March 2022 - US Pinot Noir/Grigio/Gris

March 2022 - US Pinot Noir/Grigio/Gris
This month's Wine feature is US Pinot Noir/Grigio/Gris Wines

US Pinot Noir/Grigio/Gris Reviews

Gracianna 2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir
95 points
$54
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of compressed watermelon, cherry granola, fresh herbs, duck rillettes, warm, flaky pastry, and tangerine with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, long finish with accents of smoked cranberry sauce, licorice, and caramelized squash with light oak flavor. A singing Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with a dark side; rich, mysterious, savory but all-the-while purely fruity and instantly appealing.
River Road 2018 Stephanies Cuvee Pinot Noir
94 points
$29
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of crushed blackberries, dried cherries, apricot, and fragrant jasmine tea with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with shades of flaxseed with moderate oak flavor. A rich, balanced and appealing Pinot Noir that lives and breathes Russian River style.
7cellars 2020 The Farm Collection Pinot Noir
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cobbler, raspberry candies, caramelized mushrooms, and candied aniseed with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of cafe au lait and herbal tea with moderate oak flavor. A sophisticated, velvety Pinot Noir that doesn’t skimp on bright fruit aromas.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Pend D’Oreille 2021  Pinot Gris
93 points
$22
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden delicious apple, ripe apricot, honey, and sweet perfume with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, elegant, medium-long finish displaying notes of turkish delight, hints of sumac, and saffron. A rich and weighty Pinot Gris that’s stylish and conversation-worthy.
Bricoleur Vineyards 2019  Pinot Noir
93 points
$52
Violet color. Aromas of dried cherries and apricot with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate croissant, cherry gelee, licorice, and caramelized mushrooms finish with heavy oak flavor. A decadent, instantly appealing Russian River Valley Pinot Noir; buy more than one bottle!
Moffett 2018 Bieze Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$55
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry-raspberry jam, honeyed tangerine, nougat, and floral fine polished wood with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, breezy finish with nuances of roasted root vegetables and birch bark. A floral, highly structured pinot that will sing at the table now and reward patience in the cellar.
Moffett 2018 Terrarossa Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$55
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry custard pie, vanilla apricot bonbon, charcoal pencil, and sweet tobacco with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, long finish imparting notes of roasted nuts with cocoa, sautéed berries and greens, and cedar with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A supple and concentrated pinot with great depth of flavor and seamless oak.
Ron Rubin 2019  Pinot Noir
92 points
$25
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, cola, licorice, and toasted nuts with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long finish that presents nuances of cherry preserves, rye toast, and leather with heavy oak flavor. A decadent Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with great varietal character complimented by well-integrated oak.
McIlroy 2019 Chock Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points
$40
Light garnet color. Savory aromas and flavors of roasted cherries, spice cake, smoked almonds, and beets with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long finish manifesting impressions of hints of vanilla and pine with moderate oak flavor. A lush, balanced and interesting Pinot Noir with complexity for days.
Vanderbilt Reserve 2019  Pinot Noir
92 points
$40
Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, boysenberry cobbler, cherry cordial, and buttercream with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with suggestions of choke cherry chutney, pickled watermelon rinds with pink pepper, spiced caramelized nuts, and cedar and olives with chewy, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A vibrant, chewy, flavor-packed pinot with lots of layers of fruit and spicy oak to relish in.
Lorenzi Estate 2019 Reserve Pinot Noir
92 points
$45
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries, caramel creme, roasted almond, and hints of leather with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, subtle, medium-long chocolate cake, coconut-pecan frosting, kirsch, and hints of mint finish with moderate oak flavor. A complex palate pleaser that will delight fans of the Russian River Valley.
Abrupt Vineyards 2019  Pinot Noir
91 points
$60
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of carob, tobacco, chocolate-covered cherries, and ripe plums with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish revealing notes of toffee, toast, and allspice with heavy oak flavor. A heavily oaked, chewy Pinot Noir with style and class.
Dewitt Family 2019 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$65
Ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate pastry, almond brittle, raspberry vinaigrette-dressed beets, caramel-custard, and spiced doughnuts with raspberry filling with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-long cherry gelee and buttercream finish with moderate oak flavor. A decadent Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
PINO Cellars 2019  Pinot Noir
90 points
$19
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed dried cherries and spiced chocolate toffee with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of black raspberries, spiced melon, and waxy cherry with a suggestion of oak flavor. A round, pure, playful pinot with delicate spicy and savory accents.
Replica 2019 Label Envy Pinot Noir
90 points
$20
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled cherries, boysenberry jam, and freshly foraged mushrooms with a velvety, lively, fruity light body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish that shows touches of chocolate-covered coconut cream, dressed beets, hints of violet, and hazelnut with moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Pinot Noir that offers great value.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2019 Dijon Clone Pinot Noir
90 points
$25
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of boysenberry, morello cherry, hints of toffee, and cedar with a supple, vibrant, fruity light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length chocolate genache finish with moderate oak flavor. A velvety, welcoming Pinot Noir with fleshy fruit flavors and round, creamy oak nuance.
Crossways Winery 2019  Pinot Noir
90 points
$32
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cherries, eucalyptus, and hint of cologne with a silky, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish displaying accents of marinated beets and cranberry with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A seamless and delicious pinot noir packed with ripe fruit and savory notes.
Bricoleur Vineyards 2020 Founders Block Pinot Noir
90 points
$50
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cranberry and bay leaf with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of cherry gelee, toasted almonds, and caramel wafer with moderate oak flavor. A very silky, pure and satisfying Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley.
Lobo 2018 Wulff Vineyards Pinot Noir
90 points
$50
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of leather, oregano, cranberry jelly, dried strawberry, and hibiscus tea with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length hints of horehound candy finish with heavy oak flavor. A structured, oaked Pinot Noir for the Cabernet drinker; lovely now with pork, but may develop into something truly special after a few years of cellaring.
Biltmore Estate 2020  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime flesh, lime leaf, and cashew with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, brisk finish that shows notes of white peach with no oak flavor. A crisp, mineral-driven Pinot Grigio with an elevated style.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Replica 2020 Misbehaved Pinot Noir
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of delicate forest berries, cranberry sauce, root beer, caramelized mushroom, and flan with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A creamy, balanced Pinot Noir for everyday tippling.
89 points $16 Best Buy
DH Lescombes 2021 Heritage Series Pinot Gris
88 points
$17
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of fruit salad with banana, golden raisin, watermelon and quince paste, and mossy earth with a satiny, soft, light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that shows impressions of golden apples and lychee with no oak flavor. A nice round and tasty pinot gris for relaxed sipping.
Picket Fence 2018  Pinot Noir
88 points
$21
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted cherries, spiced berries, chocolate granola, and eraser with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of pickled parsnips and beets and roasted nuts with light oak flavor. A dry, elegant pinot noir that will be very versatile.
The Punch House 2019 Silver Coyote Vineyard Pinot Noir
88 points
$36
Pale garnet color. Aromas of wild raspberry, pomegranate, grapefruit zest, and coffee beans with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-long cranberry gelee finish. A unique and complex Willamette Pinot Noir for elegant and understated pairing.
Shaw 2018  Pinot Noir
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Garnet color. Inviting, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy chocolate cherry bar, floral strawberry plum tart, sweet beet relish, and chocolate tangerine peels with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of cocoa-dusted berries and oranges and toffee with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lovely spicy pinot noir with nice flavor and an easy-drinking style.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Duck Pond 2020  Pinot Gris
87 points
$16
Silvery emerald straw color. Nutty aromas of hazelnuts, toasted marshmallow, and honey with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, breezy hints of caramelized citrus finish with no oak flavor. A rounded, nutty Pinot Gris for the table.
River Road 2019  Pinot Noir
87 points
$19
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry, dressed beets, and forest floor with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish conveying notes of dried cranberries, orange zest, and cocoa with light oak flavor. A tasty everyday Pinot Noir that delivers.
Diora 2019 La Grand Majeste San Bernabe Vineyard Pinot Noir
87 points
$40
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cherries and beets, chocolate berry bar, and fern with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish that shows elements of dried tropical fruits and spiced nuts with moderate oak flavor. A rock solid pinot for everyday pleasure.
Diamondback Vineyards 2016 Manchester Ridge Pinot Noir
87 points
$69
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of grilled plums, patent leather, and resin with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long blackberry pie and caramel latte finish with heavy oak flavor. A round, heavily oaked Pinot Noir that will play very well at the table.
101 North NV  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$5
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lemon and lime zest, grapefruit, and melon with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, breezy finish that shows accents of golden apple with no oak flavor. A crisp and fruity white for anytime refreshment.
85 points $5 Best Buy
Winemakers Selection 2019 Classic Series Pinot Grigio
85 points
$5
Best Buy
Straw green color. Interesting aromas and flavors of roasted lemon, bbq sweet potato chip, and flaxseed and alfalfa with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of passionfruit-peach puree and watermelon granita with no oak flavor. A vibrant, tropical fruit driven pinot grigio pleaser.
85 points $5 Best Buy
Archetype 2020  Pinot Noir
85 points
$10
Dusty ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, dried cherries, and hint of smoky bbq rub with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, breezy finish revealing notes of spiced nuts and cedar bark with chewy, drying tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice mellow pinot with a hint of smoke and spice.
Carmenet 2017  Pinot Noir
85 points
$13
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate yogurt, five spiced pistachios with white chocolate, hint of potpourri in a cedar bowl, and chocolate berry bar with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, relaxed finish with notes of chocolate mousse with nuts and marinated beets with barky, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A savory pinot with lots of tannins to stand up to heartier meals.
Verada 2019 Reserve Pinot Noir
85 points
$18
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of currants, milk chocolate, vanilla creamer, and incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length hints of almond creme, dried figs, and pine nuts finish with light oak flavor. A distinctive California Pinot Noir with big notes of vanilla.
Stolen Season NV  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of champagne vinaigrette, pickled asian pear and onion, and honeycomb with a silky, racy, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, long finish with notes of tart peach skin with chewy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A simple but charming pinot grigio with savory, appetizing flavor.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Duck Pond 2020  Pinot Noir
84 points
$19
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of plum, cinnamon tea, sulfur, and iron-rich earth with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, short-to-medium finish that presents accents of cocoa powder with moderate oak flavor. A floral and fragrant Pinot Noir.
Lifevine 2020  Pinot Noir
84 points
$21
Burnt sienna color. Smoky aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, cedar plank grilled cherries and herbs, smoked bacon, and incense with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of stewed pomegranate and blueberry and pickled melon rind with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A tangy, mouthwatering pinot with a nice herb and spice accent.
Tin Can Pinot 2020  Pinot Noir
84 points
$24
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of licorice, leather, dried cherries, dill, and spiced tea with a soft, bright, dry light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length dressed beets, peach vinaigrette, and basil finish. A funky, rustic Pinot Noir for the table.
Biltmore Estate 2019 Limited Release Pinot Noir
84 points
$28
Dark ruby color. Aromas of ripe cranberry, beets, saffron, vanilla buttercream, and tobacco with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length hints of almond nougat finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive, fruit-driven Pinot Noir.
The Great Oregon Wine Company 2019  Pinot Noir
84 points
$35
Ruby color. Unusual aromas and flavors of cranberry, suede, chocolate taffy, parchment, violet petal tea, and roasted mushrooms with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of carob. A curiously tannic Willamette Pinot Noir with a table-ready style.
Beringer 2019 Founders Estate Pinot Noir
83 points
$9
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of green apple candies, cherry smoothie, and root beer float with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, brisk caramelized mushrooms and flan finish with moderate oak flavor. A light and fruity red to serve with a slight chill for outdoor barbecue festivities.
Butternut 2020  Pinot Noir
83 points
$15
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of coconut creme brulee, toasty berry pie crust, and raspberry and parsley leaf with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with accents of sour cherry and chocolate toffee with soft, chewy, firm tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry, chewy pinot for the table.
Wolfe Heights Estates 2021  Pinot Gris
83 points
$16
Straw color. Aromas of fish food and pond, dark roasted brazil nuts, and gardenia with a crisp, dry light body and a smooth, charming, medium-length sherry soaked nuts, fleur de sel, and radish finish with no oak flavor. A very dry, umami driven white for the table.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2020  White Pinot Noir
82 points
$30
Pale white gold color. Aromas of bacon and citronella with a supple, crisp, dry thin body and a smooth, swift toast points dipped in egg yolk and golden tomato finish with no oak flavor. A funky, smoky White Pinot Noir for the adventurous.
Antler Hill 2018  Pinot Noir
81 points
$50
Dark garnet color. Odd aromas and flavors of stewed fruits and mushrooms, warm yogurt and farmer’s cheese, and green straw with a lean, soft, light body and a tingling, short finish imparting impressions of beet skin, nut shell, and mossy rocks with moderate oak flavor. A very earthy and lean pinot for cheese.
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