Gregory Dal Piaz

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2010 Rhone Blind Tasting

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône-Brézème (2010)
Comments: Funky on the nose at first with some diesel notes then this turns pepper with green peppercorn notes over grilled meat topped with some crushed juniper and a hint of wood. This is savory right off the bat with layers of cut cherry, peppercorn, boysenberry and mineral flavors that are supported by a lean, tight framework of crisp acidity and polished tannins. Long not he finish and with a restrained power this just makes me want to keep drinking it, though in truth the best is to come. Give this 2-5 years in the cellar. 92pts
Average price: $59.99 from 2 stores
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2 Domaine Bernard Burgaud Cote Rotie (2010)
Comments: Wide open and full of black pepper dusted black cherry fruit on the nose this smells sweet, clean and a touch modern. A bit soft on entry and then fairly tannic with a chewy, inky mineral and blueberry palate that shows excellent balance and density, again in a slightly modern style. 91pts
Average price: $69.99 from 4 stores
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3 Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Ampodium (2010)
Comments: Tight and a bit reduced on the nose, this opens slowly to reveal a nice white pepper top note over fresh mineral flecked raspberry aromas. Elegant and refined in the mouth with an appealing transparency to the mulberry tinged fruit that is framed with nuanced mint and balsamic notes. This is a bit front loaded in the mouth with high toned fruit and a moderately long finish that shows peppery edged to the modestly dense fruit. 90pts
Average price: $75.00 from 4 stores
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4 Franck Balthazar Chaillot Cornas (2010)
Comments: Just beautiful on the nose with fresh aromas of violets, black pepper and sweet crushed fruit. Perhaps a touch soft on entry, this firms up in the mouth with fine grained tannins and good acidity supporting slightly gamy and slightly astringent red berry fruit that has a slightly inky feel on the backend and shows fine persistence to the fruit through the moderately long finish. 90pts
Average price: $48.63 from 1 store
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5 J L Chave St Joseph Domaine (2010)
Comments: Clean and high toned on the nose with a hint of wood sweetness and spice accenting nice black cherry fruit. Rich, fleshy and dense on entry, this shows good power and length to the concentrated black fruits in the mouth though it does turn a bit flat and dull on the backend before hitting a wall of tannins that clips the finish. Ultimately a bit simple and trying to make up for it with power. 87pts
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6 Clusel Roch Côte-Rôtie (2010)
Comments: A bit simple on the nose with some reduction blowing off revealing simple red cherry fruit framed with notes of meat and earth and topped with some new wood sweetness. This stats out tight in the mouth with faint if transparent raspberry fruit then softens with air. This does have a natural feel to it and once one looks beyond the woody accents there is a classic, if small scaled Cote Rotie here. 87pts
Average price: $54.99 from 5 stores
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7 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas (2010)
Comments: This has a wonderful nose filled with meat, floral mint, and green olive aromas all topped with a nice dash of cracked pepper. On entry this is filled with dusty tannins supporting stiff fruit that shows a nice blend of concentration and minerality but this does lack some acidity and finishes fairly quickly showing some heat and clumsy extraction on the finish. 85pts
Average price: $149.99 from 4 stores
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8 Domaine Garon les Rochains (2010)
Comments: Smelling of suntan lotion, ginger, toast and coconut this is offensively oaken. On entry this is all about sweet oak and the mid-palate is matte as night and packed with wood tannin and toasty flavors. One senses that there might be a fine base wine here but this is abysmally over-oaked. 70pts
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