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December 2014 - US - Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris

December 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

Chloe Creek 2012 Leras Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$40
Brilliant ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of dried cherry, vanilla toffee, and spice with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length finish evoking suggestions of sweet beet and pepper with fine tannins and light oak. An excellent pinot noir with a great balance between fruity and savory notes.
Thorn Hill 2012  Pinot Noir
93 points
$40
Blue violet ruby medium bright color. Attractive aromas and flavors of slapped sage, black cherry cobbler, dried leaf back note, and sandalwood with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, thought-provoking finish with fine tannins and light oak. A really nice inviting Pinot Noir with an enticing warmth to it.
Handley 2013  Pinot Gris
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Medium gold color. Rich aromas of mango chutney and lemon cake with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length Meyer lemon, melon gelato, and touch of pepper finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, appetizing pinot gris that is sure to please.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Harmonique 2009 "The Noble One" Pinot Noir
92 points
$39
Ruby black color. Bold, exotic aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, baked berries, pepper and herbs, and vanilla candle with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming finish with accents of exotic spices, dried sour cherry, and spiced prunes and dates with light oak. A very distinctive and spicy pinot that will be great with Asian beef dishes.
Lobo 2011  Pinot Noir
92 points
$42
Violet ruby bright clear color. Aromas and flavors of cranberries, alcoholic vapors, ripe cherries, and mocha & violets with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a mildly astringent finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Let this breathe a bit.
Panther Creek 2010 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$50
Bright clear garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spiced berries, cream, tree bark, and barnyard yeast with a tannic, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, charming, brisk finish with barky tannins and light oak. A slight chill would not hurt this wine at the table.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2011 Hilltop Reserve Pinot Noir
91 points
$45
Bright medium garnet color. Aromas and flavors of menthol, muted berries, sour cherries, and dries leaves with a tannic, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, short finish with gritty tannins and moderate oak.
Ledson 2012  Pinot Noir
91 points
$60
Ruby color. Bright aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries and raisins with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of delicate spiced nuts, honey cream, and earth with chewy tannins and light oak. A graceful pinot with nice purity.
Chime 2013  Pinot Noir
90 points
$19.99
Ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, berry pie, and toffee with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish with shades of spiced apple, minerals, and cedar with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and warming pinot with nice fleshy fruit and structure.
90 points $19.99
Thorn Hill 2012  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$22.99
Yellow color. Interesting aromas of toasty nut brittle and dried citrus with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, spiced apple, nectarine, melon, and cream finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A very appetizing, balanced and refreshing pinot grigio.
90 points $22.99
Reaper 2013  Pinot Noir
90 points
$26
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla frosted berry pastry and spice with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of beet, nuts, cocoa, and minerals with fine tannins and light oak. A very tasty and savory pinot.
Casa Larga 2012 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
89 points
$16.99
Garnet bright color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, gauze, turned earth, and lignated stems with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex finish with light oak. Looks like an orange tinged nebbiolo and drinks very old world with nicely integrated fruit and earth flavors.
89 points $16.99
Panther Creek 2013  Pinot Gris
89 points
$18
Silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apricots, bamboo shoots, and toast with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and light oak. An easy wine to begin a meal with or a stand alone wine by the glass in a restaurant.
Sea Mist 2013  Pinot Noir
89 points
$20
Ruby color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of cherry tart and pickled melon with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting finish with nuances of roasted beet and pepper with fine tannins and light oak. A robust pinot.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2012 Estate Pinot Noir
89 points
$48
Bright clear garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherries, red hot dollars (cherry licorice), cream, and dried leaves with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, brisk finish with hard tannins and moderate oak. A wine that would work with a slight chill and a mushroom dish
Ledson 2012  Pinot Noir
89 points
$48
Ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of toasty cherry tart, deep fried pickles, and toffee with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish that presents accents of cedar, earth, mocha nuts, and melon rind with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A really nice and substantial pinot.
Brassfield Estate 2013  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale golden silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of spiced lemon and melon and cream with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, easy finish that shows notes of nectarine, delicate spice, and nougat with no oak. A fun, zesty pinot grigio.
88 points $14 Best Buy
White Pine 2013  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$15.99
Pale silvery straw color. Mild, toasty aromas of coconut macaroon and pineapple cake with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, relaxed mint, lemon-melon sorbet, and hint of Asian spices finish with no oak. a fun zesty, pinot grigio that drinks a bit like a sauvignon blanc.
88 points $15.99
RoxyAnn 2013  Pinot Gris
88 points
$16.50
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach pits, soft Meyer lemon, toast, and butter cream with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. Nicely structured wine that could take on full-flavored seafood entrees.
88 points $16.50
RoxyAnn 2012  Pinot Noir
88 points
$34
Bright clear medium ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered cherries, dried leaves, red rhubarb, and red beets with a tannic, bright, bone-dry medium-full body and a complex finish. A big boy, complex Pinot that needs big flavors for the food match.
Harmonique 2009 "Delicacé" Pinot Noir
88 points
$46
Violet garnet clear bright color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, butter cream, subtle spiced berries, and dried twigs with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with woody tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced red that will elevate a broad range of food.
Panther Creek 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir
88 points
$50
Bright clear garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spiced black cherries, ripe raspberry, sandalwood, and cream soda with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish with fine tannins and light oak. Wonderful nose this wine could use a bit of bottle age.
Proof 2013  Pinot Noir
88 points
$50
Ruby violet clear bright color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry tart, buttery brioche, tree bark, and toasty yeast with a tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, interesting finish with firm tannins and light oak.
Panther Creek 2012 Winemakers Cuvée Pinot Noir
87 points
$30
Bright clear ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spiced red berries, cherries, butter cream, and dried twigs with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, interesting finish with light oak.
Lakewood 2013 Gigliotti Vineyards Pinot Gris
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of peach skin, tidal pools, gravel, and lemon zest with a chewy, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A wine for the table, with a mildly spicy peach salsa.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2013 Lawrence Vineyard Pinot Gris
86 points
$18
Yellow color. Bold, exotic aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, creme fraiche, and durian with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy finish with accents of spiced apple, mint jelly, and lemon sorbet with leafy tannins. An interesting, tangy white to pair with hearty, earthy dishes.
Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown Pinot Gris
85 points
$20
Silvery straw pale color. Creamy aromas of warm toasty lees and peaches & cream with a flat, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, brief flavors pull up short finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Great nose, serve this wine very cold.
Tulocay 2012 Haynes Vineyard Pinot Noir
85 points
$35
Bright clear garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pine cones, cranberries, funky lightly toasted yeast, and red rhubarb with a tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, terse finish with barky tannins and moderate oak.
Brassfield Estate 2013  Pinot Gris
84 points
$18
Pale golden silver color. Mild aromas and flavors of cornichon and spiced peach with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy finish conveying notes of lime, kiwi, cream, and pepper with light oak. A refreshing quaffer.
Spoiled Dog 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir
84 points
$31.99
Clear bright ruby violet color. Bold aromas and flavors of ripe sour cherries, alcoholic vapors, cream, and lignated stems with a tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an astringent, appealing, short finish with firm tannins and light oak.
84 points $31.99
Alba 2012  Pinot Noir
82 points
$23.99
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of funky dark soil, ripe black cherries, mocha, and tree bark with a creamy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a finish with barky tannins.
82 points $23.99
Pin Point 2012  Pinot Noir
81 points
$12
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry pie and barn haystack with a soft, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a finish with elements of toasty cedar, sweet spice, and nuts with dusty tannins and moderate oak. An oaky quaffer.
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