Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Pinot Grigio $15 and Up

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Erste & Neue Pinot Grigio (2011)
Comments: Very pure and precise on the nose with gentle floral tone cut by decisive mineral notes and framed within slightly dried orchard fruit tones. Light and elegant on the palate with wonderful clarity and freshness in the mouth. This delivers very elegant citrus pith, lime peel and green pear flavors in tight, mineral wrapped package. The finish is long and very fine with real succulence and a subtle savory complexity. This is delicious. 91pts
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2 Marco Felluga Friuli Pinot Grigio Russiz Superiore (2009)
Comments: This smells deeply of savory and salty things all mashed together with some kiwi, bitter melon and apple peels, topped with violet-like blue flowers. Big acid on entry leads the way to a rather well balanced mid-palate that is broad and just a bit hollow. The flavors are really well defined and clear, with a hint of dried herbs accenting the lemon, pineapple and melon fruit. This is precise and shows a chiseled profile, which is at times both cool and crisp before fading. An icy, understated finish leads to a final pop of sweet orchard fruit. Rather well built and elegant. 91pts
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3 Marco Felluga Pinot Grigio Collio Mongris (2011)
Comments: Lovely aromatics see layers of dried citrus peels, mineral rich earth, orchard fruit peels, a bit of peach and a dusting of white pepper. Fairly rich in the mouth with some real depth here. The acidity is bright but well balanced by the richness of the wine and the deep flavors of apples are well spiced with both peppery and aromatic nuances. The finish shows excellent power and persistence with a long streak of lightly dried fruit, amply accented by continuing spice notes. Really solid showing. 90pts
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4 Castel Sallegg Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Südtirol (2011)
Comments: Quite aromatic and fruity, though this shows savory fruit with peppery top notes and a hint of pineapple ripeness. On the palate there is plenty of power here, and structure. This is for lack of a better word a serious Pinot Grigio that delivers great depth of flavors and impressive complexity with layers of earth, mineral, dried fruit and spice notes. One might think this is Pinot Gris, but the wine does show a bit of alcohol on the palate and the backend, just a touch which may not detract from the wine for most people but it does obscure some of the detail from the long and layered finish. 90pts
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5 Carr Vineyards "Turner Vineyards" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Gris (2011)
Comments: Nutty and biscuity on the nose. This smells a lot like applesauce and Mini Wheats. Bright and rich in the mouth, this layers on plenty of intense apple and roasted pear fruit with nicely measured accents of toast and spice ending on a nicely mineral and dry finish. A big Pinot Gris with a lot of nuttiness married to a dry Alsatian flavor profile. This is powerful stuff. Break it out for goose or grilled fish. 89pts
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