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
208883
Chloe Creek
2012 Leras Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208562
Thorn Hill
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208437
Handley
2013 Pinot Gris
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208669
Harmonique
2009 "The Noble One" Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208519
Lobo
2011 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208496
Panther Creek
2010 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208553
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2011 Hilltop Reserve Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208615
Ledson
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208800
Chime
2013 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208563
Thorn Hill
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208441
Reaper
2013 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208485
Casa Larga
2012 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208497
Panther Creek
2013 Pinot Gris
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208440
Sea Mist
2013 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208552
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2012 Estate Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208614
Ledson
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208417
Brassfield Estate
2013 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208632
White Pine
2013 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208626
RoxyAnn
2013 Pinot Gris
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208625
RoxyAnn
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208668
Harmonique
2009 "Delicacé" Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208495
Panther Creek
2011 Reserve Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208667
Proof
2013 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208494
Panther Creek
2012 Winemaker's Cuvée Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208465
Lakewood
2013 Gigliotti Vineyards Pinot Gris
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208468
Pend d’Oreille
2013 Lawrence Vineyard Pinot Gris
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208394
Pollak Vineyards
2013 Estate Grown Pinot Gris
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208537
Tulocay
2012 Haynes Vineyard Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208416
Brassfield Estate
2013 Pinot Gris
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208623
Spoiled Dog
2012 Reserve Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208633
Alba
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208656
Pin Point
2012 Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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