December 2015 - US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris

This month's Wine feature is US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Wines
US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Reviews
212905
Jazz Cellars
2011 Lone Oak Vineyards Pinot Noir
Dull ruby black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of baked berries, chocolate fondue, and toasted coconut with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long blueberry-cherry chutney, sweet and peppery spice, and nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, rich and spicy pinot pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213395
Crespi Ranch
2013 Mission Series Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet black color. Delicate, toasty aromas of coconut, berry pie crust, chocolate mint, and fried herbs with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, medium-long chocolate cherries, vanilla nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A light and refreshing pinot that will be great at the table.
94 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213396
Crespi Ranch
2012 Mission Series Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Lively, curious, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked cherries, mole, charred smoked nuts, and grilled meat crust with a supple, vibrant, dryish full body and a graceful, medium-long cherry gum, smoked bacon, tomatoes, and berry yogurt finish with well-integrated, fine, leafy tannins and light oak. An intriguing and very different smoky pinot.
94 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213110
Renteria
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Fruity, buttery aromas of Montmorency cherry compote and chocolate toffee and graham crackers with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, involved, medium-long dark roasted nuts, tobacco, blood orange creme brulee, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A lush, concentrated pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213342
Page Mill
2014 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of pickle relish, vanilla candle, cranberry tart, and cedar with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, subtle, long dried cherries, exotic spiced beets, praline, and sandalwood finish with light oak. A wonderfully complex, elegant, and engaging pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212924
Carneros
2013 Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and marinated beets and carrots with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, long brown and peppery spices and honey roasted nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A wonderfully rich and savory pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213401
Garnet Vineyards
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of waxy honeycomb, cherries, caramelized bacon, and pine cone with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-long vanilla cream, peppery and baking spices, and praline finish. Great purity of cherry fruit makes this a delightful sipper.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213406
Monterey Canyon
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, creamy, savory aromas and flavors of cherry custard tart, spiced nougat, and coconut macaroon with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, cheery nutskin, vanilla toffee, and red licorice finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, bright, creamy sipper that is sure to please.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213408
PINO
2014 Pinot Gris
Pale light silvery amber color. Bright, interesting aromas of nut brittle, kiwi, beeswax, and nectarine with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long melon rind, lemon cream, tart apple, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry pinot gris for fish dishes.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213335
Windrun
2012 Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of cherry pie, praline, and raspberry preserves with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, intricate, medium-long beets, orange, and nuts finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A light and lively pinot that offer subtlety and refinement.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213161
R. Stuart
2013 "Love, Oregon" Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry tart, pickled beets, and honey with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long caramelized citrus, nougat, and coconut cream finish with silky tannins and light oak. A bright, fruity, very appealing pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213199
Sunstone
2013 Goodchild Vineyard Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, vegetal aromas of coconut custard, ripe cherries, and spiced nuts with a soft, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long raspberry preserves and cedar finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A big, vibrant pinot with a swash of zin-like jamminess.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213165
R. Stuart
2013 "Autograph" Reserve Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Delicate aromas of cherry-cranberry compote, honey roasted nuts, melon, and sundried tomato with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, nuanced, medium-length smoked nuts, roasted orange, cocoa custard, and pepper finish with silky, crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice tangy, dry pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213056
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2012 "Sheila" Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of honey, cherry pie, and praline with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long craisins, blood orange, and custard finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A rich, impressively flavorful and layering pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213256
Benton-Lane
2014 Pinot Gris
Straw green color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of warm pineapple upside-down cake with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, complex, long yellow apple, mango, dried lemon, and delicate spices finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A delicious and robustly flavorful pinot gris that is a delight to drink.
92 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213225
Complicated
2014 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of grilled raspberries and cherries, smoked nuts, and spice with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long chocolate mint and honeyed herbs finish. A robust, smoky, spicy pinot noir.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213394
Crespi Ranch
2012 Mission Series Pinot Noir
Bright medium ruby garnet color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of honeyed chestnut brittle, cherry compote, chocolate caramel rice cake, and moss with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length smoked berries, cedar, nuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A lively, flavorful pinot with distinctive aromas.
92 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213275
Mossback
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet black color. Bright, minty, herbal aromas and flavors of alpine herbs and mint, chocolate, and cranberry-fennel tart with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length creme brulee, spices, and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, lively pinot with a nice herbal, mintiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213006
McIlroy
2014 Lila Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of char-roasted nuts, pipe tobacco, grilled berries, and melted chocolate with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, refreshing, long roasted beets and dried cherries finish with silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully savory and appetizing pinot noir.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213266
Edenvale Estate
2007 Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Bright, rustic aromas of dill pickle, glued wood, and roasted tomatoes with a lively, dry full body and a tingling, layered, medium-length grilled beets and cherry pits finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A complex pinot with a nice sense of place and a funky, savory swagger.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213037
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2014 Estate White Pinot Noir
Pale silvery amber color. Bright, toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, baked pineapple and papaya, and bourbon barrel with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, delightful, breezy green apples and delicately spice nuts finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A unique and elegant white pinot noir with lots of nuance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213088
Lumos
2013 "Temperance Hill" Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, toasty, fruity floral aromas and flavors of pickling spices, baked berries, and cedar with an even, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-length marinated beets, sour cherry, mocha, and spice finish with fine, crunchy tannins. A piquant, nicely layered pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213045
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2013 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of dark cherries and honey roasted nuts with a glycerous, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed salted reduced lemon, cranberry, beets, and smoked nuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, savory pinot that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213233
SeaGlass
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of creamy chocolate, toffee, and spiced nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length roasted beets, dried meat, and creme brulee finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A great balance of ripe fruit and savory, meaty flavors.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213162
R. Stuart
2014 "Big Fire" Pinot Gris
Pale light gray amber color. Aromas and flavors of white toffee, nougat, and spiced nectarine with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length apple, orange custard, and earth finish with no oak. A tangy, zesty, fruit-driven pinot gris that will be great with spicy foods.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213250
Folie à Deux
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of roasted beets, dried cherries, and chocolate nut fudge with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long vanilla cream and delicate spices finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A round, juicy, delicious pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213337
Windrun
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium ruby black color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of cherry compote, pickled pepper, and maple fudge with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long spiced berries, delicate herbs, vanilla toffee, and sandalwood finish with silky tannins and light oak. A spicy and stimulating pinot with great structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213171
Borrellie
2014 Pinot Noir
Violet color. Bright, creamy, toasty aromas and flavors of creme brulee, pistachio gelato, berry pie a la mode, and baking spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long spiced cherries and pepper finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very fruity, creamy, and spicy pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213152
Byington
2013 Estate Block 4 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of mulberry custard, dried cherries, and praline with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy marinated beets, nutskin, and cedar finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A seriously structured point for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213039
CULT X
2011 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Delicate, spicy, toasty aromas and flavors of spiced roasted nuts, dried berries, chocolate, and cedar with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an even, intricate, medium-length dried citrus, spice, nutskin, and bark finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A bright, zesty pinot noir for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213164
R. Stuart
2013 "Hirschy" Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Lively, interesting, fruity aromas of banana custard and baked cherries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length strawberry puree, vanilla cream, delicate spice, and raisin finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, elegant and layered pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212951
Kalaris
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, spicy aromas and flavors of cherry preserves, vanilla chocolate toffee, and pepper with an oily, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length chocolate orange peel, sweet baking spices, and marinated beets finish with firm tannins and light oak. A lovely pinot with a great balance of fruit and savory notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213123
Westport
2013 Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Bright, clean aromas and flavors of nectarine, pear sorbet, and sweet cream with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, cheery yellow apple and Meyer lemon finish with soft, crunchy tannins and no oak. A delicious and lively pinot gris that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213362
Firesteed
2014 Pinot Gris
Pale light golden amber color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nutskin, apple, and nectarine with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length nectarine and clementine finish with fine tannins and no oak. A clean and flavorful pinot gris that goes down easy.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213246
Ménage à Trois
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of mocha, honey roasted nuts, raspberry pie a la mode, and with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, appealing, breezy chocolate cherries finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A very juicy, crowd-pleasing pinot.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213304
The Originals
2013 Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Delicate aromas of baked cherry and orange, chocolate, and floral honey with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy berry custard, praline, craisin, and cedar finish with light oak. A very nice, easy drinking pinot that is sure to please.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213276
Mossback
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries and cherries, chocolate, and spiced roasted nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length beet relish, vanilla toffee, and cedar finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice dry, savory pinot with refreshing acidity for the table.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213208
Castle Rock
2013 Reserve Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of cherries, beets, and chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, captivating, medium-long pickling and peppery spices, smoked nuts, and oak finish with silky tannins and light oak. A silky and attractive pinot noir.
90 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213405
Laurier
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Mild, spicy aromas and flavors of cranberry relish and spiced blueberries with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length spiced nuts, earth, and menthol-mint finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A bright, spicy, and herbal pinot noir that will shine at the table.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213183
Alba
2013 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and chocolate with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length marinated beets, nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A very nice, dry savory pinot noir.
90 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213255
Benton-Lane
2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry pie a la mode, mocha, and dark roasted nuts with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length earth and oak finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A delicious, well-structured pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213087
Lumos
2013 "Five Blocks" Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, toasty creamy aromas and flavors of spiced nuts, pomegranate custard, chocolate craisin, and cornichon with an even, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, easy sour cherry and lemon curd finish with silky tannins and no oak. A zesty, vibrant pinot noir with pleasing savoriness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213292
Peace Water
2014 "Sublime" Pinot Noir
Bright medium deep purple color. Lively, earthy, fruity woody aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, nougat, black raspberry torte, and mocha with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long chocolate orange peels, delicate spices and mint, and caramelized nuts finish with firm, leafy, barky tannins and moderate oak. A seamless and well balanced pinot that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212990
Tria
2014 Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet black color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of praline, berry compote, chocolate mint, and mocha with an oily, lively, petillant, dry medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy marinated beets, earth, vanilla nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. An attractive, savory, and nicely structured pinot.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213093
Castrucci
2013 Pinot Noir
Brilliant garnet color. Lively, spicy aromas and flavors of cherry-raspberry chutney, anise and Asian spices, and chocolate mint cookie with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length borscht, blood orange, nuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins and light oak. A delicious, spicy pinot noir with table-friendly savoriness and zesty acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213400
Forest Glen
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Delicate, buttery, nutty aromas and flavors of milk chocolate toffee, cherry tart, and mocha cream with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, amusing, buoyant toast finish with leafy, earthy tannins and light oak. A rock solid, pleasurable pinot for everyday enjoyment.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213231
Newman’s Own
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, honey, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, easy berry tart finish with fine tannins and light oak. A tasty, juicy pinot noir.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213160
R. Stuart
2013 "Big Fire" Pinot Noir
Dusty medium dark garnet color. Bright, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of dried cherries, olives, and smoked nuts with a soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length borscht, citrus, and nutskin finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A solid pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213407
PINO
2013 Pinot Noir
Burnt sienna color. Lively, complex aromas and flavors of white caramel toffee, berry pie a la mode, mocha latte, and olive tapenade with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length cranberry, roasted nuts dusted in cocoa, tobacco, and earth finish with dusty, leafy tannins and light oak. A very dry, earthy pinot noir for the table and cellar.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213241
Joel Gott
2014 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and cocoa with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length roasted nuts finish with well-integrated tannins. A solid pinot noir for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213393
Crespi Ranch
2013 Mission Series Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, sundried tomato, and dried cherries with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length beet relish, tangerine, nuts, and bark finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, earthy pinot with firm tannins.
89 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213412
Three Knights
2012 Pinot Noir
Medium garnet black color. Bright, fruity, spicy inviting aromas and flavors of berry compote, spices, and chocolate with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, easy blood orange, apple, and nuts finish with light oak. A solid, silky pinot sipper.
89 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213242
Napa Cellars
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, blueberry tart, and menthol with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced meat and oak finish with medium, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice spicy, savory pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213155
Stina’s Cellars
2010 Pinot Noir
Bright medium light garnet color. Fruity, piney interesting inviting aromas of spiced red cherries, blond tobacco, green plums, and pine cones with a vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212977
Forchini
2012 Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of mole, singed berry tart, roasted coconut, and wood smoke with a soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, medium-length marinated beets and sundried tomatoes, chestnut honey, toffee, and cedar finish with firm tannins and light oak. A nicely oak pinot with enjoyable spiciness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213119
Portola Vineyards
2012 Estate Los Trancos Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of coffee, roasted nuts, and grilled berries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length marinated beets, chocolate roasted chestnuts, floral honey on citrus, and gravely earth finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak. A smoky, savory pinot noir for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213111
Renteria
2013 Griffin's Lair Pinot Noir
Violet color. Mild aromas and flavors of melted toffee, dried fruits, tar, and borscht with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, crisp charred nuts finish with moderate oak. A dry, savory pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213095
Tulocay
2013 Haynes Vineyard Pinot Noir
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, funky, fruity savory yeasty aromas and flavors of berry pie crust, chocolate nuts, vanilla peppermint bark, and dried oregano with a soft, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length spiced apple, nutskin, and dusty root vegetable finish with silky, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice savory pinot that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213204
Castle Rock
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, attractive, meaty aromas of glazed ham, cherry compote, and smoked nuts with an even, crisp, dry body and a tingling, complex, medium-length caramelized nuts, spice, and oak finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaky pinot.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213205
Castle Rock
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grilled cherries, smoked ham, and tar with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a sleek, interesting, sandalwood finish with medium tannins and light oak. A nice savory, meaty pinot noir.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213243
Joel Gott
2014 Pinot Gris
Pale light gray amber color. Earthy aromas and flavors of melon rind, ripe peach, almond milk, and flower patch with a soft, bright, dryish light body and an even, cheery green apple and earth finish with no oak. A nice dry pinot gris.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213026
Biltmore Estate
2012 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Delicate, elegant, oily aromas and flavors of coconut oil and berry pie crust with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, snappy creamy meringue, delicate spices, and nutskin finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A rock solid, dry pinot.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212994
Monte De Oro
2014 Estate Grown Galway Vineyard Pinot Gris
Bright medium silvery straw color. Bright, smoky, citrusy grassy aromas and flavors of grilled citrus and peaches and grassy earth with an even, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, medium-length charred nuts and moss finish with fruit tannins. An interesting, smoky savory pinot gris for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212999
San Simeon
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry and blueberry tart, toffee, and marinated beets with a satiny, fruity body and a tingling, interesting, breezy spiced oranges and cranberries and nuts finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A very zesty pinot noir with racy acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213094
Tulocay
2013 Coombsville Pinot Noir
Bright dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of honey baked beets, caramelized cherries and nuts, vanilla cream, and peppery spices with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-length cedar mulch and mossy earth finish with firm, chewy, earthy tannins and light oak. A sturdy, oaky pinot that needs a bit of time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212899
Lobo
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of baked cherries, peppercorns, and smoked nuts with a soft, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length cedar, roasted beets, cocoa, and spice finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A solid dry pinot noir with nice savoriness and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213306
Corner 103
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium ruby black color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of baked berries, gum, and roasted coconut with an oily, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy tart cherries, orange cream, cedar, and peppery spices finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A vivacious fruit and spicy pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213097
Barefoot
NV Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, minerally, fruity aromas of morello cherries, mocha, spiced berries - gravel, and delicate toasted oak with an lively, dryish full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-length finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213237
Trinity Oaks
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry and toffee with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy berry tart and spiced apples finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice everyday pinot.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213409
Red Truck
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry compote and toffee with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, breezy berries, delicate spice, and creme brulee finish with silky tannins and light oak. A tasty, nicely balanced pinot.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213216
Contour
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and berry pie crust with a silky, bright, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy vanilla nuts finish with soft tannins. A refreshing, easy-drinking pinot.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213361
Firesteed
2013 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby garnet color. Bright, smoky aromas of buttery roasted cherries, nut brittle, grilled oranges, and chocolate yogurt with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length roasted beets and strawberry finish with moderate oak. A nice savory, smoky pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213336
Windrun
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright light dark garnet color. Bright, medicinal, earthy fruity floral aromas of pickled tomatoes and dried cherries with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, cheery roasted beets, cocoa dusted nuts, and honey baked apple finish with fine, well-integrated, dusty tannins and light oak. A pure, savory pinot that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213392
Crane Lake
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet black color. Delicate, fruity, earthy vegetal aromas and flavors of creme brulee, grilled cherries, chocolate fondue, and geranium with a supple, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, buoyant beet and nutskin finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A crisp, quaffable pinot.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213345
Backhouse
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty rustic aromas and flavors of roasted coconuts, dill pickle, and chocolate dried cherries with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, relaxed sweet spices and nuts finish with firm tannins and no oak. A tasty everyday pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213228
Three Thieves
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, citrus, and nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, cheery mocha cream, nutskins, and earth finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A pleasant, easy going pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213343
Line 39
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of baked cherries and honey roasted nuts with an even, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, rapid berry compote, blood orange, and roasted whole nuts finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak. A rock solid pinot with nice fruit and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213390
6 Degrees Cellars
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright dusty garnet color. Delicate, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of coconut custard, spicy berry cobbler, and floral tea with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, delightful, carefree tart cherries and chocolate nuts finish with leafy tannins and light oak. A likable, juicy pinot with nice fruit.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213402
Heliotrope
2013 Pinot Noir
Medium dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of cherry rhubarb custard, spiced watermelon, and white toffee with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy craisin and vanilla nuts finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A dry pinot for the table with tart cherry and red berry fruit.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213186
Adirondack Winery
2014 Pinot Gris
Pale khaki orange color. Delicate, exotic, medicinal aromas and flavors of exotic honey lozenge, grilled peach and apple, durian, and sour sop with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, crisp green apple, lemon Greek yogurt, and cheese rind finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A very distinctive and funky pinot gris that will be great with umami-driven dishes.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213147
Brassfield Estate
2013 Pinot Gris
Pale yellow straw color. Bright, savory aromas and flavors of beeswax, lemon and starfruit, granola, and pickled melon with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, relaxed green apple and lime curd finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A nice dry, sturdy pinot gris.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213344
Redtree
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry pie with a graham cracker crust, dark roasted nuts, and toffee with an oily, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, brisk wood smoke and nutskin finish with soft tannins and no oak. An easy drinking pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213391
Carmenet
2013 Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark ruby color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of cherry pie crust and caramelized nuts with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk cherry pit, cocoa, and nutshell finish with leafy tannins and light oak. A nice dry, everyday pinot.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213207
Castle Rock
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, blueberries, and dried leaves with a supple, soft, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk praline, earth, and nutshells finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy pinot.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213203
Castle Rock
2014 Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Bright aromas of chocolate toffee, cherry-berry tart, and beets with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, rapid dusty sweet potato, cedar bark, nutskin, and parchment finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213148
Brassfield Estate
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of mulberries, floral honey, and orange chiffon with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy roasted nuts and beets, grassy earth, and cedar mulch finish with firm, coating tannins and light oak. A very firm and tannic pinot that needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213223
Sutter Home
NV Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, prune, and spice with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a short-lived honey finish with a suggestion of oak.
83 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213001
Windstream
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, buttery aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, charcoal, and spiced dried berries with an oily, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, brisk cedar bark and mulch finish with firm, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A firm, very oaky pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213206
Castle Rock
2013 Cuvee Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of yogurt and stewed root vegetables with a soft, dry light body and a short baked beets and smoked nuts finish with a suggestion of oak.
82 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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