June 2016 - US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris

This month's Wine feature is US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Wines
US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Reviews
215555
Ledson
2014 Reserve " Estate Vineyard" Pinot Noir
Violet color. Bright, fruity, attractive complex aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat and gelato, orange blossom honey on cherries, toasted cranberry bread, and chocolate nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long exotic peppercorns and spice, cedar, pickled beets and yams, and minerals finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, flavor-forward pinot with great balance and Russian River richness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215251
Philo Ridge Vineyards
2012 Mendocino Pinot Noir
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Bright, complex aromas and flavors of pickling spices, peaches and cherries with mint, artisan cola, and pink peppercorns with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length pomegranate, fines herbes, toasted cedar, and lime leaves finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak. A wonderfully complex and savory, herb-accented pinot that will be fun to pair with.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215554
Ledson
2014 "Estate Vineyard" Pinot Noir
Deep garnet purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried cherries and berries, honeyed nut brittle, baking spices, and hint of sarsaparilla with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long chocolate mint, marinated beets, mixed peppercorns, and pencil shavings finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. Classic Russian River richness is fully evinced in this delightfully lively, yet brooding pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215686
Garnet Vineyards
2014 Pinot Noir
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and hint of crisp bacon with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate, herb marinated beets, pencil shavings, and earth finish with light oak. A precisely crafted pinot noir with pinpoint acidity and pleasing piquancy.
93 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215162
Mossback
2014 Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of cherry-orange jam on dark toast, spicy vanilla toffee, and hint of caramelized bacon with a satiny, bright, medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long marinated beets, candied yams, chocolate mint, and cedar finish with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rather robust and expansive pinot noir with a kaleidoscope of flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215394
City Winery
2013 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
Brilliant garnet color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry-orange-peach parfait, praline, and mild dill pickle with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length peppered melon, apple, marinated beets, and nut skin and shell finish with light oak. A rich, concentrated pinot with great fruit, acidity, and balanced oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215393
Tom Eddy
2013 Manchester Ridge Pinot Noir
Brick red color. Bright, savory, herbal interesting aromas and flavors of dill pickle, roasted root vegetables, corn-pepper fritters, and berry gastrique with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, elegant, medium-long marinated beets, nutskin, coconut, and cedar finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very savory, chewy pinot noir with great table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215616
Secret Cellars
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark ruby color. Bright aromas of black cherry cobbler, rhubarb, gravel, and roasted brazil nuts and dried leaves with an lively, dry full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length finish with earthy, firm, leafy tannins.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215451
Cloudveil
2014 Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of grilled cherries, dark roasted nuts, spiced chocolate and vanilla, and sandalwood with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long cedar, chestnut honey, pickled beets, and earth finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak. A rich, zesty, and precisely balanced pinot noir pleaser that will be very versatile.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215553
Ledson
2014 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of cherry tart and toasted zucchini bread with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length caramelized nuts and citrus, herb roasted beets, mocha, and hint of pepper finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A lively pinot with a nice interplay between dark cherry fruit and savory beet root notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215145
Cloak & Dagger
2012 "Foggy Bottom Reserve" Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry-black raspberry compote, praline, and delicate spices with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length vanilla custard, nectarine, and pepper finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A delicious, fruit-centric pinot with an appealing range of flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215612
Donovan-Parke
2014 Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, savory aromas and flavors of sour cherries, pickled beets, and roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length vanilla and chocolate, blood orange gelato, and pickled beets finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak. A lovely juicy pinot with ripe fruit, balanced oak, and nice spice.
91 points $15.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215615
Shiloh Road
2014 Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of honeyed dried cherries and clay with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, amusing, medium-length pickled beets and carrots, nutskin, earth, and cedar finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A refined, savory pinot with fine integration of flavors.
91 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215485
Folie à Deux
2013 Pinot Noir
Garnet black color. Mild, green, herbal aromas and flavors of mulberries, slapped fresh herbs, and hint of beef mole with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, cheery pickled beets and carrots, sour cherry-white balsamic reduction, nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, soft tannins and light oak. A tangy, nicely balanced pinot noir with mouthwatering acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215419
San Simeon
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, toasty, oaky aromas of spiced black cherries, dried leaves, planked oak, and red flowers - dried canvas with an lively, dry full body and a warming, appealing, breezy finish with earthy, leafy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215583
Handley Cellars
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of berry custard pie and spiced peaches with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long toffee, pickled beets, herbs, and cedar finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A seamless pinot that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215395
City Winery
2013 Bien Nacido Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright medium light dark garnet color. Bright, fresh aromas and flavors of honeyed cherries, roasted nuts, and delicate spice with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, buoyant marinated beets and orange finish with earthy tannins and light oak. A delicious, well-balanced pinot with a savory twist for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215347
Byington
2014 Estate Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark brick red color. Delicate, fruity, toasty earthy savory aromas of dried cherries, black raspberries, toasted yeast -dried leaves, and planked oak - salinity with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, distinctive, breezy finish with crunchy, leafy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215144
Cloak & Dagger
2012 "Pseudonym" Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet black color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of grilled berries, dark roasted nuts, and hint of charcoal with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, elegant, buoyant roasted beets and sweet potato and delicate spice finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A very nice and savory pinot noir that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215585
John Robert Eppler
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries and nuts with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length marinated beets and sour cherries finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A ripe, chewy pinot pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215478
Three Thieves
2014 Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, berry pie crust, and cocoa with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long bing cherries, nutskin, marinated beets, and cedar finish with light oak. A juicy, snappy pinot noir pleaser for everyday enjoyment.
90 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215684
Forest Glen
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright light medium dark ruby color. Yeasty, fruity spicy leesy aromas of spiced berries - cranberries, winery scents, toasted yeast, and dried leaves - canvas with an tangy, dry full body and a warming, compelling, brisk finish with leafy, cottony tannins and light oak.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215571
Love Noir
2014 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby black color. Bright, toasty, savory aromas and flavors of smoked bacon and black raspberry tart al la mode with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, stimulating, breezy cherries, toffeed nuts, pencil shavings, and borscht finish with soft, crunchy tannins and light oak. A crisp, refreshing pinot noir with bright acidity, ripe fruit, and a fun, meaty backnote.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215392
Esser Vineyards
2014 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Lively, roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and dried cherries with a silky, bright, body and a silky, interesting, relaxed beet, sweet potato, and cedar bark finish with crunchy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A smooth, flavorful and engaging pinot with nice oak.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215484
Joel Gott
2014 Pinot Gris
Pale slivery khaki orange color. Delicate aromas and flavors of honeyed peach and pear and nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long clementine and honeyed nectarine finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A precise and flavorful pinot gris with an elegant style.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215477
Complicated
2014 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of raisin-cherry compote, chocolate graham cracker, and dark toast with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length grilled beets and oranges, cedar, and pepper finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A savory, tangy, well-oaked pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215687
Garnet Vineyards
2014 Stanly Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Bright medium light garnet color. Lively, fruity, creamy toasty aromas of delicate spiced ripe cherries, planked cedar, cola, and butter cream with a lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. The wine opened up nicely with an expansive supple middle palate; good depth of delicate spiced fruit flavors.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215346
Byington
2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Bright dark brick red color. Bright, fruity, savory floral spicy aromas of ripe black cherries, planked cedar, pressed flowers - violets, and plum pits - pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with well-integrated, firm, fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak. This red exhibited a nice arc of flavors and opened up nicely with airing; will be best with earthier dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215354
Portlandia
2014 "Momtazi" Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty earthy savory aromas of toasted pine cones, spiced cherries, dried leaves, and potters clay with a lively, dry full body and a warming, brisk finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A wine for those who like a toasty, earthier pinot noir that will show better at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215479
SeaGlass
2014 Pinot Noir
Medium bright burnt sienna color. Creamy, fruity toasty aromas of black raspberries, cherry toffee, violets, and cedar with a vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and light oak. Scents and flavors are seamlessly integrated; nice, deep complex notes come on as the wine breathes.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215380
Elk Run
2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Pinot Gris
Straw green color. Exotic, fresh floral aromas and flavors of honeyed Asian pear, wintergreen, anise seed, and nightshade with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-length nectarine, pistachio oil, and exotic spices finish with no oak. An intriguing spicy and exotic pinot gris for Asian fare.
89 points $17.43
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215338
Benton Lane
2015 Pinot Gris
Bright light gold color. Bright, fresh, fruity creamy minerally aromas of delicately spiced peaches, lemon cream, bread toast, and lemon zest with an tangy, dry full body and a peppery, compelling, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak.
89 points $18.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215279
Carneros Highway
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium light garnet color. Delicate, earthy, fruity toasty jammy aromas of spiced dark cherries, cranberries, sandalwood, and dried canvas with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with leafy, earthy tannins and light oak. Subtle buttery light motif pulls all the flavors into balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215352
Portlandia
2014 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of toast, spiced nuts, and dried cherries and tangerine with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length green apple, Meyer lemon, beets, and nutskins finish with earthy, chewy tannins. A very bright, zesty pinot that is tuned for the table.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215483
Joel Gott
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of cherries and roasted nuts with a soft, lively, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, amusing, relaxed beets and earth finish with chewy, earthy, leafy tannins and light oak. A solid pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215613
Dusk to Dawn
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet color. Delicate, fruity, savory smoky toasty aromas and flavors of baked berries, gherkin, and dark roasted nuts with a silky, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length beet juice, nut oil, cherry pit, and wood smoke finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant dry pinot.
89 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215476
Sutter Home
NV Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Bright, fresh, creamy aromas and flavors of raspberry custard tart and toffee with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, cheery sour cherry, hint of beet relish, and pencil shaving finish. A linear, precisely crafted pinot noir.
88 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215681
Salmon Creek
2015 Pinot Grigio
Brilliant golden straw color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of peaches in cream, white blossoms, and banana soufflé with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, relaxed white strawberry and honey nut finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A smooth, fruity and appealing pinot grigio pleaser.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215690
Fat Cat
2014 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, toasted fruit cake, and chocolate nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy pickled beet, apple, and hint of licorice finish with no oak. A nicely crafted pinot noir with good balance and varietal character.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215691
Heliotrope
2014 Pinot Grigio
Straw green color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of peach cobbler and apple sauce with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, relaxed strawberry, melon, and kiwi finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A rock solid pinot grigio for all occasions.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215318
Chloe
2014 Wine Collection Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of cranberry-blueberry chutney, caramelized bacon, and sandalwood incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length spicy marinated beets, creme brulee, and pencil shavings finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A firm, wood accented pinot noir with savory spiciness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215230
Firesteed
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark ruby color. Lively, fruity, savory aromas of huckleberries, gauze, cedar bark, and buttery cherry bread with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, brisk finish with chewy, well-integrated tannins and light oak. The subtle fruit flavors are delicately framed out with earthy, woody notes.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215685
Garnet Vineyards
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright light garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of spiced black cherries, red licorice, dusty rhubarb, and planked oak with a lively, dry full body and a warming, subtle, breezy finish with chewy, firm, earthy tannins and light oak.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215688
Picket Fence
2014 Pinot Noir
Medium dark bright ruby color. Bright, fruity, confected oaky aromas of black cherries, red rhubarb, purple Pez, and planked oak - dried leaves with a tangy, dry body and a warming, complex, breezy finish with earthy, leafy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215353
Portlandia
2015 Pinot Gris
Bright light medium bright gold color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of ripe peaches, peach bubble gum dust, Meyer lemon curd, and honey suckle - turned earth with a crisp, fruity full body and a warming, compelling, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215481
Napa Cellars
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark brick red color. Fruity, spicy toasty floral aromas of spiced dark cherry - berry, cranberries, dried flowers - violets, and planked cedar - dried leaves with a lively, dryish full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with leafy, earthy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215533
Unionville Vineyards
2014 Reserve Pinot Noir
Light light garnet color. Bright, spicy, green aromas and flavors of pepper relish, exotic honeyed cherries, and sweet beets with a tangy, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, brisk spiced raspberries, orange marmalade, and cedar finish with earthy, grippy tannins and light oak.
88 points $35.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215705
Silver Ridge
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of baked cherries, butter roasted nuts, and dark chocolate with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree cedar, roasted beets, and blood orange finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice juicy, tangy pinot noir that will play nicely with food.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215229
Firesteed
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Lively, fruity, medicinal savory smoky aromas of black cherries, red rhubarb, dried leaves - burning leaf smoke, and gauze with a crisp, dryish full body and a warming, complex finish with well-integrated, leafy, crunchy tannins and light oak.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215482
Joel Gott
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium light garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of black cherries, cherry taffy, planked cedar, and dried leaves with an lively, dryish full body and a peppery, appealing, breezy finish with crunchy, leafy, chewy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215362
Castrucci
2014 Pinot Noir
Dull dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, woody aromas and flavors of chocolate fondued berries, pine board and sap, borscht, and pressed flowers with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, appealing, breezy spicy pickle, dried cherries, plank roasted meat, and hint of latex finish with earthy, woody, barky tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, oaky, meaty pinot that will shine with game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215682
Quail Creek
2015 Pinot Grigio
Bright light gold color. Bright, fruity, confected aromas of ripe peaches, dried straw, toasted marshmallow, and lemon cream with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, captivating, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215560
10Span
2013 Pinot Gris
Light golden silver color. Bright aromas and flavors of spiced peaches, pickled melon, and pineapple meringue with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, buoyant vanilla yogurt raisins and nuts finish with soft, fruit tannins. A soft, supple sipper.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215452
Topsail
2014 Pinot Gris
Bright light medium bright gold color. Bright, fruity, toasty creamy aromas of dried peaches, lemon zest, honey infused butter, and well water with an bright, fruity full body and a warming, intriguing, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215480
Trinity Oaks
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, toasty, fruity earthy yeasty aromas of black cherries, toasted yeast - barnyard, dried canvas, and toffee with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, snappy finish with leafy, earthy, woody tannins and light oak.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215559
10Span
2014 Conservancy Pinot Noir
Bright medium dark dusty ruby color. Lively, fruity, spicy toasty aromas of ripe huckleberries, red licorice - star anise, dried cherries, and planked cedar - dried leaves with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with leafy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Initially a very well balanced trumpet note, the secondary flavors took a bit of time to introduce themselves; this wine can take on rich flavors.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215161
Mossback
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of black cherry cobbler, toasted cedar, dried leaves, and turned earth with an lively, dry full body and a warming, appealing, rapid finish with leafy, earthy, medium tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215252
Philo Ridge Vineyards
2014 Nelson Ranch Pinot Gris
Bright light topaz gray color. Funky, fruity smoky floral aromas of smoked/grilled peaches, lemon pith, honeysuckle, and salinity - green hay with an crisp, dryish full body and a warming, refreshing, brisk finish with earthy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215614
Lucky Star
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium light ruby garnet color. Bright, fruity, floral toasty aromas of dark cherries, dried leaves, pressed flowers, and hint of pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, refreshing, swift finish with leafy, earthy tannins and light oak.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215379
Cedar Mountain
2015 Del Arroyo Vineyard Pinot Grigio
Bright medium golden amber color. Bright, fruity, citrusy earthy aromas of spiced green nectarines, lemon pith, pressed flannel, and well water with an lively, off-dry full body and a warming, amusing, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215356
Casa Larga
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright light tomato bisque color. Bright, toasty, fruity funky woody aromas of cherry cough syrup, charred cedar, strawberry-cherry toffee, and dried leaves with a lively, dryish full body and a warming, complex, swift finish with leafy, earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215450
Larkspur
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium light garnet color. Bright, fruity, savory toasty aromas of ripe black cherries, planked cedar, pressed flowers - violets, and dried leaves with a crisp, dryish full body and a warming, subtle, brisk finish with leafy, woody tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215558
10Span
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, fruity, tropical confected aromas of spiced baked cherries, red licorice, dried straw, and pink cotton candy with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, engaging, quick finish with crunchy, earthy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215683
Forest Glen
2015 Tehachapi Clone Pinot Grigio
Pale emerald straw color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of fresh granola and graham cracker crust and papaya and green banana with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, brisk praline and earth finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A light and easy pinot grigio.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215231
Firesteed
2014 Pinot Gris
Bright light golden straw color. Mild, fruity, earthy aromas of dried fruits - peaches, lemon pith, dried canvas, and gravel with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, scant finish with firm, papery tannins and no oak.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215689
Rutherford Vintners
2013 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Bright, spicy, jammy aromas and flavors of clove-spiced cranberries and cherries and pencil shavings with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, cheery cedar bark and mulch finish with hard, coating tannins and heavy oak. A very woody and tannic pinot noir that could some time.
83 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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