Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio

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