen 2011  Pinot Noir
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pretty aromas of cherries and cherry blossoms with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a juicy blackberry cobbler and red apple accented finish. A tasty everyday sipper or burger wine.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Firesteed 2011  Pinot Gris
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Attractive tropical fruit aromas suggest pineapple yogurt, papaya, and ripe apple with a very crisp and tart light-to-medium body and a lime and melon driven finish. A racy pinot gris that will pair fabulously with shrimp and crab cakes.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Noble Vines 2011 "667" Pinot Noir
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, cocoa and pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and delicately spicy and creamy finish. A very nice all-purpose pinot for sipping or food. Try with duck tacos.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Firesteed 2011  Pinot Noir
87 points
$17
Aromas of honeycomb, grilled cherries, and smoky minerals with a supple dryish medium body and a clay, dusty rhubarb, and cranberry accented finish. An earthy, Old World styled pinot for the table.
Winking Owl NV  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$2.89
Best Buy
Pale silver gold color. Aromas of nougat and toasted peach pastry with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a nice, crunchy apple and nectarine finish with chewy fruity tannins. A solid sipper or table wine.
86 points $2.89 Best Buy
Estrella 2011 Proprietors Reserve Pinot Grigio
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery golden color. Aromas of grilled lemon and baked peach have a slight sulfur note with a fruity-yet-dry light body and a long, tangy ripe citrus and nectarine skin finish. Very nice acidity and balance of flavor.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Harlow Ridge 2011  Pinot Noir
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Aromas of warm vanilla tapioca and berry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy apple, spice and cedar accented finish.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Castle Rock 2011 California Cuvée Pinot Noir
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry pie and cracked pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, caramel apple, raspberry, and smoky cedar and nut finish. A nice sipper or table wine.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Maryhill 2011  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$11.95
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of citrus, creamy nougat, delicate micro greens with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a honeyed yellow apple and lemon pepper accented finish.
86 points $11.95 Best Buy
Gnarly Head 2012  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Waxy aromas suggest honeycomb, baked apple, and pickled melon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a clementine and herb accented finish. Tasty and crowd pleasing.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Red Truck 2011  Pinot Noir
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Aromas of coffee ice cream, roasted nuts, and dried cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and cinnamon and spiced apple finish. Tasty.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Silver Ridge 2011  Pinot Noir
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aroma of chocolate nut fudge and cherry tart with a silky fruity medium body and a tangy, honeyed citrus, nut and melon finish. Very tasty.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Duck Pond 2011  Pinot Gris
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Reserved aromas of linen, nutskin, citrus and apple with a crisp, tangy light-to-medium body and a refreshing nectarine and lime accented finish. A very nice zesty pinot gris that will cover a lot of bases.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Chessman 2011  Pinot Noir
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Lustrous ruby color. Aromas of cherry white chocolate fudge and strawberry-watermelon sorbet with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a vanilla cream, whole nut, and mineral accented finish. A nice lighter styled pinot that will be great with gourmet burgers.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bota Box 2012  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$20.99
Silvery golden color. Slight earthy peach, lime sorbet, and nut gelato aromas and flavors with a dry-yet-fruity light body and a crisp, yellow apple accented finish. A nice patio sipper.
86 points $20.99
Forestville 2011  Pinot Noir
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Aromas of cinnamon, pressed flowers and sour cherries with a fruity, medium body and an orange cake and nut finish. A fruity, easy-going pinot.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Redwood Creek 2011  Pinot Noir
85 points
$8
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha, raspberry and pepper with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy, slightly pithy finish.
Salmon Creek 2011  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$9
Attractive toasty peach pastry, melon, molasses, and kiwi tart aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, apple and lemon pepper accented finish. Very tasty and well balanced.
Motos Liberty 2011  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$11.99
Aromas of dark nougat, papaya custard, and caramelized peach aromas and flavors with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, light-to-medium body with a touch of kiwi and flan on the finish. A solid sipper.
85 points $11.99
La Merika 2011  Pinot Noir
85 points
$15.99
Aromas of berry yogurt, spiced nuts, and a hint of bacon with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a dark roasted nut, apple and melon accented finish.
85 points $15.99
Barefoot NV  Pinot Noir
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Deep ruby color. Aromas of berry pastry and black pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a soft, fruity medium-body with a honeyed apple finish.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Crane Lake 2011  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Golden color. Aromas of peach cobbler and lemon poppy seed cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a pleasant honeyed nectarine finish. A nice, relaxed everyday sipper.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
The Naked Grape NV  Pinot Noir
84 points
$7.99
Aromas of orange powder and cherry pie filling with a tangy, fruity medium body and a soft, nut brittle finish. A pleasant light sipper.
84 points $7.99
Turning Leaf 2011  Pinot Noir
84 points
$8
Deep ruby garnet color. Mild aromas of dried cherry and melon with a soft fruity light-to-medium body and a touch of creamy vanilla and apple on the finish. A pleasant sipper.
Coastal Ridge 2011  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$8.99
Pale golden silver color. Slightly earthy aromas suggest whole nut toffee and peach scone with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, lemon and peach sorbet finish.
84 points $8.99
Coastal Ridge 2011  Pinot Noir
84 points
$8.99
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry and apple butters with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honeyed, crunchy tannin finish. Tasty.
84 points $8.99
Forest Glen 2011 Tehachapi Clone Pinot Grigio
84 points
$9.99
Interesting aromas of mild licorice, graham cracker and peach cobbler with a silky, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tart lime ice accented finish. Very zesty, pair with grilled shrimp.
84 points $9.99
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2011  Pinot Gris
84 points
$15
Aromas of melon, pressed linen, and white nougat with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tart peach pit and citrus accented finish. An understated sipper.
Firesteed 2010  Pinot Noir
84 points
$17
Rich ruby color. Aromas of cherry butter on rye cracker, clay, and roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart cherry pit, melon rind, lime wedge, and grassy earth accented finish. A tart earthy pinot for the table.
Duck Pond 2010  Pinot Noir
84 points
$20
Pure ruby color. Aromas of berry taffy, nuts, cedar, and creme Anglaise with a chewy, dryish medium body and a woody, tangy blackberry finish. Oak is a bit too dominant.
Charles Shaw 2012  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$2.99
Best Buy
Smoky grilled lemon and peach and Dove soap aromas and flavors with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a honeyed grilled apple and tangy white grape accented finish.
83 points $2.99 Best Buy
Albertoni 2011  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$10
Golden silver color. Aromas of dried lemon and nectarine with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a crisp lime powder and chalk accented finish.
Fat Cat 2011  Pinot Noir
83 points
$11.99
Mild aromas suggest cappuccino and baked berries with a soft, fruity medium body and a toasty cedar and nut finish with dusty tannins.
83 points $11.99
Motos Liberty 2011  Pinot Noir
83 points
$11.99
Mild aromas of melon and mulberry aromas with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy, honeyed apple and nutshell finish with pithy tannins.
83 points $11.99
Heron Hill Winery 2010 "Classic Series" Pinot Noir
83 points
$14.99
Bright ruby color. Aromas of bing cherry sauce and spicy green tomato relish with a supple, dryish light-medium body and a tart lingonberry and leafy earth finish with firm powdery tannins.
83 points $14.99
Six Degrees 2011  Pinot Noir
82 points
$13.99
Pale ruby color. Faint aromas of berry jelly on toast with a slightly gritty, dry-yet-fruity light body and a short, rather acidic citrus and grassy earth finish.
82 points $13.99
Twisted 2012  Pinot Grigio
80 points
$7.99
Light smoky aroma of grilled nectarine and lemon have a faint soapy note with a tart light body and a crisp, chalky, grassy, citrus children aspirin accented finish.
80 points $7.99
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