Empire WineSM Top Monthly Picks

Buenas Tempranillo 2014
In Spain, the casual greeting of ‘buenas" signifies the start to an enjoyable gathering among friends and family. This Tempranillo is crafted in partnership with a highly acclaimed, family-owned winery that has been producing wine for over 100 years. Sourced entirely from estate grown fruit,
Item Number: 22788
Case: $83.40

Casa Castillo Monastrell 2014
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The entry level wine here is the 2014 Monastrell, a wine that mixes grapes from different valley vineyards within the estate where you find more sand and clay and the age of the vines varies between 35 and five-years-old. Starting with this vintage, which was nothing short of
Item Number: 23211
Case: $119.40

Domaine de l'Ecu 'Orthogneiss' Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2014
93  John Gilman 
John Gilman 93 "The 2014 Orthogneiss cuvée from Domaine de l’Écu is superb on both the nose and palate, wafting from the glass in a pure and complex constellation of lemon, bread fruit, gentle maritime scents, spring flowers and a very complex base of minerality. On the palate the wine is deep,
Item Number: 22144
Case: $215.40

Gauthier Bourgueil 'Jour de Soif' 2015
91  John Gilman 
John Gilman 91 "The 2015 Jour de Soif bottling of Bourgueil from Pierre Gauthier is a fine follow-up to the lovely 2014 version, offering up a ripe and vibrant bouquet of red and black cherries, tree bark, cigar smoke, dark soil tones, a touch of raw cocoa and some tobacco leaf in the upper
Item Number: 23613
Case: $143.40

Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
89  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 89 “Vivid ruby. Oak-accented dark berries, cherry pit, licorice and vanilla on the nose and in the mouth. Broad and fleshy in style, with a peppery note adding back-end cut. Dusty tannins lend grip on the persistent finish, which features a repeating vanilla note.”  Wine Spectator
Item Number: 23551
Case: $179.40

Joseph Faiveley Chablis AC 2012
89  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 89 "(bottled in July of 2013): Pale bright yellow. Classic lemon and oyster shell aromas. Broad, supple and creamy, offering a gently saline oyster shell quality. This fine-grained wine would make a lovely introduction to Chablis for the uninitiated. Faiveley made 2,000 cases but
Item Number: 22302

Manni Nossing Gruner Veltliner 2015
"Welcome to the Valle Isarco, Italy’s northernmost wine district before the border with Austria, a country celebrated for its fine Gruner Veltliners. Yet Manni Nössing’s Veltliner, grown at 700 meters above sea level, could give many an Austrian wine a run for its money. Manni's Grüner Veltliner
Item Number: 23611
Case: $227.40

Paringa Shiraz 2014
"The 2014 Paringa Shiraz is intense dark crimson red with black, squid-ink hues. Aromas of blackberry and black currants are contrasted with dusty, chocolate covered espresso beans. The palate is filled with black berries and dried fruit with subtle spice nuances of black pepper and cloves. The
Item Number: 104
Case: $107.40

Potel Aviron Fleurie Vieilles Vignes 2010
"The grapes are from parcels of 50 year old vines located on sandy granitic soils. The cru villages of Beaujolais are generally on rocky, granitic soil and are classified as such because of the grape’s natural affinity to the soil type. Rather than using the carbonic maceration technique that
Item Number: 23481
Case: $191.40

Schneider 'Niederhauser Klamm' Riesling Kabinett 2014
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 "The 9% alcohol 2014 Niederhäuser Klamm Riesling Kabinett comes from pure porphyry soils and displays fine and elegant, ripe and botrytized fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied and with medium sweetness, but very elegant and with a remarkable finesse, this is a racy, piquant, purely
Item Number: 21644