Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Don Guerino wnes tasted May 2012

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Don Guerino Merlot (2011)
Comments: 50 % in second and third passage French and American oak for six months Smells like more new oak with a decided gingeriness here but the fruit is rich, ripe and rather pure, more black currant toned intertwined with notes of smoke, floral, iron mineral and juniper top notes. Rich, this almost seems soft but really just has soft tannins, bright, lively acidity, clear fruit, blackberry, black plum skin and a little black cherry, decidedly medium bodied, elegant and fresh on the palate, this has a fine, tender texture with pinpoint tannins and a lovely natural feel to the wine 89pts
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2 Don Guerino Cabernet Sauvignon (2011)
Comments: 50 % in second and third passage French and American oak for six months This smells like a handful of herbs, roots attached with soil dripping from them being beaten with a handful of berries and flowers, there's a rawness to these wines, ivy, iron rich greens and black currant fruit, bright, fine open k it feel on the palate, this too has real purity, clean, fresh, black currant mixed with a touch of black raspberry. Firm little finish, very clean, a touch short perhaps, but this absolutely snaps on the palate, elegantly austere 89pts
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3 Don Guerino Reserva Tannat (2011)
Comments: Smells like earth, dried herbs, and wood spice notes, really quite mineral on the nose with, a gamy edge and notes of dried berry fruits, big, smooth, slightly rs entry, a touch thick in the paradigm of these wines, deep fruit, mulberry fruit a touch of date, a little wild herbal and briar quality in the mouth, some bitter melon notes drive the finish, rich, a touch chunky and smooth, 88pts
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4 Don Guerino Red Blend Gran Reserva Ancellotta (2007)
Comments: 14 months in new oak Deep and earthy on the nose, fleshy, lightly metallic, some salted plum and dried beef on the nose, a little grassiness, big wet seaweed note, smells like the bay at low tide in as good a way as that can sound, smooth, polished and deep with a leathery attack followed by a sweetly, jammy base that shows red currant and date notes, tough tannins are dry and a bit aggressive, dry finish is austere and lean if clean and offering a nice balance of fruit and stone 88pts
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5 Don Guerino Chardonnay (2011)
Comments: No oak Almonds and hazelnuts greet the nose, green nut meats, boiled nuts, earthy, pineapple, dried pineapple, rather leafy lees aging quality, bright, fairly rich, solid acidity, nice fruit, intense fruit character, lively acidity and yet this still manages to be fairly fruity with a sweetness of ripe fruit, finishes with a nice mineral note and pretty fine length, this definitely has a little rs driving the finish and super vibrant acids, sweet Asian pear fruit, a hint of white grapefruit on the finish, 88pts
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6 Don Guerino Moscato Giallo (2012)
Comments: Fresh and aromatic with Iight hints of Meyer lemon, grapefruit, a bit pithy and nice green floral tones, dry, a touch of phenolic bitterness, then nice lightly peachy fruit on the palate, crisp finish shows bright citrus fruits and a floral aspect, delicate finish, moderate length, 86pts
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7 Don Guerino Malbec Rose (2012)
Comments: Lovely nose, fresh crushed berry fruit, raspberry and black berry, a touch of wet dog adding some complexity, light and fresh, round, easy watermelon and raspberry fruit on the palate, a bit well rounded even with solid acidity, very clean and clear fruit, nice cherry skin notes on the finish, decent length, 86pts
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8 Don Guerino Prosecco Brut (NV)
Comments: 2012 lot Fairly aromatic with vanilla custard and sweet pear aromas, very crisp, very clean, perhaps a touch simple but with fine balance and really fine mousse for Prosecco, not creamy but showing just a hint of roundness on the backend, great clarity on the palate, fruit, pear with a hint of white peach, followed by mineral notes before the peach sort of sneaks back in, 86pts
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9 Don Guerino Brut Rose (NV)
Comments: 2012 lot 100% malbec Light creamy cherry fruit on the nose, a touch wild grape note, clean and fresh, a hint of tannin, a nice layer of black cherry fruit on the palate that drives through with a candied tone tot he modest finish, very heavy cream strawberry cream flavors are a touch sweet, each 86pts
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10 Don Guerino Moscatel Rose (NV)
Comments: Big bubble gum candy nose, grapy, floral intense if a bit candied, fine mouse, creamy, candied grapey flavors, grape bubble yum flavors, not too sweet, this almost has some bitterness helping to balance out the sugar, decent acidity, big plummy and wild grape flavors on the backend leave the finish with a bit of a sweet/bitter grape skin quality, 84pts
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