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
206677
Morris Ranch
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206064
White Hart
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206500
Windy Oaks
2012 "Terra Narro" Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205828
Prix
2011 Reserve, Montington Vineyard Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206567
Ledson
2012 Estate Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206547
Biltmore Estate
2011 Reserve Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206446
Woodworth
2011 Estate Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206220
Ordaz
2012 Placida Vineyards Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206479
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2010 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206470
Beauregard Vineyards
2012 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206063
Proof
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206755
Portlandia
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206541
Schug
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206477
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2009 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206550
Baldacci Family Vineyards
2011 "Elizabeth" Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206469
Beauregard Vineyards
2012 Coast Grade Vineyard Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206691
Long Lake
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206516
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Pinot Grigio Sparkling Champagne California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206538
Firesteed
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206536
Pend d’Oreille
2013 Pinot Gris
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206756
Portlandia
2013 Pinot Gris
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206478
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2009 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206480
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2010 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206568
Clos du Val
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206502
Windy Oaks
2012 Diane's Block Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206517
Barefoot
NV Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206535
Cedar Creek
2013 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205879
Alexandria Nicole
2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "a-SQUARED" Pinot Gris
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206361
Brassfield Estate
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206317
Forchini
2011 Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206501
Windy Oaks
2012 Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206468
Beauregard Vineyards
2012 Bald Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206467
Beauregard Vineyards
2012 Beauregard Ranch Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206694
Redwood
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206545
Biltmore Estate
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206499
Windy Oaks
2012 Meador Vineyard Pinot Gris
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206689
Three Knights
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206539
Firesteed
2009 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206481
Portola Vineyards
2011 Estate Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206522
Redwood Creek
NV Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206688
Redwood
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206684
Fat Cat
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206687
Heliotrope
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206495
Ferrante
2013 Signature Series Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206546
Biltmore Estate
NV Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206362
Brassfield Estate
2012 Pinot Gris
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206681
Coastal Ridge
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206682
Coastal Vines
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206685
Forest Glen
2013 Tehachapi Clone Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206686
Forest Glen
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206521
Mirassou Sun
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206537
Firesteed
2012 Pinot Gris
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206523
The Naked Grape
NV Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206518
Barefoot
NV Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206692
Long Lake
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206524
The Naked Grape
NV Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206690
Heliotrope
2010 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206534
Wollersheim
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206693
Masked Rider
2012 Sagebrush Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206683
Douglass Hill
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205815
Chime
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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