Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

PVA 2013 Top Value Winners

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 J Lohr Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon (2011)
Average price: $13.99 from 140 stores
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2 St. Francis Chardonnay Sonoma County (2010)
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3 Ravenswood Merlot North Coast Vintners Blend (2010)
Average price: $8.07 from 5 stores
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4 Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc (2012)
Average price: $13.59 from 6 stores
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5 D'Arenberg the Stump Jump Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre Mclaren Vale (2011)
Average price: $11.99 from 10 stores
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6 Illuminati Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riparosso (2010)
Average price: $11.40 from 21 stores
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7 Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio (2012)
Average price: $9.99 from 42 stores
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8 Mirassou Pinot Noir California (2012)
Average price: $8.99 from 2 stores
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9 Folie a Deux Ménage à Trois Merlot (2011)
Comments: The Gewurztraminer really pops on the nose here along with wonderfully fresh raspberry fruit and hints of flint, dried flowers and Swedish Fish. A touch sweet on entry, this shows fine balancing acidity in the mouth. The Gewurz adds nice honey and honeysuckle notes early on the palate, joined by flavors of sweet red berries and a hint of chocolate on the palate. The finish is more of the same with an orange rind/citrus character joining in. This is unusual and the floral quality contributed by the Gewurztraminer will prove to be divisive, but this is awfully well made in its style and will knock some folks’ socks off. 88pts
Average price: $7.99 from 167 stores
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10 Kendall-Jackson Riesling Vintners Reserve (2011)
Comments: Fruity apple and lemon aromas greet the nose along with hints of sweet flowers and honeycomb. This is fairly low acid, particularly for a Riesling, so think soft and broad in the mouth with slightly creamy caramel-tinged apple fruit and some candied cherry notes on the mid-palate followed by ripe, sweet pear fruit. The finish is modest and a touch coarse with a hint of bitterness. Simple, fruity and somewhat atypical for Riesling. 82pts
Average price: $15.99 from 2 stores
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11 A To Z Winery 'Rose' Sangiovese (2012)
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12 Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc (2012)
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13 Trivento Reserve Malbec Mendoza (2011)
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14 Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay Cuvee Alexandre Atalayas Vineyard Casablanca Valley (2012)
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15 Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza (2011)
Comments: Very fruity on the nose with notes of watermelon, strawberry and raspberry fruit, framed with a hint of cream. Soft and a bit chewy in the mouth, this is a fairly substantial rosé with chewy red fruits that lean toward the wild/black cherry end of the spectrum, flecked with spice and leathery nuances on the back end and through the modest, zesty finish. Plenty of acidity here and a nice hint of tannin helps cleanse the palate. 86pts
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16 Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Columbia Valley (2011)
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17 Rosemount Shiraz South Eastern Australia Diamond Label (2012)
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18 Antinori Rosso Toscana (2011)
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19 Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel (2011)
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20 Quinto Do Aveleda Follies Touriga Nacional Beiras (2010)
Comments: Thirty four hectares in a single block aged in barrique, 25% of which are new. Very smoky on the nose, almost roasting meats over a bed of tarry, dark fruits,showing a little raisin and date along with sage and rosemary notes touched with violets. Bright acids and fine tannins are well integrated in the mouth allowing this to show a nice softness with lovely balsamic notes appearing early on the palate followed by fine cut plum and tart wild strawberry jam flavors. This shows nice small yet angular tannins and has a long, slightly austere finish full of clear blue fruits. Medium bodied buy this drink some and cellar the rest for the next several years Already delicious I bet this will be even better in a year or two. 89pts
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21 Pewsey Vale Dry Riesling Eden Valley (2012)
Comments: Quite perfumed on the nose, with aromas of apple blossoms, dry tree bark, quince and limes. While painfully young, this shows great cut in the mouth with a nice edge of richness, though it remains medium to light bodied. There's a lovely rush of sour apple, lime and raw quince flavors on the palate, with gentle floral accents and a hint of spice emerging on the back end. This finishes with exceptional length and brightness, and a faint hint of bitterness that serves as contrast to the deep fruit. A lot of depth here and excellent potential for development. This rocks. 92pts
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22 Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc Charlotte's Home Sonoma County (2012)
Comments: Sweet and intensely floral on the nose with distinctive gingery wood spice and toast notes on the nose over a base of apricot, lemongrass and green apple fruit. A bit soft on entry, there’s fine acidity here but it is wrapped up in a rather creamy and medium full bodied texture. There are very attractive pineapple and clementine flavors early on the palate which gain more of a stone fruit character on the mid palate where the oak spice adds a certain spark. This really has a lovely texture, round, full yet transparent and a bit angular. the wood spice is going to be a dealbreaker for some but for most palate it just adds complexity here and fades away gently on the very lightly vanilla laced grapefruit and creamy green apple finish. 89pts
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