Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top $20 Pinot Noir Tasted /2013

5. Gloria Ferrer Pinot Noir Carneros (2010)

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Average price: $29.69 from 1 store
Perhaps a touch hot or just peppery on the nose with some warm forest floor and baking spice notes framing plump black cherry fruit. There is a pepperiness here, a bit in the herbal register. Smooth like silk on entry, this enters the mouth surreptitiously and then appears on the mid palate with pretty good focus and clarity to the herb and forest floor inflected red cherry and cranberry fruit that barely covers a bit of aggressive wood tannins and picks up gentle wood spice notes on the backend. The finish shows some attractive texture, a bit of stem herbal quality and fine grained wood tannins all coming together with fine persistent if showing a touch of rusticity. Shows some power built on a spice of well judged acidity and complexity in a style that would benefit from food, a fine candidate for pairing with planked salmon. 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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