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.
This is an elegant, refreshing style scented with a lush nose that cleverly blends cut fruit, blossom, citrus and a hint of mineral. The mixed fruit flavors continue on the palate—pear, melon, peach and spice, perfectly balanced and ripe.
At their cellar door, Villa actually has several single-vineyard Pinot Gris for sale, all of impeccable quality. This example is rich and weighty, slightly sweet, but balanced by great acidity. Aromas of lime sherbet and melon blend easily into fruit flavors that carry more than a hint of berries. Complex, balanced and long.
Morgan’s been on a roll the last couple of years, now that they’ve figured out how to make this wine from fruit grown in a cool part of the Highlands. Aged in older oak barrels, the wine shows no wood at all, but has a creamy softness that modifies the crisp lemon, lime, grapefruit, pear and wildflower flavors. This is one of the best Pinot Gris in California.
Sexy aromas of expensive perfume, exotic spices and honey give way to a strikingly intense palate accented by caramelized apple notes. Finish is long and a bit sweet. Serve this luxurious wine with lobster in a fruit preparation.
This is not your typical Willamette Valley-style of Pinot Gris. It’s loaded with spicy, textural fruit flavors: green apple, Bartlett pear, orange slices and tangy lime rind. The detail is marvelous, and the bright acids make this a natural companion to sushi. Winemaker Peter Rosback has been spending a month a year in New Zealand; this may be the happy result.
Winemaker Laurent Montalieu really shines with Pinot Gris, and the vibrant nose and lush textures of his 2006 Soléna continue an unbroken string of successes. Packed with fresh pear fruit, annotated with pineapple and laced with vanilla, this delicious wine keeps resonating through the palate and into a lively, spicy finish. No malolactic fermentation, no oak. Just…