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89 • 10SPAN 2012 Pinot Gris, Monterey County $13. Best Buy.
Bright straw. Aromas of pineapple, peach, Meyer lemon, mango and ginger. Exotic fruit flavors are accented by lime zest, lemon and crisp, lively acidity. Fruit flavors carry through a precise, balanced finish. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
88 • Manzoni Estate 2012 North Highlands' Cuvée, Pinot Gris, Santa Lucia Highlands $26.
Pale gold to light straw. Aromas of cinnamon apples, grapefruit zest, poached pears and pickled melon. Flavors range from crisp apples and lemon to baked pear and spicy melon. Remains bright and vibrant with interesting notes of caramel on the finish. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
88 • Bouchaine 2012 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Gris, Carneros, Napa Valley $30.
Pale gold to light straw. Aromas of pineapple, poached pear, honeycomb and granny smith apples. Toasty oak and vanilla lead to flavors of spiced pears, almond and honeydew. Grilled lemon adds a crisp balance to the rich and complex flavors. Excellent use of oak adding a spicy accent without overpowering the fruit. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
88 • Heron Hill Winery 2012 Reserve, Pinot Gris, Finger Lakes $17.99.
Pale straw to polished platinum. Aromas of orange blossom, jasmine, golden pineapple, mango and apple blossoms. Off dry with pineapple, mango, lemon meringue pie and pear tart flavors. Finishes with floral and fruit with loads of apple blossom and crisp, tart granny smith apple slices. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
87 • Brassfield Estate 2012 High Serenity Ranch Vineyard, Pinot Gris, High Valley $13.99. Best Buy.
Pale gold with slight emerald notes. Aromas of lemon, honeydew, yellow apples and honeysuckle. Lush flavors of peach custard, melon and ripe pear. Ends a bit flat, in need of a bit more acidity to balance the lush fruit. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
87 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Pinot Gris, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Light gold and day bright. Aromas of gardenia, peach, nectarine and Meyer lemon zest. Semidry with peach and sweet pear flavors, honey, lemon and mango. Finishes bright, crisp and dry with a touch of wet stone minerality. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
87 • Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Regan Vineyards, Pinot Gris Orange Wine, Santa Cruz Mountains $35.
Brilliant copper hue with notes of amber and brass. Aromas of honey, maple and brown sugar with sweet melon, golden pineapple and grilled peaches. Moderate acidity keeps the sweet almost candied fruit, wild raspberry flavors and pastry notes in balance. Not to the point of being crisp and lively, but enough to keep the wine balanced. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
86 • Tyee 2012 Estate, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley $16. Organically Grown Grapes-Certified Salmon Safe
Light straw with bright gold highlights. Aromas of Asian pear, crenshaw melon, honeysuckle and mango. Dry with crisp yellow apples, honeydew melon and lemon flavors. Touch of stoniness frames the fruit. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
85 • Westport Rivers 2012 Pinot Gris, Massachusetts $19.99. Sustainable Agriculture
Bright gold with polished brass highlights. Aromas of golden pineapple, mango, dried honey, candied papaya, magnolia and a hint of latex. Dry and crisp with flavors of Asian pear, dried papaya, apple chips and lemon zest. Finishes crisp with an interesting hint of drinking from a rubber hose. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
84 • Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Regan Vineyards, Pinot Gris, Santa Cruz Mountains $30.|Find-a-Wine|
Light copper with hints of polished brass. Aromas of baked apples, pear and ripe melon. Wine is flat with overripe tree fruit that lacks acid to support it. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)