Gregory Dal Piaz

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Wines from Willamette Valley

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Dundee Hills Arthur (2010)
Comments: With a little almond, smoke and a hint of Quince on the nose, this is rather gentle. Emerging top notes of flowers and a nice, fresh yeastiness. Bright on entry with fine acidity backed up by a lot of fresh fruit. Crisp and clean. Very finely focused, as well as lively and elegant on the fairly long finish, which shows a hint of orange cream. 89pts
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2 Deponte Cellars Pinot Noir Dundee Hills (2010)
Comments: Spicy on the nose with all many of crushed up herb and flower stems, a little peppery spice, and lovely intense red berry fruit. On the palate this is so juicy with bright acidity and a lightweight open, Burgundian feel. The red fruit is big but not heavy on the palate with very pretty ripeness. The finish is layered with herb and spice notes over raspberry fruit that turns slightly more jammy on the very long finish. This is tight today but it fairly dances across the palate. No doubt this will get better with a few years in the cellar but it is already exciting to drink. 91pt
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3 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley (2010)
Comments: This is savory and earthy on the nose with fine sandy, mineral-tinged fruit that recalls pear skins and almond skin. Very finely balanced in the mouth with an elegant gossamer texture and more mineral-flecked pear fruit. Turns a touch light on the finish, but with the lovely tense and mineral fruit that reveals an enduring sweetness, it’s easy to forgive. The savory, mineral length is really deceptive. 89pts
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4 Bois Joli Riesling (2011)
Comments: Herbal on the nose with lovely, bitter melon, earthy herbs that remind of wild arugula, and a bit of garlic chive. On entry, this shows off its huge acids. There’s sugar here but it's there to balance the acids and support the bright lemon fruit. This has absolutely magnificent tension in the mouth and is super vibrant, though the acidity might make this a bit much for some. Still, it is freaking delicious, like pure Meyer lemon juice and sunshine in a bottle. Pure joy for Riesling lovers. 90pts
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5 Belle Pente Pinot Gris Willamette Valley (2007)
Comments: Sweet fruit on the nose, great depth of aromatics, earthy, lightly honeyed. A little raw almond and sweet apple fruit with a white floral top note and a hint of licorice. Firmly round in the mouth but with fine clarity. Nice edge of bitter apple peels, nice underlying mineral acid. Still rather youthful with an edge of softness from age.
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6 Andrew Rich Sauvignon Blanc Willamette Valley Croft Vineyard (2011)
Comments: A lot of sweet fruit on the nose. Floral with a bit of gooseberry. Complex, toasted almond with a hint of bacon. Very intensely perfumed with lovely, floral exotic wood spice and bright acids. Vivid on the palate with ripe fruit, great mineral cut and wood adding some roundness and softness. Green plummy fruit and a touch of tannin on the finish. Good length, little melon and lemon fruit.
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