From a small vineyard on Sicily, this Pinot Grigio – Grecanico blend is produced in a softer creamier style than many mouth-puckering Pinot Grigios. A gentle nose of citrus, pineapple and melon. Light-bodied with soft acidity, offering flavors of pineapple creme, lemon and green apple with a bit of minerality in the finish. Think summertime with friends. Will pair well with lighter summer and picnic fare. Buy This Wine
Breggo Pinot Gris 2012 Anderson Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90
A very easy drinking Pinot Gris, perfect to usher in warmer weather. Creamy mouth-feel with balanced acidity and just a hint of sweetness. A nose of white peach, citrus and baked apple. Well-integrated flavors of red apple, pear, ripe pineapple, white peach and melon with intriguing notes minerality and wet stone. Buy This Wine
2012 J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Gris, CA, $15 (S) – Rating 91
Always a favorite in the Pinot Gris category. Equally good as a refreshing sipper or pairing with lighter fare. Aged in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation, it offers aromas of citrus, orange peel and honeysuckle with hints of melon. The palate is treated to bright acidity with rounded flavors of citrus, melon and minerality with subtle notes or orange zest. Just a touch of lime in the finish. Buy This Wine
2011 Brandborg Wines Pinot Gris, Umpqua Valley, OR, $16 (S) – Rating 90
A refreshing wine with a nose of soft lemon creme. Flavors of bright citrus, green apple with hints of orange and honeysuckle caress the palate highlighted by bight acidity. Great with lighter summer fare or just to sip on the patio. Buy This Wine
2010 Acrobat by King Estate Winery Pinot Gris, OR, $12 (S) – Rating 89
A clean and crisp patio sipper with plenty of flavor, a hint of sweetness and balanced acidity. The nose is reminiscent of pineapple creme offering the palate flavors of ripe pineapple, melon, pear and citrus with subtle notes of honeysuckle all wrapped up with a soft mouth-feel. Buy This Wine
2011 Chamisal Vineyards Pinot Gris, Estate Bottled, Edna Valley, CA, 24 (S) – Rating 91
This near-perfect patio sipper opens with a subtle nose of red apple which transcends to the palate with flavors of apple pie, pear, white peach, baking spice and a hint of yeastiness. Left on lees for 6 months resulting in a soft round mouth-feel with crisp acidity.
2009 Firesteed Pinot Gris, Oregon, $14 (S) – Rating 4.1
A very enjoyable Pinot Gris with a soft round mouth-feel and about as full-bodied as a Pinot Gris can be. A rich nose of Meyer lemon, melon and a hint of honeycomb. Flavors of citrus cream, cantaloupe, Meyer lemon and wet stone are complimented by mild yet present acidity and a note of sweetness.
2010 Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Gris, Mendocino County, CA, $11 (S) – Rating 88
A fun bright value wine with a nose of citrus and ripe pineapple. An easy sipper of predominately citrus and tropical flavors with hints of peach and minerality with tangy acidity.
2009 Swanson Vineyards Pinot Grigio, Napa Valley, CA, $21 – Rating 89
A beautifully balanced un-oaked Pinot Grigio with layers of crisp round flavors of pear, peach, stone fruit and honeydew melon with a touch of spice. Enough zingy acidity to pair well with lighter fare. Just an excellent example of the wine this grape can be, from Swanson Vineyards
2010 Van Duzer Estate Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon, $16 (S) – Rating 88
The 2010 Van Duzer Pinot Gris is a zippy dry wine with nice round flavors of pear, honeysuckle, apple and white fruit. A touch of ripe pineapple citrus rounds out the flavors of this beauty. As super patio sipper that will sure to be a crowd pleaser. Pair with grilled white fish, shell fish or a summer salad topped with poppy seed dressing.
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