Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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3. Veleta Nolados Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra (2008)

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A little chocolatey on the nose and slightly spicy with a bit of heat rising above the dark fruit, which shows a bit of a eucalyptus edge. This enters the mouth with dark currant and berry fruit and a sense of power. The wine is a bit on the tight side and while fairly tannic, there is plenty of dry extract and depth here to help to mask those tannins. Faint suggestions of charred chili and green herb emerge on the palate along with a light hint of black raspberry framed by vanilla and a light toasty top note. The finish shows a minty hint to the vegetal notes and firm dark fruit that ends with fine-grained but significant tannins. This needs a year or two to really hit its stride, but it has the depth and balance to get there and really blossom into a lovely wine. 90pts
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