Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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Tapas Fantasticas: Day Two

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Finca Manzanos Rioja Blanco Reserva (2010)
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2 Finca Manzanos Rioja Reserva (2005)
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3 Marques de Reinosa Rioja Baja Blanco Secco (2011)
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4 Altos de Laguardia Rioja Blanco (2001)
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5 Bodegas Palacio Blanco (2009)
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6 Bodegas Palacio Tempranillo Blend Rioja Glorioso Gran Reserva (2004)
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7 Rioja Vega S. A. Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva (2007)
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8 Bodegas del Medievo Rioja Crianza (2008)
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9 Bodegas del Medievo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva (2006)
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10 Domeco de Jarauta Rioja Crianza (2009)
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11 Domeco de Jarauta Vina Marro Reserva Rioja (2007)
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12 Bodegas Honorio Rubio Tremendus Clarete de Cordovin Rioja Spain Rioja Bodegas Honorio Rubio Viura Macabeo (2011)
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13 Bodegas Honorio Rubio Tremendus Clarete de Cordovin Rioja (2011)
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14 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc la Crau Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Valle del Rodano Rodano del Sud (2008)
Comments: Fruity on the nose with a nice underlay of toasty oak spice and vanilla and top notes of braised herbs, licorice and violets. This is smooth and supple in the mouth with an initial rush of smoky, toasty and scorched earth inner-mouth perfumes. Perhaps a bit on the tight side, this shows a fairly heavy if balanced load of load tannins in the mouth along with dark pencil lead and toast flavors over some grape, with red currants and fresh purple and blue fruits. The finish is cut short by the tannins. This has some of the hardness and underlying unyielding nature of old school winemaking. I bet this gets better with 2-5 years in the cellar. Needs an aggressive steak for dinner tonight. 90pts
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15 Telegramme Brunier Chateauneuf du Pape (2005)
Comments: Butterscotch and black cherry on the nose with just a touch of herbs and a piercing violet top note. On the palate this is very fresh with great acids and unobtrusive tannins that are very soft but add volume in the mouth. The fruit has a muddy, earthy tone that adds nice depth and a touch of complexity to the pure fruit. 88pts
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