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June 2019 - US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris

June 2019 - US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris
This month's Wine feature is US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Wines

US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Reviews

Lake Sonoma 2016  Pinot Noir
94 points
$35
Dusty violet color. Aromas of ripe strawberry, grenadine, sweet pea blossom, and rose hip jam with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long strawberry-rose tart, prosciutto, cafe latte, marinated mushrooms, and candied kumquat finish with light oak flavor. A divine fruit-forward, juicy Pinot Noir that hits the Sonoma Coast nail on the head.
J. Cage Cellars 2017 Vander Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points
$49
Bright ruby color. Aromas of ripe cranberry, pomegranate, creme Anglaise, oregano, and aniseed with a velvety, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a warming, layered, long baklava, cinnamon confection, spray roses, raspberry sorbet, and dark chocolate finish with light oak flavor. A spectacularly nuanced Pinot Noir that explodes on the palate; deeply enjoyable.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Elton Pinot Noir
94 points
$55
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of pickled beets, dill, and cranberry with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, long dark chocolate, candied kumquat, and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A super-juicy, slightly herbal Pinot Noir with a silky texture and highly drinkable style.
Forchini 2015 Proprietors Reserve Estate Grown Pinot Noir
93 points
$32
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of cranberry sauce, foraged mushrooms, freshly peeled orange, and cedar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-length roasted beets and squash, allspice, clove, and toasted pine nuts finish with light oak flavor. A wildly appealing Pinot Noir with a savory side; a great choice for Thanksgiving.
Forchini 2016 Proprietors Reserve Estate Grown Pinot Noir
93 points
$32
Garnet color. Aromas of tiramisu, chocolate-cherry crumble, and lilac with a full body and a complex, long coconut cake, caramel creme, roasted beets, and salt and pepper finish with moderate oak flavor. A decadent Pinot Noir with ample creamy oak and delicious floral nuances.
Ledson 2017 Grove Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$42
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry scone, foraged mushrooms, pomegranate, rose, and saffron with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, very long finish with elements of cherry-rhubarb compote, allspice, aniseed, and coffee with well-integrated, silky tannins. A vibrant and pure Pinot Noir with piles of fruit, elegant texture, and an inspiringly spicy finish.
Dewitt Family 2017  Pinot Noir
93 points
$48
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried cranberry, toasted walnut loaf, chocolate shavings, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-length hint of anise and raspberry granita finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasty oak-centric Pinot Noir with great balance and pairable style.
Blue Cape Cellars 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir
92 points
$30
Garnet color. Aromas of licorice, pickled beets, rose petal, cherry pie, and milk chocolate with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, nuanced, long rose hip jam, thyme, baking spices, and apricot preserves finish with light oak flavor. An outgoing, mature Pinot Noir with a distinctive note of ripe stone fruit; drink up.
J. Cage Cellars 2017 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$49
Violet color. Attractive aromas of marinated strawberries, pomegranate, blueberry pie, and violet with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long chocolate shavings, sweet cream gelato, roasted almonds, and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A heady, decadent Pinot Noir with rich layers of fruit, florals, and spice.
Schug 2016 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
92 points
$50
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of red currant, cranberry, smoked vanilla, and elderflower with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, amusing, medium-length finish with notes of tea with honey, tangerine, and acai with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A velvety Pinot Noir in an elegant style.
Hagafen 2016 Prix Reserve Pinot Noir
92 points
$60
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry turnover, tobacco, clove, cedar, black pepper, and vanilla creme Anglaise with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oak-focused, rich and spicy Pinot Noir.
Duck Pond 2018  Pinot Gris
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Topaz gray color. Aromas of ripe nectarine, honeydew, key lime, white tea, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length Meyer lemon, grapefruit supremes and sliced pineapple in cream finish with no oak flavor. A stylish, buoyant Pinot Gris; understated and elegant.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2017 Founders Reserve Pinot Noir
91 points
$40
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sugared plums, blueberry hand pie, red tea, and roasted pecan with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, amusing, medium-long finish that exhibits nuances of black cherry, coffee gelato, cream, and mint-chocolate with moderate oak flavor. A decadent Willamette Pinot Noir of the voluptuous, velvety variety; va-va-voom!
J. Cage Cellars 2017 El Coro Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$49
Dusty ruby color. Sweet aromas and flavors of red licorice, honey, rose hip jam, raspberry sorbet, and sanguine with a satiny, fruity medium body and a silky, captivating, medium-length finish with accents of toasted hazelnuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. Assertive fruit leaps from the glass in this flashy and colorful Pinot Noir.
Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Family Grown Pinot Grigio
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of white grapefruit and flint with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long grapefruit zest, white peach, quartz, jasmine, and almond finish with no oak flavor. A vibrant, lengthy, serious Pinot Grigio.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Esser Vineyards 2017  Pinot Noir
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Light garnet color. Aromas of milk chocolate, smoked honey, cranberry muffin, and sun dried tomato with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long caramel-laden nuts, beets in vinaigrette, savory herbs, and crystallized orange peel finish with moderate oak flavor. A spicy, zesty Pinot Noir with a sultry, smoky edge.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Bliss Family Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of raspberry coulis, pomegranate, and baklava with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long mint tea, dried blue fruit, pie crusts, and sage finish with light oak flavor. A pure and vibrant Pinot Noir that will please any fan of the varietal.
90 points $18 Best Buy
King Estate 2017  Pinot Gris
90 points
$19
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple chutney, ripe pears, and golden delicious apple with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A softly textured Pinot Gris with nice food-friendly acidity.
Las Nietas Vineyard 2013  Pinot Noir
90 points
$25
Brick red color. Savory aromas of roasted beets, Tuscan kale with white beans, dried figs, sun dried tomato, and cinnamon with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-long cherry coulis and rose hips finish. A savory, highly pairable Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir with an Old World swagger.
Château Élan 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir
90 points
$35
Dark garnet color. Inviting, fruity aromas and flavors of baked cherries, toasted pine, and berry maple frosting with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with notes of pickled beets, apricot compote, and spiced nuts with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich and chewy Pinot Noir with a nice savory oaky personality.
Canihan Family 2016  Pinot Noir
90 points
$50
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry, menthol, black tea, and cologne with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of pomegranate and cola. A fruit-driven, youthful and concentrated Pinot Noir with wide appeal.
CRU9 2017 Irreverent Pinot Noir
90 points
$50
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves, raspberry sorbet, boysenberry, and bacon with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of tea with cream, honey, and bergamot with light oak flavor. A tasty marriage of bright fruit and toasty smoke.
Kalaris 2014  Pinot Noir
90 points
$55
Burnt sienna color. Elegant aromas of cranberry scone, orange zest, salumi, and dried mushroom with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length cherry and boysenberry conserve, leather, roasted nuts, and chocolate shavings finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and concentrated Pinot Noir with chewy layers of fruit, oak and grace.
Cline 2017  Pinot Noir
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of huckleberry compote, graham cracker crust, and red candies with a satiny, medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk blackberry pie, buttercream, and chocolate cookie finish. A bold Pinot Noir with wide appeal; pair away!
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2017  Pinot Noir
88 points
$17
Brick red color. Attractive aromas and flavors of mocha latte, dried cherries, terra cotta, and rhubarb with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, carefree finish with accents of nutmeg with moderate oak flavor. A creamy, appetizing Pinot Noir to save a place for at the table.
Eden Rift Vineyards 2017 Valliant Pinot Noir
88 points
$32
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grenadine, rooibos tea, candied strawberry, and baking spice with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a silky, breezy finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruity and uncomplicated Pinot Noir with instant appeal.
Schug 2017  Pinot Noir
88 points
$35
Brown brick red color. Smoky, spicy aromas and flavors of carob, bacon scone, cherry preserves, thyme, and anise with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with earthy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A rich and smoky Pinot Noir that will pair well at the table for fans of Chilean wines.
Canihan Family 2014  Pinot Noir
88 points
$50
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas of black licorice, rose petal, black cherry, spiced bread pudding, and dates with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-long black tea finish with crunchy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A fuller-bodied Pinot Noir that will pair well with richer fare.
The Great Oregon Wine Company 2018 Rascal Pinot Gris
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale amber khaki color. Aromas of white cherry, fresh cream, and carnation with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length labnah, Meyer lemon, almond, apple compote, and peach glaze finish with no oak flavor. An ethereal, silky soft Pinot Gris.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Ferrante 2017 Signature Series Pinot Gris
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale gold color. Aromas of golden apple, chalk, walnut confection, and pineapple with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, breezy honeysuckle and vanilla finish. A refined and well-behaved Pinot Gris.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Corner 103 2017  Pinot Noir
87 points
$50
Ruby black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cherry chutney, crystalized ginger, caponata, and grilled peppers with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A full-bodied Pinot Noir best served with a thoughtful meal.
CK Mondavi 2018  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$7
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of vanilla yogurt, pretzels, peach taffy, and golden apple with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, quick tart orange candies and lemon bar finish. A refreshing quaffer for hot summer days.
86 points $7 Best Buy
Lobo 2016 Wulff Vineyards Pinot Noir
86 points
$45
Ruby color. Mature aromas and flavors of ripe plum, rose hip jam, rose petal, leather, and anise with a chewy, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying touches of chocolate chew, carob, and cedar with chewy, drying tannins and heavy oak flavor. A food-friendly, oaky Pinot Noir with pretty floral aromas.
Ferrante 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir
85 points
$24.99
Dark violet color. Rustic aromas of bacon, sticky date pudding, compressed cantaloupe, and sun dried tomato with a velvety, prickly, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length tart cranberry candies and saspirilla finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, food-friendly wine with layers of smoke, fruit, and spice.
85 points $24.99
Frey 2017  Pinot Grigio
81 points
$18
Dull gold color. Aromas and flavors of apricot tart, persimmon, dried fruits and nuts, agave nectar, corn flakes, and marigold with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish displaying nuances of fallen pineapple. Baked, caramelized fruit notes make this a distinctive Pinot Grigio for the table.
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