Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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Beaucastel tasting 1/2013

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1997)
Comments: Smoky on the nose with mature aromas of leather, toasty briary pipe, and mineral notes with fine focus. On the palate this is broad and open with nice richness of fruit on the edges but a little lean on the mid-palate, a classic grenache mouthfeel. There is nice darker fruit on the backend and soft tannins that grow on the finish with has decent length, and earthy, forest floor, and lightly leathery flavors. At peak and quite enjoyable. 87pts
Average price: $71.54 from 15 stores
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2 Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin (1999)
Comments: Tight and focused on the nose with beautiful, spicy, leathery, clean aromas that are still youthful with hints of chalk, spice, and dark fruit On entry this is almost voluptuous with really vibrant acids with decisive cut and round, ample tannins that segue into spicy dark cherry fruit that shows a slightly dried edge. Ultimately this is a little touch but it does exhibit lovely focused, dark fruit and good length, with very chocolatey tannins offering a subtle density here. 93pts
Average price: $92.13 from 30 stores
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3 Château de Beaucastel White Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc (2000)
Comments: Another nose that remains somewhat tight with medicinal cherry, leather, and garrigue aromas framed with a little spice, and a little floral nuance. With a lovely combination of liquory, plump, rich fruit, and a bit a bit of bitterness this fills the mouth that drops off quickly on the backend this is a bit short, but the black berry fruit and plum fruit is just so pretty you can help but seeing this as a fun wine. 89pts
Average price: $89.00 from 20 stores
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4 Prisoner Orin Swift Napa (2003)
Comments: Jammy black currant and blueberry fruit greet the nose showing off a bit of a pruny edge with very black peppery top notes and a slightly dusty character. In the mouth this has surprisingly intact acid, offering decent brightness and height in the mouth with lovely blackberry fruit but here is a fair amount of alcohol showing here, and while the fruit does show nice purity the wine is not particularly well balanced. 84pts
Average price: $89.99 from 39 stores
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5 Orin Swift Prisoner Napa Valley W. S. Rare!!! (2005)
Comments: Nose is very aromatic, leather, meat, black fruit, slightly candied with lovely smoke and herb nuances but in time this turns into an awesome poop-s-thon. Turn back the clock to beaucastel of days gone by all backed up with super clean fresh black fruit Big and slightly thick in the mouth, there is an early minty edge here followed by a palate full of tight but rich, muscular, meaty dark fruit filled with carob, earth and almost fudgy candied flavors. Finishing dry and dark with deep earthy notes hints of heat, pepperiness and some old woodiness this is still a bit tannic and firm in the mouth but at the same time it shows great precision and balance. A fabulous beaucastel. 94pts
Average price: $99.99 from 59 stores
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