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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.
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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