Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Alsace Pinot Gris tasted 10/13

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Dirler Cade Pinot Gris Bux (2010)
Comments: There’s a touch of VA here adding lift and accenting the spicy floral character of the aromas here. There’s some apple and peach fruit and even a touch of quince on the nose but this is beautifully spicy above all else. Sweet, broad and lush in the mouth with green tea and honied accents to the core of apple and quince fruit. This is a rich, powerful if not terribly large scaled wine and one that wears it’s sugar on its sleeve. A bit simple but decidedly exuberant , this is fun to drink and then shows wonderfully floral and spiced notes on the sugar lengthened finish. Fabulously friendly wine. 91pts
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2 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Alsace Pinot Gris Calcaire (2010)
Comments: Floral, meaty and spicy on the nose with a real deep base of savory butcher’s wax, green plum jam, and melon notes topped with hints of pineapple and white pepper. Green and tart on entry, then this quietly gains abit of balancing sweetness in the mouth with a pithy citrus note framing the core of green plummy fruit. There’s an interesting woody pineapple note here, like when you eat some of the peel with your pineapple, all presented against a fine backdrop of rather salty minerality and a hint of treacle. The finish is rather dry and very fresh and precise, with excellent length and late arriving echoes of tart green fruits and pineapple. A bit on the robust side but very good. 90pts
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3 Domaines Schlumberger Spiegel Pinot Gris (2007)
Comments: Intense on the nose with lots of heirloom apple notes, a touch of gaminess, and layers of dried floral spice, white pepper, and hints of caramel and honeycomb. Smooth and polished in the mouth, this has a wonderful texture but it does lack the intensity of flavors that marks the best examples of Alsace Pinot Gris. The fruit is a bit in the background, all old apple toned and slightly savory with a lovely umami framing note. There are some small candiedcitrus framing notes on the palate that lead to a dry, firm and long finish which takes on the spicy character of dried flowers and honeycomb found on the nose. 89pts
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4 Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris Alsace (2010)
Comments: Quite apple and mineral driven on the nose with some chalky soil tones topped with polleny floral notes and a touch of butcher’s wax. Noticeably sweet on entry but with tons of acidity lending this a vivid sweet/tart impression on the palate. The fruit is ripe with hints of peach and even something tropical and banana like framing the core of apple fruit. There’s a lovely hint of bitterness on the finish, along with more banana fruit and green apple , but the bitterness really keeps things interesting when juxtaposed against the sweet/tart palate impression. Kind of fun in a serious and decidedly food friendly way. 88pts
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5 Josmeyer Pinot Gris Alsace Grand Cru Aoc Hengst (2005)
Comments: Deeply aromatic with apple, spice and dried herbal aromas wrapped in a gently nutty and honied robe. On entry thisretains a trace of sweetness adding more richness more than sweetness today, filling out the mid-palate and it’s attractive blend of faded apple fruit, honey and dried floral tones. Rather elegant and long on the finish which again shows lots of honey and tea character topped with saffron spice notes all showing persistence and intensity of flavor, there’s even a little plantain, starchy vegetal note as well. Easy drinking with some attractive aged complexity. 88pts
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6 Pinot Gris Reserve Alsace Willm (2011)
Comments: 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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