This precision-crafted pinot Gris is a blend of grapes from three excellent vineyards, all cropped down to about two tons per acre, what the winemaker rightly calls “ridiculously low for Pinot Gris.” Flavors are pineapple and pear, proportionately balanced against just-right natural acids and tannins. Hints of honey, caramel and spice complete the show. Best Buy. —P.G.
Pinot gris as it should be — ripe and full-bodied, with expressive flavors of fresh pears, spiced with cinnamon. Rich and satisfying, yet tangy enough to accompany even delicate seafood. This is a home run, with just enough of a hint of barrel to give it a finishing kiss of butterscotch.
King Estate’s new high end Domaine wines, organically grown and certified, are off to a great start with this exceptional pinot gris. Stone fruits and citrus peel flavors dominate, layered and textural. The fruit is fleshy but not fat, with pear, papaya and mixed tropical highlights, and a crisp, snappy, clean finish.
Orange marmalade aromas set the scene for a fresh, intensely sweet wine. It has rich flavors of tropical fruit and coconut, but the acidity still ensures that the wine is in balance.However, it will continue to develop. Try again in 2015.
This is by far the best Pinot Gris of the vintage for Rex Hill. A proven, top-notch vineyard kicks in with lots of spice, melon, cucumber, hints of grass and plenty of green apple, ripe to the core. Good effort.
From an ocean of indifferent Pinot Gris/Grigios, this beauty emerges. The wine is so rich and creamy, it’s hard to believe it’s never seen oak. It’s dry, crisp and enormously complex, offering waves of citrus, fig, apricot, white peach and wildflower flavors that are not only broad, but deep and long.
Assertive, tight and concentrated, with firm mixed stone fruits and a rather hard, unyielding core. This seems likely to evolve well, but it’s good right now and offers more grip and weight than most.
Pretty and elegant, it mixes detailed notes of pear, melon and light guava fruits, layered and textural. Beautifully balanced and harmonious, it’s the second straight success for this new tier of organic, estate-grown wines.