Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Pinot Noir of 2011

1. Topel Pinot Noir Monterey Reserve (2009)

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This is a touch light on the nose but shows some fleshy fruit, sweet earth, perhaps a touch of licorice and some vague green tea/herb notes. Gains some nice cranberry and raspberry notes with air. This is light fresh and zippy with really good tension in the mouth and fine if a touch simple, red fruit. I really like the texture here though, it's got just enough tannin to add some detail but remains rather light and transparent with a fine blend of earth and red fruit extending over the moderately long, lightly spicy finish. The wood treatment here is very discrete leaving this elegant, fresh and pure. The more air this gets the more expressive this becomes and the finish really flips a switch adding layers of aromatic fruit. This is excellent Pinot for the more is not more crowd. Elegant. 92pts
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