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June 2015 - US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris

June 2015 - US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris
This month's Wine feature is US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Wines

US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Reviews

Proof 2013  Pinot Noir
93 points
$50
Dark garnet color. Mild, fruity, toasty aromas of berry pastry and toffee with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-long floral honey and marinated beets finish with fine tannins and light oak. A zesty and satisfying pinot for all applications.
Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$60
Minutely hazy dusty ruby color. Bright, savory aromas of marinated roast carrots and beets, dried cherries, toffee, and cola and herbs with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long minerals, nuts, and spice finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A spot on savory RRV pinot with great table appeal.
Cambridge 2013  Pinot Noir
92 points
$27.99
Ruby black color. Toasty aromas of berry pie crust and butter pecan gelato with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long sour cherry, craisin, apple skin, and marinated beets finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious and appetizing pinot with a nice sense of place.
92 points $27.99
Hagafen 2013 "Coombsville" Pinot Noir
91 points
$32
Brilliant violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of cherry custard, raspberry pastry, and pepper with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length sour cherry, nutskin, beets, and earth finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and light oak. A nice savory pinot noir for lighter meat dishes.
Nelson Hill 2011 Deep End Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$36
Ruby black color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of ripe cherries, honeysuckle, and chocolate graham crackers with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length plum skin, caramelized carrot, and smoked nuts finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A very nice dry and earthy pinot with mouthwatering acidity.
Schug 2012 "Schug Estate" Pinot Noir
91 points
$45
Garnet color. Delicate aromas of dark cherry, pickling spices, and nuts with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an refreshing, medium-length pickled beets and earth finish with fine chewy tannins and light oak. A very tasty, savory pinot noir.
Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
91 points
$66
Bright medium clear burnt sienna color. Fruity aromas of black cherries, violets, mocha cream, and dried twigs with a supple, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and light oak. Lovely fruit oak integration.
Castle Rock 2012 "Cuvee" Pinot Noir
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Delicate, meaty, interesting fruity aromas of berry pie and marinated meat with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, sour cherry, praline, and spiced blood orange finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. A very tasty and well balanced pinot with nice fruit and depth.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Castle Rock 2012  Pinot Noir
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright clear medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe black cherries, planked warm cedar, dried herbs - sage, and burnt embers - twigs with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with well integrated fruit tannins and moderate oak. Full blown new world Pinot Noir with a sense of place.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Lewis Station NV  Pinot Noir
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Toasty, fruity aromas of spicy cherry tart, toffee, and hint of jerky with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length praline and beet relish finish with fine tannins and light oak. A smooth and balanced pinot with nice fruit.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Portlandia 2013  Pinot Noir
90 points
$29.99
Bright garnet color. Exotic, smoky aromas of grilled pepper and herbs, toasty sandalwood, and pomegranate compote with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length sour cherry, blood orange, nuts, and slate finish with fine chewy tannins and light oak. A zesty, nicely smoky and mouthwatering pinot that will shine at the table.
90 points $29.99
Schug 2013  Pinot Noir
90 points
$30
Bright clear medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of black cherries - maybe a compound cherry butter, cranberries, light green herbal notes, and dried leaves with a tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with fruit fine leafy tannins and light oak. Best if served at cellar temp with earthier foods.
Schug 2011 "Heritage Reserve" Pinot Noir
90 points
$40
Garnet color. Delicate, toasty, nutty aromas of cedar, nuts, and dried mulberries with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length roasted root vegetables, peppery spices, pencil shavings, and dried meat finish with chewy tannins. A nice savory, oak-influenced pinot noir.
Nelson Hill 2012 Deep End Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$45
Ruby black color. Bright, interesting, fruity floral aromas of cherry-black raspberry tart, white chocolate toffee, and orange blossoms with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-length spiced apple and melon finish with fine chewy tannins. A crisp and nicely styled pinot noir that will shine with lighter fare.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2011 "Shalee Reserve" Pinot Noir
90 points
$60
Bright clear medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, floral buttery aromas of cherries, red lik-a-maid, toasted yeast and clarified butter, and violets and cedar with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with fruit firm tannins and light oak. Opens up nicely.
Wollersheim 2013  Pinot Noir
89 points
$17
Dark garnet color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of cherry-cranberry tart, roasted nuts, and delicate herbs with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length marinated beets and earth finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice savory pinot for the table.
Esser Vineyards 2013  Pinot Noir
89 points
$17.99
Brilliant dusty ruby color. Bright aromas of sour cherries and praline with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant marinated beets and chocolate finish with fine tannins. A lively and well rounded pinot with a nice savory table appeal.
89 points $17.99
Handley 2014  Pinot Gris
89 points
$20
White gold color. Bright, fruity, nutty aromas of peach custard and nougat with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, citrus and melon finish with no oak. A very nice and snappy pinot grigio that will be great with fish and salads.
Pedroncelli 2013 Signature Selection Pinot Noir
89 points
$20
Bright medium dark garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas of ripe black cherries, red licorice, dried twigs, and gravel with a lively, medium-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated tannins and light oak. Subtle delightful flavors are in balance, impression of sweetness ties it all together.
South Coast 2014  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$20
Silvery emerald straw color. Lively, attractive, creamy toasty aromas of peach cobbler, meringue, and lemon cake with a silky, crisp, dryish body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-length finish with no oak. A clean, round and attractive pinot grigio that will be quite versatile.
ONEHOPE 2012  Pinot Noir
89 points
$23.99
Garnet black color. Delicate, creamy aromas of berry creme brulee and almond toffee with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced cherry and apple, cocoa roasted nuts, and citrus marmalade finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A tasty substantial pinot that will improve with a little aging.
89 points $23.99
Morris Ranch 2013  Pinot Noir
89 points
$32
Dark ruby color. Creamy fruity aromas of dark cherries, buttercream, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a gently warming finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A nicely restrained and balanced pinot noir with fine table appeal.
Artesa 2013 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
89 points
$40
Bright dusty garnet color. Bright, attractive, savory aromas of roasted berries and nuts, caramelized bacon, and peppercorns with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long marinated beet and reduced lemon finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A nice, dry, savory pinot for the table.
Paradise Ridge 2013 "Walters Vineyard" Pinot Noir
89 points
$54
Bright medium brown brick red color. Aromas of tree bark, red gummy bears - red licorice, dried leaves, and linen with a tangy, medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish with fruit grippy tannins and light oak. Some nice,precise flavors.
Castle Rock 2012  Pinot Noir
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright clear medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty smoky aromas of pressed linen, toasted yeast, oak embers, and clay with a lively, dry medium-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with fruit chewy firm tannins and light oak.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Castle Rock 2013  Pinot Noir
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Delicate, nutty aromas of toffee and berry pastry with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, easy spiced cherry, melon, and nuts finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A solid pinot that will be versatile.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Liberty Vineyards 2013  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, smoky, creamy aromas of grilled pineapples and peaches with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy Meyer lemon and nuts finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice mouthwatering, lightly smoky pinot grigio.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Wine Spots 2013  Pinot Noir
88 points
$25
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Fruity, minerally aromas of red cherries, cranberry, tree bark, and hint of saffron with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. Haunting saffron like note unique and enticing.
Castoro Cellars 2012 Whale Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir
88 points
$30
Bright brilliant medium garnet color. Lively, fruity, creamy minerally aromas of black cherries, red licorice, mineral, and potter clay with a bright, dry medium-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length finish with well integrated firm tannins and moderate oak.
Mi Sueño 2012  Pinot Noir
88 points
$38
Bright clear medium color. Mild, fruity, earthy aromas of dusty cherries, cranberries, beech mushrooms, and turned earth with a lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, subtle, cheery finish with well integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. A shy, yet inviting wine.
Mira Winery 2012 Stanley Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
88 points
$48
Bright medium brilliant burnt sienna color. Fruity, attractive aromas of black cherries, star anise, violets, and dried leaves with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and light oak. Nicely structured and made for the table.
Jeff Gordon Collection 2011  Pinot Noir
88 points
$52
Ruby black color. Bright, interesting aromas of gherkins, sour cherry compote, and spiced chocolate with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length black cherry and roasted pecans finish with light oak. A rock solid, easy drinking pinot.
Redtree 2013  Pinot Noir
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Mild aromas of spiced cherries and watermelon with a supple, bright, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, easy nuts finish with soft chewy tannins and light oak. A nice, easy drinking sipper.
87 points $9 Best Buy
RoxyAnn 2014  Pinot Gris
87 points
$17
Brilliant straw color. Faint aromas of starfruit, cashew, and nutshell with a soft, bright, dryish light body and an even, relaxed kiwi, lemon rind, and earth finish. A delicate, nuanced pinot grigio.
Portlandia 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
87 points
$21.99
Bright medium golden straw color. Lively, citrusy aromas of exotic tropical fruits and blossoms with a lean, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, breezy apple, pear, and delicate spice finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely layered, juicy pinot gris that is refreshing and sure to please.
87 points $21.99
Artesa 2013  Pinot Noir
87 points
$28
Bright clear medium light garnet color. Fruity, inviting aromas of red rhubarb, cranberries, pressed linen, and tart cherries with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and light oak.
Castoro Cellars 2012 Blind Faith Vineyard Pinot Noir
87 points
$30
Ruby color. Lively, earthy, fruity aromas of cherry taffy, tree bark, dried mint/ herbs, and turned earth with a lively, dryish medium body and a warming, intriguing, brisk finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. Pleasant refreshing red.
Lobo 2012 Wulff Vineyards Pinot Noir
87 points
$42
Clear dusty ruby color. Lively, fruity aromas of cherry custard, spiced watermelon, and toffee with a even, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length marinated beets, citrus, salty nuts, and pepper finish with medium dusty firm tannins and light oak. A nice dry pinot noir for the table.
Paradise Ridge 2013  Pinot Noir
87 points
$48
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity aromas of ripe red cherries, raspberries, red licorice, and pressed linen and turned earth with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, breezy finish with medium firm tannins and light oak. Some lovely components.
Kalaris 2012  Pinot Noir
87 points
$55
Brilliant garnet black color. Delicate, herbal, buttery aromas of berry buttercream and toasted herb bread with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, breezy sour cherry, salty roasted nuts, beets, and cedar finish with soft chewy tannins. A solid, savory pinot noir that will cover a lot of bases.
Line 39 2013  Pinot Noir
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, interesting aromas of toffee, berry jam, and coconut macaroon with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy praline and cedar finish with soft crunchy tannins and light oak. A solid everyday red.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Castle Rock 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright medium clear garnet color. Fruity, sweet earthy aromas of cherry compote, cherry taffy, dried leaves, and roasted nuts with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish with fruit, earthy, firm tannins and light oak. Fun in your face fruit driven pinot that would contrast nicely with earthy fare.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Eagle Canyon 2013  Pinot Noir
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Delicate, toasty aromas of berry pastry and spiced praline with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length sour cherry, nuts, and earth finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A pleasant sipper or table companion.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Castle Rock 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright brilliant medium brown brick color. Lively, fruity, creamy aromas of gauze, red raspberry, and butter cream with a creamy, bright, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, involved, long finish with fruit well-integrated tannins and light oak. Amazingly smooth flavors.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Sand Dollar 2013  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$15.99
Bright medium straw green color. Bright, fruity, peppery aromas of green nectarines and saline with a bright, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $15.99
Arrowhead 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$17.95
Ruby garnet color. Bright, earthy aromas of warm chestnut honey, baked berries, and forest floor with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, refreshing, breezy craisin, nutskin, and earth finish with chewy soft tannins and light oak. A nice light and earthy pinot for the table.
86 points $17.95
Lucky Dogg 2013 "Vernas Vineyard" Pinot Noir
86 points
$35
Bright light garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of tart cherry, rhubarb, molten plastic, and cedar with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with fruit, firm tannins and light oak. Really liked the tangy upbeat flavors, they fade away too quickly.
Archivist 2013  Pinot Noir
85 points
$15.99
Dark ruby color. Mild, toasty aromas of pickling spices and dried cherries with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp whole nuts, craisin, cedar, and slate finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A sturdy pinot with firm tannins and oak accents.
85 points $15.99
Austerity 2013  Pinot Noir
85 points
$17
Bright medium clear garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of black cherries, red sweet tarts, dried hay and turned earth, and pressed linen with a tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-length finish with fruit firm tannins and light oak. Rich impression of ripe fruit sweetness, tart short flavors are a let down.
Brassfield Estate 2013  Pinot Noir
85 points
$20
Black ruby color. Delicate, fruity aromas of berry custard, flower patch, and melon with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy blackberry and oak finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy oak accented pinot for the table with meats.
Château Élan 2014 "Reserve" Pinot Grigio
85 points
$24.95
Clear medium straw green color. Fruity, toasty creamy aromas of peaches and cream, toasted yeast, and parchment with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. For a simple white it has pretty good length.
85 points $24.95
Schug 2011 Rouge de Noirs Pinot Noir
85 points
$35
Bright reddish orange color. Mild, fruity, minerally aromas of cranberry, pomegranate, and tomato with a supple, racy, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length blood orange, leafy earth, and chalk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pure, tangy, dry sparkler that will shine at the table.
Barefoot NV  Pinot Noir
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of black raspberry danish and toffee with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy nuts finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice everyday sipper.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Auburn Road 2014  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$16.99
White gold color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas of raw honeycomb, nectarine, lemon curd, and minty grass with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, rapid lime and earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A racy, earthy pinot grigio that drinks like a gruner.
84 points $16.99
Pend d’Oreille 2014  Pinot Gris
84 points
$18
Emerald straw color. Delicate, nutty, interesting aromas of peanut butter, lemon scone, and dried peach with a soft, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, swift melon rind, nutskin, and minerals finish with no oak. An easy drinking sipper.
Arrowhead 2012 "Reserve" Pinot Noir
84 points
$24.95
Bright light clear light garnet color. Lively, earthy, fruity funky aromas of tart cherries, tree bark, cherry saltwater taffy, and toasted yeast with a chewy, tangy, dry medium body and a warming, stimulating, sparse finish with fruit firm earthy tannins and light oak. Interesting, but truncated flavors are a bit too funky.
84 points $24.95
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2014 Rose Pinot Noir
84 points
$28
Bright pale light pink coral color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas of sour cherry, melon, and twigs with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, buoyant blood orange and mossy earth finish. A tangy, earthy adult rose for the table.
ONEHOPE 2013  Pinot Noir
83 points
$18.99
Ruby black color. Sweet, buttery aromas of vanilla frosted berry danish with a soft, bright, fruity light body and a swift whole nuts finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A fruity carefree sipper.
83 points $18.99
Brassfield Estate 2013  Pinot Gris
83 points
$20
Yellow straw color. Mild, earthy aromas of dried lemon and grass with a soft, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, brisk nectarine skin, earth, and parchment finish. A light and easy quaffer.
Barefoot NV  Pinot Grigio
82 points
$6.99
Dusty light silvery emerald straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of peaches, bubble gum dust, and gravel with a lean, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Simple easy quaffer.
82 points $6.99
Liberty Vineyards 2013  Pinot Noir
82 points
$28.99
Siam color. Bright, toasty, fruity earthy grainy aromas of tree bark, cherry toffee (Brach’s), toasted yeast, and hint of lemon cream with a lean, tart, dryish medium body and a warming, appealing, short finish with earthy barky tannins and light oak. Short flavors a bit too rustic.
82 points $28.99
Merritt Estate Winery 2014  Pinot Grigio
81 points
$11.99
Pale medium yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, earthy minerally funky aromas of bruised peaches, nectarines, parchment, and gravel with a lean, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, quick finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Flavors are too truncated.
81 points $11.99
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