Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio

Jul 072014
Van Duzer Pinot Gris 2013, Williamette Valley, OR, $18 (S) – Rating 91

Van Duzer Pinot Gris 2013Stainless steel fermented and sur lie aged creates a round mouth-feel complimented by juicy acidity and a hint of creaminess. A touch of sweetness balances the acidity. A bouquet of citrus, tropicals and a hint of pie crust. Flavors of citrus, tropicals,white peach and honeycomb. White peach, minerality and spice in the long finish. Perfect with lighter summer fare or simply enjoy with a view. Buy This Wine


Apr 072014
Giordano Pinot GrigioGiordano Grecanico Pinot Grigio 2012, Sicily Collection, Sicily, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 88

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

Mar 012014
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

Jul 282013
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

Aug 092012
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

Jul 052012
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.

May 162012
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.

Sep 162011
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