Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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Top Cabernet $20-$25 Tasted 12/13

7. Yalumba the Cigar Coonawarra (2010)

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Average price: $32.43 from 3 stores
Spicy and leathery on the nose, this has a lovely earthen edge to the oak used here and shows a gentle underlying vanilla notes. Almost sweet on entry, there's a terrific wave of rich fruit here that flows across the palate with candied blueberry, blue plum and sassafras flavors that pick up a minty edge on the back end. It's a fairly big wine, well endowed with ripe tannins that pop on the moderately long finish which returns to the leather and older wood of the nose. The alcohol tickles my nose a touch but doesn't show up on the palate. An intense bottle of wine for the money with surprising energy considering the wine's size. 88pts
 
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  • 150558moldavi33 I'd like to add Educated Guess to this list. Phenomenal Cab for $20-$25, drinks more like a $40 bottle. Napa fruit, but not overly extracted, and pretty well structured, to boot. Gimmick-y label, but don't let that dissuade you; it's very, very good.


  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz Good call Moldavi. A very attractive wine!


  • 12988261206gene I still think the H3 ( Horse Heaven Hills ) cab from Columbia Crest is one of the best bargain cabs around, with plenty of cab character for $11.69 to $15, depending upon where you buy it.


  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz Absolutely gene. I serve it blind on occasion and it has no problem keeping up with $20-$25 Cabs. Thanks for the suggestion.


  • 1145575wolfarthe Anything from Waterbrook! Great producer at affordable prices. Merlot is even better than their cabs.



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