Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top 10 Cava

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad (NV)
Comments: Rather refined on the nose with quince, honey and floral aromas over a chalky, earthy base. This shows excellent integration in the mouth with a fine mousse, fresh fruity flavors of melon and citrus accented with gently toasty suggestions of yeast and pollen. Complex, fresh and with good depth of flavor, this drifts off with a long, bright finish that folds in mineral and apple skin flavors for an added layer of complexity. 91pts
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2 Naveran Brut Vintage (2009)
Comments: Gentle on the nose with a fresh floral top note over almost meaty citrus notes that flash hints of sweet peach, apricot and caramel. Very nicely balanced if a touch sweet on entry, this delivers tons of sweet peachy fruit with some candied citrus framing notes and solid depth of flavor. Air brings out complex notes of yeast, hazelnuts and candied apples. This is fairly dry, finely balanced and finishes with refreshing mineral and almost spicy herb suggestions over rich yellow apple fruit. A really nice and refined package. 89pts
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3 Totus Tuus Cava Brut Metodo Tradicional Spain (NV)
Comments: Yeasty and floral on the nose in a fresh, precise style with layered honeycomb, marzipan, walnut and dried orchard fruit aromas. Integrated in the mouth and rather full bodied with a lovely nutty richness. There’s plenty of fruit here as well, with peach and apple flavors all wrapped in a finely balanced and rich yet not heavy package that finishes with persistent mineral clarity and a bit of chalky inner mouth perfume. Elegant and refined. 89pts
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4 Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut (NV)
Comments: Rather perfumed on the nose with hints of face powder and violets adding complexity to the apple, dried peach and light orange peel aromas. Very fine bubbles are gentle in the mouth, though this does show some rather obvious sweetness throwing it a touch out of balance. The fruit profile is unusual, offering up hints of blackberries along with the bright citrus and apple fruit. The blackberry notes become more obvious on the back end and through the moderately long finish. Clean, crisp and precise on the finale, this is a fairly large scaled cava. 89pts
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5 Font I Jordana Brut Reserva (NV)
Comments: Intensely citrussy on the nose with assertive chrysanthemum and chamomile aromas. Smooth and fairly rich in the mouth, this is supple, well-integrated and downright luxurious on the palate. There’s a bit of obvious sweetness here, with layered flavors of fresh fruit and some incipient notes of butcher’s wax, dried flowers and old cheese rind adding complexity. The nose is a little off-putting but in the mouth this offers a very interesting and attractive flavor profile that finishes with good length and dry, firm acidity ending on a pop of dried yellow fruit. Delicious stuff. 89pts
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6 Chatel Brut Reserva Cava
Comments: A touch unusual on the nose with hints of persimmon being joined by yeasty notes with hints of sweet lemon drop fruit over ripe pear notes. Air really brings out the exuberantly fruity nature of this nose. A touch creamy in the mouth and really polished and smooth, this is really nicely done with plenty of bold fruit that mimics the nose, all layered over a base of gentle earthiness. The acidity keeps this bright and fresh and drives the chalky, earthy finish right through to a final pop of almost grapey fruit. A joyous wine that lacks some subtly, but makes up for it with exuberance. 88pts
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7 Vina del Mar Tinto Penedès Jaume Serra Rood (2007)
Comments: This shows impressive complexity on the nose with layered nut, honeycomb, toast, dried fruit and vegetal floral aromas. Fine mousse combined with a broad yet transparent feel in the mouth gives this a lovely presence, both sophisticated and elegant. The flavors are perhaps a touch light on the palate with a hint of something vaguely cherried sitting atop lemon, sour apple and bosc pear skin notes. The fruit here is subtle yet fresh with a lovely interplay on the finish between the fruity and earthy sides to this wine. Very nicely done. 88pts
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8 Segura Viudas Extra Dry
Comments: Floral and cheesy on the nose with a nice underlay of apple and lime zest fruit. Lovely on entry, this shows a hint of firmness in the mouth with crystal clear citrus and apple fruit flavors that recall sweet fruit without obvious sugar. The finish is clean and crisp, and shows a bit more sweetness but at the same time this is fresh and easy to drink with great apple fruit. 87pts
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9 Cordon Neg Extra Dry (1988)
Comments: A bit sweet and citrussy on the nose with some slightly funky earthy notes. Soft in the mouth with fairly refined bubbles. This is well-balanced and round showing off a nice blend of green and yellow citrus notes, a little yeasty complexity and lovely apple and pear flavors. A little sweet but at the same time well balanced with penetrating acidity that drives the finish. 87pts
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10 Casteller Brut Cava (NV)
Comments: Intensely aromatic with huge notes of bitter apples, melon, sharp herbs and fresh, polleny flowers on the nose. With a slightly coarse mousse, and obvious sweetness in the mouth this is a bit clunky after the nose, though there is a nice balance between the powdered sugar coated fresh lemon fruit and a gentle underlying bitter, yeasty edge, all topped with gentle herbal notes. The finish is tight and short at first with almost with a hint of tannin and some creamy vanilla notes, but a little bit of air frees it up and this reveals an exceptionally long and intensely flavored finish. This comes together nicely in a slightly rough around the edges style, though it offers a lot of cava for the money. 87pts
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