Empire WineSM Top Monthly Picks

Berger 'Lossterrassen' Gruner Veltliner 2015
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 Top 100 #17 for 2016 "Zesty lime and green fern aromas rise from the glass. The palate merely adds a little green pear fruit to this refreshing and enlivening combo of utter cleanness and verve. The linearity and drive make this moreish, very exciting and totally lip-smacking.
Item Number: 22262

Bindi Sergardi 'La Ghirlanda' Chianti Classico 2013
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"Cherry, currant, wild herb, leather and tobacco aromas and flavors are supported by a firm structure in this intense red, which is fresh, with fruit, mineral and earth notes lingering on the finish."
Item Number: 23358
Case: $215.40

Casa Castillo El Molar 2015
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-93 "I tasted a first tentative blend of the 2015 El Molar a few weeks before bottling, a very pale and delicate, perfumed and insinuating Garnacha. The bottling was finally delayed, so I didn't have time to taste the final version, hence the range of scores, which should be pretty
Item Number: 23974
Case: $191.40

Casa Santos Lima 'Colossal' Red Reserva 2014
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 'Smart Buy' "Colossal" is defined by something gigantic in place and time. Made from selected grapes grown in wide and beautiful areas of Casa Santos Lima vineyards, this full bodied blend of Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Tinta Roriz and Alicante Bouschet features intense color with
Item Number: 24192

Chateau de Landiras Graves Merlot/Cabernet 2014
Decanter 95 "“65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. Great intensity of classic Bordeaux fruit on the nose, cassis, dark cherries and liquorice. The rich round palate is bursting with fresh blackberry and blackcurrant, lovely silky tannins great length all in perfect harmony.”  The Wine Located in
Item Number: 24023

Cune Rioja Crianza Rioja Crianza 2012 1.5L
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Cherry and vanilla avors mingle with leafy and spicy details in this round red. Orange peel acidity, cedar and tobacco notes give this a traditional accent. Drink now through 2025.—T.M."  Wine Advocate 90 "A wine that is extremely popular in Spain is the 2012 Cune Crianza,
Item Number: 23426
Case: $155.70

Gran Passione Veneto Rosso 2015
" 60% Merlot, 40% Corvina Gran Passione Veneto Rosso is made by the time-honored tradition of drying grapes before fermentation, the appassimento technique, the same way Amarone is produced. Using some of the same grape varieties as Amarone, this wine is similarly intense and full-bodied, displaying
Item Number: 18291
Case: $131.40

Mas d'en Compte 'Black Slate' Porrera 2014
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "Part of the collection from different villages from Priorat, Cellar Cal Pla produced a 2014 Black Slate Porrera, which is a blend of 50% Garnacha with 40% Cariñena and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a village wine from 20- to 30-year-old vines on slate soils fermented in
Item Number: 23044

Mollydooker 'The Boxer' Shiraz 2015
"This powerful wine is vibrant, complex and jam packed with a kaleidoscope of flavours. Chocolate, plum and liquorice just to name a few; all beautifully wrapped in bright berry fruit on the mid-palate. Subtle oak elements and flawless tannins, intertwine with the fruit ever so gracefully. This
Item Number: 22628

Santa Tresa 'Frappato' Red Blend 2015
"Often a revelation to wine drinkers, Frappato is elegant and refreshing – surprisingly more delicate than many of the muscular reds of Sicily, yet full of character. Santa Tresa Frappato could be termed a “modern classic” – a modern interpretation of an antique style of wine – with all the
Item Number: 21306
Case: $119.40