Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Pinot Noir $40-$50

4. Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley (2009)

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Lots of oak, cut plum and black raspberry fruit greet the nose with accents of hazelnuts and cocoa adding complexity. A touch soft on entry, this packs in plenty of fresh and intense flavor. The oak imprint promised by the nose never really develops and instead the fruit, with its cut plums, fine herb notes and slightly leathery, dried spice aspects, pretty much fills the mouth. On the mid-palate, there are flashes of black cherry and black raspberry wrapped in vanilla and dusted with a hint of allspice. The finish is a bit of a let down. It is clean and fresh with late arriving hints of wood tannin and spice accenting the plummy fruit, but it is a touch short. Scratch that, 30 minutes later and the finish is already much longer. Smooth, balanced and bright, this should prove to be quite popular. 92pts
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