Gregory Dal Piaz

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Top Portuguese Values 8/13

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Quinta Das Bageiras Garrafeira (2008)
Comments: 100% Baga, indigenous yeast, fermented for five to eight days in lagar, then drained into tank where fermentation continues for an additional ten to fifteen days before the wine is aged for 14 to 16 months in 2000 to 4000 liter casks 75 year old plus vines Tight and youthful on the nose with just a hint of wild cherry fruit layered under aromas of tar, tree bark, green medicinal herbs, green peppercorn, and almost dried green chile. Fairly spicy, chalky, bright and rich on the palate, with immediate obvious bright acids and tannins that are both sweet and yet astringent. There is huge depth of fruit here, savory, beet root, rhubarb and juniper spiced with candied blackberry fruit and beautiful wild cherry fruit layered underneath all wrapped up in firm minerality. With a lovely stemmy note this turns finely aromatic on the long finish revealing a red currant note with hints of Dr. Pepper soda. 92pts
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2 Casa de Santar Tinto (2010)
Comments: A blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz Lovely spicy baking spices over briary blueberry fruit greets the nose here joined by some slightly inky fruit aromas topped with some smoky, burnt sugar notes. The oak on the nose may not be overpowering but this is some very perfumed wood. High acid on entry, and showing some very soft, fine grained tannins, this is both bright and inviting it the mouth with flavors that are a bit earthy with lots of high toned blue and wild cherry fruits that are framed by an assertive mineral edge. This shows lovely depth of flavor on the palate without much weight, and great clarity to the rather precise and very clear an edgy of wild cherry on the backend and through the bright fruity finish. This is really lovely 90pts
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3 Quinta Do Casal Branco Red Blend Ribatejo Falcoaria Reserva (2011)
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4 Quinta da Aveleda Follies Cabernet/Touriga Nacional (2010)
Average price: $9.99 from 3 stores
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5 Quinta Do Casal Branco Falcoaria Classico Tejo (2010)
Comments: A blend of Castelão, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Nacional, Petit Verdot and Alicante Bouschet that spends 13 months in new French oak. Spicy with blueberry, juniper, and floral aromas that are framed with inky, smoky, soil tones and a bit of toasted almond. Medium bodied and fresh on the palate with spicy blue fruit and floral inner mouth perfumes, this shows, very finely managed tannins with integrated acids, supporting rather clear blueberry and wild raspberry fruit. Rather elegant and supple in the mouth with good brightness and clarity on the palate and a fresh, fruit driven finish. 88pts
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6 Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita (2010)
Comments: A blend of Castelão (74%), Trincadeira (14%), Aragonez (12%) A little smoky, earthy and vaguely mushroomy under briary almost black currant aromas with a little black spice on top. Lightweight on the palate but not without some tannin making for a lovely, easy drinking traditional table wine. There’s some nice raspberry fruit, a little spice, a little mineral, nothing out of place with an attractive edge of minerality and a slight astringency to the fairly long finish. 86pts
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7 Quinta Do Casal Branco Terra de Lobos Red Tejo (2012)
Comments: A blend of Castelão & Cabernet Sauvignon Balsamic, raw and resinous on the nose with spicy, floral aromas that recall juniper topped with smoky and blueberry notes. A touch soft on entry then raw with astringent red fruits on the midpalate which turns a touch a little creamy. This remains juicy and fresh in the mouth if a touch of sweetness does become obvious on the blueberry and blackberry tinged, slightly creamy finish. Easy to drink but not too simple. 85pts
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