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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Beautifully styled, this wine brings a solid blend of citrus, cucumber, tangerine and melon flavors. The length and balance are there for further aging, but the stunningly good flavors encourage near-term drinking." (10/2015) K&L Notes: Elk Cove Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in Oregon and they produce one of the best examples of Pinot Gris from the Pacific Northwest. The Willamette Valley's cool climate is perfect for delicate, slow ripening Pinot Gris, offering just enough sunlight and warmth to fully develop sugars, with cool night temperatures that help ... Read More »
One of the best deals going in Pinot Grigio, this wine is from the Grave del Friuli DOC, an area perfectly suited to the varietal. The 2013 is crisp, fruity and fresh, exhibiting that classic subtle bitter hint on the palate that makes it such an ideal match with dishes like spaghetti with clams, or sauteed freshwater trout. It also makes a fine pairing with sushi. Enjoy while young and fresh.
93 points James Suckling: "Focused white with pure, clean stone, flint and minerals. Nose of focused green-pear, exotic ripeness and juicy character. Great balance and finesse with an extended finish. One of the best-value in Pinot Grigios." (9/2014) Wine Spectator: "A sleek, zesty white, with lots of ground spice and stony mineral notes underscoring the clean-cut flavors of glazed apricot, kiwifruit, sliced almond and preserved lemon. Subtle finish. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2015)" K&L Notes: From one of Northern Italy's finest producers, the aroma on this Pinot Grigio is typically intense, full and fruity, ... Read More »
This is the same delicious Underwood Pinot Noir 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!
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." (1/2016)
From the Collio DOC on Italy's border with Slovenia, Venica is one of the region's most well-known and respected estates. Jesera actually means "little lake" in Slovenian, named for where the vineyard sits at the bottom of a cool valley. From the winey: "The natural copper color extracted with maceration is the signature of this wine and its richness reminiscent of williams pear, banana, and acacia flowers wrapped in a slight scent of fresh apricot. Intriguing taste with pleasant flavors of pear syrup and quince peels. Good acid/alcohol balance with a lo... Read More »
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.
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."
From the winery: "Said to be a Goldilocks vintage in Oregon; not too hot, not too cold and not too much rain! 2014 was, however, the warmest season on record in the Willamette Valley. Interestingly this was not due to high maximum temperatures, but rather higher than normal minimum temperatures. A warm spring and a little rain gave us an early bud break and the season maintained warm temperatures throughout. Nighttime temps were well above normal accelerated ripening despite large crop loads and harvest began at the very beginning of September. The dry w... Read More »
Wine & Spirits: "A streak of chalky minerality provides a backbone for this ripe, heady wine, the flavors reminiscent of smoked almonds and lemon meringue. For pork chops." (12/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* A big, ripe and spicy wine, it also has plenty of fruit to balance plus a drier structure at its center. Just a hint of lychee plus a rounded texture make it full bodied but never heavy. Drink from the end of 2014." (7/2014) Wine Spectator: "Exhibits fine balance and mouthwatering acidity, with fresh flavors of juicy pear and apricot fruit, followed by hints of candied ginger and kumquat, smoke and sp ...Read More »
94 points James Suckling: "Lots of dried apple, lemon and rose leaf. Mineral too. Full-bodied, off dry and round. A rich and flavorful white. Dense and layered yet agile. A beautiful wine. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold." (9/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The white-golden 2013 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain, from 50-year-old vines, is more dry than usual due to the late flowering and the cooler climate of the vintage, which finally brought healthy berries with virtually no botrytis. Clear and subtle on the precisely stony nose, this is a full-bodied, elegant and po ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
If there was a boutique producer in New Zealand that resonated with the micro-production, experimental, semi-hipster, natural, "culty" wines that have taken California by storm in the last few years, Sato would be it. Yoshiaki Sato and his wife Kyoko have quickly made a name for themselves producing some of the most highly talked about and sought after wines in NZ. While travelling in NZ last year many other winemakers I met were really quite jealous that I had managed to pry a few cases of each wine away from Yoshi (who's wines have very quickly become ... Read More »
90 points Vinous: "Palmina's 2014 Pinot Grigio is crisp and refreshing, with plenty of stone fruit and floral notes. The non-malo style keeps the flavors bright and slightly reductive, while a touch of lees stirring adds texture. From top to bottom, this is a compelling set of new releases from Steve and Chrystal Clifton at Palmina. In addition to the current releases, the Cliftons poured two 2005 Nebbiolos, both of which were impressive. Although all of these wines are delicious, if there is one wine that delivers an especially compelling mix of quality, personality and v ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "This soft wine is full of yellow fruits and spiced lemon, with a light, tangy texture. It’s rich while having a crisper side. Drink in fall 2016." (4/2015) Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, with hints of honeysuckle and sage, this fleshy white is framed by well-knit acidity, offering a palate of subtle pear, almond, stone and lemon curd flavors. Drink now through 2019. 1,250 cases made." (11/2014)
Wine Enthusiast: "This is labeled as dry, which sums up this crisp and fruity wine. Delicious, refreshing acidity is gently spiced and layered with green apples and quince flavors." (4/2015) K&L Notes: According to the winery: "Domaine Rieflé’s terroirs are located throughout the communes of Pfaffenheim, Rouffach, Westhalten and Soultzmatt on the fracture zones of the Marbach and Ohmbach faults. They form a mosaic of highly fragmented geological compartments. Our AOC Alsace vineyards are mainly situated on sedimentary soils of varying depths. Our Pinot Blanc parcels all lie on the oft... Read More »
From the winery: "A refreshing, dry white with citrus lemon/lime notes, flinty minerality, and crisp finish. In the mouth the wine is rich and textural, from the time spent on lees in the barrel. This is a great match with shellfish of any kind, or richer white meats such as turkey or duck."
90 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly honeyed, backed by enough juicy acidity for balance, with a waft of petrol accenting the flavors of melon, orange granita and candied almond, followed by a stony finish. Drink now through 2020." (4/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "This cool wine features considerable freshness cutting the fragrant fruits. The single-vineyard site of Hohrain is next door to Pfersigberg Grand Cru. The wine is still young and showing textured mineral character. It needs several years to bring out its depth of flavor. Drink from 2017." (4/2015)
90 points Wine & Spirits: "A generous white with crisp apple scents and flavors touching on lemon curd, this is simple, racy and mouthwatering with a tangy acidity that would make it an ideal pairing with shrimp spring rolls." (8/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "This is solidly varietal, with a sleek mix of pear flesh and skin. Some tension created between the phenolic bite and tart acidity carries through into the finish. It suggests that a proper match, with a relatively oily fish perhaps, will bring out its best." (8/2015)
From the winery: "It’s hard to keep your pinky up when you’re drinking wine from a 375 mL can. These are the most approachable and ready-to-travel anywhere wines we produce. Whether you’re sitting in a hot tub after a good day of riding or heading where other wines dare not travel, we have you covered without sacrificing the craft taste Union is known for. Our new Rosé Wine is a much-anticipated, highly drinkable way to bring out the summer vibes wherever you are. The canned version expands the wherever you are to anywhere you want to go."
The 2013 Carrick Pinot Gris is from the Cairnmuir Road Vineyard. Fermentation is completed using wild yeasts and vinification includes regular lees stirring and seven months of sur lie aging, as well as fermentation in neutral oak barrels. According to the importer: "White blossom petal and pear are leading factors in the perfume of this Pinot Gris, while subtle oak aromas interlace in the background. We enjoy the texture of our 2013 Pinot Gris. An oily mouth feel from start to finish, drenched in fruit character, is something we look for in every good e... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lovely floral fragrances lead into an elegant wine with racy acidity. The clover impression continues on the palate, along with apple skin and white peaches. The residual sugar (10g/L) is barely noticeable." (2/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Gris Three Vineyards is 100% estate grown from Corral Creek, Stoller and Ridgecrest Vineyards, harvested between September 19 an October 6, between 20.2 and 21.2 Brix with a gram of residual sugar. It has quite a "punchy" bouquet with candied orange peel and white peach on the well-defined bouquet. The palate is well balanced wi ...Read More »
The winery's note: "The Pinot Gris is made from our 5-acre estate vineyard, Emilia, named after Paul’s mother-in-law; it borders the north side of the winery and tasting room. It was planted in 1993 at a high density with two different clones and two different rootstocks....The Cristom Pinot Gris is fermented in stainless steel tanks and does not spend any time in oak barrels. It has a certain creaminess that comes from the several months that the wine spends on it lees. Typically, the wine has bright citrus-blossom aromas that range from tangerine zest ... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Wine Enthusiast: "The longtime Alsatian-focused producer-circa 1983-delivers a wine with aromas of lemon peel, pear juice, lime zest and yellow cake. The palate shows orange blossom sorbet and a lemon zest that lingers from sip to finish." (2/2015)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bott’s 2010 Pinot Gris Sonnenglanz exhibits a deep gold color with scents of lichen, both of which characteristics point toward the presence of botrytis, which adds spice, caramel and honey to peach and smoked meat flavors on an expansive, polished and glycerol-slicked palate. Finishing with sweet persistence, this V.T.-like bottling strikes me as likely to be best enjoyed solo and by 2018. (DS)" (8/2014) 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright golden yellow. Delicate tropical fruits, licorice and sweet brown spices on the subdued nose. Somewhat soft and diffuse on the palate, with licori ...Read More »
Florian Beck-Hartweg, along with parents Michel and Yvette, aim to make their great wines starting in the vineyard. Fermentation and aging is completed only in old oak casks that don't interfere in any way with the taste of the wine--some casks are 100 years old or so!. Fermentation is with natural yeasts, and there's no other addition to the wine other than SO2, in small quantity, of course. This newly imported producer follows the organic chart: using no chemical products in the vineyards and absolutely no fertilization (chemical or organic) because Fl... Read More »
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." (1/2016)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Pinot Gris Hommage a Jeanne was produced from a selection of Trimbach's best Pinot Gris parcels (all harvested at over 15% natural potential alcohol). It sports 25 grams per liter of dry extract and 20 grams per liter of residual sugar. While at most firms this wine would merit a Vendanges Tardives bottling, the Trimbachs chose to pay homage to Jeanne Trimbach, the mother of Bernard and Hubert, who turned 100 in May 2000 and continues to drink Alsace's lovely nectars to this day. This gorgeous wine has mineral and smoke-imbued white peach aromas ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
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 »