Gregory Dal Piaz

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Casa Valduga wines tasted May 2012

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Casa Valduga Chardonnay Blend 130 Brut (NV)
Comments: Disgorgement 2011 70 Chardonnay, 30 pn, 36 months on the lees One to three months in oak, one of the three elements of the wine which at two Chardonnay and one Pinot noir, Yeasty, gentle, dried yellow fruit, very focused fruit, lightly floral top note, big wine, fruity style nice minerality, a bit of a sparkling wine charter, really pretty precise apple fruit on the palate, clean and refreshing style, bit of almost vanilla sugar sweetneing the finish followed by a rather big fresh pineapple notes, elegant and really showing some fitness, 90pts
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2 Casa Valduga Espumante Extra Brut (NV)
Comments: Chard/pn. 50/50 Sweet, toasted corn muffin, caramel, This is full autolytic glory, toasty, toasted corn, mushroom, dried apple, a little toasted coconut, super bright acidity draped in rich golden, toasty, brioche and apricot fruit, moderately fine mousse, taut, good length, really quite developed yet this remains fresh and lively on the palate, a hint of dried apricot and herb infects the caramelly finish, 91pts
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3 Casa Valduga Gewurztraminer Identidade (2012)
Comments: Honeysuckle, litchi, lemon, very pretty, very elegant floral, bright, rich, lovely vibrant acidity, again there is an underlying mineral tone with this wonderfully fresh and transparent fruit laid over it, zesty, with this fine mineral cut running through the clear fruit, the finish is fairly long with very fresh floral and lemon aromas in the mouth, finessed expression of Gewürztraminer, remarkably attractive wine, packs in huge flavors and arms without any excess weight or fat that often plagues Gewürztraminer. 90pts
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4 Casa Valduga Chardonnay Gran Reserva (2011)
Comments: Eight months in oak, split between French and Romanian oak Honey, a nice spice and toast top note, focused on entry, nice honey notes on entry but they are light, fresh style, very light creamy edge, bright acids, crisp apple fruit a bit of lemon curd, light pineapple notes not he backend, firm backend, finishes dry and determined, with a little wood tannin adding some mouth grab, fairly aromatic finish with a touch of honeycomb and lightly cooked heirloom apple fruit, toasty notes really linger on finish though they’re neither sweet nor pronounced just very light and elegant. 89pts
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5 Casa Valduga Ancellota Identidade (2006)
Comments: Intense, funky, stemmy, earthy, leathery, a little juniper, rubber, spice, wild berry and pink peppercorn, medium bodied, bright, firm small tannins, funky, earthy, iron and rust tinged palate, a little Grignolino quality, a bit of earthy oxidation, very austere tannins, powerful finish, more raspberry toned, long, a little minty and rocky on the finish. This is really quite distinctive and interesting. 89pts
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6 Casa Valduga GR.Reserve.CAB.6 (2006)
Comments: Big nose, vanilla base, fine blend of herbal elements, tobacco and sage, with intense, pure black currant fruit, this is really very fine, acidity a touch soft up front, then this turns quite medium bodied and decidedly more elegant than one might expect from the nose, really elegant with soft tannins and acid laying under the fruit on the palate, the palate delivers really fine purity of fruit, with lightly astringent tannins and a hint of sweet/pepperiness on the moderately long finish, lacks just a bit of complexity, watermelon seeds on the finale 89pts
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7 Casa Valduga Sauvignon Blanc Raizes (2012)
Comments: Lightly vegetal, a bit of cooked green vegetal, has that subtle sweetness along with a little chili, papaya and lime, turns more firmly herbal with a bit of air, bright, zesty acids, very Sapid, almost salty, nice kiwi fruit and sour berry fruit, this almost shows a bit of white strawberry character, very mineral finish, good length, has a touch of white creamy fruit on the midpalate, nice finish combines that soft sweet/sourness of white strawberry fruit with a light green plum and salty mineral note then finishing with some fine grapefruit pith 88pts
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8 Casa Valduga Identidade Marselan (2008)
Comments: 7 days vilification, eight months in oak, second passage, Stemmy, herbal, sweet French oak notes, has a hint of proceeds, cab franc like black soil tones, quite floral and fragrant, a fairly cab dominant aromatic profile though with a jammy red fruit character laid over it, bright, much lighter bodied than expected, very fresh, very clear on the palate, firm, gritty little tannins, also quite sapid, fruit skin tannins and then wood tannins layered over, decent length, a little woodsy/stemmy, mulberry and plum then turning very plummy on the finish, a solid wine that finishes with pomegranate seed astringency and exotic fruit inner mouth perfumes, 88pts
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9 Espumante Rose (NV)
Comments: 25 months in touch with the lees, Chard/pn 50/50 Toasty, a bit of peach, smoky, a bit oily, some diesel, fine mousse, nice depth of flavors, definitely a little yeasty, autolytic, Brie and beeswax but at the same time this show plenty of fruit, a touch of a dried tropical fruit note, a bit of dried mango then more peach and pineapple, decent length, a touch dusty, almost a sweetness on the finish, this is really lovely, has a gentle rose petal note on the finish. 88pts
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10 Casa Valduga Cabernet Franc Premium (2008)
Comments: Smoky, dried herb, a bit of bramble, crushed blackberry fruit, a little top note of vanilla and some high quality wood spice wild berry and earth, dry earth, white earth, lovely wine, this has a very well balanced and defined structure covered with soft textured fruit that remain crisp, fruit driven but not fruity with stemmy elements and a dusty mineral note, almost gravelly, not the most varietal perhaps in that it's ripe enough to have lost most of its vegetal character but this has vivid fruit and fine persistence with a real mineral element, 87pts
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11 Casa Valduga Premium Sparkling Moscatel (2011)
Comments: Very precise note on the nose, this shows some light herbal character with very fresh lemon, lime and faint peach fruit, fairly enthusiastic palate, nicely sweet, not sticky at all just enough sugar to lend the fruit a succulent and sweetness, very citrusy even a little tangerine accenting the peach on the finish, not a particularly creamy style, very fresh and bright finishing with nice lime juice notes, Sapid and zesty, 87pts
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12 Vinho Casa Valduga Arte Tinto Elegance (2010)
Comments: CS/ Merlot/CF No oak 40/30/30 Cocoa, carob, lightly vegetal but also quite fruity, plummy and wild berry with some smoky soil driven top notes, really easy style, fresh and juicy, soft tannins, solid acidity, a little dusty tannins, ripe but very light, red plum, really delicious, simple with nice cut on the finish, almost Beaujolais meets Loire valley meets Schiava; a great little table wine! 86pts
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13 Casa Valduga Duetto Pinot Noir Shiraz (2011)
Comments: Stemmy Pinot Noir nose with blueberry fruit and peppery spice, smooth, fairly rich and decidedly more modern style of wine, blueberry and strawberry fruit, this works much better than I would have guessed, pretty rich right through the palate finishing with wild berry fruit, red berry, very clean though and while this is fruity but not thick at all, 85pts
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