Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

The sparkling Wines of Gloria Ferrer tasted 12/13

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Ferrer Gloria Sonoma Brut (NV)
Comments: Original wine they opened tasting room with in 1986, usually very heavy Pinot, 85% plus Fruity on the nose with hints of vanilla and faint toasted nut character,. with a rather fine mousse, this delivers lemon curd and green apple flavors with with juicy acids, all framed by a little toasty nuttiness and some sweet pie crust accents. Rather fruity, fun and easy to like. 88pts
Average price: $19.99 from 135 stores
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2 Gloria Ferrer Bl de Blancs (NV)
Comments: 8% Chardonnay, seven to eight hours skin contact, Red berry, cherry character on the nose is also a bit earthy and spicy. Starting off with a little raspberry fruit, this has a lovely texture, nice midpalate depth with real red fruit character and hints of tangerine followed by a lemony edge of acidity on the backend which shows hints of of creaminess and sweetness. Very attractive with nice fruity complexity. 89pts
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3 Gloria Ferrer Brut Royal Cuvee (2005)
Comments: 2/3 Pinot 11.5gr 6.5 years on lees Smells rather evolved with subtle notes of smoke, bookbinder’s glue and hazelnut with a touch of dried flowers, and butterscotch. Bright on entry with a huge dried apple, tart apple attack followed by floral notes with hints of white chocolate, a little chocolate covered cherry fruit, a little dried lemon peel and good length, finishing tart and juicy with a fine softness to the hints of coconut and strawberry on finish. 91pts
Average price: $27.29 from 1 store
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4 Extra Brut Reserve Cuvée (2005)
Comments: Very floral on the nose with accents of worn wood, dried orange peel, white mushrooms, hazelnut skins. Aromatically this shows terrific focus and gains nuanced notes of orange and hazelnut cream with air. This is lovely on entry, taut and bright and earthy with the creaminess from the lees contact not obscured by sugar. Not as complex as the nose would lead one to believe, but with fine mineral notes, palate cleansing acids and a lingering meyer lemon finish. 91pts
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5 Gloria Ferrer Brut Rose (2008)
Comments: Tart on the nose with a little quinine and quince over yeasty, Brie like, creamy, sweet pear fruit Soft and tart on entry with plenty of yeast wrapped apple, melon and mineral flavors. This has a gentle buttery sweetness to it but is a bit lean, fresh and simple, and a bit short. 87pts
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6 Gloria Ferrer Carneros Cuvee (2001)
Comments: Lovely nose, complex and floral with sweet pear fruit turning spicy with a hint of white pepper over candied almond dried apple peel,and candle wax nuance. Lightly creamy on entry though with big flavors in the mouth. The mousse is a little aggressive but this has some fabulous layered flavors of lime, lemon curd, deep slightly mushroomy notes, cashew, brazil nut and light vanilla accents. It’s really quite complex and long, rich with umami, and rather elegant finishing with a nice edge of nougat. I love the savory flavors here. 93pts
Average price: $62.99 from 2 stores
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7 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Blanc de Blancs (2000)
Comments: Left on lees for 11.5 years Waxy, yellow fruit, plantains, incense and candle wax with a strong vanilla undertone emerge on the nose. This has a lovely, fine mousse and subtle flavors of freshly baked bread, white mushroom, fresh lemon pith with a hint of pineapple emerge on the palate followed by burnt orange peel on the long finish. Elegant with a light buffering of creaminess on the racy palate. 91pts
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8 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée (1993)
Comments: 19 years on the lees Very nutty on the nose then full of honeycomb, linzer torte, raspberries, whipped cream, citron peel and angelica root. Just great complexity on the nose, In the mouth this has a rather soft mousse and gentle flavors of burnt citrus peels, a bit frontloaded with some jellied lime and almost blackberry fruit, then this leans out on backend then drops off on finish. Rather delicate. 90pts
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9 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Va de VI (NV)
Comments: Sourdough, pollen, and ice cream grave the nose layered over a base of melonny fruit. Noticeably sweet on entry,then a little spicy in the mouth with hints of honeysuckle, peach, and creamy melon fruit that leads to a lightly sweet finish. The muscat shows up more obviously on the finish. Easy to understand, easy to like. 87pts
Average price: $20.89 from 6 stores
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