Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top 5 Pinot Blanc

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate Cuvée (2010)
Comments: Very aromatic if a bit on the stemmy side with light Rainier cherry aromas and a hint of Vosne-like spice. This dances across the palate. Lightweight and wonderfully balanced, it delivers sweet cherry fruit that's framed with hints of herbs and a gentle green spice note. The finish shows more cherry fruit, perhaps with a suggestion of vanilla. The acidity here refreshes the palate and the tannins float by like ghosts, making this joyously fun to drink. It's not terribly complex but it is pretty. And that texture, oh that texture! 89pts
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2 Weingut Niklas Weissburgunder Sudtiroler (2010)
Comments: Tight on the nose with polleny notes and an undercurrent of honeycomb accenting dry heirloom apple fruit. Small and finely balanced with mouthwatering succulence on the palate. This turns zesty and salty on the mid-palate, packed with mineral notes and small apple fruits that drive across the finish and end with a pop of sweet fruit on the finale. A touch savory and earthy, this is a nice, nervous and tense example of the variety. 89pts
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3 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley (2010)
Comments: This is savory and earthy on the nose with fine sandy, mineral-tinged fruit that recalls pear skins and almond skin. Very finely balanced in the mouth with an elegant gossamer texture and more mineral-flecked pear fruit. Turns a touch light on the finish, but with the lovely tense and mineral fruit that reveals an enduring sweetness, it’s easy to forgive. The savory, mineral length is really deceptive. 89pts
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4 Tenuta Costa Lahnhof Pinot Bianco Alto Adige (2010)
Comments: Fairly fruity on the nose but in a lightly tropical, floral way, with fine underlying pear fruit flecked with mineral and salt accents. This is really attractive in the mouth, delivering rich white peach, pear and lime fruit. Bright, almost steely acidity drives the long finish, which is aromatic and full of pear blossoms. Fruity and fairly intense, this is a powerful Pinot Bianco. 88pts
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5 Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc (2009)
Comments: Deep and earthy on the nose with complex aromas of dried apple fruit, dried herbs, a hint of petrol and buckwheat honey. On the palate, this surprises with its really fine focus and piercing acidity. The flavors are fresh though a bit simple, featuring notes of quince and apple flecked with a suggestion of herb and hints of river stones on the back end. The apple fruit becomes more pronounced with air, though the moderately long finish remains suitably lean and dry. River stone minerality and a white pepper finale. 88pts
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