Empire WineSM Top Monthly Picks

Bodegas La Cana 'Old Vine' Albarino 2015
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Bright acidity focuses the generous texture in this bold white, with peach, apple and blanched almond flavors that show accents of mineral, toast and fresh herbs. Clean and focused, with the stuffing to age." Drink now through 2020. 4,300 cases made.—T.M.  "This wine is a riper
Item Number: 21601
Case: $167.40

Domaine Cabirau 'Maury Sec' Serge & Nicolas 2012
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "Dan Kravitz’s 2012 Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas is a rock star in this, at times, erratic vintage. A blend of 60% Grenache, 28% Syrah and the rest Carignan, that was fermented in tank aged in demi-muid (the Grenache is brought up all in tank), this medium to full-bodied beauty has
Item Number: 17187
Case: $113.70

Domaine Sorin Terra Amata Rose 2015
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 "From vines growing close to Bandol and the sea, this juicy, red-fruit-flavored wine is full and soft, but with a refreshing character. Acidity and red-currant succulence show strongly at the end."  "Brilliant pink robe with aromas of white peaches and citrus fruit on the nose,
Item Number: 21818
Case: $155.40

Maestro del Pomidoro Sangiovese 2015
Mr. Tomato Man! 100% juicy, fruit-packed, lusciously textured Sangiovese from (of all places) Apulia in the "heel of the boot" in southern Italy. Little known fact: more Sangiovese comes from here than you think (usually on unmarked trucks heading for Tuscany and Abruzzi at night). Pizza wine
Item Number: 17630
Case: $83.40

Matchbook 'Tinto Rey' 2011
"The grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. A combination of specially selected yeast and native yeast was used to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. The tanks were pumped over twice a day until nearly dry, then pressed
Item Number: 18774
Case: $164.25

Podernuovo a Palazzone Sotirio 2009
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90"From the new estate run by Giovanni and Paolo Bulgari (of fashion and jewelry fame), this pure expression of Sangiovese shows very interesting aromas of bright red cherry, perfumed blue flower and a touch of sweet spice. The wine is focused, compact and crisp on the close."
Item Number: 21111

Stobi Winery Vranec 2013
Powerful, strong and rich tones with the intensity and the uniqueness of the one-of-a-kind 7/8 rhythm, true masterpiece! Semi-dry wine with dark ruby color. Aroma of dark fruits, plums, berries. Long-lasting flavor, light, balanced, sweetish, invigorating. This is a wine for every day.
Item Number: 20539
Case: $53.70

Twenty Rows Napa Merlot 2013
90% Merlot from Oak Knoll and Rutherford, 10% Cabernet Franc from Mt. Veeder "Crafted from carefully selected grapes to yield an intense, deeply, colored wine of concentrated aromas and flavors. Approachable and delicious The wine is full of dar cherries and black currants and has notes of cedar,
Item Number: 22344
Case: $203.40

Bodegas Olivares Monastrell 'Altos de la Hoya' 2013
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Glass-staining ruby. Deep pitched, seductive aromas of black and blue fruits, cola and candied violet are complicated by smoky mineral and licorice nuances. Smooth, sweet and focused in the mouth, offering sappy blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a hint of spicecake. The

Domaine d'Andezon Cotes du Rhone 2014
Domaine d'Andezon, Cotes-du-Rhone, 2014 This cuvee (usually 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache) has a deep red color, and displays notes of dark fruits, hints of smoky bacon, and _garrigue_on the expressive nose. Rich, ripe berry flavors and earthy white pepper notes linger on the long finish. Pair this