Gregory Dal Piaz

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Top $20 Pinot Grigio Tasted 9/2013

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Alexana Pinot Gris Revana Vineyard (2011)
Comments: Very pretty lessy/floral aromas greet the nose followed by jammy peach fruits and even a bit of red berry fruit with subtle hints of cream and licorice. rather medium full bodied and frankly rich in the mouth, this has terrific acidity supporting lush apple, peach and citrus flavors. The acidity lingers on the long, vivid finish which shows some lovely underlying mineral notes and wonderfully fresh stone fruit notes. This is big, fresh and juicy, it’s fruity without being a fruit bomb and shows enough detail and complexity to keep many palates interested, and then it explodes on the finish with remarkable intensity and zip. Great Pinot Gris. 93pts
Average price: $25.99 from 9 stores
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2 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris (2011)
Comments: Rather organic smelling on the nose with hints of old wood framing a core of spicy golden raspberry and something tropical and mango-like smeared over a sletty base note. Silken on entry, this show subtlety and a sophisticated textural polish that rounds off the edges without adding too much meat to cover the bones. Very much acid driven in the mouth, this is not really defined by a tartness though the bright flash of acidity is present on the palate and through the long, green apple and green apricot tinged finish. A very Burgundian P G if one might be allowed to say such a thing. 90pts
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3 St. Magdelena Pinot Grigio Alto Adige It (2012)
Comments: Intense floral and soft bitter almond notes frame the pear skin, crisp apple, and melon rind fruit of the nose. Soft and juicy up front, then the acidity appears on the backend refreshing the palate and the flavors of citrus tinged apple fruits that are layered of a gentle minerality and a lovely nutty nuance. The finish is long and rather vibrant with a fine minerality appearing after the fruit leaves the palate. This is a little small scaled but rather classic Pinot Grigio. 88pts
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4 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley (2011)
Comments: Tight, focused and citrussy on the nose with fine aromas of white flowers, lime, lime leaf and talc. Almost a touch sweet on entry, this is clear, bright and focused in the mouth, very medium/light bodied with fine clarity on the palate delivering mineral based slightly creamy green apple and citrus based flavors. This is very easy to drink and endlessly refreshing with a long, bright, clear succulent finish. It;’s not the biggest or most complex Pinot out there but it is delicious. 88pts
Average price: $16.99 from 13 stores
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5 Sokol Blosser Willamette Valley Pinot Gris Case Of (2011)
Comments: A little funky on the nose with a nutty, earthy edge to the aromas of river stones, dried herb and dried apple cores. This is supple and a little creamy in the mouth but not too creamy to lose focus. It’s really got as wonderfully seductive texture and offers citrus and green apple flavors with hints of pineapple and passionfruit on the backend. The finish is really driven by the structure, all acid and minerality which will prove to be the divisive point to this wine but it is really wonderful fresh and bright on the palate. I could sip this or have it with with food. 88pts
Average price: $305.99 from 1 store
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6 La Crema Monterey Pinot Gris (2012)
Comments: Quite pungent on the nose with a layering of herb stem, citrus pith and yeasty floral notes over a base of melon and pear fruit tinged with a hint of almond. Round and creamy up front, and delivering plenty of soft, fresh pear and apple flavors with supportive acidity popping out on the moderately long finish adding a nice refreshing note to the finale. An interesting wine that starts out rather plush and creamy and ends more tense and edgy. 88pts
Average price: $17.20 from 66 stores
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