Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Seven Great Rhone Valley Wines

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage la Guiraude (2009)
Comments: Intensely balsamic on the nose with spicy floral notes, rampant violets, intense pepper and sweet spices. This is aromatic insanity! Light bodied and high acid for sure, with very soft tannins in a dry, austere, focused and crisp package. This is brilliant It’s so lean and sinewy it doesn’t strike me as particularly typical, but it’s got such great clarity that I love it. It’s going through a funky period I’m sure, but this is exciting to drink. Group’s sixth place wine, my first place. 92pts
Average price: $42.99 from 2 stores
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2 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition (2009)
Average price: $47.21 from 3 stores
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3 Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneu Grenache (2009)
Comments: Black olive, licorice and herbs frame the black cherry and plum fruits of the nose here, and the flavors remain quite consistent on the palate as well. Rather deftly balanced, this remains on the elegant side of the spectrum and is firmly medium-bodied, with a soft base of tannins and fairly bright acidity helping to showcase the fruit. This is lovely and exhibits finesse, though it does lack a bit of complexity. Finishes with fine length and a return of savoriness on the finale. 91pts
Average price: $39.99 from 7 stores
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4 Clos du Mont Olivet Côtes du Rhône Font de Blanche (2009)
Average price: $70.00 from 18 stores
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5 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas (2009)
Previously available for $45.99
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6 Domaine du Grapillon d'Or Gigondas (2009)
Previously available for $31.00
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