Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Zinfandels

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Zinfandel Speedy Creek Vineyard Knights Valley (2007)
Previously available for $18.95
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2 Deloach Vineyards Nova Vineyard Zinfandel (2007)
Previously available for $32.00
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3 Mcfadden Farms Riesling Potter Valley Dashe Cellars 3 Hvidvin (2008)
Comments: This has a huge nose with top notes of violets over deep black plum, slight prune, and spicy hints of chocolate and vanilla with a core of savory elements that recall herbal dried black olives. Lightly sweet on entry this has plenty of acidity to keep the wine lively and lovely ripe tannins that help break up the sweetness. It’s a light, fresh style of dessert wine with a balance akin to fresh fruit making it easy to drink. It’s a bit simpler on the palate than on the nose but is full of briary, tobacco edge plummy and dried berry fruit that yields to a lightly sweet finish balanced by drying tannins. 91pts
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4 Sausal Winery Zinfandel Alexander Valley Family (2007)
Comments: Big dill, vanilla and candied red cherry on the nose, with a touch of caramel and some nuanced white pepper. Nice feel right upfront with good acids and supple tannins -- in fact, the acid gives a very appealing sour red cherry/raspberry tone to the fruit. The fruit shows excellent purity and, while it is a bit simple up front, it gains a nice touch of gentle wood spice on the long, juicy finish. Very bright and delicious! 91pts
Average price: $21.99 from 1 store
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5 Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves Zinfandel Russian River Valley (2007)
Average price: $29.99 from 2 stores
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6 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Late Harvest (2007)
Comments: This has a very fine nose, real brambly blackberry and black cherry fruit with a touch of plum and licorice, a bit meaty with a nice savory hoisin note tightly wound up in the fruit. This is a big wine on entry with lots of glycerin and richness but almost immediately it gains snap and focus. The tannins here are abundant but quite fine and the acidity is floating just under the fruit. The flavors are dark and just a bit dusky with plum, caramel, earth, licorice and a hint of mint all in balance on the mid-palate. The backend offers nice lift to the fruit, which floats off on the long finish. This is spicy on the backend but surprisingly lightweight with black fruit notes and a licorice, leathery savory tone on the finale. A bit of a tight showing but this promises to flesh out and soften a bit with time in the bottle, remaining elegant but gaining breadth in the mouth. I can see this working well with pork in chipotle sauce. 90pts
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7 Sbragia Family Zinfandel Alexander Valley Italo's Vineyard (2006)
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8 Scott Harvey Wines Vineyard 1869 Zinfandel (2007)
Previously available for $55.00
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