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90 • Handley 2009 Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley $18. Best Buy. Organically Grown Grapes
Pale silvery straw color with a spritz of small bubbles. Aromas of creamy cashew brittle, melon gelato, and nectarine custard follow through on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with vibrant Meyer lemon and pineapple sorbet notes. Finishes with a long, crisp, palate stimulating fade. A delicious food wine that will shine with scallops. (tasted on Mar-15-2010)
88 • Hyatt Vineyards 2008 Pinot Gris, Rattlesnake Hills $9.99. Best Buy.
Pale silver golden color with an amber cast. Vibrant floral aromas of apricot blossom, mango pudding, lemon curd, and spicy pineapple cake follow through on a round, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with good weight and intensity. Finishes with an apricot pit and almond shell accented fade. Fun. (tasted on Mar-15-2010)
87 • Hosmer 2008 Pinot Gris, Cayuga Lake $16.
Pale yellow color. Aromas of apricot cobbler, lemon creme fraiche, and faint envelope glue follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with tangy peach skin notes. Finishes with a tangy, citrus and stone fruit peel fade. (tasted on Mar-15-2010)
84 • Maryhill 2008 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley $10.49.
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon yogurt and oily nut brittle follow through on a soft entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with tangy white strawberry and cream notes. Finishes in a crisp, citrus and mineral accented fade with a touch of peppery heat. (tasted on Mar-15-2010)
84 • Firesteed 2008 Pinot Gris, Oregon $9.99.
Aromas of dried lemon, lavender, and thyme follow through on a soft, pointed entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with lime peel acidity and a powdery fruit and nutskin tannin finish (tasted on Mar-15-2010)
80 • Duck Pond 2008 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley $12.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of buttermilk and overripe peach are vaguely cheesy. Soft entry, dryish light palate with firm acidity, pithy bitterness and a quick, talcy finish. (tasted on Apr-12-2010)