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December 2019 - US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris

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

US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris Reviews

Portlandia 2018  Pinot Gris
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of honeycomb, apricot, white tea, and lime with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long dried pineapple, sweet papaya, minerals, hints of grapefruit zest, and fresh grass finish with no oak flavor. Bright, lengthy, elegant; this generous Willamette Pinot Gris has it all.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
San Simeon 2018  Pinot Noir
93 points
$30
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of blueberry jam, cherry cobbler, maple, and smoky leather with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long mixed nuts, foraged mushrooms, dried herbs, and cranberry finish with light oak flavor. A complex, well-structured Pinot Noir with aging potential; serious.
McIlroy 2018 Vines & Roses Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$40
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry pie, ripe plum, and rose hip jam with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-long caramel, licorice, marmalade on toast, rosemary, and black tea finish. A dark and oaky Pinot Noir with great complexity; try with duck.
Windstream 2018 Sarmento Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$40
Dark ruby color. Perfumed aromas of cherry conserves, rose petal jam, spiced cider, toasty pastry crust, 5-spice, and ripe papaya with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-long schmaltz and creme anglaise finish. A rich and full-bodied Pinot Noir with perfumed aromas that ignite the senses.
Adler Fels 2017 The Eagle Rock Pinot Noir
90 points
$19.99
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of bright cherry taffy, toffee-coated almonds, dark chocolate, and spice drops with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of berry cobbler and vanilla custard with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, oaky Pinot Noir with great texture and length kissed by a touch of sweetness; easy to love.
90 points $19.99
Bella Rose Vineyard 2017  Pinot Noir
90 points
$24.95
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of roasted beets, dried cranberry, champagne vinaigrette, dill, pine nut brittle, jasmine, and cherry mostarda with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, complex, long finish with notes of hazelnut creme with light oak flavor. A savory, incredibly food-friendly Pinot Noir that will work stupendously with roasted poultry and fowl.
90 points $24.95
Bargetto 2018 Bargettos Pinot Grigio
90 points
$28
Pale old gold color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd, grilled pineapple, toasted meringue, summer peach, and slate with a silky, crisp, dry light body and an even, intriguing, medium-long finish evoking nuances of honeydew melon and honeycrisp apple with no oak flavor. A food-friendly, mineral-driven Pinot Grigio that will be a hit with novices and enthusiasts alike.
McIlroy 2018 Bembey Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$40
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cranberry, vanilla bean, holly, clove, hint of eucalyptus, artisan cola, and white pepper with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long finish displaying notes of vanilla latte with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A festive, piquant Pinot Noir with creamy oak and bright fruit.
Pin Point 2018  Pinot Noir
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried blackberries, cherry jam, toasted pine nuts, roasted root vegetables, and rye crisps with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-length finish that exhibits nuances of graphite with well-integrated tannins. Dark blue-fruit flavors show a different side of Pinot Noir; distinctive and delicious.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Bargetto 2018 Regan Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir
89 points
$45
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of mulberry gelato, ripe strawberry, orange zest, lingonberry, sautéed mushrooms, and dark chocolate shavings with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long finish that shows nuances of roasted root vegetable tartlet and raspberry vinaigrette with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lip-smacking Pinot Noir.
Stephen Vincent 2017  Pinot Noir
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry jam, dried cherry, pomegranate juice, white pepper, and earth with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish evoking suggestions of thumbprint cookies with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir that satisfies.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Portlandia 2017  Pinot Noir
88 points
$19.99
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried blueberries, honey bun, beeswax, and dark caramel with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with nuances of berry muffin and tobacco leaf with coating tannins and light oak flavor. A friendly Pinot Noir with toasty spices and palate-pleasing fruit.
88 points $19.99
Currency 2018  Pinot Noir
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blistered berries, hint of leather, herbs de provence, and figs and dates with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length finish. A food-friendly Pinot Noir that can stand up to bolder dishes; decant.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2017  Pinot Noir
87 points
$19.95
Ruby color. Aromas of cranberry mostarda, suede, lingonberry jam, and candied bacon with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length ripe cherry halves in whipped cream and toasted cinnamon swirl bread finish. A juicy, toasty Pinot Noir that’s easy to love.
87 points $19.95
Henry Estate 2018 Scott Henry III Pinot Gris
86 points
$30
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pears, peach puree, asparagus, and orange peel with honey with a round, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length finish displaying notes of grapefruit pith with no oak flavor. At once ethereal and well-rounded, this crisp and pretty Pinot Gris will serve as a delicious aperitif for all seasons.
Frey 2018 Organic Pinot Grigio
85 points
$18
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon zest, whipped cream, baked figs and apples, and agave nectar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of quince. A smooth-sipping New World Pinot Grigio.
Frey 2018 Organic Pinot Noir
84 points
$18
Dusty dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of fruit cake, port wine, apple butter, and lip balm with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length finish that shows overtones of agave nectar and sweet rolls with chewy tannins. Dried fruit reigns in this distinctive California Pinot Noir.
Chateau Niagara 2018 Single Barrel Pinot Noir
84 points
$19.99
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of pickled beets, montmorency cherry, tomato leaf, celery seed, and berry kombucha with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits suggestions of pickling spices with light oak flavor. A bright, slightly savory Pinot Noir that offers a lot of interesting pairing possibilities.
84 points $19.99
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