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January 2019 - US Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris

January 2019 - 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 2017 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
93 points
$22
Bright ruby color. Attractive aromas of dried cranberry and cherry, raspberry sorbet, red and black licorice, cola, grand marnier, and crimini mushroom with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and an intriguing, medium-long fine tea, spice cabinet, and sun dried tomato relish finish with light oak flavor. A vibrant and pure pinot noir with aging potential
Paradise Ridge 2016 Vineyard Select Pinot Noir
93 points
$65
Light ruby color. Aromas of crushed blackberries and leather with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long compressed watermelon, sweet herbs, tangerine, and quince finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward pinot noir with ripe berry aromas and a juicy appeal.
Portola Vineyards 2014  Pinot Noir
92 points
$38
Dark dusty violet color. Aromas of baked figs and dates, dried rose petal, legumes, and roasted beets with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long cafe latte, roasted berries, chocolate silk pie, black licorice, and toffee finish with moderate oak flavor. Refined fruits and endless notes of anise and chocolate make this a memorable Pinot Noir
McIlroy 2017 Clone 828 Pinot Noir
92 points
$40
Dusty light garnet color. Floral aromas of rose petal jam, wild raspberry, mint, and dried currant with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long candied tomato, dried fig, and saffron finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An exotic and perfumed Pinot Noir that will be an excellent companion to North African fare.
Nelson Hill 2016 Deep End Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$44
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of toasty creamy meringue, berry custard tart, and potting soil with an bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length dried cherries, vanilla toffee, cedar, and pink pepper finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A lovely, layered pinot noir present with a compelling combination of delicacy and depth wrapped in a terroir-ific bow.
Carlton Cellars 2015 Roads End Reserve Pinot Noir
92 points
$45
Dusty ruby color. Floral aromas and flavors of ripe blueberry and cranberry, rose petal confiture, raspberry preserves, and acacia wood with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length finish that presents notes of cardamom, cinnamon swirl toast, bakers chocolate, and mustard seed. Unforgettable heady notes of rose petal jam beckon for another sip in this charming Yamhill-Carlton Pinot noir
Nelson Hill 2015 Deep End Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$46
Dusty garnet color. Interesting aromas of tart cherries, wild mushrooms, dried rose, and fresh herbs with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long black forest gateau, heirloom tomato, raspberry mousse, and watermelon rind finish with light oak flavor. A fruity yet elegant Pinot Noir that will be a nice offering at the holiday table.
Nelson Hill 2014 Deep End Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$48
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of cranberry confiture, fig paste, red apple, and fresh oregano with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, appealing, medium-long orange marmalade, salty-sweet bun, chocolate drizzle, and black tea finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A vibrant pinot noir, lush with dried fruits; great aging potential.
Tom Eddy 2015 Manchester Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$65
Ruby garnet color. Complex aromas of cherry mostarda, lavender, peach tea, and bergamot with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, long raspberry filled chocolate truffle, pink peppercorn, and balsamic glaze finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A very attractive Pinot Noir with style for days.
Cline 2017 Estate Grown Pinot Gris
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale brushed amber color. Elegant aromas of fresh sliced pear, grapefruit marmalade, minerals, jasmine, snap pea, and honey with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long succulent peach and apricot-almond finish with no oak flavor. A stylish and nuanced Pinot Gris to share with excellent company.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Paradise Ridge 2016 Walters Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$54
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of pomegranate, compressed watermelon, and fresh mint with a round, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length cherry preserves, foraged mushrooms, dried figs and dates, and slivered hazelnuts finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A spot-on velvety Pinot Noir with elegant fruit.
Poppy 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate croissant, buttered gingerbread, red apple and beet relish, and mushrooms in cream with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish imparting touches of hazelnut latte and blood orange with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and toasty Pinot Noir that’s been well-loved by the barrel.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Brassfield Estate 2017 High Serenity Ranch Pinot Gris
90 points
$22
Yellow straw color. Aromas of white peach, heather, honey, and lanolin with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length cantaloupe finish with no oak flavor. A vibrant Pinot Gris with layers of minerality and stylish fruit.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Estate Pinot Noir
90 points
$34
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry and white chocolate toffee and buttery praline with an vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-long finish with accents of cherry and raspberry coulis and chocolate orange peel with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A concentrated and flavorful pinot with ample fruit and refreshing acidity.
Carlton Cellars 2015 Estate Pinot Noir
90 points
$35
Dusty garnet color. Savory aromas and flavors of marinated beets, fresh dill, basalt, and fig bar with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of green peppercorn with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A full-bodied Pinot Noir with lots of earthy inflection.
City Winery 2016 Hyland Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
90 points
$36
Dusty violet color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of huckleberry sauce, sweet pea blossom, spiced cherries, and cranberry scone with a round, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-long finish that shows accents of cumin and thyme. A floral and juicy Willamette Valley in a charming style.
McIlroy 2017 Chock Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$40
Light garnet color. Aromas of old fashioned coffee and dried cherries with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long grilled mushrooms, red pear, and cranberry mostarda finish. A highly pairable, mouthwatering pinot noir that won’t let you down.
City Winery 2016 Bacigalupi Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
90 points
$42
Ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cranberry, compressed watermelon, and dark chocolate shavings with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish manifesting notes of flaky pastry and orange flower water essence almonds. A lovely pairing to roast turkey; fruit-forward and deliciously balanced.
Lobo 2015 Wulff Vineyards Pinot Noir
90 points
$45
Dusty dark violet color. Perfumed, attractive aromas of wild strawberry, morello cherry, sweet pea blossom, juicy plum, and cedar with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length dried fig, compressed watermelon, mint, cocoa butter, and licorice tea finish with soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. A perfumed Pinot Noir with lip smacking acidity; needs no excuse to sip.
Alara Cellars 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
90 points
$53
Bright violet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry chutney, candied cherries, sun dried tomato, and roasted coffee beans with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish. A concentrated Pinot Noir with jump-out-of-the-glass aromas.
Four Vines 2017 The Maverick Pinot Noir
89 points
$19.99
Dusty ruby garnet color. Aromas of spiced cranberries, leather, and candied orange peel with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length candied beets, rose petal and mulberry jam finish. A juicy and highly pairable Pinot Noir that satisfies with a rush of enticing flavors.
89 points $19.99
McIlroy 2017 Bembey Vineyard Pinot Noir
89 points
$40
Light garnet color. Sweet aromas of wedding cake and chocolate dipped strawberries with a silky, vibrant, off-dry light body and a smooth, breezy candied lemon peel, genache, and compressed watermelon finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward pinot noir with kisses of sweetness; a wine for cocktail hour.
Alara Cellars 2016  Pinot Noir
89 points
$41
Ruby black color. Aromas of cherry cola, black currant, carob, and clove cigarette with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length flourless chocolate cake and black pepper finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dark, almost brooding Pinot Noir filled with spice.
Ledson 2016 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
89 points
$60
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of s’mores and bacon wrapped dates with cream cheese with an soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-length finish that shows nuances of honey roasted beets, ground roasted nuts, minerals, and pepper with fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A dark and brooding pinot with a meaty, savory streak.
Poppy 2015  Pinot Noir
88 points
$15
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed cherry compote and beet relish with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, instant finish conveying touches of vanilla nuts with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A nice and tidy pinot with a good balance of fruit and oak that is sure to please.
City Winery 2016 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
88 points
$36
Bright dark ruby color. Fruity aromas of blueberry compote and cherry pie with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length tea and black pepper finish with crunchy tannins. A Pinot Noir bursting with purple fruit and table-friendly tannins.
Ledson 2016 Valeries Vineyard Pinot Noir
88 points
$38
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry, patent leather, and candied beets with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, refreshing, medium-length milk chocolate, cinnamon bun, and dried blueberry finish with light oak flavor. An oaky pinot noir with instant appeal.
Frey 2016  Pinot Noir
87 points
$18
Dusty dark ruby color. Aromas of wild cherry, tootsie roll, musk, and black tea with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree raspberry jam, dried fig, black licorice, and cedar shavings finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity anytime Pinot Noir.
Calcareous Vineyards 2017 Twisted Paso Pinot Noir
87 points
$19.99
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of strawberry yogurt, watermelon, and carnation with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length cherry cobbler and spice cabinet finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Outgoing fruits make this an instantly appealing pinot noir.
87 points $19.99
Penns Woods 2016  Pinot Noir
87 points
$30
Siam color. Aromas of cherry popsicle, dates, dried mushrooms, and ripe strawberry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, easy heirloom tomatoes and marinated roasted red pepper finish. A fruit-forward Pinot noir with a great juiciness to complement the meal.
Paradise Ridge 2016  Pinot Noir
87 points
$45
Brown brick red color. Fruity aromas of sugared cranberries, cherry pie, crimini mushroom, and pepper with a silky, crisp, light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length wild strawberry and halvah finish with light oak flavor. A fuller-bodied pinot noir that will pair well with richer meals.
Member’s Mark 2017  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas of candied orange peel, sweet apples, honey, and cucumber with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a sleek, appealing, crisp poached pear and almond cookie finish with no oak flavor. A supple, friendly pinot grigio with hints of apple and almond.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Avalon 2017  Pinot Noir
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright ruby color. Fruity aromas of cherry confection, ripe watermelon, raspberry liqueur, and nut skins with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length tiramisu and pomegranate-studded chocolate finish with light oak flavor. A fruit-forward and crowd-pleasing pinot noir.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Cline 2017  Pinot Noir
86 points
$14.99
Brown brick red color. Interesting aromas of overripe cherry, wood chips, eucalyptus, and tomato leaf with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long chocolate buttercream, pie crust, and dried figs finish with woody tannins. A friendly pinot noir with lots of chewy chocolate notes to enjoy.
86 points $14.99
Sebastopol Oaks 2017  Pinot Noir
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas of red licorice, cherry pie, figs, and pancetta with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk molasses and pencil shavings finish with moderate oak flavor. A lighthearted Pinot Noir.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Square, Plumb & Level 2016 Libra Vineyard Pinot Noir
86 points
$29.99
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of minestrone, grilled baguette, dried blueberry, and hay with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of strawberry preserves and roasted beets with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rustic and savory Pinot Noir that will be a hit with the right pairing.
86 points $29.99
AVA Grace 2017  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$11.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of struck match, pear, and green apple with a soft, vibrant, dryish light body and a sleek, swift finish revealing accents of lime candies and creme fraiche with no oak flavor. A solid go-to pinot grigio for party-pleasing.
85 points $11.99
Alara Cellars 2017  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$29
Pale light amber color. Aromas of nasturtium and apple spa-water with a supple, crisp, dryish thin body and a polished, brisk lemon spritz and salted lassi finish. A light-on-its-feet pinot grigio for anytime sipping.
Lloyd Cellars 2016  Pinot Noir
85 points
$50
Dusty dark violet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of chocolate croissant, candied bacon, buttercream, dried leaves, and garlic scapes with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-length finish with touches of raspberry vinaigrette with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smoky, chewy Pinot Noir for the table.
Esser Vineyards 2015  Pinot Noir
84 points
$14.99
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of cherry-vanilla confection and charred cornmeal crust with a slightly chewy, bright, dry light body and an effortless, brisk cherry cola and salted roasted mushrooms finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smoky Monterey Pinot Noir that will work well at the table.
84 points $14.99
Kestrel 2017  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$17
Straw color. Aromas of pineapple and struck match with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, carefree poached pear, sweet plantain, lime spritzed papaya, and peach stone finish with no oak flavor. A tropical, fruit-forward Pinot Grigio with bright acidity.
Frey 2016  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$18
Golden yellow color. Aromas of candied apricot, honey, caramel yogurt, and lime cordial with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk straw finish. A funky, full-bodied Pinot Grigio with lots of dried fruit character.
Brassfield Estate 2015 High Serenity Ranch Pinot Noir
84 points
$24
Dusty garnet color. Savory, smoky aromas of struck match, bacon, moss, and turned earth with a slightly chewy, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk cranberry reduction and cedar finish with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid red for the gang.
Portola Vineyards 2014 Estate Bottled Los Trancos Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
84 points
$38
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of wild strawberry, earthy cherry, smoky oak, bubble gum, and banana custard with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length graphite and black tea finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Assertive soft fruits make this a distinctive Santa Clara Pinot with body to pair with rich meals.
Firefly Ridge 2017  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$6.99
Topaz gray color. Aromas of ripe pear and dried pineapple with a soft, crisp, light body and a seamless, short melon, bitter almond, and parchment finish with no oak flavor. An easy, breezy white.
83 points $6.99
Black Box 2017  Pinot Noir
80 points
$6.25
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla candle, root beer float confection, and red rope licorice with a coarse, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a short finish with accents of saw dust with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vanilla-forward wine for the gang.
80 points $6.25
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