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Giovanni Blason and his wife Valentina are young producers who continuously surprise us with the price-to-quality ratio of their wines, earning them tons of kudos in Gambero Rosso and beyond. They come from the Isonzo region of Northern Italy, right up against the Slovenian border. Their Pinot Grigio is really sensational, full in the mouth, rich on the palate and extraordinarily drinkable at this price! Very aromatic, with good complexity, length and that subtle elegance that shows muscle and a long and flowing finish.
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* One of Oregon's finest values in Pinot Gris, this offers big, juicy flavors of luscious apple and pear, backed with punchy citrus. The ample acidity tastes of lemon and grapefruit, and a notable wash of minerality comes up in the finish. The blend includes small percentages of Gewürztraminer and Muscat. (PG)" (8/2016) 90 points Wine Spectator: "**100 Top Values of 2016 and a Smart Buys Designation* Vivid and expansive, with tangy pear and cantaloupe flavors that play against hints of lime, finishing with polish. Drink now through 2019. (HS)" (10/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Pinot ...Read More »
Two-thirds of wine production in Alto Adige is controlled by cooperatives, and Erste e Neue is an old cooperative dating back to the year 1900 in the Caldara area. Hundreds of growers' grapes find their way to Erste e Neue to produce quality wines from their sub-alpine terroir near the Mediterranean's Adriatic Sea. From Erste e Neue: "The Pinot Grigio is graced with lovely purity in its clean, focused fruit. There is a wonderful warmth that radiates through the wine even if this remains a fresh, mineral-driven style of Pinot Grigio."
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromatically compelling with floral, stone fruit and mineral highlights, this offers palate cleansing freshness. The mineral-drenched flavors blend melon, peach and lemon rind, with a finishing burst of lime. It was fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel" (10/2016)
Jay S Miller of The Wine Advocate writes: "King Estate is a 200,000 case winery located outside of the generic Willamette Valley AVA not far from Eugene. It is a tourist destination with beautiful grounds and an attractive restaurant. The winery also makes solid wine, much of it from their estate fruit which is organically certified. Their major focus appears to be on Pinot Gris which is produced at a range of price points and includes several site specific cuvees, all at very fair prices."
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Stylish and detailed, this exemplaryeffort showcases a subtle and elegant approach to the grape. Rather than fleshy fruit flavors, it offers focused notes of pear skin, citrus rind and an overriding minerality. It’s drinking quite nicely already, and seems built to continue to evolve through 2020. (PG)" (1/2016) 91 points James Suckling: "A spicy white with lemon and clove character. Medium body, bright acidity and a long and intense finish." (11/2016) Wine Spectator: "Light and toasty, with a crisp feel to the roasted pear and white pepper flavors, finishing on an almond note. (HS) ...Read More »
90 points James Suckling: "Fresh and lively Pinot Grigio with sliced apple and pear character, medium body, and plenty of nice fruit." (11/2016)
J Vineyards, perhaps best-known for their bubbly, has a special connection with Pinot Gris--especially the small, Cooper vineyard adjacent to the tasting room and winery. But this fresh, multi-appellation blend of Pinot Gris comes from California coastal appellations like Russian River Valley and Monterey, as well as Lodi and Clarksburg.
This is the same delicious Underwood wine as the bottle, but in an easy-to-transport pop top can! No, it doesn't affect the taste - it's still packed with lemon, apple, and pear fruit with the same supple texture, acidity, and minerally finish. Perfect for summer sipping, for camping, boating, picnicking, beaching, or rocking out at the Hollywood Bowl! From the winery 's tasting notes: White peach, apple, and lemon."
Palmina was founded in 1995 by Steve Clifton, one of the founding partners of noteworthy Pinot Noir producer Brewer-Clifton. Palmina focuses entirely on Italian varietals sourced from their Central Coast stomping grounds in and around Santa Barbara County, and few labels have done more to promote and develop the potential of these Italian varietals in this era of California winemaking. The 2015 Pinot Grigio is sourced entirely from the Honea vineyard in the newly established Los Olivos District AVA in Santa Ynez Valley. From the winery: "There is a brill... Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Fresh flavors of herb, gooseberry, lime and pear comingle. This is the first release of a new sister brand to Elk Cove. All Willamette Valley fruit, including some estate grown grapes, it's done in a clean and refreshing style. This is a perfect mid-week, food friendly white wine. (PG)" (8/2016)
A wonderfully refreshing rosé of Pinot Gris - pale salmon color, pretty aromas of peach and apricot with a hint of lychee; white and yellow fruits on the palate with a healthy dose of saline minerals. Good weight but very refreshing with crisp, tart acidity. A great aperitif or with charcuterie, white meats, Asian foods, fish in sauce. Lovely!
91 points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant acidity imparts a sense of finesse to this lithe Pinot Gris, while a subtle streak of smoky minerality drives the flavors of yellow plum, Asian pear and lemon parfait. Offers a lingering, zesty finish. Drink now through 2021. (AN)" (9/2016) 90 points Vinous: "Bright, gold-tinged straw. Hints of honey and white flowers complement citrus and stone fruit aromas. Lemon curd and ripe pear flavors are lifted by a gentle floral nuance and become more saline with aeration. The floral and spice notes resonate on the long, sappy, nicely focused finish. Less exotic and opulent ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Honeysuckle and Honeycrisp apple flavors are layered with juicy acidity in this zesty, light-bodied white. (AN)" (10/2016)
93-94 points Raymond Chan: "Bright, light straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and fine in presentation with well-concentrated aromas of yellow stonefruits, spiced pears in a harmonious amalgam with exotic florals musk and flinty lees. The aromatic core builds in depth with aeration. Dyish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate possesses restrained flavours of yellow stonefruits, pears, honey and spices, with subtle layers of nuts, flint and minerals, along with lifted floral elements. This has good mouthfeel, body and presence, the wine following a fine-textur ...Read More »
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Raidis Estate is a boutique property in Coonawarra, South Australia. The small acreage of estate vines, planted 26 years ago, is looked after by two generations of the Raidis family. The wines are very small production and faithfully reflect this cool climate, heavily limestone influenced region. The Pinot Gris rosé is very interesting. Extended skin contact draws just the faintest blush pink from the luminous skins of this intriguing varietal. While the color of this rosé is very subtle its aromas and flavors are not. The wine soars with bright floral n... Read More »
The Goriska Brda Hills for a hilly landscape in western Slovenia, north of Nova Gorica on the Italian border. The region has a mild sub-Mediterranean climate with plentiful sunshine. This is the ideal location for grape growing, according to Katja Kabaj Morel and her French oenologist husband, Jean-Michel Morel. Their Pinot Grigio is crystal clear in color with a fruity aroma reminiscent of green apples and flowers. The fruitiness reappears in the mouth, along with minerality closing in on a long finish. Great with rich pasta dishes as well as most cooke... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Lovely from the first sniff on, this is packed with mineral-drenched fruit flavors. Pear flesh and skin dominate, along with suggestions of cucumber and white melon. The leesy minerality is a great palate cleanser" (2/2017) K&L Notes: Pinot Gris thrives in the cool climate of Oregon, producing fruit with both zippy acid and aromatic intensity. Cristom preserves the bright acidity and freshness of the fruit by fermenting in stainless steel, though after spending several months on its lees, the wine develops a luscious creaminess. According to the win... Read More »
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92 points James Suckling: "A dynamic wine with brioche, spice and creamy character. Full-bodied yet bright and intense. No sulfur and yet very fresh. Try it. Intriguing wine." (11/2015) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Planted in 1965, these vines are the oldest examples of this variety in the country. Jason Lett showcases this special fruit by making a natural wine with no sulfites added and no cold stabilization. The crisp apple flavors are forward, the color a light gold, the balance spot on and the finish polished. Drink now through 2020." (2/2017)
Reuilly is an appellation in the eastern part of France's Loire Valley (sometimes referred to as 'poor man's Sancerre') that is starting to get some real attention. Reuilly is blessed to share the same Kimmeridgian clay and limestone terroir with neighboring Sancerre and Chablis to the north, which explains where these wines get their mineral drive and precision. As prices for the more coveted regions creep up, savvy connoisseurs are finding great value the lesser-known, nearby appellations like Reuilly. The region produces unique rosés from Pinot Gris, ... Read More »
Barnaby and Olga Tuttle's Portland-based Teutonic Wine Company, is, need we say, an idiosyncratic outfit focused on German and Alsatian wine styles. And obsessively focused on terroir — they now collect grapes before harvest from each vineyard in order to start a native yeast culture for each fermentation.
91 points Wine Spectator: "Light and refreshing, with pretty pear and floral flavors on a soft texture, lingering with precision. The finish lingers. Drink now through 2022. (HS)" (2/2016)
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Vinous: "Vivid, green-tinged yellow. Scents of citrus peel and grilled nuts combine with ripe pear and baked apple on the enticing nose. Firmly built and suave, with ripe acidity and good underlying minerality framing the sweet citrus and spice flavors. Finishes meaty and long, with herbal and earthy nuances to the ripe orchard fruit flavors. The Pfister estate has long been associated with very dry Pinot Gris. Melanie Pfister explained to me that this is because her grandfather Alfred didn’t like red wines and needed a fuller-bodied but dry white wine to go with ...Read More »
Grown at the Biodynamic Filigreen Farm in alluvial soils of gravel & clay loam, breaking preconceived notions has long been a rewarding result of the wine makers'. The Ramato (skin ferment) Pinot Gris from the Biodynamic Filligreen Farm is no exception. With up to five days on the skins, this wine boasts a dimensionality and depth that may surprise. The attributes Tracey (wine maker) describes as "Funkytown" will delight those who enjoy a more adventurous palate. Refreshing flavors of meyer lemon and strawberry, cranberry, and lychees are quickly balanc... Read More »
This blend of 69% Pinot Grigio and 31% Greco is a meditation on the classic white wines of the Mediterranean.
Producer Note: "A classic wine for the entire meal, a wonderful accompainment to hams and young cold cuts, eggplant, fish dishes and white meats. The "Grigio" holds the second place in our production. The grapes, balanced and mature, offer a wine with Mediterranean hints of pear, peach and dried flowers. The taste of Pinot Grigio is fat and complex due to notes of melon, baked apple and tropical fruit, with hints of apricot. When young, it is a pleasant wine for its fresh and acid note."
Just off dry, with ample fruit, the marriage of cool climate Willamette Valley Pinot Gris with warm climate Southern Oregon Pinot Gris brings forth a rich, plump wine energized by bright vivacity...a perfectly balanced tension.
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Planted in 1965, these are the oldest examples of this variety in the entire country. Splendid texture is a defining characteristic, with a yeasty, creamy mouthfeel. Ripe apples and toasted grains come through, as the wine extends through a long and powerful finish. Try it with grilled shrimp and a wine and butter sauce. (PG)" (2/2016) 92 points Vinous: "Limpid gold. Fresh citrus fruits, green apple, white flowers and a subtle herbal nuance on the nose. Juicy and tightly wound on the palate, offering nervy quince and orange zest flavors that are very slow t ...Read More »
From the producer: "When we talk about our favorite autumn wines, Pinot Gris always seems to be a big part of the conversation. The grapes for this wine were picked last year in late August from Laetitia Vineyards; its quality promised a vintage of depth and sophistication. We barrel-fermented the juice in 100% neutral French oak, giving the 2014 Pinot Gris its rich & creamy texture and crisp and dry finish. This wine delivers expressive aromas of jasmine, nectarine, and resin followed by flavors of melon, lemon, and hints of white peach. The weight and ... Read More »
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