January 2018 - US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris

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

The Lost Chapters 2014  Pinot Noir
93 points
$30
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.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Estate Pinot Noir
93 points
$32
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
2Hawk 2016 Darow Series Pinot Noir
93 points
$42
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.
McIlroy 2016 Bembey Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$34
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.
Canihan Family 2014  Pinot Noir
92 points
$50
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.
The Naked Grape NV  Pinot Noir
91 points
$19.99
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
Austerity 2016  Pinot Noir
90 points
$17
Best Buy
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
Ledson 2015 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$42
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.
Rock Point 2016  Pinot Gris
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
2Hawk 2016  Pinot Noir
89 points
$30
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.
Schug 2016  Pinot Noir
89 points
$30
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.
McIlroy 2015 Lila Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir
89 points
$34
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.
Forchini 2014 Proprietors Reserve Estate Grown Pinot Noir
89 points
$36
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.
Bordeleau NV Lot Number 5 Pinot Grigio
88 points
$15
Best Buy
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
LangeTwins Winery 2016 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
88 points
$18
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.
Del Rio 2014 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
88 points
$28
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.
Canihan Family 2013  Pinot Noir
88 points
$50
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.
Rock Point 2016  Pinot Noir
87 points
$17.99
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
Lumos 2016 Rudolfo Logsdon Ridge Vineyard Pinot Gris
87 points
$19
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.
Iron Side 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
87 points
$24.99
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
Canihan Family 2013 Exuberance Reseeve Pinot Noir
87 points
$75
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.
Alias 2016  Pinot Noir
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Knuttel Family 2015 Bills Hidden Track Pinot Noir
86 points
$22
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.
One Woman 2015  Pinot Noir
86 points
$38
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.
Donovan-Parke 2016  Pinot Noir
85 points
$15.95
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
Sunstone 2014 Zotovich Vineyard Pinot Noir
85 points
$50
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.
Barefoot NV  Pinot Noir
84 points
$6.99
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
Del Rio 2016 Estate Grown Pinot Gris
84 points
$16
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.
White Pine 2016  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$16.99
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
Sola 2016  Pinot Noir
82 points
$14.99
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
Northern Natural 2016  Pinot Noir
82 points
$20
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.
Main & Geary 2016  Pinot Grigio
81 points
$14.95
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
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