June 2017 - US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris

This month's Wine feature is US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris Wines
US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris Reviews
219884
Windrun
2013 Pinot Noir
Dark dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas of Dr. Pepper, porcini mushroom, and oolong tea with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an intricate, medium-long wet earth, eucalyptus, rose and black pepper, and sponge cake with dried cassis finish with medium, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A concentrated Pinot Noir with complex hedonistic flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219755
Handley Cellars
2014 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of moist pipe tobacco, tart cherries, portabello mushroom, and honey vanilla nougat with a slightly chewy, crisp, medium body and a refreshing, medium-long chocolate-cherry granola bar and fresh sweet blueberries finish with coating, silky tannins and moderate oak. A nice Pinot Noir with great acidity and a lasting finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220059
Kirkland Signature
2015 Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sour cherry compote, eucalyptus, cedar, and wintergreen with a supple, tart, dryish light-to-medium body and a layered, medium-long crimini mushroom finish with well-integrated, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A dark, mysterious and very food-friendly Pinot Noir.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219777
Valley of the Moon
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright brick red color. Aromas of cranberries, dark cherry custard, planked oak, dried leaves, and potters clay with an crisp, dry full body and a delightful, buoyant beets finish with leafy, earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced Pinot Noir with integrated flavors that expand in the glass.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219901
Fore Family Vineyards
2013 Pinot Noir
Brick red color. Fruity, savory, inviting aromas of sautéed mushrooms in butter, thyme, cherry skins, and ground pepper with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, long bing cherry coulis, milk chocolate shell, sweet pickled rhubarb, and maple finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and light oak. Fantastic length and great acidity make this a hedonistic Carneros Pinot Noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219854
Cedar Creek Winery
2016 Semi-dry Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, creamy custard, and nougat with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, long yellow apple and pear and hint of spiced melon finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A deliciously pure and appetizing Pinot Grigio.
91 points $10.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219936
Bliss Family Vineyards
2015 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cassis, blueberry, and coconut with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and an intricate, medium-long finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A big, delicious wine.
91 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219758
Handley Cellars
2016 Pinot Gris
Straw green color. Fresh aromas and flavors of buttery macadamia nut brittle, peach-pear relish, and waxy honeycomb with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length yellow apple and clementine finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice mouthwatering, dryish Pinot Gris with great affinity for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220055
Love Noir
2015 Pinot Noir
Black violet color. Sweet, earthy aromas and flavors of dried blueberries, walnut skins, and autumn leaves with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long black tea and vanilla yogurt candy finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice, earthy Pinot Noir.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220007
Philo Ridge Vineyards
2015 Helluva Vineyard Pinot Gris
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey, white flowers, melon, and ginger with a crisp, dry medium body and a breezy finish with fine tannins and no oak. A bright, crisp, and floral wine; elegant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220088
Cooper’s Hawk
NV Pinot Noir
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, and wet leaves with an vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and an elegant, long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A food-friendly Pinot Noir full of ripe blueberry flavors.
90 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219951
Mira Winery
2013 Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of preserved cherries and marinated beets, vanilla bean ice cream, cedar pencil, and dried savory and tarragon with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy tarragon, clove and blueberry spice, red fruit pie, and fruit leather finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak. An easy drinking and fruity Napa Pinot Noir that offers plenty of sweet herb notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220006
Philo Ridge Vineyards
2012 Marguerite Vineyard Unfiltered Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Elegant aromas and flavors of suede gloves, dried rose bouquet, heirloom cherries, and spice rack with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a stimulating, medium-length cinnamon-orange peel tea, cocoa dusted nutmeg custard, and berry vinaigrette finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A well-structured yet supple Pinot Noir for elegant dinners.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219697
Cloak & Dagger
2013 Foggy Bottom Reserve Pinot Noir
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Aromas of spicy dark fruits, cherry, hint of chocolate covered dried cherries, planked oak, and potters clay with an tart, dry full body and a complex, breezy cherry cola finish with woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A jazzy, vibrant wine from the Central Coast.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219730
Tailslide
2014 Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate covered cherry, foraged mushrooms, mixed berry preserve, and cherry blossom with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, medium-to-long wet earth, chocolate candy wrapper, and vanilla gelato finish with silky, coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. A silky and seductive Pinot Noir.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219918
San Simeon
2015 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cobbler, red rhubarb, planked oak, spicy toasted yeast, and crushed gravel with an lively, bone-dry full body and a delightful, brisk finish with crunchy, earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A lively, balanced and easy to drink red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220036
Baroda Founders
2013 Pinot Noir
Medium garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sour cherry, cranberry, candy, and roses with a racy, dry medium body and an engaging, medium-length finish with medium tannins and light oak. Ripe berry flavors are the stars of this delicious wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219883
Windrun
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright brick red color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry cola, cinnamon, vanilla fondant, and redwood forest with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long cherry lozenge, iron rich soil, and sage finish with dusty, earthy tannins and light oak. An well-structured Pinot Noir asking to be cellared.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220087
Cooper’s Hawk
NV Lux Pinot Noir
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of dark cherry, vanilla, and cedar with an lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nice, full-bodied Pinot Noir; for sipping with or without food.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220056
Cupcake
2015 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, and vanilla with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish with silky tannins and light oak. Sweet, ripe fruit flavors shine in this Pinot Noir.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220057
Chloe
2015 Wine Collection Pinot Noir
Medium dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red cherry, rosehip, and wet leaves with an lively, dry light-to-medium body and a delightful, cheery finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. Stiff tannins make this a very food-friendly wine; try with poultry.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219943
Benton Lane
2016 Pinot Gris
Straw color. Grassy, citrusy, earthy aromas and flavors of dried lemon and grapefruit, grass, and nectarine skin with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed green melon and pear, guava, and minerals finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A dry, earthy, nicely structured Pinot Gris with an interesting Sauvignon Blanc-like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220044
The Naked Grape
NV Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Fruity aromas of dark chocolate covered raisin, spearmint jellies, and graham cracker with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-length mocha, dark berry jam, and vanilla bean finish with silky, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy Pinot Noir to sip alone or with complex dinners.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219867
Don & Sons
2015 Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, inviting aromas of preserved cherries, marinated strawberries, chocolate granola bar, and mushrooms and jasmine tea leaves with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-length chocolate mouse, candied cherry, vanilla yogurt covered dried cranberry, and cedar sauna and dill finish with well-integrated, leafy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sophisticated Pinot Noir for gourmet meals and great company.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219868
Sivas-Sonoma
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of smoky leaves, toasted marshmallow, spiced cranberry sauce, and candied orange zest with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length black tea, vanilla, and rosemary finish with silky, coating tannins. A pleasingly smoky Pinot Noir; try with grilled meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219756
Handley Cellars
2014 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Spicy, baked aromas and flavors of cinnamon and clove, red candied cherry skins, blueberry preserve, and shortbread pie crust with dark chocolate pieces with a velvety, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length dried blueberry and pickled beets and candied yams finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. A voluptuous Pinot Noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219757
Handley Cellars
2014 RSM Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Sweet, fruity aromas of stewed red fruit, red fruit snacks, cedar box, and vanilla-caramel gelato with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a medium-length dried dates and figs, strawberry preserve, chocolate spread, and pumpkin seeds finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A nice, crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220043
Barefoot
NV Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry jam and vanilla yogurt covered raisin with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a breezy chocolate fudge finish with chewy, coating tannins. A Pinot Noir bursting with sweet berry flavors.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219952
Brassfield Estate
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, green sandalwood, toasted yeast, and lemon pith with an crisp, dry medium-full body and a charming, rapid finish with crunchy, woody tannins and light oak. A nice Pinot Noir with assertive, creamy notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220140
Tom Eddy
2014 Manchester Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
Brown brick red color. Fatty, smoky aromas of pepper crusted cured meat, baba ghanoush, and subtle fruit with a bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, crisp pickled eggplant, cocoa powder and cherry melon sorbet, cola nut and bay leaf, and cinnamon and allspice finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sweet pinot noir with heavy pickling spice influence.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219930
Burning Tree Cellars
2014 The Poet Pinot Noir
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of bright jolly rancher cherry, spiced lemon curd, crushed gravel, dried twigs, and planked oak with a tangy, dry full body and a brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A crowd pleasing Pinot Noir from Edna Valley.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219731
Broken Clouds
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright garnet color. Confected aromas of graphite and cedar pencil, bright red cherry pastry, nutmeg, and clove and tobacco with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy chocolate ganache, cherry jelly, and fresh wet leaf finish with silky tannins. An easy-drinking Pinot Noir with a crowd pleasing effect.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219778
Lake Sonoma
2014 Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered strawberry, cranberry sauce, bing cherry, and lavender with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a medium-long proscuitto, stainless steel, and forest floor finish with silky, coating tannins and a suggestion of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219826
Casa Larga
2014 Pinot Noir
Pale dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roses, wet leaves, mushrooms, and sour cherry with a racy, bone-dry thin body and a breezy finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. Old world meets new world in this bright and friendly wine.
84 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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