Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

7 Unlikely Wines for Pork

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Solms Delta Astor Langarm (2007)
Comments: A little pencil eraser battles a little pencil wood for dominance over the core of spicy black fruit. This is slightly herbal on the nose and notably complex. Big on entry, this quickly finds focus and delivers intense dark fruit flavors on the palate. There’s more pencil action going on along with plummy notes, a nice and bright tannic spine, solid acidity and all sorts of balsamic and leathery undertones. The finish is nicely astringent and juicy with some persistent blueberry and raspberry fruit. The nose is going to turn people off here, but this is pretty nice stuff. 89pts
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2 Tenuta Lageder Beta Delta (2008)
Comments: A nice, lightly wooded shoe leather and barnyard note greet the nose followed by soft plum skin and jammy black cherry aromas. This is bright and medium-bodied on the palate with a gamy edge to the wild cherry and raspberry fruit on the palate. The tannins are fine grained and add gentle support right through the modestly long finish, which shows a decidedly earthy edge. Certainly not for everyone, but this is rather complex and wonderfully textured in the mouth. Light and bright and allowing a nice expression of terroir. 88pts
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3 Liberty School Cuvee (2008)
Comments: Bright and gently herbal on the nose at first, this quickly shows lovely leather, rose, black tea and peppery spice notes over red raspberry fruit, shaded with some plummy notes. Smooth as silk on entry and medium- to full-bodied, this shows some lovely freshness to the fruit in the mouth, all wild blackberry and salted plum-toned. It’s a supple wine and should be well received with nuanced, earthy spice notes on the palate and a finish that is a bit short and dry. 88pts
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4 Fancis Ford Coppola Cinema Director's Cut (2008)
Comments: This smells toasty and woody with vanilla and licorice accenting the slightly jammy blackberry fruit. A bit jammy on entry as well, this shows some aggressive tannins and acidity that is quite soft, adding toasty oak notes and a hint of black currant to the plummy fruit of entry. There’s plenty of wood here and you’ll have to love wood to enjoy this since even though this has plenty of fruit, toasty wood spice takes the lead from start to finish. Finishes with some heat as well. 86pts
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5 Alamos Red Blend (2010)
Comments: Toasty and bright on the nose with wild, lightly jammy huckleberry and boysenberry aromas slathered over sweet, toasty oak. This is plump and rich with sweet wild berry fruit flavors supported by woody tannins that are a touch splintery. There’s plenty of toasty vanilla spice here, all helped out by the bright acidity. A bit simple but plum and fun with a plummy finish. A touch raw on the palate. 86pts
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6 Sawtooth Skyline Red Snake River Valley (2010)
Comments: Tight on the nose with light herbal hints and some fine mineral elements supporting light red currant fruit, framed with some old wood notes. Smooth on the palate but fairly dry, though it’s an austerity I kind of like. The fruit on the palate is fresh and lively with black currant, black raspberry and plum notes all cut with this almost sweet sort of dryness. Fairly Cabernet-like but with some nice complexity. Rustic but interesting and like-able. Spicy, long finish. 85pts
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7 Kenwood Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon. Petit Verdot. Merlot. Syrah Sonoma County (2009)
Comments: Tight and slightly leafy on the nose with hints of black tea and tobacco layered over sweet edged black cherry and currant fruit. This shows attractive complexity already. Broad, supple and very well balanced in the mouth with an attractive transparent texture and rather [ure and bright black currant and mulberry flavors supported by well judged oak and some lovely tea and dried herb acetns. There’s some pencil lead that emerges on the backend where the wine shows more red cherry, sour cherry fruit before fading gently on the cedar and vanilla laced finish. Easy to drink but not facile, this will drink well early. 92pts
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