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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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish that shows accents of chocolate mole, dill, and ginger with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish displaying accents of bacon scone, cranberry spread, and pickled beets. 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 finish manifesting notes of rose hip with medium tannins and light oak flavor. 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 finish with shades of vanilla, cherry cordial, suede, and black tea 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 finish with accents of peppercorns, pickling spices, and cinnamon tea with well-integrated, coating tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. 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 finish with accents of watermelon rind and pink peppercorns with no oak flavor. 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 finish with impressions of bay leaf and pink peppercorns with moderate oak flavor. 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 finish imparting elements of Indian pickle 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 finish with shades of tobacco, warm black tomato, and raspberry leaf with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish displaying notes of , and cedar 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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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