Luli Pinot Noir and Rainstorm Pinot Gris

Wine recommendations from the boys of for this week of January 21, 2012. We like these two wines in the wine bargain department.

image of the Luli Pinot Noir wine bottle

Luli Pinot Noir 2011

Luli Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2011 – $19.99 at KL Wines

Finding a delicious Pinot Noir at an affordable price is not an easy task, but the Luli Pinot Noir is an exception. It has all the flavors and characteristics of a true Pinot Noir wine. I think it tastes like a $30 bottle of Pinot Noir. The wine is a partnership of Sara Floyd, a Master Sommelier, and the Pisoni Family of Monterey. The wine was sourced from several sustainably-farmed vineyards of the cool climate area of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The Luli Pinot Noir was aged in neutral oak barrels and not fined or filtered. It is a gentle Pinot Noir, light to medium in body with great strawberry and pepper spice. There is not much of a finish but one cannot have it all for a Pinot Noir at this price. 88 Points

Rainstorm Pinot Gris 2011 – $10.99 at KL Wines and The Wine Stop

Rainstorm brand is owned by Vinmotion Wine Company which also owns Pacific Rim, famous for the Pacific Rim Riesling priced at under $10. The Rainstorm Pinot Gris is 100% Pinot Gris from the Umpqua Valley and the Willamette Valley. It is very dry and crisp with a touch of minerality. I am impressed with the Pinot Gris wines from Oregon. We tasted many at the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland and this one is a fine example. It is a great value at $10.99 and very much a change of pace from the usual white wines like Rieslings, Sauvignon Blanc, and Albarino wines. It is an all-stainless steel fermented and aged wine. As you sip this wine, you keep finding more and more pleasing characteristics. We love the artistic label on this bottle of wine. As I stated above this wine is bone dry, so if you like just a touch of sweetness in your wine, this one is not for you. 88 Points.

image of the Rainstorm Pinot Gris

Rainstorm 2011 Pinot Gris

Later this week the Vintage Wine Tasters and the boys of Goodcheapvino will be getting together to blind taste eight Pinot Noir wines. This is our annual spurlge tasting so the Pinot Noir will average $45 in price. We will report later in the week on the results of the blind tasting.

Congratulations to the San Francisco Forty Niners on the NFC Championship. Now it time to focus on the Super Bowl and what wines to drink. I also will be posting my family’s Guacamole recipe, the best-tasting treat to enjoy on Super Bowl Sunday.

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