Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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Top Sauvignon Blanc 5/25/12

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay New Zealand Screwcap (2011)
Comments: Fragrant, spiced green fruit with gooseberry. Lightly herbal on the nose with a bit of melon and fig, then pure and intense passion fruit and grapefruit aromas. Tense on the palate, much more so than the nose would lead you to believe. Fine bright fruit, green apple, green plum, gooseberry and pineapple all wrapped up in lovely refreshing feel. Sapid and tangy, really refreshing style with a fine, long finish. 92pts
Previously available for $22.31
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2 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Section 94 Single Vineyard (2010)
Comments: Very complex on the nose with notes of smoky flint, dried chili, roast chili, a hint of sulfur, and more vegetal notes. A bit of green bean, green pea. This is a very broad and soft vintage for Section 94, lacking some of the firmness of previous vintages but making up for it with a round, almost lush mouth-feel. The flavors here are mostly orchard fruit tones with only hints of tropical character, though good acids drives the finish, adding some verve back into the equation. Juicy lemon tones on finale. 90pts
Average price: $34.99 from 8 stores
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3 Johner Sauvignon Blanc (2011)
Comments: Kiwi, fig and melon yield a rather fruity nose but not in the green end of the spectrum, with hints of smoke and green tomato. Bright and ripe but with huge acid cut, nice richness. Zesty, deep finish, succulent and complex with a hint of fig on the finale, along with a green spice. Spicy gooseberry finish. 90pts
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4 Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block (2011)
Comments: Pretty on the nose with floral, vegetal notes that recall lemon grass and sweaty flowers. This has a great texture. Silky and bright with juicy Meyer lemon fruit on the entry followed by potassium minerality. The palate delivers layers of apple, passion fruit and citrus notes that are perfumed on the long, crisp finish, ending with a lovely pithy finale. 90pts
Previously available for $237.48
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5 Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc Nelson (2011)
Comments: Kiwi at first and then almost apricot, with pear and white orchard fruits covered with lime leaf and grapefruit pith notes. Super bright and very fine on entry with very clear grapefruit and passion fruit flavors. Fine acid adds length with a little old wood here adding roundness. There’s a nice return on the finale of pithy though sweet fruit. Almost salty, savory, Fino sherry type umami on finale. 90pts
Average price: $14.99 from 5 stores
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6 Highfield Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (2011)
Comments: Intense and very citrussy on the nose with almost a hint of creaminess. This is spicy on the nose with some grass, passion fruit and a little guava exoticism. Fine tension on entry with citrussy, integrated acids, clarity from dryness and cut green fruit. Really very fine, delicate texture and acid zest with a hint of minerality that washes the finish. 90pts
Average price: $24.69 from 1 store
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  • 1042487Zalgirio My favourite Kim Crowford is not here in the list...interesting


  • 1117858Lorraine Kestle I enjoy Kim Crawford as well. What about Oyster Bay?



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