Smells like it could be sweet, with its scents of honey, apple and bergamot, but it tastes dry. Flavors of pear and citrus flow easily across the richly textured palate, ending on a stony, minerally note that’s layered with dried spices. Imported by Vineyard Brands.
Elk Cove makes one of the most refreshing, crisp and nuanced Pinot Gris in the state. This is an excellent bottle, lively and clean, with mixed fruit flavors of pear, melon, kiwi and white peach. It is concentrated but not heavy or thick; the magic of Adam Campbell’s winemaking is his ability to perfectly balance and showcase the exact ripeness of his fruit…
This brilliant PG has just a bit of older French oak on it, which adds softening cream, but the wine would be great even without it. The flavors of citrus zest, grapefruit sorbet, melons and figs are enormously rich and strong, and perfectly balanced by crisp acidity and a vibrant minerality leading to a dry, clean finish. What a great price for a wine of this stature.
Like the great ’04, this wine has a structural integrity and sheer mouth-filling deliciousness that puts it above most other California PGs. It shows high acidity and powerful but subtle flavors of citrus rind, fig and white peach. You could get addicted to this stuff.
WillaKenzie’s oldest Pinot Gris vines are almost 15 years of age, and their estate bottling seems to gain in weight and power with each passing year. Chewy and substantial, layered and meaty, it’s a succulent fruit salad; hints of pear and peach, mango and papaya, grapefruit and pineapple. The wine is beautifully proportioned and its richness is never heavy or fat.
Soft, full, rich and spicy, this is an intense wine, expressing the essence of Pinot Gris. It’s ripe, off-dry, but with a core of dry toast and almond flavors which go with the pear and nutmeg tastes. This is still a young wine – Lorentz advises 10-15 years aging: more realistic would be another 3-4.
Clean, ripe and rich, as are all of these wines, this shows fleshy pear highlighted with fresh cream. It’s full-bodied, balanced and lush, with nice hints of cinnamon spice peaking out of the finish.
The Rieflé style of Pinot Gris is to emphasize the ripe apricot flavors. This wine does that, but adds an extra complexity with its smoky aromas, and its dense spice and tropical fruit character. It isn’t sweet, but it is certainly rich.