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December 2013 - US - Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris

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

Tolosa 2011 Reserve, "1772" Pinot Noir
94 points
$60
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.
Lumos 2011 Five Blocks Pinot Noir
93 points
$25
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.
Renteria 2010  Pinot Noir
93 points
$40
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.
Renteria 2010  Pinot Noir
93 points
$40
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.
Clos du Val 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
93 points
$55
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.
Tolosa 2011 Block Select, "Marley Anne" Pinot Noir
93 points
$60
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.
Martha Clara Vineyard 2012  Pinot Noir
92 points
$28.99
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
Chateau St. Croix 2012  Pinot Noir
92 points
$30
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.
Clos du Val 2011  Pinot Noir
92 points
$32
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.
Castoro Cellars 2012 Estate Grown, Whale Rock Vineyard Pinot Grigio
91 points
$22
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.
Bouchaine 2010  Pinot Noir
91 points
$30
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.
Elk Run 2011 Cold Friday Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$32.11
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
CULT 2009  Pinot Noir
91 points
$45
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.
Fotinos Brothers 2011 OSRII Block Pinot Noir
91 points
$59
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.
Arrow Creek 2012  Pinot Noir
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
Heron Hill Winery 2010 Ingle Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$19.99
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
Terlato Family Vineyards 2011  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$24
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.
Castoro Cellars 2011 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
90 points
$25
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.
Schug 2012  Pinot Noir
90 points
$25
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.
Tulocay 2011 Haynes Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$30
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.
Bouchaine 2011 Rockin H Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$40
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.
Lobo 2010  Pinot Noir
90 points
$42
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.
Harmonique 2007 "Deliacacé" Pinot Noir
90 points
$44
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.
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Coast Grade Pinot Noir
90 points
$45
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.
Schug 2011 Schug Estate Pinot Noir
90 points
$45
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.
Tolosa 2011 Block Select, "Lily Gil" Pinot Noir
90 points
$60
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.
Wild Hare 2012  Pinot Noir
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
10Span 2012  Pinot Gris
89 points
$13
Best Buy
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
Schug 2011  Pinot Noir
89 points
$30
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.
Harmonique 2007 "The Noble One" Pinot Noir
89 points
$39
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.
Hiatus Cellars 2011 Griffins Lair Vineyard Pinot Noir
89 points
$50
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.
Bouchaine 2011 Estate Vineyard Terraces Pinot Noir
89 points
$60
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.
Crane Lake 2012  Pinot Noir
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Grand Cru 2012  Pinot Noir
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
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
Jenica Peak 2012  Pinot Noir
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Montpellier 2012  Pinot Noir
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Carmenet 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Domaine Berrien 2010  Pinot Noir
88 points
$15.50
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
Heron Hill Winery 2012 Reserve Pinot Gris
88 points
$17.99
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
Tria 2011 Private Reserve, Mission Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir
88 points
$24.99
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
Manzoni Estate 2012 North Highlands Cuvée Pinot Gris
88 points
$26
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.
Bouchaine 2012 Estate Vineyard Pinot Gris
88 points
$30
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.
Tolosa 2011 Estate Pinot Noir
88 points
$32
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.
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Bald Mountain Pinot Noir
88 points
$45
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.
ForestVille 2012  Pinot Noir
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Quail Creek 2012  Pinot Noir
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
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
Redtree 2012  Pinot Noir
87 points
$8
Best Buy
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
Red Truck 2012  Pinot Noir
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Silver Ridge 2012  Pinot Noir
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Brassfield Estate 2012 High Serenity Ranch Vineyard Pinot Gris
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012  Pinot Gris
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Heron Hill Winery 2011 Classic Series Pinot Noir
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Adler Fels 2012  Pinot Noir
87 points
$15.99
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
White Pine 2012  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$15.99
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
Picket Fence 2012  Pinot Noir
87 points
$17.99
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
Pedroncelli 2012 Signature Selection Pinot Noir
87 points
$18
Brick red with a medium red rim. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, cola and mushrooms. Medium bodied with soft tannins, red fruits and leafy tannins.
Westport Rivers 2010  Pinot Noir
87 points
$19.99
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
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir
87 points
$28
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.
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Regan Vineyards, Pinot Gris Orange Wine Santa Cruz Mountains
87 points
$35
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.
Harmonique 2007 "Elegancé" Pinot Noir
87 points
$36
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.
Schug 2010 Heritge Reserve Pinot Noir
87 points
$40
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.
Fox Brook 2012  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Coastal Ridge 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Salmon Creek 2012  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Redwood 2011  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Fat Cat 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Bordeleau 2012  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$14
Best Buy
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
The Archivist 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$15.99
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
Tyee 2012 Estate Pinot Gris
86 points
$16
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.
Brassfield Estate 2012 High Serenity Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
86 points
$18.99
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
Parker’s Estate 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$19.99
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
Wine Spots 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$25
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.
ForestVille 2012  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Estrella River 2012 Proprietors Reserve Pinot Grigio
85 points
$7.99
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
Quail Creek 2012  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$7.99
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
Coastal Vines 2012  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$8.99
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
Motos Liberty 2012  Pinot Noir
85 points
$11.99
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
Six Degrees 2012  Pinot Noir
85 points
$13.99
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
Martha Clara Vineyard 2012  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$19.99
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
Westport Rivers 2010 "2nd Flight" Pinot Noir
85 points
$19.99
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
Westport Rivers 2012  Pinot Gris
85 points
$19.99
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
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Beauregard Ranch Pinot Noir
85 points
$40
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.
Renteria 2010  Pinot Noir
85 points
$40
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.
Crane Lake 2012  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Grand Cru 2012  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$7.99
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
Coastal Ridge 2011  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$8.99
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
Salmon Creek 2012  Pinot Noir
84 points
$8.99
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
Forest Glen 2011  Pinot Noir
84 points
$10.99
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
Cedar Brook 2012  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$13.99
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
Westport Rivers 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
84 points
$19.99
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
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Regan Vineyards Pinot Gris
84 points
$30
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.
Motos Liberty 2011  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$11.99
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
Cedar Brook 2012  Pinot Noir
83 points
$13.99
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
Forest Glen 2012 Tehachapi Clone Pinot Grigio
82 points
$9.99
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
Harlow Ridge 2012  Pinot Noir
82 points
$10.99
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
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