January 2017 - US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris

This month's Wine feature is US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Wines
US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Reviews
217817
Benton Lane
2014 Estate Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, char-roasted nuts, and toasted herbs with a supple, tangy, fruity body and a graceful, amusing, marinated beets, blood oranges, and chestnuts finish with well-integrated, chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A savory, mouthwatering pinot noir with precisely chiseled flavors and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217818
Benton Lane
2014 First Class Pinot Noir
Bright brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dark fruits and dark raspberries and cherries, toasty oak, dried leaves, and potters clay with a lively, dry full body and a compelling, medium-long finish with earthy, leafy tannins and moderate oak. Lovely fruit components.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217972
City Winery
2015 Music City Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and huckleberries, chocolate nut bar, and coconut cream with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length vanilla yogurt nuts, tangerine and melon sorbet, and nutskin finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A wonderfully fruity and savory pinot that will be very versatile.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218046
Orogeny
2014 Pinot Noir
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings and eraser, chocolate dried cherries, and vanilla nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long spiced orange, marinated beets and yams, tapioca, and nutskin finish with well-integrated, chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A delicious, elegant and artfully balanced pinot noir.
92 points $45.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217942
90+ Cellars
2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate toffee, roasted nuts, and dried berries with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long marinated beets, vanilla nut brittle, delicate spiced apple and tangerine, and cedar finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, stylish pinot noir pleaser with ripe, savory fruit and spicy oak.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218017
Handley Cellars
2015 Pinot Gris
Bright golden straw pink color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of peaches in cream and nougat with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, amusing, medium-length green apple, honeyed lime, and minerals finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A vibrant, tangy pinot gris that will really shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218103
Château Élan
2015 Reserve Pinot Grigio
Bright yellow straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of warm praline, buttered nut toast, and dried nectarine and apple with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length lemon sorbet and green apple finish with no oak. A very lively, tangy, mouthwatering pinot grigio that will be a great aperitif.
91 points $22.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217841
Highwayman
2013 Reserve Pinot Noir
Medium dark garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of berry chutney and pistachio-cashew nougat with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, stimulating, vanilla custard, sweet beet relish, and herbed nuts finish with light oak. A rich, fruit driven pinot with lots of spicy and savory undertones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217946
Lumos
2014 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered cherries, dried leaves, red rhubarb, and potters clay and dried violets with a lively, dry full body and a nuanced, breezy finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Nice savory leit motif here, it brings
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218065
Schug
2014 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dark chocolate, berry pie crust, and clay with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, compelling, medium-long roasted beets and minerals finish. A very supple and savory pinot with stimulating fruit, acidity and poise.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217812
Stonehedge
2014 Pinot Noir
Medium dusty ruby color. Minty aromas and flavors of white chocolate mint fudge, blueberry compote, and menthol mint lozenge with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long exotic spices and vanilla nuts finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A fun, exotically spicy and juicy pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218050
Estancia
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of tart cherries, vanilla cream, tree bark and dried flowers, and red rhubarb with an crisp, dry full body and a complex, medium-length finish with barky, leafy tannins and light oak. Lovely mix of individual elements with a savory component keeping them all in balance.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218053
Maddalena
2015 Estate Reserve Pinot Grigio
Light silvery amber color. Creamy, yeasty aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, apples in creme fraiche, and cashew butter on sourdough English muffin with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length nectarine skin and spiced nuts finish with a suggestion of oak. A supple, complex and savory pinot grigio that will shine at the table.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218038
Pacific Pinot
2015 Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Waxy, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, waxy honeycomb, and dried cherries with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long vanilla and spice finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A bright fruity pinot with fine crunchy tannins.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217900
Savor Collective
2014 Pinot Noir
Dusty dark ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of roasted beets and root vegetables, chocolate dried cherries, and butter roasted nuts with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length cedar finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A delightfully savory and fruity pinot pleaser.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217941
90+ Cellars
2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark cherries, wood smoke, red licorice, and dried leaves and potters clay with a lively, dryish medium-full body and a complex, cheery finish with woody, leafy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nice impression of sweetness pull all the flavors together harmoniously.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218004
Firesteed
2013 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried cherry and cranberry, marinated beets, hint of green herbs, and roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long praline, delicate spice, pencil shavings, and blood orange finish with a suggestion of oak. A tangy and palate stimulating pinot that is very Burgundian in style.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217967
Grizzly Peak
2015 Pinot Gris
Pale emerald straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of peach yogurt and almond brittle with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length apple custard tart and nougat finish with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, creamy pinot gris sipper.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217868
Calista
2013 The Coast Range Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, pencil shavings, and crusty cherry tart with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length berry creme brulee, praline, and peppery spices finish with silky, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A smooth and silky pinot sipper.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217991
Cloudfall
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, cherry taffy, dried leaves, and tree bark with a lively, dry medium-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish with barky, leafy tannins and light oak. Nice impression of sweet ripe fruits in the bouquet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218104
Château Élan
2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of red cherries, tree bark, dried leaves, and clay with a tart, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-length finish with earthy, leafy tannins and light oak. Nice fruity, new world cherry aromas.
90 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217899
Publix Premium
2014 Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla mint cookie, orange chiffon, and coconut macaroon with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length dried peach, praline, delicate spices, and pink peppercorn and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A rock solid pinot with bright fruit and balanced oak.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217896
Lobo
2014 Wulff Vineyards Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spicy black raspberry tart, vanilla toffee, and pound cake with a silky, crisp, medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long sour cherry, apples and beets, nutskin, and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nicely nuanced pinot noir with structure for aging.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218080
Zina Hyde Cunningham
2014 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Medium ruby black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry jam on toast, cocoa, and wax with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length spiced cherries and beets and vanilla nuts finish. A supple, creamy pinot sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217998
Henry Estate
2014 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, cocoa, and dried berries with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length vanilla toffee and custard, hint of citrus, nuts, and pepper finish with dusty, crunchy tannins and light oak. A tangy, sour cherry and with nice crunchy tannins for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218064
Schug
2015 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, chocolate espresso beans, and cherry pie crust with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length eucalyptus honey, pomegranate, nuts, and cedar finish with moderate oak. A spicy, tangy pinot with a nice layer of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217849
Bar Z
2013 "L'efflorescence" Bayer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sautéed berries and plantains, peppery spices, dried herbs and epazote, and menthol with a silky, bright, saline medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long roasted marinated beets, celeriac, minted cranberries and pomegranates, and cedar finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and no oak. An intriguing, exotically spicy and savory pinot.
89 points $35.98
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217921
Forchini
2013 Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Noir
Dusty dark ruby color. Woody, interesting aromas and flavors of cedar pencil and eraser, cherry fruit leather, spiced toffee, and polished cedar with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length toasted coconut, fig vinaigrette, and dark roasted nuts finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An interesting savory and exotically woody pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218066
Schug
2013 Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted peanuts, cigar, beet-olive relish, and polished wood with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree leafy earth, nutskins, and cedar finish with chewy, fine, firm tannins and moderate oak. A dry savory pinot with lots of toasty, roasty oak nuances.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217973
Kalaris
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, dried herbs and menthol, dried leaves and tree bark, and loess with a tart, dry full body and a medium-length finish with earthy, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A very good example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218039
Black Mountain
2014 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted cherries and nuts, toasty cedar, and dark chocolate with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy nut and pickled beets finish with chewy tannins. A chewy, juicy, and savory pinot sipper or table companion.
88 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217885
Barefoot
NV Pinot Grigio
Straw color. Artificial, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peach blossom and preserves, caramel apple, and key lime custard with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long green apple finish with no oak. A dainty, very tasty pinot grigio pleaser.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218052
Estancia
2015 Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Nutty, toasty aromas and flavors of praline, baked peaches and apples, lemon curd on toast, and pressed flowers in a book with a supple, bright, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length reduced orange and lemon and linen finish with no oak. A rock solid pinot grigio with good varietal character.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217971
Atwater
2014 Riesling
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled melon and peach, hint of Elmer’s glue, and river stones with a silky, tangy, off-dry light body and a smooth, interesting, carefree lemon and orange, honeyed apple, hint of balloon, and nutskin finish with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins. A racy off-dry riesling with nice varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217945
Lumos
2014 Five Blocks Pinot Noir
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of dark cherries, tree sap and bark, vanilla tinged oak, and dried leaves and potters clay with a lively, dry full body and an elegant, breezy finish with earthy, leafy, barky tannins and moderate oak. Flavors ring true and this wine has a nice sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218063
Schug
2015 Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, roasted nuts, and chocolate with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a graceful, breezy pickled beets, straw and cedar, and nuts finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very dry and savory pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217974
Kalaris
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby garnet color. Savory aromas and flavors of marinated beets and chocolate nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length spiced melons and cherries and nutskin finish with soft, fine, chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A solid dry pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218037
Redwood Vineyards
2013 Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Interesting, spicy aromas and flavors of mint, incense, and spiced cherries with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy vanilla cream, nuts, and oak finish with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very nice, lightly oak pinot sipper with some nice light, spicy twists.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217922
Frey
2015 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cedar, cherry-strawberry jam, and nuts with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy vanilla nuts and cedar pencil finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice light, juicy pinot sipper.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218042
Rock Rabbit
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright garnet color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries and strawberries, graham cracker, and rhubarb jam with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery orange marmalade on toast, sweet spices, and vanilla nuts finish with silky tannins and no oak. A nice tasty pinot that goes down easy.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217878
Armstrong Valley Winery
NV Semi-Dry Pinot Gris
Medium silvery amber color. Fruity, green, interesting, floral aromas and flavors of white grape skin, honeyed rice, peach pit and blossom, and apple sauce with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, intriguing, breezy apple custard and nutskin finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A supple, of-dry pinot gris sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217842
Black Willow Winery
NV Trilogy White Blend New York State
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lime saltwater taffy, lemon chiffon, green apple skin, and loess and gravel with a crisp, dryish medium-full body and a complex, breezy finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fairly good quality example.
87 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217923
Frey
2015 Pinot Grigio
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity, interesting aromas and flavors of caramelized peaches, carrot cake, and roasted nuts with a satiny, lively, petillant, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length melon, meringue, and orange spice cake finish with no oak. A scintillating pinot grigio with lively acidity and delicate spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217886
Barefoot
NV Pinot Noir
Dark dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and strawberries, melon sorbet, and praline with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy berries in cream and vanilla nut brittle finish with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A soft, easy-drinking pinot sipper with creamy spiciness.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217997
Cedar Creek Winery
2015 "La Belle Vie" Vidal Blanc
Clear emerald straw color. Earthy, minerally aromas and flavors of mossy riverbed, straw, and baked citrus with a tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, atypical, swift lemon yogurt, hay, and grape leaves finish with dusty, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very earthy and fruity white wine sipper.
86 points $9.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218005
Firesteed
2014 Pinot Gris
Bright golden straw amber color. Fruity, yeasty aromas and flavors of sultana soda bread, roasted green nectarine and parsnip, praline, and brewer’s yeast with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, carefree lemon curd and pickled apple finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, pinot gris choice for the table.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218020
Alba
2014 Pinot Noir
Medium color. Dusty, minty aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, waxy honeycomb, mulch, and sassafras with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, honeyed citrus and apples, earth, nutshell, and cedar finish with dusty, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A dry, dusty pinot for the table.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218041
Cherry Blossom Cellars
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright dusty garnet color. Fruity, toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, buttery caramelized nuts and apples and yams with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length creme brulee and tropical fruit compote finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy, fruity, crowd pleasing pinot noir.
85 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218044
Wild Hare
2015 Pinot Noir
Medium dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nut bar and buttery cherry tart with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy watermelon rind, nutskin, cranberry sauce, and bark finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant oaky pinot.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217843
Black Willow Winery
NV Classic Diamond New York State
Bright straw green color. Aromas and flavors of grapes, dried straw, lemon pith, and gravel with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a quick finish with cottony, earthy tannins and no oak. A better than average quality example.
85 points $12.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217884
MYKA Cellars
2014 Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of creme brulee, dark berry pie, chocolate brownie, and clay with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy honeyed cherries and yams, pencil shavings, and delicate spices finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A crunchy, oaky pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218040
Chateau La Paws
NV Pinot Noir
Medium garnet color. Aromas and flavors of honey baked cherries, orange marmalade, smoked nuts and bacon, and cedar planks with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, easy marinated beets and cabbage and earth finish with firm, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory pinot noir for the table.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218045
Congress Springs
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of marinated roasted beets, nut brittle, and cocoa with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, quick dried cherries, nutskin, and cedar finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant pinot with a nice mix of fruity and savory flavors.
85 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218047
Masked Rider
2013 Sagebrush Pinot Noir
Medium dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted cherries and dark roasted nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk grilled beets and cedar paper finish with dusty, papery tannins and moderate oak. A crunchy, toasty, savory dry pinot noir for the table.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218036
Once Upon A Vine
2015 A Charming Pinot Pinot Noir
Light dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries, dark roasted nuts, and dark chocolate with a tannic, crisp, dry light body and a sleek, sparse nutshell and bark finish with hard, coating tannins and heavy oak. A smoky, oaky, somewhat ungenerous pinot noir.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217879
Armstrong Valley Winery
NV Semi-Sweet Pinot Gris
Bright salmon orange color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled peach and lemon, char-roasted nuts, scorched earth and bbq woods, and lit match with a supple, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, intriguing, breezy spiced orange, quince and melon finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. An interesting smoky dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217999
Henry Estate
2015 Pinot Gris
Bright golden straw color. Toasty, yeasty, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of damp earth, oily nuts, and straw basket of green peaches with a soft, bright, off-dry body and a smooth, buoyant spiced apple and peach and vanilla nuts finish. A pleasant off-dry pinot gris sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217996
Wollersheim
2014 Pinot Noir
Medium ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate wafer bar, dried cherries, mocha, and dark toast with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy vanilla nougat finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice easy drinking pinot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218043
Snap Dragon
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright dusty garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, chocolate fondue, and hint of rubber with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant cedar, parchment, and nutskin finish with woody, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A oaky pinot sipper.
83 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217877
Armstrong Valley Winery
2014 Reserve Pinot Noir
Medium ruby garnet color. Savory aromas of tomato on the vine, baked wild berries, herbal honey, and vanilla with a supple, tart, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk cranberries in cream, nutskin, cedar, and green tea leaves finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A dry, lean, very savory pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217850
Bar Z
2014 "L'efflorescence" Bayer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, baked aromas and flavors of honey baked cherries and cranberries, tomato jelly, and praline with a soft, crisp, saline thin body and a tingling, charming, breezy salted tomatoes and watermelons, nuts, and oak finish with crunchy, barky tannins and moderate oak. A crisp, dry, savory pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217978
Tria
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, cranberries, dried leaves, and dried mint with a puckering, dry medium-to-full body and a short finish with leafy tannins.
82 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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