Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

6 Top Pinot Grigio Values tasted in 8/2014

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Vigneti Delle Dolomiti (2012)
Comments: Tight on the nose with subtle aromas of pressed flowers, citrus pith and pear skin. Fruity with good intensity in the mouth this skirts the limits of a lightweight wine, showing a bit of depth and viscosity on the palate while delivering the classic fresh flavors of crabapple, pear and subtly polleny spice. The finish is edgy and decisive with a touch of astringency that refreshes the palate along with hints of bitter nuts and lemon. This is roughly what Pinot Grigio should be. 88pts
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2 Sawtooth Pinot Gris Snake River Valley (2012)
Comments: Quite fragrant and floral on the nose with spicy notes that recall cardamom and coriander layered over crisp Asian pear fruit and salty mineral tones. Round and bright in the mouth with a lovely blend of fruitiness and fresh minerality in the mouth. This is vibrant on the palate with orange cream and pear fruit but there is a lovely mineral/savory basenote that adds complexity and tension in the mouth Clean and brisk on the finish, this is fairly long with a hint of creamy pineapple and plenty of acidity on the finale. Fairly intense and nicely varietal in the mouth with an attractive freshness and clarity to the fruit. 88pts
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3 Sockeye Winery Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley (2012)
Comments: Mineral, slightly savory and rich with green apples on the nose this smells tense and nervous. High acid on entry and still with a hint of trapped co2, this is a high wire of a wine with steely mineral character, dried apple peel flavors and crisp acids. Clean if a bit short on the finish, where this turns savory once again, this is a bit simple but pure and electric in the mouth with a sneaky mangosteen finish. 87pts
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4 Hahn Estates Pinot Gris (2013)
Comments: A little green pear greets the nose along with some yeasty notes and sweetly candied citrus notes. Pretty big in the mouth with a hint of RS adding weight and richness on the palate, theres plenty of acid to balance it and nice underlying polyphenolic pear skin. Internets that adds a nice counterpoint to the almost melony sweetness on the palate. Spicy and fresh on the modest finish, this is rather boldly flavored and rich. 87pts
Average price: $14.94 from 5 stores
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5 Redbank Pinot Gris the Long Paddock Victoria Australia (2013)
Comments: Dusty with a touch of resin on the nose over leafy green herb flecked apple aromas along with hints of mint. Elegant and refined in th enough, this is subtle but well defined on the palate with clear white apple and Asian pear flavors that are wrapped around subtle mineral and bitter apple seed notes. A bit rounder and richer than the Sunday Morning from the same producer, this is perhaps more varietal but at the same time I find it shorter and a bit less interesting, though it also has a terrific texture. 87pts
Average price: $12.00 from 1 store
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6 J Vineyards & Winery Vin Gris (2013)
Comments: Tight, fresh, lemony and slightly muscatty with floral notes on the nose. In the mouth this is lighter that you might expect front he nose with simple yet fresh flavors of sweet apple and pears buttressed by gently supporting acids. It's a Iight and fresh wine that turns more citrusy with air and gains a subtle chalky note on the fairly long finish that ends with a classic pop of spicy apple fruit. Light, fresh and pure. 87pts
Average price: $17.99 from 4 stores
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