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June 2014 - US - Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris

June 2014 - 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

Morris Ranch 2012  Pinot Noir
94 points
$32
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry preserves, watermelon ice, and nut brittle with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, mouthwatering glazed citrus and pickled beet finish. Delicious and vibrant pinot for sipping or the table.
White Hart 2012  Pinot Noir
93 points
$23.99
Robust aromas of melted toffee, smoked jerky, and dark berry pie a la mode with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, graceful, tangy citrus and peppery spice finish. A delicious, well balanced pinot for all occasions.
93 points $23.99
Windy Oaks 2012 "Terra Narro" Pinot Noir
93 points
$29
Ruby color. Bright aromas of blackberry and cherry cobblers with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, delicately spicy chocolate finish. A delicious, fruit forward pinot noir that is sure to please.
Prix 2011 Reserve, Montington Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$50
Ruby color. Rustic aromas of barnyard mud, apple skin, chocolate nuts, and cherry yogurt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory spiced beet, blood orange, and earth accented finish. Very Old World in style and a fine table companion.
Ledson 2012 Estate Pinot Noir
93 points
$60
Dark ruby black color. Dense aromas of baked berries and cherries, pickling spices, and vanilla yogurt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long creamy nougat, blood orange, cedar, and mineral nuanced finish. A rich and delicious pinot with surprising poise.
Biltmore Estate 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir
92 points
$24.99
Aromas and flavors of clay, nougat, and dried berries with a supple, dryish medium body and tangy blood orange and beet accented finish. A great, mouthwatering table wine.
92 points $24.99
Woodworth 2011 Estate Pinot Noir
92 points
$33
Ruby color. Complex aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, cherry and orange marmalades, and and dill pickles with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a toasted meringue, pepper, and mineral accented finish. A wonderfully savory pinot for the table, especially roasted pork.
Ordaz 2012 Placida Vineyards Pinot Noir
92 points
$34
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry compote, banana custard, cedar, and sweet spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely concentrated plum, boysenberry and nut accented finish. A deliciously balanced pinot for sipping or the table.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2010 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
92 points
$42
Deep ruby color. Aromas of dark roasted nuts, mocha, and lingonberries with a tangy, medium body and a refreshing sour cherry, marinated beet, and earth accented finish. Great style and substance.
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$45
Dark ruby color. Aromas of cherry liqueur, spicy pickle, brewer’s yeast and orange-mint jelly with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp cranberry, blueberry custard, sassafras, and toasted nut finish. Nice variety and dimension of flavors.
Proof 2012  Pinot Noir
92 points
$50
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cream, cherry pie, toasted nuts with a silky, fruity medium body and a vibrant citrus, pepper, beet and melon accented finish. Very tasty and well balanced.
Portlandia 2012  Pinot Noir
91 points
$24.99
Aromas of cherry buttercream and cordial and mocha with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pencil shaving, green apple, melon gelato, and earth accented finish. A seamless, stylish sipper.
91 points $24.99
Schug 2012  Pinot Noir
91 points
$30
Ruby color. Aromas of baked cherries and beets have a grilled meat edge with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy grilled apple and tangerine accented finish. A great table wine, especially with sausage dishes.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2009 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
91 points
$38
Dark ruby color. Lightly smoky aromas of roasted nuts and craisins with a supple, dryish medium body and a well balanced toffee, grilled apple and citrus accented finish. Nice structure and persistence of flavor.
Baldacci Family Vineyards 2011 "Elizabeth" Pinot Noir
91 points
$40
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla salt water taffy, chocolate, dark roasted nuts, beets, and cherry cobbler with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, spiced pear accented finish.
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Coast Grade Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$45
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of tart cherries and marinated beets with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy lime-vanilla custard and earth finish. Very nicely balanced and structured for sipping or the table.
Long Lake 2012  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Pale golden color. Attractive aromas of dried peaches, nougat, and delicate spice with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a long, honeyed apple, lemon yogurt, and nut accented finish. A very tasty and refreshing crowd pleaser.
90 points $7.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Bubbly Pinot Grigio Sparkling Champagne California
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of peach custard, apricot sorbet and nougat with an effervescent medium body and a racy, lemon, chalk and lime driven finish. A lovely, zesty sipper.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Firesteed 2012  Pinot Noir
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of roasted cherries and nut brittle with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy blood orange, apple skin, cedar and tobacco accented finish. Very nice.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2013  Pinot Gris
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Interesting aromas of cracked pepper, spiced nuts, cedar, gherkin with a silk, dryish light-to-medium body and a green apple, lemon, and nectarine finish. A distinctive choice for smoked oysters and grilled fish.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Portlandia 2013  Pinot Gris
90 points
$21.99
Silvery brassy color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, nuts, and dusty minerals with very crisp and tart light-to-medium body and a grassy, lemony finish. A spot on, dry pinot gris that tastes very Italian.
90 points $21.99
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2009  Pinot Noir
90 points
$25
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of sour cherry preserves, milk chocolate, and marinated beets with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy coconut milk. buttercream, and mineral accented finish. An elegant, flavorful pinot noir.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2010  Pinot Noir
90 points
$30
Ruby color. Vibrant aromas of smoked peppercorns and grilled cherries and coconut with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy blood orange, nutskin, and sweet cream accented finish. A smoky, appetizing pinot noir.
Clos du Val 2012  Pinot Noir
90 points
$35
Ruby color. Aromas of dark chocolate graham crackers and spiced cherries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively citrus and spiced nut accented finish. Very tasty and appetizing.
Windy Oaks 2012 Dianes Block Pinot Noir
90 points
$45
Ruby color. Aromas of coconut creme brulee, dried goji berry, and cherry nut cobbler with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a maple nut fudge, spiced apple, and sweet citrus finish. A lovely, zesty pinot for all occasions.
Barefoot NV  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pale platinum straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lemon curd and peach custard tart have a nice floral dimension with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and breezy citrus kissed finish. A very nice sipper or scallop wine.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Cedar Creek 2013  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Brassy silver color. Aromas of peach yogurt and scone with a fruity, light-to-medium body and a tangy orange gelato finish. A fun, fruity, crowd pleasing sipper.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Alexandria Nicole 2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "a-SQUARED" Pinot Gris
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Brassy platinum color. Aromas and flavors of apples, peach, and creamy nougat with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively cream and honeysuckle accented finish. A very pleasant sipper.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Brassfield Estate 2012  Pinot Noir
89 points
$18
Dark garnet color. Aromas of orange frosting on cake and toasty cherry tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty citrus and spice accented finish. Very tasty.
Forchini 2011 Proprietors Reserve Pinot Noir
89 points
$34
Deep ruby color. Aromas of toasty praline, grilled berries and peppercorns with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, dried cherry, cedar, and mineral accented finish with chewy tannins. Give this a bit of time and it will improve.
Windy Oaks 2012 Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir
89 points
$39
Ruby color. Aromas of honeycomb, vanilla cream, and roasted cherries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spiced melon and apple accented finish. Very tasty.
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Bald Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir
89 points
$45
Ruby color. Aromas of cherries, buttercream, and nut brittle with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus, coconut, and earth accented finish. A nice bright pinot for sipping or the table.
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Beauregard Ranch Pinot Noir
89 points
$50
Deep ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of craisin, chocolate, and spiced cherries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp citrus spritzed apple and coconut finish. A nice zesty pinot noir for the table.
Redwood 2012  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of citrus marmalade, soda bread, and nut brittle with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy peach custard and apple finish. Tasty.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2012  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of honey roasted nuts, pepper jelly, and dried peaches with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, lemon and grassy earth accented finish. A pleasant drier styled sipper or table wine for fish.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Windy Oaks 2012 Meador Vineyard Pinot Gris
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden color. Aromas peach and banana custard tarts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy apple, praline, and clementine accented finish. A tasty sipper.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Three Knights 2012  Pinot Noir
88 points
$21.99
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry sorbet and custard with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a round, tangy, nutshell and mineral accented finish.
88 points $21.99
Firesteed 2009  Pinot Noir
88 points
$30
Aromas and flavors of vanilla and cherries with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a a smoked dried cherry and praline finish. Serve with mushroom quiche.
Portola Vineyards 2011 Estate Pinot Noir
88 points
$38
Aromas of roasted berries, olive, and fried herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a umami-driven smoked nut and tobacco ash accented finish. Serve with grilled ostrich.
Redwood Creek NV  Pinot Noir
87 points
$8
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of baked berries, chocolate graham cracker, and seared chicken fat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy sour cherry and honeyed nut finish. Tasty and table friendly.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Redwood 2012  Pinot Noir
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of honeyed nuts and cherry tart with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy, berry and delicate spice accented finish. A really nice sipper.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Fat Cat 2012  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Expressive aromas of white flowers and honeyed peaches with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a golden raisin, lychee, and spiced pear accented finish. A very nice sipper.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Heliotrope 2012  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of lemon wax, nut brittle, and spiced apple with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, tart apple, mint, and lime finish. A nice choice for grilled fish dishes.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Ferrante 2013 Signature Series Pinot Grigio
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Aromas of raisin brand muffin, powdered lemon, and melon with a soft, fruity light body and a pleasant dried peach, grass, and juicy orange finish.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate NV  Pinot Noir
87 points
$15.99
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate and cherry with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and effortless finish. A fine everyday sipper.
87 points $15.99
Brassfield Estate 2012  Pinot Gris
87 points
$18
Straw green color. Nutshell and honeyed grilled yellow apple aromas with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and citrus and earth accented finish. A nice dry pinot gris.
Coastal Ridge 2012  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of apples, nectarine, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and lychee and floral accented finish.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Coastal Vines 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of nougat and strawberry jam with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy orange sorbet, cherry, and nutskin accented finish. A solid pinot sipper.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Forest Glen 2013 Tehachapi Clone Pinot Grigio
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Aromas of grilled apples and peaches and spiced melon with a dryish light-to-medium body and a almond oil and tart nectarine finish. A nice dry styled pinot grigio
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Forest Glen 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasty nut brittle and cherry jam with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a juicy, lightly spicy finish. A nice carefree sipper.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Mirassou Sun 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of honeyed cherries, beets, and berry tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a zesty orange cream and earth accented finish. A nice fruity pinot for everyday enjoyment.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Firesteed 2012  Pinot Gris
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Aromas of apple yogurt and ground almonds with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy, nectarine and sweet cream accented finish. A nice carefree sipper.
86 points $13 Best Buy
The Naked Grape NV  Pinot Noir
85 points
$7.99
Garnet color. Aromas of honeyed cherries and nut brittle with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a yellow apple and cedar accented finish. A tasty everyday sipper.
85 points $7.99
Barefoot NV  Pinot Noir
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of dark cherries and malted chocolate with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a caramel apple and plum skin accented finish.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Long Lake 2012  Pinot Noir
84 points
$7.99
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry pie, watermelon, and nougat with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a plum, wet cedar, and apple cobbler finish. A bit woody on the finish, but pleasant.
84 points $7.99
The Naked Grape NV  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$7.99
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of lemon custard and peach pies and spiced melon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, mineral, apple, and fruit tannin finish.
84 points $7.99
Heliotrope 2010  Pinot Noir
84 points
$13.99
Brick red color. Aromas of dried berries, nougat, and powdered honey with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a delicate nut and oak accented finish.
84 points $13.99
Wollersheim 2012  Pinot Noir
84 points
$17
Ruby color. Aromas of sour cherries, plums, rhubarb, and toffee with a supple, dryish medium body and a cocoa, melon, and nut shell accented finish.
Masked Rider 2012 Sagebrush Pinot Noir
83 points
$12.99
Garnet color. Aromas of peppercorn, dried cherries, and leather with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a dusty cedar and nutshell finish. Tannins clamp down a bit hard on the finish.
83 points $12.99
Douglass Hill 2012  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$13.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of nuts, overripe peaches, and cream with a soft, dryish light body and a grassy earth and apple finish.
83 points $13.99
Chime 2012  Pinot Noir
82 points
$15.99
Dark ruby black color. Unusual aromas of pickled okra, toffee, grilled portabello, and pomegranate jam with a dryish medium body and smoky, grilled beet and earth finish. A bit rustic, serve with grilled boar.
82 points $15.99
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