Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top $20 Pinot Noir Tasted /2013

1. Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir (2010)

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Average price: $14.96 from 1 store
A bit mineral on the nose with well integrated wood spice, hints of toasted almonds, violets, and some used oak notes all melting into a pool of wild cherry and blackberry fruit. Clean and clear on entry with vibrant acids and fine tannins supporting some unabashedly fruity fruit. This still maintains some nice focus and grip so it delivers attractively intense fruitiness without the weight and density that so often accompanies such fruit. There’s some nice cherry skin and jammy, almost grapy fruit on the palate with a hint of something green, lime zest or herb, adding some complexity on the back end as this transitions to a slightly hot and slight drying finish that shows excellent length and persistence to the grapey, blackberry and plummy fruit which ends with a burst of cola. Not my style but in this style this is very good and it certainly is zesty! 90pts
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  • 84340827 bcarroll I drink a lot of Pinot from Oregon and California and by far my favorite in the 20.00 range is Cambria, Julia's Vineyard, hands down the best. A higher price is not always an indicator a better bottle of wine

  • 975192jjknight40 What about Siduri Pinot Noir? I can get that for about 20 bucks at Costco and it is amazing. I'll bet a blind tasting would show the quality compared to wines at twice the cost.

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