Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top $20 Pinot Noir Tasted /2013

2. Byron Pinot Noir San Barbara1 (2011)

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Tight on the nose with some oak showing a hint of cocoa and a sweet medicinal edge to emerging black cherry fruit that shows some bitter orange rind notes and gently floral top notes. Also a bit tight in the mouth, showing fine red cherry skin and raspberry, almost strawberry fruit in an attractively lean and well focused style. This has the feel of Pinot Noir, no baby fat, good clarity on the palate, finely grained and almost mineral tannins that transition to some gently herbal bay leaf and vanilla toned accents on the backend before fading a bit quickly on the finish. A bit understated, yet this is my style of Pinot, snappy, focused, and even though there is a vein of oak through this this still manages to be a wine of varietal character. 88pts
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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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