Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top New Zealand Pinot Noirs tasted 1/2012

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Earth Smoke" Pinot Noir (2008)
Comments: More fruit, brighter, nice mineral freshness, little fresh leather, a bit of meatiness, touch of flint, a bit calcareous, little stemmy, spicy nuances, super focus, bright, massive mineral backed raspberry fruit, then a huge cola, medicinal, spice not on the backend, finish is really savory, firm, a touch of black licorice bitterness, black cherry bitterness, brilliant
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2 Maude Mt. Maude Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Otago (2010)
Comments: Little beetroot, quinine, mineral tight nose Round, intense and opulent, layered, fine layered texture, lovely mineral tinged black raspberry, black cherry fruit, this has an innate sweetness, fine length, spicy, rocking wine
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3 Escarpment Pinot Noir New Zealand (2010)
Comments: Perfumed, fine cur plum and crystallized raspberry fruit, lovely herbal back tones, fresh and fragrant, a little tight, tense, glossy black plum skin, black raspberry fruit, touch of cool spice nice solid core of spilt ones, Stony back fruit, super fine balance, has excellent tension, ice drive, this have knifepoint balance, huge extract of fruit but there is no fat here, fine black cherry fruit
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4 Churton Pinot Noir Marlborough (2009)
Comments: Candied, earthy, forest floor, rhubarb, bit of cowpatty, peaches, rosebuds, bit of cheese and prosciutto savoriness, sage, sandalwood Bright, lithe, pure Pinot, this shows wonderful lightness, sage and lingonberry accents, bit of rhubarb, the some wild raspberry fruit, spices flying through the air, a bit of lavender, lovely delicate but firm texture, a wine with real clarity's d fine complexity, retains its aromatic quality in the mouth
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5 The Crater Rim Pinot Noir Waipara Omihi Rise (2009)
Comments: Nice, musky, low, some nutty oak, little stemmy herbs. Nice brightness, astringent tannins, round, kind of opulent but structured with a nice mineral tone on the back, then a touch of grapefruit oil in the red fruit, spicy, lightly minty finish, peppery.
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6 Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir Martinborough Martinborough Terrace (2010)
Comments: Tight, touch of powdered cherry sugar, wood, spice, hint of age, rich, broad and high, great inner mouth perfume, wild cherry, plum, herbs, a touch of meaty extract, superb tannin ripeness, powerful but still retiming a sense of delicacy, really fine drive to the cherry fruit on the backend, finishes with rich flavor and continuing delicacy of texture.
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7 Murdoch James Estate Blue Rock Pinot Noir (NV)
Comments: Intense and heavy on the nose. Firmly oaky, plummy, tobacco smoke, blackberry fruit, super savory dried herb stem notes, rich and very powerful but with impressive cut, there's really bright acid here, a deep core of savory fruit, super savory and layered with dried herb tones, a touch of salted plum, vanilla and incipient game notes, too big for me with. Touch of heat showing but an impressive powerhouse, finishes with ample tannins, not my style at all but this is a whole lot of wine.
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8 Margrain Pinot Noir Martinborough Home Block (2009)
Comments: Pretty perfumes, earthy, lightly smoky, floral, rhubarb, strawberry and raspberry, a little wood, a touch blocky in the mouth but light and lively, really attractive freshness here with an edge of sage and spice topping the vivid raspberry fruit, very Oregon styled, rose pets in the mouth, plummy finish, vibrant and zesty, impressive fruit density
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9 Schubert Pinot Noir Block B (2009)
Comments: Leafy, dried herbs, aromatic oak, wild red fruit, nice soil tones, cooked lingonberry notes, smooth, round, nice and bright red fruit flavor, little plum skin, spicy, delicious, super ripe tannins, bright juicy acids, really clear fruit, shows great stony soil tones, long, strawberry fruit on finish, this is firm and clear, still a touch tight with a bit of oak to lose but lovely
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10 Chard Farm Pinot Noir the Tiger (2010)
Comments: Perfumed, mineral, bay and mint , aggressive lean, slightly angry nose Super fine, delicacy and elegance very clear and vibrant red fruit raspberry bit of red currant excellent ripeness good length about as elegant as things get
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