Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Pinot Gris from Oregon

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Torii Mor Pinot Gris Willamette Valley Reserve (2011)
Comments: Mineral, pear and dried citrus peel greet the nose topped with suggestions of ginseng and honeycomb. This is lovely in the mouth, showing a touch of sweetness but remaining airy and deft on the palate. Vibrant acids support citric and sour apple fruit with a nice edge of bitter pear peel. The finish is clean and kind of piercing, more citric than orchard-fruited, but fairly long and ending on a light almond note. This is summer in a glass. I love the balance and elegant scale of this wine. Freaking delicious. 91pts
Average price: $18.00 from 1 store
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2 Lange Estate Winery Pinot Gris "Reserve" (2011)
Comments: Wonderfully fragrant on the nose with bright notes of pollen, lemon blossom, lemon and a touch of sandy soil. In the mouth, this is just off dry with big acids lending a succulence to what is a lush but not weighty wine. The fruit starts out with an almost grapefruit character due to the high acids, all layered over a mineral base with excellent length and great purity of fruit. The back end sees a bit of orchard fruit popping up along with a hint of lemon oil, all held together with excellent tension and real river stone freshness on the moderately long finish. 91pts
Average price: $14.05 from 1 store
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3 Brooks Pinot Gris Eola Hills (2011)
Comments: Very peachy on the nose with aromas of sweet fruit and peach pits. Becomes pleasantly honeyed, as well as a touch meaty. On entry, this shows vivid acidity and is much lighter on the palate than the nose would imply. Juicy and full of wonderfully fresh fruit. The mid-palate is clear and vibrant, with fruit that really resonates on the moderately long finish. Great acids lend a brisk apple note here and a fine spice note emerges on the finale. 90pts
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4 Belle Pente Pinot Gris Willamette Valley (2007)
Comments: Sweet fruit on the nose, great depth of aromatics, earthy, lightly honeyed. A little raw almond and sweet apple fruit with a white floral top note and a hint of licorice. Firmly round in the mouth but with fine clarity. Nice edge of bitter apple peels, nice underlying mineral acid. Still rather youthful with an edge of softness from age.
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5 Kramer Vineyards Pinot Gris Estate (2010)
Comments: This smells earthy and funky with herbal and old wood aromas. Bright and fresh in the mouth with a lovely hint of tannin underpinning the fresh heirloom apple fruit on the palate. There’s well balanced acidity here which helps to drive the really pure and precise apple fruit of the palate right through the moderately long finish, which shows flashes of mineral and a fine interplay of sweet fruit and bitter apple peels. The nose is a bit funky but the palate shows impressive purity. 89pts
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6 Duck Pond Willamette Pinot Gris Oregon (2010)
Comments: A nice blend of apple blossom and honeycomb greets the nose followed by a gentle tropical fruit tone and a whiff of smoke. Light and fresh on entry, this is a rounder style of Pinot Gris, texturally very much a hybrid between the tart Italian examples and the richer Alsatian type. There’s a lot of fruit here and while the the wine is mid-bodied, it is quite intensely flavored. Lots of persimmon flavors early on are followed by gentle spice and dried peach notes, all supported by integrated acidity. The finish is nicely clean if not long. A dinner wine as opposed to an aperitif style, though this does firm up on the finish with air. 88pts
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7 Kramer Vineyards Pinot Gris Kimberley S Reserve (2009)
Comments: Low and earthy on the nose with floral- and spice-driven aromatics. Noticeably sweet on entry, this is soft, rich and broad in the mouth, lush even. Honey-tinged pear and apricot fruit on the palate turn spicy on the back end. The finish is very clean here, more apple peel than fruit and a bit short, but the finale returns with a nice spice note. This is very much in the Alsatian style. 86pts
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8 Acrobat Pinot Gris (2011)
Comments: Very fruity and perfumed on the nose with a distinct floral character. Subtly sweet on entry, balanced by assertive acidity and a nice touch of trapped CO2, which adds a touch of nervous energy on the palate. The fruit here is quite fresh with a hint of greengage plum adding roundness to the core of citrus and slightly grapey flavors. The finish is lean and tart, attractive in a lemonade kind of way, but it ends somewhat abruptly. 86pts
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9 Benton-Lane Winery Benton-Lane Pinot Gris (2011)
Comments: Minty and floral on the nose with light apple blossom fruit. Round on entry and showing nice apple fruit with a gentle edge of bitter herbs and apple seeds. This shows some sweetness and an underlying bitterness, which adds tension to the rich apple palate though the bitterness wins out on the finish. There’s nice acidity on the palate and the sugar extends the fruit on the finish, but this is a touch clumsy and shows some heat. 85pts
Average price: $19.29 from 3 stores
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10 Ponzi Pinot Gris (2011)
Comments: A bit leafy on the nose with a hint of herb accenting the notes of cut fruit, nice flowers and a hint of minerality. There’s a hint of RS evident up front, though nice acids keep things balanced. Cut heirloom apple fruit dominates the mid-palate, framed by nice pear fruit on the back end. Finishes with good length and steely acidity. This is nicely fruity with good balance in a slightly sweeter style. 88pts
Average price: $14.99 from 117 stores
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11 Wine By Joe Pinot Gris Oregon Really Good (2010)
Comments: Bright and fresh on the nose with an edge of mint and underbrush framing a core of gentle, Asian-spiced green plum fruit. Light and fairly elegant in the mouth, with a juicy character that shows hints of persimmon fruit accenting the core of citrus pith. The finish shows nice tension with a mineral wash. A little simple but fresh and easy to enjoy. 87pts
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  • 422865emmagramma Lange has been my favorite for over 20 years! Always will be.

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