Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

5 Great Red Blends

1. Veleta Nolados (2009)

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Bright currants greet the nose along with lovely sweet baking spice a gently gamy edge and some cedary framing notes. Supple and well balanced on entry, both juicy acids and finely polished tannins help to support the core of blueberry and red currant fruit on the palate. the tannins intrude slightly on the midplate, still polished but youthfully dry still, and clip the finish a bit as well. Still this offers plenty of herb tinged and slightly jammy berry fruit on the palate over hints of shale soil. The finish is quite long, with a bit of heat but fine persistence to the fruit, and the tannins. With air this gets more tannic and the fruit takes on a blacker, asphalt tinged character. One to cellar and to watch for another 3 to 5 years. 90pts
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