Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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Summertime Rose 6/18

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Lucien Crochet Sancerre Pinot Rosé (2011)
Comments: Fragrant and floral on the nose with a hint of coriander under gentle cherry and strawberry fruit. Big and intense on entry with lovely acidity and a nice dusting of mineral tannin that helps to add great definition to this on the palate. The acidity is vibrant and really supports the red berry fruit, which shows a suggestion of bitter orange extending on the finish with lovely sapidity and a return of the floral elements of the nose. Great persistence to the fruit. 91pts
Average price: $19.62 from 1 store
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2 Blackbird Vineyards Merlot Blend Napa Valley Arriviste (2011)
Comments: Smells fruity in a black cherry way, with some charcoal and earth nuances and a top note of mint. A little sweet on entry but also very high in acidity, so the suggestion of sweetness adds nice balance. This is a large scaled rosé, deep with rich black cherry and blackberry fruit that really penetrate the palate. The finish is nicely bright with a sour cherry refrain and a little spice on the finale, almost a touch peppery. Big but very well done. Not what I expect from a rosé, but there’s no arguing the appeal. 91pts
Average price: $25.00 from 1 store
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3 Ehlers Sylviane St. Helena Napa Valley (2011)
Comments: Pretty fruity on the nose with hints of black currant, dried herb, fennel seed and smoke lending this a bit of a sophisticated edge. Much more crisp on the palate than the nose might lead you to believe, with a soft richness grounded by good acidity and some fine tannins. There’s plenty of rose petal-tinged blackberry fruit on the palate and a bright, juicy finish that has a little Jolly Rancher wild grape going on before the citrussy acids cleanse the palate. Nice if in a slightly rich style. 90pts
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4 Apaltagua Apaltua Rose of Carmenere (2011)
Comments: 7% Cabernet Sauvignon Aromas of black currants, fire roasted chilies and spicy green herbs great the nose along with some very well integrated wood accents. Rather nicely focused in the mouth with a core of gentle fruit that hints at strawberry and blackberry flavors that carries with a haunting suggestion of sweetness. while it’s wrapped in gentle tea tones. The oak pops on the back end, adding nuanced mocha and cocoa accents to the palate. There is a faint dried herbal edge across the palate and some firm tannins emerge on the backend and through the moderately long, clean and precise finish. Delicious and eminently drinkable. 89pts
Average price: $13.69 from 14 stores
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5 Cline Mourvedre Rose Cline Mourvedre Rose (2011)
Comments: This smells meaty and slightly funky, all leathered up and ready to ride. Burning rubber, oil and grease, exhaust fumes and spicy black fruit; I name thee Evil Rider. Bright on entry, this does show a little sweetness to the blueberry, black plum and cherry flavors. Round and fairly lush in style, it maintains a firm base of acidity that draws the wine across a rather long finish. Decidedly plummy in nature and looking good for BBQ duty. 89pts
Average price: $12.49 from 16 stores
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6 Abacela Grenache Rose (2011)
Comments: This shows nice mineral, herb and cherry skin aromas on the nose, over a base of dry earth and dried grass. This is fairly rich in the mouth with good acidity and plenty of lightly brambly berry fruit. There’s a nice pop of strawberry on the palate with feathery tannins that drive the mineral, lemon pith and quartz-toned finish. Big and juicy, this has lovely, fresh berry fruit that is quite aromatic in the mouth. 89pts
Previously available for $15.94
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7 Château Routas Rouvière Rosé (2011)
Comments: Lemon, chalk and wild raspberry aromas greet the nose along with a sweet tarry edge. An unusually textured wine, rather soft and supple but at the same time firm and tight. There’s nice fruit here, a bit too much sugar adding richness for this to be dry, but the flavors of cherry and raspberry flecked with spicy mineral notes are attractive. The finish is bursting with grapefruit pith, peach and raspberry fruit, all dusted with a suggestion of white pepper. This is really quite lovely. 88pts
Previously available for $15.41
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8 Acrobat Rose United States Oregon (2011)
Comments: Twiggy and even a bit funky on the nose with sweet raspberry and cranberry fruit framed with notes of used wood and black tea. Smooth and succulent on the palate, this shows lovely austere little tannins peaking through a veil of red raspberry and strawberry fruit that picks up nuanced used wood and herb notes on the backend before fading into a dusty, earthy, long and vibrant tart red berried finish. This might be a bit of a small wine, and a bit of a simple wine, but it’s appeal lies in it’s fine balanced and purity that makes this so easy and pleasurable to drink. 86pts
Average price: $19.98 from 12 stores
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9 Ghost Hill Cellars "Spirit of Pinot Noir" Dry Rose (2011)
Comments: A bit meaty on the nose with notes of burnished cherry, pomegranate and perfumed apricot fruit, along with a sharp chalky tone. A bit large scaled but nicely dry, this is surprisingly rich with bright acidity and a suggestion of tannin helping to fill the mouth. There’s lovely, leafy-edged red berry fruit here, touched with a hint of blood orange that turns a bit compact on the moderately long finish. The finish is almost a touch bitter with some herb stem and slightly soapy cilantro elements. A bit aggressive. 87pts
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