Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Miolo wines tasted May 2012

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Miolo Lote 43 (2008)
Comments: Black olive, black currant, buried French oak, a hint of truffle, tight but focused with a bit of violet floral extract on the nose, a beefiness to the nose, cedary pencil shavings, a bit soft up front but there is enough acidity here, it is packed with fairly fresh fruit a touch brambly, black spiced plum toned with some black cherry and very lightly herbal notes on the midpalate along with integrated but obvious cedary oak notes. Quite tannic on the finish and blocky in the mouth but at the same time this is kind of fresh, smooth, this seems like it has all the pieces to evolve positively with some lovely fruit peeking out but a whole lot of blackness here as well, shows a hint of pepperiness on the finish. as well 91pts 50% Cabernet Sauvignon/50% Merlot
Average price: $27.55 from 4 stores
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2 Quinta Do Seival Alvarinho (2011)
Comments: 30 days in first passage in new barrique, battonage every day, Very aromatic, huge pithy nose, huge tangerine, grapefruit, and mango tinged nose, very floral as well, wood spice comes out with air, rich entry, round, tons of tangerine and grapes ruin fruit on the palate the aromatics does a good job of covering up the wood spice, This has a roundness from the wood, a bIt soft for Alvarinho, but this fairly explodes on the finish with aromatic tangerine an grapefruit fruit built on a mild base of wood spice, long finish wood comes out as the wine warms up, a wine that will wow people at tastings, but not really my style. 91pts
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3 Miolo Rar Pinot Noir (2010)
Comments: 50% of the wine passes through French barrique for six months, new wood Fine French oak nose, small red berry fruits, a bit dark toned, black fruit, black spice, air brings out some. More wild berry aromas, powerful Pinot a touch blocky but rather elegant and refined given the power this shows, a lovely bright sapid red fruit nose early on the palate which is followed by light floral and slightly herbal elements adding complexity and depth. Rather blueberry toned on the backend and through the finish, which shows some woody tannin and finishes with notable licorice and vanilla ice top notes. This is modern styled and well done. 90pts
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4 Miolo Rar Reserva de Familia (2010)
Comments: Leather, a bit of body odor, a touch of coffee cream, spiced plum and black cherry fruit with lithe soil and herb top notes. Depp complex and rather elegant, rich and powerful on entry delivering deep wild plum fruit framed with subtle oak spice, violets and a flourish of gamy herbs, the tannins are very soft and the acidity bright but integrated, the wood tannins become a bit aggressive on the backend, but balance out on the finish which does have enough fruit to buffer the dryness of the tannins, the fruit is quite aromatic here, powerful yet clear with a soil toned finish that is long and ends on a strawberry note 90pts
Average price: $14.43 from 2 stores
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5 Miolo Merlot Terroir Brasilien Val Dos Vinhedos Merlot Gsm/Sgm/Smg Miolo Wine Group (2008)
Comments: Crazy intense mulberry jam, nose, oaky for sure, very ripe fruit, over ripe, balsamic, intense almost minty, licorice spiced fruit that has a blackberry ice cream quality to it with nutty, pistachio like top notes and plenty of wood veneer, deep and matte on the palate, soft, broad with heavy dark cherry fruit, black plum edges, bitter cocoa framing notes and a bit of a hollow middle. This is rich and frankly a bit dense but also a bit closed today. Black, tight and short on the finish with lots of fruit tannins shutting things down and some wood tannins turning splintery on the palate. This needs plenty of time and is packed with potential. 90pts
Average price: $26.04 from 1 store
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6 Brut Millésime Ip (2009)
Comments: 18 to 20 months on the yeast Yeasty, pear, a nice almost minty top note, very fresh lightly creamy mousse, fine acid, lively tension in the mouth, this shows a nice softness from the dosage, really intense follow though on the finish, a touch of tannin and lovely mineral refreshing quality, very clean, crisp and almost steely style of sparkler, seems almost like its simple and light but it has really fine length and excellent freshness, 89pts
Average price: $16.67 from 1 store
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7 Miolo Rar Viognier (2011)
Comments: Earthy, roasted meatiness, spicy with some floral notes but more musky and wild thyme like, a little rubbery, has a Pinotage like rubber band element on the nose, light bodied on entry, then shows some richness on the midpalate, a little apricot fruit, nice balance, this shows a restrained honied character, along with a light balsamic resinous note on the backend, quince fruit taking the lead as the palate transitions to a crisp, bright finish that shows membrillo, a little white pepper and lime, 88pts
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8 Miolo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (2011)
Comments: Fruity, very melon driven aromas a touch of aromatic sweetness, very faint vegetal element that shows as a floral tone, bright, vivid style, big acids, fresh on the palate, fruit driven, more herbal but still subtly so on the palate, finishes with bright lime zest acidity, popularly styled but rather attractive for its focus, 87pts
Average price: $14.05 from 1 store
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9 Miolo Cuvée Giuseppe Chardonnay (2011)
Comments: Apricot, light ginger spice, noticeable toast, dried pineapple, a little caramel and noticeable vanilla, lighting body, fairly steely, mineral cut midpalate, the fruit is a bit sweet here showing caramel nuances and a dried fruit character, smooth on the palate but showing wood tannin on the modest finish, fresh even though the wood adds some heaviness here, there is a nice steeliness on the finale. 87pts
Average price: $16.70 from 1 store
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10 Miolo Rosé Blend Brut Rosé (2008)
Comments: 12 months 2010 disgorgement L11221 Nice light fresh Brie yeastiness, bit of white bread, strawberry, raspberry, light peach tones, round, raspberry fruit on entry, a nice level of sweetness accentuated the berry fruit, fine mousse, integrated yeasty tones, with a very nice creamy edge, finishes with a bit of spice, good length, strawberry fruit, very fine fruit persistence, 87pts
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11 Miolo Shiraz Testardi (2010)
Comments: Slightly stemmy on the nose, a bit of black pepper but this isn't very spicy, more black and a bit extracty smelling, animale and a touch gamy, bright on entry, round, lush, boysenberry and black raspberry fruit, abundant if soft tannins, acid is fine could be a touch brighter, rich wine, new world style, more peppery on the palate than on the nose, wood tannins dry the finish a touch very woody tannins, 83pts
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12 Miolo Gamay (2012)
Comments: Lightly aromatic, very cheesy nose, a little spiced berries, nice level of complexity for something so fresh and young, very light bodied, fresh, bit of bubblegum, light, easy fresh, flavors are a bit light but classics purple grapey notes, light finish. 83pts
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13 Miolo Tempranillo (2011)
Comments: Dark and aggressive nose, tight grained wood notes, black fruit, fairly spicy, blackberry, a hint of pepper and some shale soil notes, relatively soft, broad on the palate, soft tannins, juicy, mulberry and black cherry fruit, a bit dull in the mouth, short finish, a bit dull, kind of neutral, turns kind of tannic and extracted on the finish 82pts
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14 Terranova Brut Rose (NV)
Comments: Strawberry, a bit of blueberry, fruity, simple, soft mouse, fruity, a touch of fresh fig and dried strawberry on the palate, dry, lightly fruity, faintly carob touched finish, simple and to the point sparkling rose 82pts L12024
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15 Miolo Terranova Moscatel Espumante (NV)
Comments: Balsamic nose, pine needles, pear, creamy nose, sweet, very sweet style, bright, lime leaf, lime juice, finishes fairly dry , plenty of acid, hard acid, pear and orange blossom fruit on the palate bit simple 82pts
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