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June 2018 - US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris

June 2018 - US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris
This month's Wine feature is US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris Wines

US Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris Reviews

San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
95 points
$22
Dark minutely hazy ruby black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of fresh cracked black pepper and char-grilled green pepper, boysenberry-huckleberry compote, cedar pencil shavings, and cherry pipe tobacco with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long smoked nuts and cherries, chocolate toffee, and delicate spices finish. A richly flavorful and attractive pinot with powerful fruit and exotic oak notes.
Handley Cellars 2017  Pinot Gris
94 points
$25
Pale straw color. Pure aromas of underripe apricot, fresh pineapple, ripe pears and papaya, and jasmine with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, interesting, medium-long shaved fresh turnip and white pepper finish with no oak. A fresh and pure Pinot Gris with poignant fruit and endless minerality.
Portola Vineyards 2013  Pinot Noir
94 points
$38
Dark ruby black color. Complex aromas and flavors of dark roasted berries, cornichons, pencil shavings, and flowers and clay with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-long spiced cherries in custard, nuts, and fine minerals finish with light oak. An elegant polished pinot with a fine balance of fruit and oak.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Tualatin Estate Pinot Noir
94 points
$55
Dusty dark garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry creme brulee, mocha mousse, and spiced nut brittle with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a silky, intriguing, long chocolate mint and vanilla nuts finish. A lush, sweeping pinot noir with rich flavors and precise balance.
City Winery 2016 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
93 points
$36
Rich dark garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of orange blossoms and honeysuckle, spiced cherries and nuts, dried peaches, and leather and tobacco with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long creme brulee, spiced nuts, and violet candy finish with light oak. A robust, flavor packed pinot pleaser.
Goldenrod 2016  Pinot Noir
92 points
$34.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of huckleberry, mulberry, and pickled mustard seeds with a satiny, lively, light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long ripe raspberries, cacao nibs, lime leaf, white pepper, and toasted coffee cake finish with light oak. A vivacious, ageable Pinot Noir for thoughtful pairings.
92 points $34.99
Handley Cellars 2015 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$47
Dusty ruby color. Herbal, minerally aromas of fresh cherry mostarda, smoked tomatoes, savory herbs, and graphite with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, complex, long glazed carrots and yams and coriander seeds finish with light oak. A concentrated and elegant Pinot Noir that will be the star companion of many great meals.
Corner 103 2016  Pinot Noir
92 points
$50
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of shaved coconut, cacao nibs, and graphite with a soft, medium-to-full body and an interesting, long dark chocolate, toasted coconut, and cigar box finish. A rich and full-flavored Sonoma Pinot with staying power for a special occasion.
The Great Oregon Wine Company 2016 Rascal Pinot Noir
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of sasparilla, watermelon, pomegranate fruit leather, chocolate dipped dried orange peel, and fine black tea with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long clove, nutmeg, and herbs de Provence finish with a suggestion of oak. A fuller-bodied pinot noir with great structure and style.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Schug 2016  Pinot Noir
91 points
$30
Ruby black color. Roasted, fruity aromas and flavors of dark chocolate nuts, smoked cherries, and hint of smoked jerky with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length vanilla toffee and cream, delicate spiced orange, nutskin, and candied violet finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, tangy pinot that will be very versatile.
City Winery 2016 Hyland Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
91 points
$36
Light garnet color. Funky, toasty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, spiced cherries, and toasted raisin bread with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, relaxed cocoa and minerals finish with fine tannins and light oak. A mouthwatering and precise pinot with pinpoint acidity.
Spoiled Dog 2015 Reserve Cuvee Pinot Noir
91 points
$36
Bright ruby color. Aromas of dark chocolate, raspberry liqueur, hoisin glazed shitake mushrooms, rose syrup, peony petals, and cherry-scented tobacco with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long caramel, toasted challah, and anise finish with a suggestion of oak. A very tasty pinot noir with lush fruit and elegant florals.
Handley Cellars 2015 RSM Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$52
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries and figs, rooibos tea, kumquat, and leather with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spice cabinet, sumac, and thyme finish with moderate oak. A spicy and dense, serious Pinot Noir; cellar.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Elton Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$55
Ruby color. Aromas of vanilla scented tobacco, amarena cherries in syrup, and root beer with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy dark chocolate, mocha cream, toasty nutmeg, and custard finish with silky tannins and light oak. A smooth and dreamy pinot noir for effortless sipping.
The Recipient 2016  Pinot Noir
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Woody aromas of charred oak, pinecone, charred orange peel, raspberry chocolate truffle, and rose bush with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length geranium and mesquite finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and no oak. A smoky, toasty Pinot that may find a match in whiskey drinkers.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Spoiled Dog 2014  Pinot Noir
90 points
$30
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of herb marinated cherries and beets, dried peaches and figs with balsamic, toffee, and kidd leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length baked apple and sour cherry, spiced glazed nuts, slate, and toasted oak finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced, savory and tangy pint noir that will work great at the table.
Handley Cellars 2015  Pinot Noir
90 points
$32
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of compressed watermelon, black cherry, and fresh tarragon with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-long tart bing cherries and dark chocolate shavings finish. A juicy and bright Pinot Noir.
Ledson 2016 Estate Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
90 points
$66
Black garnet color. Jammy aromas of worn leather, huckleberry jam, dark chocolate shavings, allspice, and lime leaf with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, medium-length pomegranate and black pepper finish with moderate oak. A full bodied pinot with rich flavors and a smooth-sipping mouthfeel.
Golden Winery 2017  Pinot Noir
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Medium brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of marinated beets and sour cherries, melted chocolate toffee, mocha, and toast with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long chocolate orange peels and strawberries, creme brulee, smoked nuts, and hint of caramelized bacon finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A lush, fruity, hedonistic pinot that is sure to please.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Thor’s Well 2017 Spouting Horn Pinot Gris
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe pears, delicate honey, and white flowers with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and an interesting, medium-length crystalized lemon peel, white tea, and pineapple with lime zest finish with no oak. An English garden of a Pinot Gris to drink all year long.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Windrun 2014  Pinot Noir
89 points
$33
Dark dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of tapioca, cherry cobbler, and honey gelato with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length praline, buttercream, earth, and nutshell finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A rock solid pinot.
Windrun 2015 Vintage Selection No. 12 Pinot Noir
89 points
$33
Dark dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of roasted coconut, bubbly berry pie crust, and cedar plank with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long tres leche cake, spiced dried berries and cherries, pepper roasted beets glazed with honey balsamic, and pipe tobacco finish. A big, brawny, oaky pinot sipper.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Bernau Block Pinot Noir
89 points
$65
Brick red color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dark chocolate toffee, baked cherries, smoky cedar, and gherkin with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length pickled beets and ground nuts finish with fine tannins and light oak. A powerful and broad pinot that commands attention; give this some time.
Chime 2016  Pinot Noir
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler, sweet pea blossom and sugar snap peas, leather, and baking spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length cilantro, coriander, and cinnamon pastry finish with moderate oak. A fuller-bodied Pinot filled to the brim with fruit, floral and spice notes.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
The Great Oregon Wine Company NV Canned Pinot Noir
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of cranberry sauce and mustard greens with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length tart cherry, graphite, tart pomegranate, cracked peppercorns, and toasted rye with caraway finish with silky tannins. A sprightly pinot noir with great pairing potential.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Storyteller 2016  Pinot Noir
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of black cherry, rosemary, and green pepper with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length dark cherry skin and sandalwood finish. A versatile Pinot for a wide selection of fare.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Four Vines 2016 The Maverick Pinot Noir
88 points
$20
Violet ruby color. Aromas of grilled black cassis, spice drop candies, black cherry, and Italian herbs with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a seamless, breezy finish. A smooth-sipping Pinot Noir.
Stina’s Cellars 2012  Pinot Noir
88 points
$30
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry cola, toasty oak, clay riverbed, pickled beets, vanilla bean milkshake, and luxury cigarettes with a supple, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-long blueberry syrup, cranberry relish, and ruby red grapefruit finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A toasty, food-friendly Pinot with ample creamy oak flavor.
Schug 2015 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
88 points
$45
Ruby color. Aromas of raspberry liqueur, cranberry muffin, and rose hip jam with a lively, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length lingonberry finish. A racy pinot noir with great aging potential; cellar.
The Great Oregon Wine Company 2016  Pinot Noir
87 points
$19.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of black plum, cinnamon candy, and chocolate covered blueberry confection with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long graphite, kumato, leather, black pepper, and dark toasted coconut and spices finish with dusty tannins and heavy oak. A dark and mysterious, practically gothic Pinot Noir from Willamette.
87 points $19.99
French Valley Vineyard 2011  Pinot Noir
87 points
$22
Light burnt sienna color. Aromas of ripe tomato, stewed plums, chocolate covered cherry bon-bon, and honey-peanut crisp with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length grilled baguette, orange marmalade, and black tea finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A toothsome pinot noir for rich dinners.
Schug 2016  Pinot Noir
87 points
$25
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, pomegranate, and grilled berries with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, cheery wildberry skittles and wild mint finish. A brooding Pinot with food-friendly style.
French Valley Vineyard 2013  Pinot Noir
87 points
$28
Burnt sienna color. Rustic aromas and flavors of cinnamon crumble, cherry muffin, creamy Thai iced tea, and red and black licorice with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium finish. An attractive, rustic-styled Pinot Noir with a big fruity finish.
The Great Oregon Wine Company 2017  Pinot Gris
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Topaz gray color. Aromas of wool, dried lemon, and pressed flowers with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery berry tisane, squash blossom, and creamy masa finish with soft tannins and no oak. A solid Willamette Pinot Gris for delicate fish.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Thor’s Well 2016 Devils Churn Pinot Noir
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of wild blueberries, vanilla cream, fruit punch, and cherry cola with a glycerous, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy chocolate genache finish. A plush and fruity Pinot Noir with a crowd-pleasing style.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
French Valley Vineyard 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$28
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of famed orange peel, fine black tea, toasted fruit cake, and strawberry preserves with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and an effortless, interesting, carefree blistered tomatoes and sea salt finish. A rustic Pinot Noir for pairing.
Claiborne & Churchill 2015 Classic Estate Pinot Noir
86 points
$32
Bright ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dill pickles and green tomato with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy cherry relish and oregano finish with light oak. A zingy Edna Valley Pinot with fresh-from-the-garden flavor.
Acronym 2015  Pinot Noir
85 points
$9.99
Dusty brick red color. Aromas of dried cherries and figs, wood chips, leather, lime leaf, and allspice with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy ground cinnamon finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A crowd-pleasing pinot noir with just the right amount of fruit and spice.
85 points $9.99
The Great Oregon Wine Company 2017 Rascal Pinot Gris
85 points
$12.99
Pale topaz gray color. Aromas of dried peach, lemon peel, wool, and golden apple with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a seamless, brisk iced tea finish with no oak. A smooth and laid-back Pinot Gris for anytime sipping.
85 points $12.99
Bread & Butter 2016  Pinot Noir
85 points
$14.99
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of vanilla custard and berry gelato with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy scented tobacco, allspice, nutmeg cream, and mocha finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A creamy, oak-driven pinot.
85 points $14.99
French Valley Vineyard NV  Pinot Noir
85 points
$18
Burnt sienna color. Baked aromas of cherry compote, chocolate silk pie, fruit cake, and buttered raisin toast with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, buoyant finish with a suggestion of oak. An easy-drinking Pinot for anytime sipping.
Parker’s Estate 2016  Pinot Noir
84 points
$9.99
Dark dusty ruby color. Woody aromas and flavors of freshly tanned leather, cedar chips, apple wood, cobbler topping, and dried mango with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, short-to-medium finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A very oaky Pinot Noir for rich cheese.
84 points $9.99
The Great Oregon Wine Company 2016 Rose City Pinot Noir
84 points
$14.99
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of caramel corn, ink, long grasses, grill marks, ripe cherry, and bourbon with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A boozy, snappy pinot.
84 points $14.99
Wollersheim 2015  Pinot Noir
84 points
$17
Ruby color. Aromas of grilled cherry and parchment with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, rapid chocolate chips, pomegranate-vanilla gelato, cranberry, and charred cedar finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A solid pinot for weeknight pairings.
Sparrow Hawk 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
84 points
$35
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of cherry pit, white pepper, and green bean with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a rapid cherry skin and pomegranate pip finish. A quaffable and savory Pinot for lighter flavored spring and summer dishes.
The Great Oregon Wine Company NV Canned Pinot Grigio
83 points
$12.99
Topaz gray color. Minerally aromas of lemon iced tea, tinned pineapple, and honeydew rind with a glycerous, bright, dryish light body and an effortless, brisk flint and minerals finish with no oak. An easy summer party quaffer.
83 points $12.99
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