December 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
204675
Tolosa
2011 Reserve, "1772" Pinot Noir
Brick red with a light red rim. Aromas of morello cherry, black raspberry, Damson Plum, wild mushrooms, vanilla and spice. Toothsome tannins turn silky with a cherry laden mid-palate followed by wild mushrooms, vanilla, toasted brown spices and dried berries. Opulence balanced with just enough earth, spice, acid and complexity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204550
Lumos
2011 Five Blocks Pinot Noir
Deep ruby color. Aromas and flavors of floral honey, spiced cherry, and herbal pickled melon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sandalwood, nut brittle and mineral accented finish. Very flavorful and well balanced with excellent acidity for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204626
Renteria
2010 Pinot Noir
Brick red with a light red rim. Aromas of cherries, dried strawberries, black plums, vanilla, portobello, vanilla and cloves. Rich and unctuous cherry and wild berry flavors are framed with supple tannins, toasty spice-kissed oak, vanilla and wild mushroom. Bold style with plenty of barrique that manages to keep everything in check.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204627
Renteria
2010 Pinot Noir
Brick red with a reddish-orange rim. Aromas of toasty vanilla kissed cherries, black raspberries, lingonberries, roasted chestnuts and wild mushrooms. Silky tannins and balanced with strawberry, cherry and raspberry flavors. Touch of earthiness lead by wild mushrooms is accented by an understated use of oak, allowing the wine and terroir to really shine. Long, silky, balanced, elegant opulence. Great acidity on the finish brings you back for more.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204648
Clos du Val
2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Light red with a moderately pale red rim. Initial aromas of dried cherries, raspberries and Damson plums. Meaty maitaki mushrooms, grilled beets and savory herbs bridge the nose and flavors. Just enough toothsome, but finely integrated tannins pull everything together. Long, mouthwatering, and satisfying finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204677
Tolosa
2011 Block Select, "Marley Anne" Pinot Noir
Garnet red with a reddish-orange rim. Aromas of black raspberry, cherry nougat, vanilla, allspice, herb and beets. Soft and round with fine tannins. Vanilla tinged spicy new oak frames tangy cherry-berry flavors to a mouthwatering finish. A great sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204621
Martha Clara Vineyard
2012 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby garnet color. Bold aromas of roasted coffee beans, cacao nibs, and crusty cherry pie with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a elegant marinated beet,roasted chestnut, and earth accented finish. A uniquely flavorful and classy pinot for sipping or the table.
92 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204523
Chateau St. Croix
2012 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of creamy tapioca and toasty berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy sour cherry, praline, vanilla and toasty cedar accented finish. A delicious and balanced oak nuanced pinot noir for all applications.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204647
Clos du Val
2011 Pinot Noir
Light cherry red with a pale red rim. Aromas of cherry, boysenberry, nougat and plum with a touch of forest floor. Medium-bodied with silky cherry flavors with a hint of vanilla, beet, mineral, and bright citrus balance. Precise, very New World and driven by the pure fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204749
Castoro Cellars
2012 Estate Grown, Whale Rock Vineyard Pinot Grigio
Deep straw with gold highlights. Aromas of pineapple, mango, papaya and marzipan. Melon and mango flavors are silky with notes of pear nectar and peach. Tropical fruit aromas and flavors from start to finish. Delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204650
Bouchaine
2010 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby red with a magenta rim. Aromas of boysenberry, black raspberry and toasty meringue. Fruit driven with a red cherry core, juicy boysenberry, chocolate, slate, and vanilla. Silky and clean.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204592
Elk Run
2011 Cold Friday Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep ruby with a copper brown cast. Vibrant aromas of chestnut honey, exotic peppercorns, and spiced cherry with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a ripe berry, beet, cola, and nut accented finish. A very distinctive and tasty sipper or table wine.
91 points $32.11
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204710
CULT
2009 Pinot Noir
Brick red with a light reddish-orange rim. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, plum, portobello and red licorice. Lightly spicy notes of black pepper and garden soil on the nose. Soft, savory, and voluptuous with a cherry, beet, and plum core framed with generous vanilla, black raspberry and baking spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204538
Fotinos Brothers
2011 OSRII Block Pinot Noir
Cherry red with a light red rim. Aromas of raspberries, sour cherries, black pepper, shiitake, chocolate, and a hint of tar. Complex flavors of cherries, black raspberries, barnyard, cocoa nibs, pepper and wild mushrooms. Finish in long, silky and complex. Reminiscent of Premier Cru Beaune.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204427
Arrow Creek
2012 Pinot Noir
Cherry red with a pale red rim. Aromas of cherries, plums, raspberries, portobello mushrooms, baking spice, forest floor and pomegranate. Silky and voluptuous raspberry-cherry flavors are framed with a touch of spice and white mushrooms. A clean style with just enough earth to add complexity without taking away from a silky fruit-driven wine. Could be mistaken as Cru level red Burgundy from a sunny vintage.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204664
Heron Hill Winery
2010 Ingle Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color with a fading brick rim. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry cream pie and pistachio and mango gelatos with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy tomato, beet, vanilla, and earth accented finish. A lovely combination of fruit, earth, and oak that will work great at the table.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204579
Terlato Family Vineyards
2011 Pinot Grigio
Straw with gold highlights. Aromas of Anjou pears, honeycrisp apples, fresh hay and white peach. Round and lush with pear, peach and apple flavors coupled with pomelo grapefruit and stoney minerality. Lively and balanced finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204748
Castoro Cellars
2011 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Medium ruby red with a brickish rim. Pretty red cherry and raspberry aromas are followed by shiitake mushrooms, Autumn leaves, boysenberry, milk chocolate, vanilla and apple pie spice. Pure cherry and strawberry core is framed with vanilla bean, lingonberry, vanilla bean, nutmeg and a touch of leather, allspice and black earth. Finish is long and complex with just enough toothsome tannin to yearn from roast bird, grilled vegetables and tuna steak on the grill.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204752
Schug
2012 Pinot Noir
Translucent cherry red to a brick red rim. Aromas of wild raspberries, boysenberry, Rainier cherry, wild mushroom, cloves, allspice, vanilla and lingonberry. Silky and lush with voluptuous cherry and raspberry flavors framed with forest mushrooms, baking spice and a touch of vanilla. Long, seductive finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204048
Tulocay
2011 Haynes Vineyard Pinot Noir
Ruby red with a brick rim. Aromas of red cherries, black plum, vanilla, allspice, nutmeg, black licorice, forest floor and beets. Full bodied and richly textured with cherry, wild strawberry and crushed plums. Generous fruit is silky and spiced with allspice, clove, cinnamon and vanilla bean. Well balanced finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204651
Bouchaine
2011 Rockin' H Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep ruby red with a velvet rim. Aromas of black raspberry, crushed cherry, eucalyptus, coffee, black licorice and vanilla. Ripe cherry and raspberry flavors with vanilla, licorice, root beer and nutmeg. Long and silky finish is complex and highly intriguing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204780
Lobo
2010 Pinot Noir
Brick red with a light red rim. Aromas of licorice, vanilla, black raspberry, peppercorn, sassafras and spicy vanilla with a hint of barnyard. Full bodied with big, ripe, briery fruit, soft tannins and loads of decadent black licorice, cherry, cedar, and vanilla flavors. A macho, juicy pinot for Zin lovers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204706
Harmonique
2007 "Deliacacé" Pinot Noir
Light ruby red with a brickish rim. Aromas of wild raspberry, morello cherry, crushed boysenberry, vanilla bean, portobello and licorice. Cherry, portobello and vanilla flavors are well balanced as they interplay with one another. Full and round finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204728
Beauregard Vineyards
2012 Coast Grade Pinot Noir
Deep ruby red with a hint of spritz on the edge. Aromas of black raspberry, crushed boysenberry, vanilla, smoked nuts and allspice. Black cherry and wild strawberry flavors with vanilla, baking spice, beets, and toothsome tannins. Black licorice and exotic berries from start to finish. Rustic and intriguing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204755
Schug
2011 Schug Estate Pinot Noir
Ruby red with a brickish rim. Aromas of raspberry, wild strawberries, red cherry, cedar, baking spice, black soil and wild mushrooms. Rich flavors of red cherries, fraises du bois, exotic mushrooms, baking spice and a freshly tilled garden. Long and complex finish with fine tannins and thirst quenching acidity making me want to drink this with roast duck or aged cheese.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204676
Tolosa
2011 Block Select, "Lily Gil" Pinot Noir
Bright red with a light red rim. Aromas of cherries, raspberries and vanilla. Medium bodied and dry with red plum and cherry flavors, licorice, vanilla and mushrooms. A mellow, savory sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204844
Wild Hare
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of smoked bacon and cherry jam on toast with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy, honeyed apple, nut, cranberry sauce, and earth accented finish. Very good nuance and elegant style.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204016
10Span
2012 Pinot Gris
Bright straw. Aromas of pineapple, peach, Meyer lemon, mango and ginger. Exotic fruit flavors are accented by lime zest, lemon and crisp, lively acidity. Fruit flavors carry through a precise, balanced finish.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204753
Schug
2011 Pinot Noir
Ruby red with a light brick rim. Aromas of black raspberry, wild strawberries, morello cherry, barnyard, vanilla and matchsticks. Lush flavors of red cherries, wild strawberries, exotic mushrooms, baking spice and fresh tilled soil. Complex finish ends with a hint of astringency.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204707
Harmonique
2007 "The Noble One" Pinot Noir
Medium ruby red with a brickish rim. Aromas of black raspberry, dried cherry, mushroom, red licorice and nutmeg. Soft and supple cherry, strawberry and nutmeg flavors with notes of vanilla, cedar, and brown mushrooms.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204583
Hiatus Cellars
2011 Griffin's Lair Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep ruby red to a purplish red rim. Aromas of cherry, red licorice, vanilla, nutmeg, raspberries and smoked peppercorns. Soft and round cherry, boysenberry, salted caramel, and Damson plum flavors framed with vanilla and nutmeg. Silky finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204652
Bouchaine
2011 Estate Vineyard Terraces Pinot Noir
Brick red with a light red rim. Aromas of cherry tart, boysenberry, crushed blackberry and fraises du bois with generous vanilla and candied plum. Touch of earthiness as in freshly turned rich soil. Cherry and berry flavors are accented with a touch of vanilla oak and earthiness. Clean and driven with red fruit. Soft finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204795
Crane Lake
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Dried sour cherry and raspberry jam aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy prune, blood orange, green apple, and earth accented finish with chewy tannins. A solid pinot that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204822
Grand Cru
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries and citrus and honey with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, melon and beet accented finish with chewy tannins. Nice flavor and vibrancy.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204430
Jenica Peak
2012 Pinot Noir
Cherry red with a pale red rim. Aromas of cherry, tree bark and red plums. Soft, dry tannins frame flavors of red cherry and boysenberry with a touch of earth on the finish and hint of brown spice and vanilla. Excellent use of oak.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204826
Montpellier
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, and craisins with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy honeyed cherry and earth finish. Tasty and pure.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204781
Carmenet
2012 Reserve Pinot Noir
Deep cherry red with a light red rim. Aromas of blackberry, cherry and wild strawberries. A touch chewy and rustic while still maintaining a Pinot elegance. Cherry, fraises du bois and a hint of lingonberry lead to a long and balanced finish.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204580
Domaine Berrien
2010 Pinot Noir
Curious garnet violet black color. Earthy aromas of cranberries, lingonberry berry jam, cocoa, whole flowers, and peppercorn with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a pistachio nougat and mossy earth accented finish. Very Old World (Italian) in style and balanced for the table.
88 points $15.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204665
Heron Hill Winery
2012 Reserve Pinot Gris
Pale straw to polished platinum. Aromas of orange blossom, jasmine, golden pineapple, mango and apple blossoms. Off dry with pineapple, mango, lemon meringue pie and pear tart flavors. Finishes with floral and fruit with loads of apple blossom and crisp, tart granny smith apple slices.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204508
Tria
2011 Private Reserve, Mission Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep ruby red with a purple rim. Black raspberry flavors are explosive, followed by lingonberry, vanilla, mincemeat pie and dark garden soil. Firm tannins and black cherry flavors in a big, masculine style. Vanilla and spice laden oak are predominate, but do let the dark fruits come thru. Pinot meets Nebbiolo.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204552
Manzoni Estate
2012 North Highlands' Cuvée Pinot Gris
Pale gold to light straw. Aromas of cinnamon apples, grapefruit zest, poached pears and pickled melon. Flavors range from crisp apples and lemon to baked pear and spicy melon. Remains bright and vibrant with interesting notes of caramel on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204649
Bouchaine
2012 Estate Vineyard Pinot Gris
Pale gold to light straw. Aromas of pineapple, poached pear, honeycomb and granny smith apples. Toasty oak and vanilla lead to flavors of spiced pears, almond and honeydew. Grilled lemon adds a crisp balance to the rich and complex flavors. Excellent use of oak adding a spicy accent without overpowering the fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204674
Tolosa
2011 Estate Pinot Noir
Garnet red with a light red rim. Light aromas of cherry tart, vanilla, chocolate, licorice and sassafras. Dry-yet-fruity with a medium body and smoked cherry flavors. Pretty and nicely restrained.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204727
Beauregard Vineyards
2012 Bald Mountain Pinot Noir
Light ruby red with a hint of spritz on the edge. Aromas of cherry cola, lingonberry, vanilla and cloves. Flavors of raspberry, red cherry and melon. Finishes with notes of lingonberry, red licorice and vanilla.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204814
ForestVille
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Aromas dried cherry, honeycomb, and blackberry jam on toast with a silky, fruity medium body and a chewy, honeyed nut and apple skin accented finish. Nice balance.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204833
Quail Creek
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of sour cherry and melon with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, strawberry and earth accented finish. Almost, rosé-like in flavor. A good sipper or food option.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204879
Redtree
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate yogurt, toffee and cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy blood orange, pomegranate and earth accented finish. A nice everyday pinot.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204835
Red Truck
2012 Pinot Noir
Medium Cherry red with a lightly tinged red rim. Aromas of cherries, Autumn leaves, plums and boysenberries. Bright and lively with silky fruit, mushrooms and earth. Medium bodied with a long finish. Excellent typicity of the varietal.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204842
Silver Ridge
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of cranberry, cherry and beet with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, sweet citrus, cedar, and a orange blossom honey finish. Tasty and nicely structured.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204519
Brassfield Estate
2012 High Serenity Ranch Vineyard Pinot Gris
Pale gold with slight emerald notes. Aromas of lemon, honeydew, yellow apples and honeysuckle. Lush flavors of peach custard, melon and ripe pear. Ends a bit flat, in need of a bit more acidity to balance the lush fruit.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204744
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2012 Pinot Gris
Light gold and day bright. Aromas of gardenia, peach, nectarine and Meyer lemon zest. Semidry with peach and sweet pear flavors, honey, lemon and mango. Finishes bright, crisp and dry with a touch of wet stone minerality.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204663
Heron Hill Winery
2011 Classic Series Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of tomato on the vine and pickled cherries and beets with a silky, dryish medium body and a savory oily nut and earth finish. A nice drier choice for the table.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204555
Adler Fels
2012 Pinot Noir
Brilliant ruby color. Aromas of berry tart with a whiff of bacon. Supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle bing cherry and mineral accented finish. A soft and easy pinot.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204484
White Pine
2012 Pinot Grigio
Straw yellow with brass highlights. Aromas of Granny Smith apples, pears, lemongrass, peach and honeysuckle. Clean and crisp apple, pear and yellow plum flavors with a touch of wet stone minerality.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204830
Picket Fence
2012 Pinot Noir
Brick red with a reddish-orange rim. Aromas of vanilla, toast oak, allspice, cherry and sweet plums. Supple tannins with a palate loaded with red fruit. Spicy new French Oak is apparent from nose to palate to finish, perhaps potentially overpowering some understated nuances in the wine.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204575
Pedroncelli
2012 Signature Selection Pinot Noir
Brick red with a medium red rim. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, cola and mushrooms. Medium bodied with soft tannins, red fruits and leafy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204738
Westport Rivers
2010 Pinot Noir
Medium ruby red with a brickish rim. Aromas of wild strawberries, red cherries, raspberries, shiitake, vanilla, clove and allspice. Silky and round. A pretty, feminine style with just enough earthy mushroom to frame the cherry and berry flavors. Long, dry finish.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204515
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Light ruby red with a brickish rim. Aromas of strawberry, wild cherry, raspberry jam and barnyard clay. Soft tannins and a deep cherry core. A clean, cherry centered wine with a medium finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204730
Beauregard Vineyards
2012 Regan Vineyards, Pinot Gris Orange Wine Santa Cruz Mountains
Brilliant copper hue with notes of amber and brass. Aromas of honey, maple and brown sugar with sweet melon, golden pineapple and grilled peaches. Moderate acidity keeps the sweet almost candied fruit, wild raspberry flavors and pastry notes in balance. Not to the point of being crisp and lively, but enough to keep the wine balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204708
Harmonique
2007 "Elegancé" Pinot Noir
Pale ruby red with a brickish rim. Red cherry chutney, strawberry and raspberry aromas with freshly tilled soil, vanilla and allspice. Hint of mushrooms, melon and simple cherry berry flavors with a clean finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204754
Schug
2010 Heritge Reserve Pinot Noir
Deep ruby red with a brick rim. Aromas of toasty oak, vanilla, blackberry, black cherry and boysenberry with notes of forest floor. Straight forward Cherry, blackberry and vanilla flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204818
Fox Brook
2012 Pinot Grigio
Medium straw yellow. Aromas of apples, pears, white peach, yellow plums and lemon. Fruit driven flavors of yellow plum, Macintosh apples and white grapefruit. Clean, crisp finish with just enough fruit to balance the final citrus notes.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204788
Coastal Ridge
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of raspberry and cherry custard tarts and meringue with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, toasted nut and mineral finish. A nice everyday sipper.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204839
Salmon Creek
2012 Pinot Grigio
Medium straw. Aromas of peaches, pear and yellow apples. Off dry with ripe pear and notes of papaya and white raspberries. Crisp, clean finish balances fruit with refreshment.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204837
Redwood
2011 Pinot Grigio
Medium straw yellow. Aromas of white peach, sliced honeydew melon, apple salad, star fruit and wet stones. Dry and refreshing with apple flavors coupled with white peach, pear and green papaya. Crisp, dry finish.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204805
Fat Cat
2012 Pinot Noir
Aromas of Black Forest cake and watermelon ice with a supple, fruity medium body and a nutty praline and spiced apple accented finish. A very pleasant sipper.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204598
Bordeleau
2012 Pinot Grigio
Pale straw with platinum highlights. Aromas of pineapple, pear and yellow plums. Clean apple and white pineapple flavors, a touch of mango plus crisp pear and lemon. Fresh and refreshing.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204556
The Archivist
2012 Pinot Noir
Medium ruby red with a ruby rim. Aromas of cedar, pencil shavings, cherry, dried strawberry, barnyard and toffee. Super ripe cherry and raspberry flavors with vanilla bean, brisket fondant and sweet licorice. Over the top, but without all the finesse to pull it off in balance.
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204543
Tyee
2012 Estate Pinot Gris
Light straw with bright gold highlights. Aromas of Asian pear, crenshaw melon, honeysuckle and mango. Dry with crisp yellow apples, honeydew melon and lemon flavors. Touch of stoniness frames the fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204520
Brassfield Estate
2012 High Serenity Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Crimson red with a brickish rim. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, plums, vanilla and spice. Lingonberry and raspberry jam flavors with vanilla and brown mushrooms. Surprisingly soft tannins given the deep color. Full and robust.
86 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204429
Parker’s Estate
2012 Pinot Noir
Light cherry red. Aromas of crushed cherries, plums, vanilla, cloves, mace and toasty oak. Silky cherry and plum flavors with vanilla, boysenberry and clove. Finishes briskly with cherries and a touch of spice.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204653
Wine Spots
2012 Pinot Noir
Cherry red with a light red rim. Aromas of raspberry, fraises du bois, black pepper, vanilla and shiitake. Red cherry and boysenberry flavors with fine tannins and a touch of mushroom and allspice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204813
ForestVille
2012 Pinot Grigio
Medium straw yellow. Aromas of apples, pineapple, white peach and Meyer lemon. Dry and somewhat austere with lean apple, pear and white pineapple flavors. Clean, crisp finish.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204802
Estrella River
2012 Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Grigio
Golden straw. Aromas of red delicious apples, Anjou pear, white pineapple, peaches, papaya and honeydew. Off dry and round with a palate full of fruit. A touch hefty, but plenty of fruit flavors thru the finish.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204832
Quail Creek
2012 Pinot Grigio
Pale straw. Aromas of freshly sliced cantaloupe, apples, pear, nectarine and honeysuckle. Touch of sweet pear juice on the palate with pineapple and sweet apples. Well balanced crowd pleaser.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204791
Coastal Vines
2012 Pinot Grigio
Bright polished brass. Aromas of pineapple, mango, Asian pear and tangerine. Flavors of melon, pear and tropical fruit. Medium finish is soft and round.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204829
Motos Liberty
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of cherries, cocoa, and raspberries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and an apple and cedar accented finish with light earthy tannins. Pleasant.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204843
Six Degrees
2012 Pinot Noir
Deep cherry red to a pink rim. Vanilla oak leads the aromas of cherries, blackberries and plums. Wood and grape tannins frame a dark fruit core and rustic finish. A bit heavy handed but pleasant.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204622
Martha Clara Vineyard
2012 Pinot Grigio
Polished brass to light yellow. Aromas of mango, papaya, almond, lemon shortbread and pear. Hint of limestone. Pear and melon flavors with apple skin, creek stones and lemon.
85 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204737
Westport Rivers
2010 "2nd Flight" Pinot Noir
Light ruby red with a brickish rim. Aromas of raspberry, barnyard, oak leaves, damp soil and plum jam. Soft and supple cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors with brown mushroom and forest floor on the palate.
85 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204735
Westport Rivers
2012 Pinot Gris
Bright gold with polished brass highlights. Aromas of golden pineapple, mango, dried honey, candied papaya, magnolia and a hint of latex. Dry and crisp with flavors of Asian pear, dried papaya, apple chips and lemon zest. Finishes crisp with an interesting hint of drinking from a rubber hose.
85 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204726
Beauregard Vineyards
2012 Beauregard Ranch Pinot Noir
Light ruby red with a hint of spritz on the edge. Aromas of cherry, strawberry, plum, vanilla and brown mushrooms. Light flavors of strawberry and cherry with tart cherry skin, melon, and blackberry. Interesting but not all together seamless.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204628
Renteria
2010 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby red to a cherry red rim. Smoky aromas of vanilla, red cherry, black licorice, sassafras and crushed blackberry. Enormous, masculine flavors of blackberry and black plums with barnyard, pickle, and vanilla. A Cabernet lover’s pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204794
Crane Lake
2012 Pinot Grigio
Medium polished brass. Aromas of apples, pear skin, honeysuckle and nectarines. Yellow delicious apples and nectarines drive this round, medium bodied wine. Finish is clean with a touch of fruit sweetness.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204821
Grand Cru
2012 Pinot Grigio
Deep straw yellow. Aromas of pear skin, golden delicious apples and nectarines. Apples and pears drive the palate with notes of lemon and grapefruit. Straight forward, clean and pleasant.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204787
Coastal Ridge
2011 Pinot Grigio
Pale gold with copper highlights. Aromas of lemon, apple and yellow bell pepper. Touch of honey, caramel and sweet melon flavor from a hint of residual sugar lead to sliced apples and pear skin. Lacks the refreshing acidity to pair with food, is more of a cocktail hour Pinot Grigio.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204840
Salmon Creek
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of dried cherry, melon, and waxy honeycomb with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zippy orange cream and cedar bark accented finish with firm, grippy tannins.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204808
Forest Glen
2011 Pinot Noir
Cherry red with a pale red rim. Aromas of ripe lingonberries, black raspberries and sweet strawberries. Clean and dry with a faint hint of portobello mushroom. Finish is clean and balanced.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204782
Cedar Brook
2012 Pinot Grigio
Medium straw yellow. Aromas of candied apple, pear tart, lemon peel and apple skin. A hint of sweet pear on the overall dry mid-palate with apple skin flavors and notes of white grapefruit. Simple, dry finish.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204736
Westport Rivers
2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Medium ruby red with a brickish rim. Aromas of cherries, lingonberries, crushed blackberries, raspberries, forest floor and exotic mushrooms. Rustic style with notes of grilled orange, mushrooms, wild raspberries and roast brisket. Slight rubber hose note on the finish.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204729
Beauregard Vineyards
2012 Regan Vineyards Pinot Gris
Light copper with hints of polished brass. Aromas of baked apples, pear and ripe melon. Wine is flat with overripe tree fruit that lacks acid to support it.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204876
Motos Liberty
2011 Pinot Grigio
Light golden. Aromas of dried apple, nougat, nutmeg and melon peel. Light bodied with lean and dusty peach notes on the finish.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204783
Cedar Brook
2012 Pinot Noir
Cherry red with a pale red rim. Toasty oak leads the aromas followed by black cherry and crushed blackberry. Heavy vanilla, allspice and cinnamon frame a core of dark berries and dried strawberry. Comes across more like a Merlot or light Cabernet than a Pinot.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204807
Forest Glen
2012 Tehachapi Clone Pinot Grigio
Medium gold. Aromas of apples, pears, cedar, cloves and oaky vanilla. Palate is a combination of sweet apples and oak. Touch of residual sugar adds some richness with an oak frame, but without the fruit to carry the wood.
82 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204824
Harlow Ridge
2012 Pinot Noir
Medium ruby red with a pale red rim. Toasty oak leads the aromas with vanilla, cloves, allspice and cedar. Black cherry and strawberry aromas are secondary. Oak driven and tannic with black cherry, blackberry and dried strawberry flavors. Comes across as if the grapes were handled like Cabernet grapes, but the thin skinned Pinot Noir lost all of its delicate complexities.
82 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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