Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

7 Top Value Italian Whites tasted in 7/2014

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Tasca d'Almerita Tascante Buonora Carricante (2012)
Comments: Tight and focused on the nose with some waxy notes and hints of apricot pits followed by effusive white flowers, hints of cotton candy, mint and ginseng. Rich in the mouth but at the same time this is rather clear on the palate, light and fresh, if not particularly bright. The fruit is beautifully detailed with notes of citrus, raw cashew, suggestions of honey and tart orchard fruits all coming together elegantly on the palate. A fine salty mineral note punctuates the backend along with some contrasting bitter pithy notes and hints of peach skin that add fine detail through the long, salty and decisive finish. Lovely stuff. Really shows great depth of flavor and solid length. 92pts
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2 Tedeschi Soave Classico Capitel Monte Tenda (2010)
Comments: Deeply aromatic on the nose with waxy base notes, lots of polleny accents and hints of peppery spice, incense, and dried peach fruits. Rich and slightly waxy on entry, this shows powerfully in the mouth with fine mouthgrab and a wonderfully well knit together texture. The flavors of peach and slightly honeyed citrus fruit are bright and vivid in the mouth along with a hint of flinty minerality on the palate. This freshens with air, gaining added cut on the palate and verve that lasts right through moderately long and well focused finish that shows an herbal accent to the almost salty fruit. drinking beautifully and at peak. 91pts
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3 Coppo Gavi la Rocca (2012)
Comments: A bit stinky on the nose with lots of floral character and hints of steely minerality, honeycomb, and somewhat exotic persimmon and guava tinged fruit. Some trapped CO2 lends this a prickle on the tongue, followed by rather delicate but pure mineral and white floral flavors laid over a base of delicate peach tinged citrus pith flavors. This has great energy to it, and the minerality, and a subtle suggestion of herb, build on the palate and lead to a refreshing, moderately long but very clean and high toned finish. A bit feminine and very engaging. 90pts
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4 Marchesi di Frescobaldi Vermentino Ammiraglia Toscana (2012)
Comments: Dried citrus rings and hints of dried floral leesy character greet the nose along with some mineral notes, quite vitamin toned, and suggestions of honey, sweet almonds and orange blossoms. Wide and yet bright in the mouth, this shows off fairly complex flavors of dried citrus peels, a touch of dried herb and some spicy dried apple notes. A little pineapple emerges on the midpalate which is rather elegant if fairly full. Silky hands yet delicate on the moderately long finish where some dried apricot notes emerge along with the sweet nutty tone that was found on the nose. A lovely wine with hints of that vitamin tinged minerality popping on the finale. 90pts
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5 Cantina del Taburno Falanghina (2012)
Comments: A bit soapy and salty on the nose, this shows a bit of dried herbal character of green almost kiwi tinged fruit that picks up a dusty peach sweetness and a hint of river stones with air. Medium full in the mouth and very well integrated, theres some bitter melon notes here early on the palate followed by pronounced minerality that lends this a slightly bitter quality lurking under the waxy and melony fruit. A touch of astringency keeps this engaging in the mouth and really calls out for some fat. Prosciutto and melon anyone? There’s really great material here, though this deserves to be served a bit warmer than typically is the case to allow the rich but subtle fruit to show its best. Lovely finish, great texture and depth. 89pts
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6 Goretti Grechetto (2012)
Comments: Deeply aromatic with dusty minerals, a bit of waxy fruit, incipient note of petrol, crayola crayon and chalk all adding nuance. Bright on entry and perhaps with just a hint of trapped CO2 helping to keep this lively in the mouth. the palate shows a similar array of savory character as the nose with more of a fruit profile, grapefruit peel, lime and a suggestion of almost strawberry or red currant fruit comes together nicely here. The finish is of modest length but fresh and precise with more grapefruit pith and mineral flavors. This is complex, fresh and has a lovely texture, just a bit lean, with great flavor and intensity on the palate. 89pts
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7 Casale Marchese Frascati Superiore (2013)
Comments: Slightly green and vegetal aromas on the nose recall garden vegetables with hints of tomato leaf laid over rather sweet and slightly spicy lemon and lime fruits with just a hint of melon as well. This is clean and focused in the mouth. At’s a narrow wine on the palate, but rapier sharp with lovely acidity supporting seashell like accent notes framing a core of slightly green tomato tinged citrus fruits. Retaining it’s focus right through the modest finish, this is a bit of an edgy wine with a pleasantly chalky character. 87pts
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