March 2021 - US Pinot Noir/Grigio/Gris

March 2021 - US Pinot Noir/Grigio/Gris
This month's Wine feature is US Pinot Noir/Grigio/Gris Wines

US Pinot Noir/Grigio/Gris Reviews

McIlroy 2019 Vines & Roses Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points
$40
Light garnet color. Attractive, spicy, savory aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and beets, marinated carrots, mole, and pomegranate molasses with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish that exhibits elements of pomegranate and Craisin, chocolate toffee, peppercorn muffin, and cedar with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A broad and balanced Pinot Noir with ample fruit and deep savory, spicy notes in support.
Gersing Cellars 2018 Eola Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$45
Dark dusty ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dill, orange zest, coconut, caramel, pickled cherries, and vanilla latte with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long finish with accents of coriander, pickled plums, and toasted almonds with moderate oak flavor. An herbaceous, savory, oaky treat; this complex Pinot Noir could be the talking point of your next fine meal.
Pedroncelli 2019 Signature Selection Pinot Noir
92 points
$22
Dusty ruby color. Elegant aromas and flavors of pickled cherries, dressed beets, ripe watermelon, candied nuts, vanilla, and violet with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, intricate, long finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dreamy Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with great depth and complexity; sure to please.
Latitude 38 Wine 2017 Private Reserve Pinot Noir
92 points
$29
Light garnet color. Inviting aromas of cherry scone, fertile earth, basil, and licorice with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a polished, elegant, long cafe au lait, smoked meats, and cherry tart finish with moderate oak flavor. A delicious, velvety Pinot Noir with charming balance.
Publix Premium 2019  Pinot Noir
92 points
$31
Ruby black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of huckleberry, cola, eucalyptus, chocolate-mint, and cherry pie with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A distinctively herbal Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with smart use of oak and fun mint chocolate vibes.
Lobo 2017  Pinot Noir
92 points
$50
Dark brick red color. Oaky aromas and flavors of coconut oil, dried cherries, crushed pine nuts, and ginger-apricot tea with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, long finish with notes of eucalyptus honey and mixed berries with heavy oak flavor. A rich and juicy Pinot Noir spiked with a hefty dose of coconutty oak.
Modus Operandi Cellars 2017 Vicarious Pinot Noir
91 points
$35
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon-cardamom bun, spiced plum, candied cherry, chocolate ganache, rose petal, anise, and clove with a velvety, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, appealing, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A spicy and alluring Pinot Noir with velvety texture and bold acidity; drink now or cellar.
McIlroy 2019 Zabala Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$40
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of cherry preserves, pickling spices, lilac, ginger, and white peppercorns with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, intricate, long coconut, almond biscotti, fresh cut grass, and cafe au lait finish with moderate oak flavor. A complex, slightly spicy Pinot Noir with a well-rounded flavor profile and slightly smoky finish.
McIlroy 2018 Reserve Vines & Roses Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 points
$60
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate-dipped orange peel, mint creme, ripe cranberry, and custard with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long vanilla latte, cherry crumble bar, and hints of root beer finish with moderate oak flavor. A tasty, oak-inflected Pinot Noir with silky smooth texture.
Reflection Ridge 2019 Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled lingonberry, dried cherry, marinated mushrooms, and leather with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of cranberry, dressed beets and cured meats with moderate oak flavor. A nice balance of fruity, savory and oaky notes mingle in this table-ready Pinot Noir.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Blue Canyon 2019 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty light ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler, dried cherries, ripe fig, and herbed olives with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish with elements of herb foccacia with light oak flavor. A tasty, fruit-forward Monterey Pinot Noir with something for everyone.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Gersing Cellars 2018 Madrona Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
89 points
$39
Brick red color. Green aromas and flavors of fresh dill and pickled cherries with a satiny, lively, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of cherry yogurt, watermelon vinaigrette, and tarragon with a suggestion of oak flavor. An herbaceous and green Pinot Noir with lively acidity and great texture.
Kirkland Signature 2019  Pinot Noir
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of fruit leather, pomegranate chutney, chocolate orange peels, and silly putty with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish that shows accents of roasted beets, charred popcorn, mocha, and cedar pencil shavings with moderate oak flavor. A dark and somewhat enigmatic Pinot Noir to explore and cellar.
88 points $12 Best Buy
7Cellars 2019 The Farm Collection Pinot Noir
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry crumble, cafe latte, smoked almonds, and milk chocolate with hazelnuts with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of hibiscus tea with moderate oak flavor. A bold and beckoning Pinot Noir with flashy California style.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Soquel Vineyards 2019  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of ripe pear, sliced peach, apple blossom, chalk, and almond with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, friendly and balanced Pinot Grigio that will be a real crowd-pleaser.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Tribute 2018  Pinot Noir
88 points
$16
Light garnet color. Aromas of chocolate sponge cake, raspberry jam, and rose hip preserves with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length cherry-coconut-almond layer bar and graphite finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, dry-yet-fruity Pinot Noir for sipping and supping.
Benziger 2019  Pinot Noir
88 points
$19
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jam, blackberry pie, and rose water with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-length finish that shows notes of caramel and dark chocolate with orange peel with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruity, floral and pleasing Pinot Noir sipper with an elegant stride.
Alexandria Nicole 2020 A Squared Pinot Gris
87 points
$18
Brilliant white gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of creamy nougat, baked peach, and dusty banana with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish imparting suggestions of melon, meringue, and pear with no oak flavor. A delicious and appealing Pinot Gris with fine style, flavor, and balance.
Portola Vineyards 2015  Pinot Noir
87 points
$38
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of spiced dried figs, fruit cake, roasted tomatoes, agave nectar, and cocoa powder with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length white pepper and cranberry finish with light oak flavor. A rich and distinctive Pinot Noir with big notes of dried fruit and a peppery palate.
Penns Woods 2017  Pinot Noir
87 points
$40
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of caramel yogurt, buttery toffee, dried cherry, and caramel cheesecake with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length finish displaying impressions of caramel pot de creme with light oak flavor. A creamy, caramelly Pinot Noir that stands out from the pack.
Biltmore Estate 2019  Pinot Noir
86 points
$19
Bright ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cooler, watermelon, and cola with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that presents nuances of juicy plum with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, fruity summer wine.
Zugibe Vineyards 2016  Pinot Noir
86 points
$20
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of tomato jam, roasted beets in vinaigrette, cranberry sauce, chocolate mint cookies, and sautéed mushrooms with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A complex, zingy Pinot Noir from the Finger Lakes that will cut through rich meals like a knife.
Barefoot NV  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$6.99
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of pear drops, candied apple, and hints of peach with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, amusing, medium-length finish with accents of pressed flowers and minerals with no oak flavor. A clean and delicate Pinot Grigio with friendly fruit.
85 points $6.99
Armstrong Valley Winery 2020 Estate Reserve Pinot Grigio
85 points
$16
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of flint, white peach, and Thompson seedless grapes with a supple, soft, dryish light body and an effortless, breezy finish that exhibits impressions of lemon slices and melon with no oak flavor. An effortless, plush Pinot Grigio for anytime sipping.
Highway 12 2017  Pinot Noir
85 points
$16
Dusty garnet color. Oaky aromas of grilled plums, tobacco, buttered waffles, and rum-raisin with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, relaxed earth and clove finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A toasty, chewy Pinot Noir for everyday pairing.
Rock Point 2019  Pinot Noir
85 points
$17
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cooler, pomegranate, fresh cut grass, caramelized mushrooms, and cinnamon with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, swift finish that shows suggestions of Nag Champa. A fruit-forward nose leads to a bone-dry, food-friendly palate in this Pinotage-like Oregon Pinot Noir.
Portola Vineyards 2015 Estate Pinot Noir
85 points
$38
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, sun dried tomatoes, brandied cherries, and dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, medium-length finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A somewhat brooding and chewy Pinot Noir for the table.
Black Box 2019  Pinot Noir
84 points
$19.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of charred figs, caramel-drizzled carob, and blackened cherry pie crusts with a slightly chewy, crisp, light-to-medium body and an agreeable finish that presents notes of cola with moderate oak flavor. An oaky, chewy Pinot for the weeknight table.
84 points $19.99
101 North NV  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$5
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, apple, and linen with a soft, dryish thin body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A simple Pinot Grigio quaffer.
83 points $5 Best Buy
Siri Lane 2018  Pinot Noir
83 points
$36
Ruby garnet color. Curious aromas and flavors of dried cherries, salted caramel, fruit and nut press, and pimento with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. Dried fruit and nuts reign in this distinctive Pinot Noir; try with more robust pairings than you would typically assign to the varietal.
Cupcake LightHearted 2020  Pinot Grigio
81 points
$9
Silvery straw color. Aroma of crisp apple with a lean, bright, thin body and a sleek, momentary lemon spritz finish with no oak flavor. A lean and simple quaffer.
Zugibe Vineyards 2019  Pinot Gris
81 points
$16
Light gold color. Aromas of dried apple and melon rind with a chewy, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy parchment finish with papery tannins. A chewy, savory Pinot Gris for the table.
Black Box 2019  Pinot Grigio
81 points
$19.99
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of apples and bananas with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a sleek, brisk finish with no oak flavor. An easy white quaffer for everyday indulging.
81 points $19.99
Firefly Ridge 2019  Pinot Grigio
80 points
$9
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of fallen fruit and earth with a supple, bright, petillant, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk finish that shows accents of hints of lemon with no oak flavor. A casual everyday white.
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