2011 Colterenzio Pinot Grigio 13.5% $16

This smells of pears and peaches, sweetly fruited and turning nicely floral with air. Bright and juicy in the mouth, this has some weight and power behind the slightly mealy ripe pear and peach fruit on the palate. There’s a hint of mineral adding some tension here but this is mostly about ripe and fresh fruit with a lovely hint of mineral bitterness gracing the long, lime-tinged finish. 88pts

2010 Tenuta Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 13% $24

Lightly oaky and nutty on the nose with low yet distinct orchard fruit and floral aromas. Rather elegant on entry, this shows some nice tension in the mouth and reveals a whisper of tannin on entry, which is nicely covered by the gently sweet, earthy core of pear and apple skin fruit. This has a lovely tender but firm texture and shows bright acidity on the finish, coupled with more crisp heirloom apple fruit. 88pts

2011 Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Gris Central Coast 13.5% $18

Nice and herbal on the nose with lime zest, sandy soil and gentle herb tones backed up by a slight lactic note. Bright and very vertical in the mouth, this shows lean, crisp flavors of pear and Meyer lemon in the mouth with a zesty flavor profile. Gains a light tropical fruit/papaya tone on the back end before gaining real acid-driven focus on the moderately long, mineral-dusted finish. Zesty, pure and intense. I like this fruit-driven style, which snaps to attention on the finish. 88pts

2011 Alois Lageder Dolomiti Pinot Grigio 12.5% $16

Pear, peach and orchard fruit blossom aromas greet the nose here, followed by a hint of cool iciness and a base of apple cores. On entry, this is vibrantly acid-driven with very pretty and pure pear and crabapple flavors. There’s a hint of rhubarb on the mid-palate, along with some lemon pith and minerality that quickly gain control of the moderately long finish. Light-bodied, cool and crisp, this is a refreshing sipper. 87pts

2010 Ascevi Luwa Pinot Grigio Collio Italy 12.5 $19

Lots of wildflowers, minty herb stems and tree bark accents grace the nose here along with some heirloom apple fruit. Narrow with really fine focus in the mouth. This delivers pure apple and bitter lime oil flavors in the mouth, all on an elegant, well balanced frame. More slightly herbal bitter citrus fruits power the relatively long finish. 87pts

NV Adirondack Winery Pinot Grigio Finger Lakes NY 12% $16

Lightly autumnal and a bit nutty on the nose with a nice underlay of minerally citrus fruit. Round and plump in the mouth with a nice streak of acidity accenting the sweet apple fruit. There is a contrasting hint of bitterness on the back end that runs through the fairly long finish. Simple but nicely put together, if a touch sweet. 86pts

2010 Manzoni North Highlands Cuvee Pinot Gris Santa Lucia Highlands CA 14.2% $19

Sulfur, smells like fire and brimstone. A bit soft in the mouth with indistinct flavors, medium body and some incipient sweetness on the back end. The acidity and sulfur return, eliminating the finish and allowing the alcohol to burn through. 70pts