Tasting Notes for Gregory Dal Piaz

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Red
11/29/2019 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
91 points
Great thanksgiving wine. Great aromatics with spice and forest floor followed by by appropriately cranberry laced and red apple flavors. Incredibly drinkable, probably won’t last until the bird is ready. Terrific. Greatest attribute is it's stunning drinkability. The mag disappeared in 40 minutes shared between 4 adults. perfectly proportioned wine, delicious flavors if not the most complex and not what I would call a profound wine but certainly joyful.
Red
11/12/2019 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
90 points
explosively aromatic from the get go. A bit new world perhaps,certainly not overdone, but a lot of wine and body.,
Red
11/12/2019 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
86 points
Double decanted it around 4 and then again around 6 and it just started to entertain us when it was served around 7pm. Fun little wine but another tight bugger.
Red
11/12/2019 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
92 points
double decanted it, and it smelled like weedy crap. Also tasted like weedy crap. Drank half the bottle last night after 24 hours open on the kitchen counter, and it was fine, pleasant, light fruit, easy drinking. Finished the bottle tonight after it sat corked on the dining room table: terrific, lusher but elegant, great length. Needed 2 full days to finally open.
Red
double decanted at 11am, then again at 5pm, then again at 6pm. Brought it to dinner and it remained shut tight as can be, only hinting at its terrific fruit and graceful balance towards the end of the meal. Try again in 2022
Red
7/27/2019 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
87 points
Wow this is so aromatic and nuanced on the nose with sois bois, wild berry, mint, subtle cinnamon and baking spice notes with some light black cherry toned fruit. Light on the palate. Elegant and mineral laden though both a bit short and lacking a touch of depth. Very nice wine that perhaps is not the best value. What a nose though. Bright acids and delicate tannins and this feels a bit too structural. Needs a roast chicken to show its best. Will be interesting to see how this ages. Pleasant+ plus that nose. Call it 86-88pts.
Red
6/8/2019 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
88 points
From the Winebid sale. From magnum. Showing appropriate development, lacking the vividness of youthful coloration but not yet amber. Not very fragrant but offering a nice blend of sweet, slightly cooked rhubarb, apple, and cherry laid over a fine base of forest floor. A bit lean, lots of acid but not a lot of fruit upon opening though the finish shows some lingering apple and raspberry fruit over quite an assertive mineral base. Pleasant and fresh if not particularly generous at this early stage, but what fruit there is is actually quite persistent. 87pts right now. Fleshes out nicely and fairly quickly, as that lingering fruit extends across the palate. The nose gets a little more of a smoky, deep forest floor note. A step up but still more pleasant than impressive. Needs a roast chicken to really shine.
Red
1/8/2019 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
87 points
Smoky, earthy and gravelly on the nose, interesting and nuanced with fine tobacco and cigar box accents, if not at all fruit driven. In the mouth there is a slightly different story. With a touch of tannin still lending backbone, this is mostly driven by acids today but retains a comfortable padding of fruit, delicate, plummy, earthy and turning redder with acid towards the back of the palate. there's nothing remarkable here, except for the pleasure and condition this throw away bottle is providing. It’s balanced with a softness only age can provide, yet retains the mineral grab of the tannins of the vintage. Lovely tobacco laced red berry flavors linger on the palate, well balanced, unobtrusive, stately, and satisfying.

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Red
1/1/2019 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
88 points
1996 Pertinace Barbaresco 13.5%
12/31/2018 0 Comments


Out of magnum

Lovely nose right out of the bottle showing floral top note over aromas of old wood and jammy cranberry fruit with a hint of roasted orange. Tight and rough upon opening with golden raspberry, wild cherry and orange peel flavors laced over a lean, taut, acid driven mouthfeel, gaining a hint of fresh mushroom and old wood on the finish. Tannins are almost chewy. Structurally very youthful with flavors that reflect a wine on its plateau. Should be fine when it opens.

with 8 hours of air.

Packed with tart sour cherry and burnt orange fruit. Tannins meld well lending this a smooth if not silky mouthfeel. Nose gains tar while some chalk shows up on the palate. It’s a lovely wine, not great but complete and firmly in early maturity with some iron & mushroom notes on the palate and leather accents through the subtle yet long finish.

The days that have followed.

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Red
12/22/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz Likes this wine:
92 points
Very red fruited on the nose with scents of rose petals and folded in oak lifted by a hint of VA. Bright, with tons of acid for the vintage. Medium weight and still very tannic with decent length to the earthy finish. A bit tight still and tarry, severe and lacking the joyous fruit it once had. This is a tough bird once again tonight but better than the last bottle. Long, tannic, and slightly bitter finish. This is a powerhouse without the weight.

And this grows superbly in the glass. I gave it a 9 hour double decant and it unfolded in the glass during the course of a 2 hour dinner. Still tight, though becoming elegant and transparent in the mouth with fine black cherry skin fruit, a hint of coffee, and penetrating minerality emerging on the midpalate and driving through the lengthening cherry fruited finale. One must have faith, and while this may never evolve to be the greatest example of Rocche, all signs point towards it becoming a classic example. A wonderful surprise to me! I look forward to following this over the next 2 decades to see where it ends up. Given current pricing it remain a decent value but I don't expect to buy more unless at a discount to current retail. 92pts with room to grow.

Originally posted at https://www.simplybetterwines.com/wine-of-the-day/2000-vietti-barolo-rocche
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Red
12/6/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
91 points
Fairly fragrant with rose petals and tar to the fore supported by accent notes of green pepper, cardamom, moist tobacco, and a touch of mint. Medium full in the mouth and ruggedly structured. There's a lot of acid here and still tons of tannin, with a hint of wood tannin and some wood spice on the palate. Still the wine shows an innate if unrealized elegance with plummy dark fruit streaks through the midpalate and some wild cherry nuances that lead to a taut, very long, lightly mineral, tarry and tense finish. With air the nose adds a subtle layer of black currant jamminess. Slightly nebulous in the mouth and wanting some definition though thoroughly satisfying, youthful and classic but still lacking the excitement, the visceral grab and finesse of the more recent wines. Worth buying at the right price. Should enjoy another 15 years of life.

Originally posted at: https://www.simplybetterwines.com/wine-of-the-day/1999-elvio-cogno-barolo-vigna-elena
Red
11/20/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz Likes this wine:
91 points
At first this is very leathery in the nose, then turning earthy with hints of violet and cherry skin/plum skin fruit on the palate. Light and zesty with some tiny little chewy tannins lending this light bodied, 12.5% alcohol bottle some weight. Super length. Just purity and vibrancy, and outrageous drinkability. So juicy and focused with a fine sheen of fruit that wraps around the lacy structure on the midpalate, and then gaining sweetness through the long finish where that tannins emerge lending a hint of austerity and astringency to the finale of bitter almond. Hard to give this a point score. It is after all a fairly simple wine, but expertly made and delivering so much sheer drinking pleasure. Let's call it 91pts and buy by the case.

Originally posted at: https://www.simplybetterwines.com/wine-of-the-day/2016-cascina-disa-elio-sandri-dolcetto-dalba
Red
6/8/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
87 points
Ripe, but not fully fruity, more candied violet, sweet tea, and sassafras tones than overtly fruity on the nose and rather stemmy/herbal with hints of sage. Has some body too it and a certain richness from the vintage with fruit flavors that are reticent but hint at earthy strawberries graced with roasted undertones and nuanced grapefruit pith accents along with a suggestion of molasses on the backend where center of the tongue tannins emerge to lend some grip Good length, good persistence to the fruit which shows some plummy overtones here, if modest intensity though one sense a bit of taut minerality lurking on the slightly chalky finale. A bit chunky if not large scaled. Better in 2020. Modest value
Red
6/8/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
90 points
There's a lot of fruit ripeness coming off the nose here along with a hint of wood spice and some powder sugar and crushed rock accents. Smooth and polished on entry with a rather assertive orange cast to the sour cherry and blueberry flavors which are bright and zesty. Much lighter and fresher on the palate than the slightly brooding nose suggests. There's lovely length here and a character that is both playful and tautly sinewy. Just a lovely, firm, ripe glass of Burgundy with inner mouth perfumes that recall the flavors but are so fresh and high toned. A joy to drink, not huge complex but so fresh and structurally attractive, airy yet firm, that I find it quite compelling. Great persistence to the fruit as well. My only bottle and at the $42 I paid for it an acceptable value. If I had more I'd drink another one or two then save the rest for 2021-2028
Red
4/12/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
89 points
This was a gift at the end of a long evening out of 3 liter. The nose was sweet, woody, and off-putting. In the mouth there is a more attractive palate, rich with fruit and generally well balanced, but this lacks any sense of finesse or elegance and is sweet and a touch clumsy.

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Red
4/12/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
90 points
A touch sweetly oxidized on the nose with early aromas of sweet gum. In the mouth too this shows oxidative character, there’s great length but a little raisin and prune character that detracts from the overall experience and in this company it does not compete.

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Red
4/12/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
98 points
A bit tight. On the nose with early aromas of leather and spice that are joined by freshly tilled earth with air. This is a bit of a surprising wine, for years it showed a slightly oxidized character but about five years the nose magically cleaned up.

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Red
4/12/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
100 points
Very floral and intense on the nose with green fennel seed and tart red fruit aromas that gain complexity from nuanced dusty rose petal and white chocolate notes that are the only indiction of the sheer ripeness to come. Wow, this is seamless, complete, rich, complex, and nuanced.

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Red
4/12/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
99 points
Shit. Not as in this smells of, but rather one is immediately blown away by, and cool, coiled black cherry, mint and white soil aromas that this so willing gives up. So elegant and complete, with tension in the mouth and near perfect balance

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Red
4/12/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
97 points
Low on the nose. Rather medicinal with mint, worn leather, and sweet violet pastille aromas. Resolved on the palate with a core of earthy, clay driven, fine cranberry and cherry flavors. A bit matte and slightly vegetal in the mouth. Smooth and rich in the mouth, and improving markedly over the course of the evening

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Red
4/12/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
97 points
This still needs some air. Aromas of anise seed, dried rose petals and crushed rock grace the nose followed by perfumed white floral notes. Gorgeous in the mouth. Dusty tannins lay under lovely tart red fruit that gains a slightly jammy strawberry edge with air.

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Red
4/12/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
92 points
A bit advanced nose, which shows early aromas of bouillon and rosewood. Air helps as rose petal notes emerge with time along with slightly roasted black cherry fruit. Ripe and weighty early in the mouth then packed with dry extract and tannins are slightly dry.

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Red
1/2/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
76 points
Magnum. While the underlying wine here is lovely, rich with dark fruit, soft tannins, good acidity and a fine mineral edge, it’s just too volatile to enjoy. It was tiring to drink and no one really enjoyed it.
Red
1/2/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
81 points
Sadly this saw some heat before I bought it on release. Very disappointing as along with a hint of maderization the nose shows roasted fruit, iron, soil, and gamy aromas. Much less fruit driven than 750s I’ve had. I’ve double decanted it and will bring it to dinner but don’t have high hopes. This never improved, while it was not bad the cooked fruit was lean and too thin to cover the acidity and sherry notes. What a shame keeping this for 30 years only to find out that early in its life someone cared neither about the wine or the consumer.
Red
1/2/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
92 points
Gorgeous nose, at first its all curing tobacco, fresh, complex, and nuanced then gains mushroom, mineral, and old wood spice notes with building raspberry/dried cherry fruit and hints of mint, green cardamom, and cured pork. Supple and bright in the mouth with juicy fruit but lacking the intensity of the nose. Lots of subtle tobacco shifts to mineral with dusty tannin on the moderately long strawberry jam tinged finish, Definitely gaining complexity with air, though remaining transparent and with tannins that seem a touch more prominent than two years ago, vibrant with good cut and real energy on the finish which gains some black tea and orange pekoe note with air. Terrific stuff that is at peak with no sign of deterioration anytime soon. Gains a hint of sweetness with air and fleshes out slightly on the palate. Shows a little mushrooms on the nose and a little more oak influence with a subtle vein of vanilla accentuating the growing sweetness which become apparent on the long, sour cherry laced finish. Enjoy for the next 20 years.
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Red
1/2/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
95 points
A touch tight, cool and reserved straight out of the bottle with mineral dusted aromas of raspberry fruit, sweet hickory bacon, violet, black olive and thyme. Tight on entry as well with pinpoint tannins, juicy acidity, and tightly cooled, flavors of fresh red berries and red plum marked with a mineral edge. Fine length and cut through the finish. This promises to be very good. Such a fine blend of firmness and elegance. At dinner this is all smoky with aromas of sweet black raspberry candy, ham, bacon, hickory nuts, green thyme, mint, and black olive. Rich, almost chewy; this is not yet at its peak but it is showing superbly. Higher acid than I remembered which lends particular vibrancy to the long finish. So well knit and elegant with an energetic mouthfeel. The fruit profile subtly blends bramble notes with red currant and blackberry flavors. Truly fine poise and balance. The length and explosion of inner mouth perfumes on the long finish elevate this along with the notable persistence to the juicy fruit. Just a whisper short of a wow wine but that should come with another 2 or 3 years.
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Red
1/2/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
93 points
Such pure Cabernet on the nose, rich red currant fruit, subtle green herbal edges, a fine flash on minerality, just a sheen of oak spice restrained and elegant. Superb balance, bright and edgy in the mouth with tons of acid supporting gorgeous ripe red berry, cherry fruit. There some soil tone nuance on the palate as well but this is decidedly fruit driven and long with juicy acidity that makes this lively and absolutely a joy to drink. Air brings out more nuance on the nose but this remains lean, transparent and vibrant in the mouth with red fruit flavors that gain subtly creaminess and slightly jammy accent with air. Long and succulent.
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Red
1/2/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
92 points
Pretty typical Cabernet on the nose, rich with fruit and balanced by well judged cinnamony oak spice, but this shows hints of being different with a very slight herbaceous note and rather fresh, if spicy fruit profile. On entry this is remarkable for its blend of intensity, minerality, and verve. This shows real cut, the oak seeps into the midpalate but the acidity keeps this fresh and really quite vivid. Very youthful, though already easy to brink, this has a bit of a chiseled mountain fruit profile at present which is a bit surprising considering the location of the vineyard. Great length with gorgeous purity to the fruit even though it is once again matched particularly well by the oak spice. Finishing with a hint of fruity bitterness that recalls grapefruit, this is a rather unique and totally intriguing expression of California Cabernet. Perhaps its the vintage, though this does not necessarily lack alcohol at 13.8%, it’s all about fruit skins and minerals today. How good is this with a steak!
Red
1/2/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
89 points
Smokey and rich with the aromas of damp, even rotting wood early on. Yet even from the get go there are notes of freshly roasted coffee beans and something vaguely meaty to be found. Goes dumb for a bit once it loses most of the dry rot funk, which is slowly being replaced with damp tobacco notes and strawberry jamminess. Fairly rich, elegant with lots of acid making this an orange tinged cloud of red cherry fruit with a sharp edge. Tannins are resolved though there’s a hint lingering on the palate. Very elegant, very refined, transparent and pure. I’m having this with a roast chicken, which seems to be the perfect pairing at this point in its life. Air lengthens the finish, which shows a hint of gaminess and a salty edge to the finale. Very pleasant and refined. Air is very kind here; even bring tight little dry tannins out of the wine along with old oak and obviously fading cherry fruit. This is remarkably frozen in time, with a fine finish. Not a great wine per se but a great old Crianza for sure with more body and richness emerging as it sits in the glass. By the 3-hour mark this is starting to fire on all cylinders. The nose is rich tobacco with hints of dried fennel and almost curranty fruit. The palate has filled out nicely, still not big but rather trim and fit with a base of lovely dried berry fruit that shows good persistence on the finish. Not the most complex wine around but nuanced, refreshing, and with lovely balance.
Red
1/2/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
95 points
Blood, pure and simple, greets the nose followed by a hint of oxidation, not the best bottle of this though there is still a terrific core of tobacco, dark cherry fruit, and sweet warm spices with just a hint of dried orange peel lending this a holiday tone. Absolutely terrific in the mouth, polished, rich, laced with minerals and bright acidity but not lacking great depth and richness of fruit. It’s not the best example of this but it’s still a fabulous wine. There’s almost a sweetness to this early on the palate and it not only has fine length but the finish is nuanced and changing, alternating between warm spice, tobacco, and warm dark cherry fruit. Very well knit, still structurally youthful as if that would possible, but the tannins here while well integrated are very present. The nose cleans up nicely revealing a fine waxy, beeswax element, hints of currant leap, stewed cherry fruit and that ever present backing note of warm wood spice all topped with a hint of roasted mocha and a fine green cardamom spice note. So well integrated, this is silky yet rich, broad shoulder but notably less powerful than the last few bottles. It’s advanced but not damaged per se. The fruit remains intact, lingering on the finish with a fine sweet/tart tension. Really long. Gains red apple skins and pine resin on the nose as the finish sweetens up retaining it phenomenal length. Later tobacco and herbs pop on the nose as the palate gains a little strawberry like freshness to the fruit.
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Red - Fortified
1/2/2018 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
90 points
Light, pale, elegant and finely balanced with lovely strawberry fruit upon opening. Not terribly complex with only subtle hints of spice and walnut backing up the fruit but ethereal with a very appealing delicacy. Within a few hours this begins to show lots of slightly vegetal and medicinal licorice and feels fairly alcoholic. Fading and pretty dry with some tannins showing, decent but not great length or depth. It needs air. By 9pm the licorice began to recede into gentle blackberry fruit with classic black spice and then finally some strawberry fruit remerges around hour ten.It’s a lovely bottle of Port, not a great bottle though. It retains enough fruit and nuance to remains intriguing and is in a nice, supple, and slightly sweet spot right now
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Red
12/23/2017 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
88 points
Pleasant wine. It certainly is elegant and easy to drink but this has never been an impressive wine. It was given an early double decant and several hours later was decanted for lunch. The aromatics are delicate, red fruit, green herbs, a hint of green pepper, tobacco, and the palate followed through in similar fashion yet without depth, richness, or length. It's perfectly mature, even youthful in a way with a certain brightness, structural energy, and charm, and shows some potential for potential improvement but this has always left me wanting more.
Red
12/23/2017 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
93 points
A solid bottle with beautiful aromatics, black fruit, tobacco, pencil lead, and soil notes that translated well on the palate, which was moderately full bodied but fairly elegant, if slight rustic due to the savory flavor profile and remains of once more aggressive and still slightly austere tannins. The finish was long and fine, really showing the strength of the wine. Nonetheless this is a fine, mature bottle of Bordeaux which far outclassed the 89 today for lunch. It's at peak, and should remain there for more than a decade, though there is no reason not to drink them.
Red
12/22/2017 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
89 points
Strawberry jam, watermelon candy, a hint of stemmy spice, and grace notes of iron and baking spices are fresh and intense on the nose. Aromatically this is expressive but youthful. The balance here is the strength of this wine, tannins, acid, and fruit so finely woven together that this slightly chunky and medium plus scaled wines slides across the palate with ease. The tannins are so supple and this offers up great if slightly chunky fruit with the juiciest of acidity. On the long finish the sense of origin emerges with a dusty not, subtle bitter edge, and finale of wet slatey rocks contrasting the tar, red cherry fruit. That slatey salinity on the finish just invites another sip, and the graceful balance keeps the gullet open for glass #2, and 3, and... An excellent food wine which is on its early plateau and while I don't anticipate significant improvement, I see no rush to drink these. Just short of excellent tonight if i want to be critical, but this sooo drinkable I love it. Better bring two bottle next time I try this again in about 2 years. I drank half the bottle while cooking dinner. Was great with risi bisi and roasted garlic grilled eggplant.
Red
10/15/2017 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
92 points
Initial impression

A touch spicy on the nose with hints of old wood and a touch of leather underlying dark cherry fruit with just a hint of iron to it. Rather seamless in the mouth, rich but not weighty with a leathery entry followed by old wood framed sour cherry fruit and tart plum flavors that linger on the rather long, slightly drying finish. Acidity is bright but not pronounced. Finishes with some earthy/mossy detail and impressive length. Neither elegant nor particularly refined but pure and true to its roots. 90pts

Final impressions.

The nose remains fairly earthy, though more open at this point with hints of violet and blueberry lending some complexity to the old wood and cherry fruit On the palate this has filled out a bit though at the same time it has become more transparent and vibrant as well with the acidity lending lots of tremble to the base note of fruit and earth. A touch of blue marl dustiness emerges on the finish, which is long and graced with ample blue berry and blue plum fruit as well as a light caramel accent note. The gentle touch of tannin here lends this terrific suple mouth grab through the long finsih. Still neither refined nor elegant, this is just superbly pure and well balanced Barbera. 92pts

A perfect pairing with tomato risotto.
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Red
10/15/2017 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
87 points
Initial impression

Nose is fairly forest floor toned with hints of medicinal notes and an underlying sweetness. Rather light on the palate, lacks any sense of richness and is moderately structured, a touch too much acid, then finishes with lovely wild cherry fruit and subtle hints of angelica root and green herb adding detail. There's sweetness and length to the finish, though not a ton of complexity. 86-87pts

90 minutes in

There's more candied sweetness to the red fruit on the nose now along with a gentle meatiness along with a fine white mineral snap along with a hint of sage The palate has filled out considerably, with cranberry and tart cherry fruit early on the palate supported by rather fine if slightly austere tannins. Subtle and detailed on the palate, the tannins become more assertive through the lengthening, dustily mineral finish. Lovely austerity and length here, though this seems to lack a bit of depth. 88-89pts

4 hours in

Spicier on the nose but at the same time flatter and less effusive with a cinnamon candy quality. Again a touch meaty on entry, then this turns texturally a touch chunky on the palate and even a bit hot through the finish. The fruit tightens up, showing a more candied quality through the shortening finish. A bit muddied even at this stage. Not a great showing and doesn’t seem like it’s going to sort itself out that much. 87pts
Red
5/29/2017 - Gregory Dal Piaz Likes this wine:
93 points
Still a powerhouse, richly tannic but with great depth and drive in the mouth. There's a boatload of cherry fruit, all wrapped in a tarry robe. 4 hour double decant barely moved this along. I would suggest at least 8 hours, but better yet give it another 6-8 years before popping another one. This is not the more elegant and refined Cannubi that Burlotto currently produces but should prove to be quite stunning in its own right .
Red
1982 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/4/2017 - Gregory Dal Piaz Likes this wine:
90 points
xSo here I am, drinking the last bottle of my first case purchase. In truth there is another bottle but being as sentimental as I tend to be I expect I will not drink that bottle, or at least will not drink it while it’s delivering as much pleasure as it has tonight. The fill on this bottle was still into the neck, and the cork remained pliant and clean on the top. Some previous bottles had suffered a bit from less than perfect seals but this wine was as good as it could be tonight. Upon opening the color was ruby and bright with only the faintest edge of brassiness. The nose offered up not a hint of decay and such a surprisingly sweet burst of fruit from the bottle, joined quickly by rich notes of tea and humus all earthy and slightly leathery toned with hints of fading spice and cold stone adding nuance. ​

Still with a tinge of tannin in the mouth, this is a touch tight early on the palate hinting at a lovely if fading core of sweet red currant and strawberry tinged fruit. A touch of greenness frames the nose with air as the palate, elegant and gentle, reveals nuanced mineral notes and hints of darker fruit, earthy spice and licorice on the backend before fading softly on a slightly medicinal red cherry note. This just gets better with air, its frail frame filling in with red currant fruit and gaining a silky texture. After about an hour the tannins begin to pierce that tender gauze of fruit, as the nose show more of a smoky black tea and gunpowder character while still retaining retreating currant fruit. The elegance gently leaves the palate, earthy fruit remains with spice and vegetal accent notes, as this draws the curtains on a wonderful performance, a beautiful arc of evolution.

At its peak this certainly pushed 90pts tonight, perhaps 91-92pts with a bit of sentimentality, though by the end we were back where most bottles have performed, still lovely but perhaps more typically past peak and somewhere in the 82-86 point range depending on one’s palate.
Red
12/5/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
84 points
Light on the nose with a bit of necco wafer sweetness to the spice and mint inflected rusty cranberry fruit. Has a gentle violet pastille character. Rounded in of modest scale in the mouth with an austerity to the tannins which is the most prominent feature of the palate. The fruit is tart cranberry tinged with modest length. Simple if easy enough to drink, there simply is not much to this, and the structure is winning the battle with the fruit at this point.
Red
8/13/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
82 points
The bottle has been well stored, high neck fill, beautiful cork. The nose is interesting, lots of tobacco over woodspice and incipient autumnal notes with hints of prune, asphalt and herb. In the mouth the texture is refined and elegant early on though the remaining wood dries out the palate and adds some bitterness that just dominates the bitter fruit that remains. There is no varietal character to speak of. Clean, modest finish. It is past peak, which is no surprise, but this never really did it for me.
Red
1/28/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
91 points
This smells lovely tonight, with a sweetly floral background note layered under black olive, scorched earth, leafy greens and bright black currant and jammy blackberry fruit. On the palate it's a touch lean at first, with a pleasant base of herbaceous black currant fruit married with oak that is fading into the background. The acidity keeps this juicy, and while the tannins have softened they do linger on the moderately long finish. Earthy and a little rigid in the mouth, this still has lots to offer those of us who prefer our wines softened with time, and the complexity that brings. Notes of black tea, and hibiscus emerge in the mouth as the finish steadily lengthens. Not a wow wine but one that is totally captivating. Air is very kind to this. Strongest at the 4 hour mark. A lovely bottle of Cabernet that remains fruity and savory.
Red
1/15/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
87 points
A bit simple on the nose with liquory red fruits, crayon, salty olive notes, and roast meat aromas this was obviously Syrah. In the mouth this showed lots of meaty, slightly BO/gamy notes early on the palate followed by a moderately tannic yet structured feel that was both a bit rugged and yet well integrated and resolving. A bit plummy and fairly fruity early on, this faded into it's tightening structure in the glass. More interesting texturally than for its flavor profile.
Red
1/15/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
91 points
Early on the nose showed rather herbal with camphor and mint dominant though air brought lovely strawberry fruit, rose petals, and a touch of strawberry pop tart to the fore. With a subtle sense of richness this drifts across the palate showing off excellent richness and elegance. Bright and taut with subtle length to the precise cranberry fruit, this is fine and long with subtle tannins and a hint of orange peel on the finale. I thought this was the Roumier but truth be told I had somehow mixed up these final two wines and was a little confused by the discussion when we got down to discussing these wines.
Red
1/15/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
92 points
Sweetly fruited and almost jammy on the nose which starts out with super intense garrigue and frutti del bosco before setting down to the trademark strawberry and olive aromas topped with a strong top note of pressed flowers. Elegant and bright in the mouth with plenty of tannin, though ripe and rounded. Rather tightly knit across the palate, this benefited from aeration, reveling mineral, rosehip, and candied medicinal accents to the red fruit on the palate and through the long finish. Always a lovely wine. This was obvious to me as the Monvigliero.
Red
1/15/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
83 points
Loose on the nose with simple red fruit and toasty cereal aromas. A bit thin on entry, this shows plenty of dusty, grippy tannins and a bit of alcohol on the palate. Never particularly well knit, this turns downright course and meaty on the finish. By a process of elimination I thought this was the de Montille.
Red
1/15/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
91 points
Tight and rich with warm black fruits, nutty oak, and underlying sweet vanillin this came off as both the ripest and youngest of the flight. Linear in the mouth, and a bit stony and earthy early on, this opens on the midpalate to reveal rich black currant and blackberry fruit that is bold, balanced, and a bit simple. the finish is a touch short but this is still fun to drink and very well balanced. This seemed Californian so I guessed the Dunn.
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Red
1/15/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
87 points
Tight and oaky upon first pour, this opened nicely in the glass even if it remained rather oak driven. Black fruits, fresh herbs, ivy, green peppercorn and gravel notes added some attractive complexity. Smooth and polished in the mouth with fine grained tannins and integrated acidity creating a rather elegant feel, this showed leathery and nutty nuances on the palate that was moderately well endowed with slightly jammy black cherry and black currant fruit all leading to a modest finish. Balanced, pleasant and easy, this seemed to be Bordeaux to me so I though it was the Pichon.
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Red
1/15/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
84 points
Earthy on the nose with some VA adding lift to the leather, cherry, and dirty barrel aromas. Lot's of acid in the mouth supports juicy, rusty raspberry fruit with the VA becoming apparent on the backend and through the finish. This is rather austere in the mouth, and one can sense the fruit fading faster than the tannins, though some attractive tart red fruits remain through the modest finish. This felt like it had seen excessive barrel age leading me to believe it was the Brunello.
Red
1/15/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
84 points
Dirty and slightly oxidized on the nose with hints of root vegetables and earthy oats laying over spicy red fruit aromas laced with mint and ivy. Soft and fruity on entry, this starts out rather open knit and short before really falling away on the backend revealing obvious, dry tannins, a light baked fruit note, and some moldy inner mouth perfumes. Indistinct, I mixed this up with the Breton.
Red
2011 Austin Hope Grenache Paso Robles Templeton Gap District (view label images)
1/12/2015 - Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
86 points
Spicy with wood emerging on the nose covering rather red fruited notes that are framed with hints of green strawberry tops and a touch of candied fennel herbaceousness. With plenty of fruit up front, this starts out rather large scaled, juicy, and plush with sweet cherry and strawberry fruit, along with some sweet, toasty wood spice. Theres not much tannin here, and the alcohol (15% on the label) is obvious on the backend and the hot finish. Falling off a bit on the palate, this feels like the sugar got ahead of the flavor development here, though i kind of like the green herb accents. At its core this is not notably better than a good Cotes du Rhone.
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