January 2018 - US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris

This month's Wine feature is US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris Wines
US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris Reviews
222705
The Lost Chapters
2014 Pinot Noir
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of dried potted rose plant, cherry chutney, spicy cologne, and cinnamon dusted nuts with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, complex, medium-long bay leaf, dried cranberries, and constant comment tea finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A ready-to-drink Carneros Pinot Noir that will delight your guests with spicy, mature flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222593
Willamette Valley Vineyards
2015 Estate Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry fruit leather, cocoa powder, forest floor, and tea leaves with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-length finish with moderate oak. A great fall pinot choice
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222592
2Hawk
2016 Darow Series Pinot Noir
Dark ruby color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry liqueur, cinnamon, cider, and whiskey barrel with a velvety, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length chocolate mole, dill, and ginger finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An interesting super-fruity pinot noir that will work great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222084
McIlroy
2016 Bembey Vineyard Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Fruity, herbal aromas of dried wild strawberry, dill, tarragon, and cinnamon-orange tisane with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long mocha latte, mixed peppercorns, creamy polenta, and spiced cherry finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A complex, serious Pinot Noir for the table and cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222715
Canihan Family
2014 Pinot Noir
Dark dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas of ripe sliced cherries, baking spices, and dried peppers with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long charred currants, blueberry jam, fine oak, and blood orange finish with moderate oak. A classic Sonoma Pinot with aging potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222645
The Naked Grape
NV Pinot Noir
Dull dusty ruby color. Aromas of pull & peel Twizzlers and cherry lozenge with an soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-long cherry gumdrops and cocoa powder finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A plush and complex Pinot with fun fruity notes and a bold dark chocolate finish.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222666
Austerity
2016 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of toasted rosemary, sage, and spiced cherries with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long cinnamon-clove, pomegranate, sap, and beets in tangy vinaigrette finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. An herbal Pinot Noir that will bloom with cellaring.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222668
Ledson
2015 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced cherry chutney, cedar chest, green tea, dried orange peels, and coriander with an fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length bacon scone, cranberry spread, and pickled beets finish. A delicious Pinot Noir for your next dinner party.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222496
Rock Point
2016 Pinot Gris
Yellow straw color. Creamy aromas of vanilla nougat, orange Pez candies, Turkish delight, petrol, and wisteria with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length white pepper finish with soft, fruit tannins. A silky pinot gris for delightful pairing.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222591
2Hawk
2016 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry candy, black licorice, melon, clove, and eucalyptus with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a medium-length rose hip finish with medium tannins and light oak. A very vibrant and fruity pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222540
Schug
2016 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of underripe cherries, baking chocolate, paprika, wild mint, and wildberry with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long vanilla, cherry cordial, suede, and black tea finish with medium, well-integrated tannins. A delicious, velvety pinot noir with aging potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222083
McIlroy
2015 Lila Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dusty dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry taffy, blueberry compote, and foraged mushrooms with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-long peppercorns, pickling spices, and cinnamon tea finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. A persistent pinot with great acidity and charm.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222561
Forchini
2014 Proprietor's Reserve Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Burnt sienna color. Interesting aromas of ink, leather, sasparilla, and sandalwood with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long salted seaweed snack finish. A seemingly maritime influenced Pinot Noir that offers unique intrigue.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222747
Bordeleau
NV Lot Number 5 Pinot Grigio
Light silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of water crackers and meringue with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy watermelon rind and pink peppercorns finish with no oak. A crisp and clean Pinot Grigio.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222596
LangeTwins Winery
2016 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sweet watermelon, cherry candies, vanilla cola, and cassis studded fruit cake with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, relaxed bay leaf and pink peppercorns finish with moderate oak. An oaky, satisfying wine for any Pinot Noir lover.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222498
Del Rio
2014 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, tamarind chutney, juicy heirloom tomato, and toasted crumpet with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length Indian pickle finish with silky tannins. A tasty and balanced pinot noir with wide appeal and versatility.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222713
Canihan Family
2013 Pinot Noir
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry coulis, maraschino liqueur, sautéed mushrooms, and marinated grape leaves with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-length tobacco, warm black tomato, and raspberry leaf finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. An elegantly textured, seductive and sturdy pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222495
Rock Point
2016 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby color. Fruity aromas of watermelon candy, cola, and fruit punch with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a relaxed cherry fruit leather finish. An easy drinking, crowd-pleasing pinot noir.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222637
Lumos
2016 Rudolfo Logsdon Ridge Vineyard Pinot Gris
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple yogurt and minerals with a silky, tangy, dryish light body and a tingling, snappy lemon slices finish. A super-bright Pinot Gris for summer pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222535
Iron Side
2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
Dusty dark violet color. Aromas of purple fruits, violet, and anise with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length huckleberry, bramble, and root beer finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A solid, rich and fruity Pinot.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222714
Canihan Family
2013 Exuberance Reseeve Pinot Noir
Dark dusty ruby color. Savory aromas of cherry candies, foraged mushrooms, oak chips, and vanilla cola with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an even, medium-length watermelon, leather, and nutmeg finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A solid Sonoma Pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222638
Alias
2016 Pinot Noir
Clear brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dark cherry skins, violet sugar, and racquetball with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-long finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A light, crowd-pleasing pinot noir.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222689
Knuttel Family
2015 Bill's Hidden Track Pinot Noir
Dark dusty ruby color. Oaky aromas of wet lumber and dried cherries with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spicy cinnamon candy, sweet ginger, and black tea finish with crunchy tannins and heavy oak. A very oaky Pinot Noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222694
One Woman
2015 Pinot Noir
Dusty light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and tomatoes with a thick, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A food-friendly red for weeknight dinners.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222751
Donovan-Parke
2016 Pinot Noir
Clear brick red color. Aromas and flavors of generic cherry candy and rose hips with a vibrant, dryish medium body and an appealing, medium-length , and cedar finish with fine tannins. A straightforward California Pinot; should pair well with a variety of dishes.
85 points $15.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222618
Sunstone
2014 Zotovich Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dusty light garnet color. Oaky aromas of vanilla candle, resin, pine chips, sawdust, and pickles with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a graceful, short dried cherry finish with barky, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An oaky Pinot Noir for sipping and mingling.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222644
Barefoot
NV Pinot Noir
Dull brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of over ripe blackberries and violet petals with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with no oak. A smooth sipping Pinot that is great on its own.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222497
Del Rio
2016 Estate Grown Pinot Gris
Yellow straw color. Aromas of bath powder, meyer lemon, slate, and citrus blossom with a silky, tangy, dryish light body and a seamless, breezy underripe clementine and nougat with citrus zest finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A zingy pinot gris with racy acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222430
White Pine
2016 Pinot Grigio
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of lemon curd, halva, toasted bread crumbs, and ripe avocado with a supple, bright, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length orange slices and lime spritz finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A creamy, citrus-forward Pinot Grigio.
84 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222565
Sola
2016 Pinot Noir
Clear brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of wrapped grape fruit rollup, wilting roses, and bakelite with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brief finish with no oak. An easy drinking, food friendly Pinot great for exotic dishes.
82 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222665
Northern Natural
2016 Pinot Noir
Sunburst amber color. Earthy aromas of tomato jam and cherry stems with a soft, crisp, dryish thin body and a smooth, brisk reconstituted sundried tomato and fruit leather finish. A distinctive Pinot Noir for savory pairing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222752
Main & Geary
2016 Pinot Grigio
Medium yellow straw color. Aromas of watermelon granita, iced tea, and white flowers with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, short-lived lemon and underripe melon finish. A crushable Pinot Grigio.
81 points $14.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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