Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Alsace Pinot Gris tasted 10/13

6. Pinot Gris Reserve Alsace Willm (2011)

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Old school and a bit funky on the nose, one finds plenty of pear and apple fruit here layered with notes of old wood, yeast, spice and some dusty minerality. Certainly more tart than sweet on entry, this shows a bit of richness from sugar but behaves like a dry wine in the mouth. The flavors run towards the earthy end of the spectrum with attractive apple peel elements on the palate and some preserved lemon notes as well. The finish is dry and somewhatmineral with a pithy citrus element and some lime marmalade nuances. 87pts
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  • 729598Saffredi Dear Pinot Gris - , Pinot Grigio - , Grauburgunder afficionados, When at its very best this is certainly one of my favourite wines! Though some Alsacian producers make very good P.G., the best P.G.'s still come from North and Northeast Italy: Alto Adige and Friuli. Yes, Italy. We should quickley disregard any P.G. from Veneto (don't know why it sells so good in the US; must be the low price). But in Alto Adige I just recently tasted the top level P.G.'s from Tiefenbrunner Castel Turmhof (2011 and 2012) and in Friuli Isonzo the 2009, 2010 and 2011 P.G. Dessimis from Vie di Romans. Not just excellent, but truly outstanding (in my point of view). If you are used to drinking regular P.G.'s from the States or Veneto, Italy, a new world will be opening up for you when drinking the P.G.'s I just tasted. WOW !

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