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Robert M — Empire Wine Community

Robert M has been a customer since Nov 2020

Reviews (78)

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Domaine Marrans 'Corcelette' Morgon 2022 image
Domaine Marrans 'Corcelette' Morgon 2022
Posted Jan 14, 2024
MUST HAVE BEEN A BAD BOTTLE."Very off tasting and slightly bubbly. Must have been a bad bottle."
Michel Guignier Beaujolais 2022 image
Michel Guignier Beaujolais 2022
Posted Nov 21, 2023[Verified]
BRILLIANT. PRESENTING PRECISE AND PROPER FRUIT UPFRONT. EVERYTHING YOU HOPE FOR AND MORE."Wonderful. Presenting precise and proper fruit upfront. Everything you hope for and more. Buy several bottles to avoid disappointment."
Pallus 'Pensees de Pallus' Chinon 2017 image
Pallus 'Pensees de Pallus' Chinon 2017
Posted Oct 27, 2023[Verified]
VERY NICE!"This is a good producer and a good bottle. A good Chinon is always special."
Dr. Loosen 'Dr. L' Dry Riesling 2022 image
Dr. Loosen 'Dr. L' Dry Riesling 2022
Posted Oct 23, 2023[Verified]
OFF TASTE"Loved it in previous years. The '21 had an off-taste. Bad bottle?"
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Brittan Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2019
Posted Sep 18, 2023[Verified]
TERRIFIC"Oh, did this deliver the goods. It has everything going for it. Everything's in harmony. It's not a fruit-forward pinot, and you'll love that about it. Very well integrated. Delicious."
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Lieu Dit Cabernet Franc 2020
Posted Sep 15, 2023[Verified]
HORRIBLE"It's not a mater of personal taste in this case. It's simply a matter of opening a bottle of wine that tastes horrible. Folks, buy a French Chinon for less money, and start drinking very well."
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Chateau Fourcas Dupre Listrac-Medoc 2019
Posted Aug 17, 2023[Verified]
THE BORDEAUX TASTE IS MISSING."It's a lighter... something. Would ever have guessed a Bordeaux in a blind tasting. A bit disappointed in the flavor. And definitely not a 93 score. That's a laugh."
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Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2018
Posted Aug 1, 2023[Verified]
A DECENT YEAR FOR THIS WINE."There's quite a variation in taste every year in this rioja, and the 2018 is a better vintage, with an oak presence that integrates well. You must like oak because it's an integral part of this wines taste."
Chais St. Laurent Chinon Verre en Vignon 2021 image
Chais St. Laurent Chinon Verre en Vignon 2021
Posted Jul 9, 2023[Verified]
A COWBOY CHINON"A bit rough and off-point, but acceptable at this price level if ones palate agrees to it. Try it. You won't pour it down the drain."
Diseno 'Old Vine' Malbec 2021 image
Diseno 'Old Vine' Malbec 2021
Posted Jul 4, 2023[Verified]
"MALBEC LIGHT"!"Pleasant and easy-drinking, but it doesn't really cross the finish line. That's why it's "Malbec-Light"."
Balletto Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 image
Balletto Reserve Pinot Noir 2019
Posted Jun 18, 2023[Verified]
TRY IT."Nothing amazing, but it has a very good flavor and is well balanced without sharpness or excess alchohol upfront."
Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2017 image
Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2017
Posted Jun 18, 2023
NEVER BELIEVE SUCKLINGS RATINGS. THEY'RE WAY OVER THE TRUE MARK."Please stop publishing Sucklinhgs ridiculous ratings."
19 Crimes 'Snoop Cali Red' Red Blend image
19 Crimes 'Snoop Cali Red' Red Blend
Posted Jun 16, 2023
UNDRINKABLE"Artifical flavoring is the impression I got. Didn't like it at all, poured it down the sink."
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Antiche Terre Amarone della Valpolicella 2018
Posted Jun 16, 2023
SUCKLING OVERRATES EVERY WINE."Never publish Suckling's reviews. He's a liar. He over-rates wines to get his own name out there above everyone elses."
Clotilde LeGrand Saumur-Champigny Terrages 2019 image
Clotilde LeGrand Saumur-Champigny Terrages 2019
Posted Jun 14, 2023[Verified]
TRY IT."Very dry and well made. Althugh dry, the ripe fruit pokes through sufficiently. The cab franc wines from Saumur-Champigny will not disappoint."
J & H Selbach 'Saar' Spatlese Riesling 2020 image
J & H Selbach 'Saar' Spatlese Riesling 2020
Posted May 24, 2023[Verified]
A GOOD ONE."This was very nice, and not overly sweet."
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Quinta De La Rosa Douro Estate Red 2018
Posted May 22, 2023[Verified]
TRY THIS."Well made and delicious."
Via Revolucionaria La Criolla Grande 2022 image
Via Revolucionaria La Criolla Grande 2022
Posted May 10, 2023[Verified]
BAD BOTTLE"It must have been a bad bottle. The wine tasted awful, and it was fizzy. It must have gone bad at some point."
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J. Bouchon Pais Viejo 2020
Posted Apr 30, 2023[Verified]
EH"The finish especially was disappointing, with an astringency and lack of smoothness. A wine must finish smoothly, not with harshness. This doesn't cut it."
Method Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 image
Method Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Posted Apr 30, 2023
SUCKLING IS A LIAR."Never believe Suckling's ratings. He cries for attention with ridiculous scores."
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Bodegas Muriel Rioja Reserva 2016
Posted Apr 23, 2023[Verified]
SOMETHING'S WRONG"Once again, James Suckling doesn't know what he's talking about. This wine fortunately doesn't taste like coconut or tyme, as he believes, but it's an astringent and thin rendering that hardly resembles rioja reserva, but does resemble a wine that wasn't made well and that's immediately apparent. I don't know how they ruined this wine, and don't want to know. Buy Faustino's ten dollar Art Collection rioja and that'll be enjoyable. You can't buy a good rioja reserva for 15."
Morgan 'Twelve Clones' Pinot Noir 2019 image
Morgan 'Twelve Clones' Pinot Noir 2019
Posted Apr 17, 2023[Verified]
CANDY AND OAK BARREL 2019"The producers must have jumped through hoops to achieve the result..... a sweet, cloying wine that has way too much barrel taste as well. You can find much nicer PN at Empire at half the price."
Metz Road 'Riverview Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019 image
Metz Road 'Riverview Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
Posted Apr 8, 2023[Verified]
UNINSPIRED"Nothing distinctive about this typical Monteray pinot. You can do better with just about any French pinot noir or Bourgogne at a lower price. Disappointed."
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DFJ Vinhos Aluado Alicante Bouschet 2021
Posted Apr 1, 2023[Verified]
EXCELLENT"This is a very well made wine, and a bargain. How can a wine be so structured, full bodied, yet.... soft! With a finish that contains a touch of fruitful freshness. This is a must buy."
Decoy by Duckhorn Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 image
Decoy by Duckhorn Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Posted Apr 1, 2023
NOT ENJOYABLE"I didn't enjoy this. The price makes no sense. It tastes like a nine dollar wine."
Michel Guignier Beaujolais 2021 image
Michel Guignier Beaujolais 2021
Posted Mar 15, 2023[Verified]
MAGNIFICENT"It's excellent and a good opportunity to enjoy a well made Beaujolais."
Masseria Li Veli 'Askos' Susumaniello Salento IGT 2021 image
Masseria Li Veli 'Askos' Susumaniello Salento IGT 2021
Posted Mar 10, 2023[Verified]
FABULOUS"A magic wine. This is a must-again buy."
RouteStock Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020 image
RouteStock Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020
Posted Mar 6, 2023[Verified]
NOT JUICY BUT BURNED TASTING."So much like any other low grade commercial PN from California, but worse. The fruit is given up for "more barrel taste". Doesn't work for me, but my wife was able to drink it."
Zenato Alanera IGT 2019 image
Zenato Alanera IGT 2019
Posted Feb 6, 2023[Verified]
TERRIFIC"Perfect. Magnificent for the price. Very well made, with softened integrated tannins and lovely fruit."
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l'Orme de Rauzan Gassies Haut-Medoc 2016
Posted Jan 30, 2023[Verified]
GOOD STUFF"Pleasant and ready to drink. A but light, and that's fine. As far as a 97 rating goes, however, that's a ridiculous rating. I'd give it a 90, which is very good."
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Mauro Molino Barbera d'Alba 2021
Posted Jan 24, 2023[Verified]
DRINK ALL OF IT IMMEDIATELY UPON OPENING."A pleasant tasting wine when first opened, but it becomes rancid on the second day, so it must be consumed immediately after opening. I have never experienced such a thing with other wines, but it has been documented before with this wine in other vintages as well."
Fess Parker Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2020 image
Fess Parker Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2020
Posted Jan 19, 2023[Verified]
LIKE IT... A LOT!"This is a very nice wine for the price, and drinking well already. Enjoy."
Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2021 image
Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Posted Jan 19, 2023
VERY NICE"Can't go wrong with this. Lovely. Not too dry, but dry."
El Coto 'Coto de Imaz' Rioja Reserva 2018 image
El Coto 'Coto de Imaz' Rioja Reserva 2018
Posted Jan 17, 2023[Verified]
IT'S OK"It comes up short for a Reserva. Simple but enjoyable, but don't expect more."
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District 7 Pinot Noir 2020
Posted Dec 24, 2022[Verified]
IT REALLY IS OK. TRY IT!"If 13 dollar is your budget, your absolute most to spend on a California pinot noir, you'll be doing fine with this selection. Balanced and enjoyable, if one is not expecting nuances that a more expensive pinot might offer. The taste is very typical of a Monterey pinot."
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Primarius Pinot Noir 2020
Posted Dec 20, 2022[Verified]
IT'S WPRTH A TRY."The wine is made well, but it falls short on fruit. You get a nicely balanced simple wine that's ready to drink, in the Oregon style. Better with food. Worth trying at the price."
Calabretta 'Cala Cala' Rosso NV image
Calabretta 'Cala Cala' Rosso NV
Posted Dec 19, 2022[Verified]
SURPRISINGLY GOOD"I'm reordering. Very smooth and delicious, no alcohol attack whatsoever."
Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote Du Py 2021 image
Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote Du Py 2021
Posted Nov 27, 2022[Verified]
ENJOYABLE"Nicely made, balanced, a bit high in alcohol. Enjoyable, and with enough tannins to last several years to come. Good producer."
Martin Ray 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2020 image
Martin Ray 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2020
Posted Nov 22, 2022[Verified]
IT DOESN'T COMPETE."Disappointing, and very commerical in character. Rough, harsh. Not enough fruit, and too much alcohol in the mouth. Try Sarah's Vineyard Pinot Noir instead. Good fruit, well rounded, alcohol is well balanced."
Flowers Vineyards 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2020 image
Flowers Vineyards 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2020
Posted Nov 15, 2022
VERY DISAPPOINTING"Nothing going on in this bottle to like. Boring, overpriced bottle of wine."
Michel Tete 'Cuvee Tradition' Julienas 2020 image
Michel Tete 'Cuvee Tradition' Julienas 2020
Posted Oct 22, 2022[Verified]
WON'T PURCHASE AGAIN"Not my favorite of the various vineyards, and a bit light on taste with too much "barrel" in the way. The fruit is lost and impure. Lacking finesse, it's a bit rough like a cheap Morgon. That leaves you a glass of wine that could have been better. Look for a better producer."
Chateau du Hureau 'Tuffe' Saumur-Champigny 2019 image
Chateau du Hureau 'Tuffe' Saumur-Champigny 2019
Posted Oct 6, 2022[Verified]
AMAZING"A blockbuster. Delicious, sensuous. Like a refined Chinon, without the "stink" that's always present in Chinons, which is not a negative necessarily. Buy as much as possible of the 2019. It's drinking nicely now, and will for years to come."
Hob Nob Pinot Noir 2020 image
Hob Nob Pinot Noir 2020
Posted Oct 3, 2022[Verified]
SIMPLE AND PLEASANT"Unlike many low priced American pinots. this wine is smooth and doesn't give your mouth an alcohol sting right from the start. It has a fruity pleasant taste, yet it's not a fruit bomb. One dimensional, as you would expect. No surprises here, just a pleasant easy to drink, enjoyable wine,"
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Max Richter 'Classic' Dry Riesling 2021
Posted Sep 18, 2022
"Not clean... A bit of offtaste is present from start to finish. I will stick with Dr. Loosen's "DR, L" at ten dollars any day over this wine."
Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rouge 2021 image
Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rouge 2021
Posted Sep 16, 2022[Verified]
BIG SUCCESS"This is a very well made product with great balance of fruit and acidity, and it tastes just great. Drinking great right now too."
Iveria Khvanchkara 2018 image
Iveria Khvanchkara 2018
Posted Aug 8, 2022[Verified]
THIS WINE IS VERY NICE."It's truly an experience to drink this delicioud wine for the first time. I would buy it again."
Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico 2020 image
Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico 2020
Posted Jul 10, 2022
YES, YES."This ws very pkeasant and should be tried."
Giacomo Mori 'Chianti' Sangiovese 2018 image
Giacomo Mori 'Chianti' Sangiovese 2018
Posted Jul 10, 2022[Verified]
TEFFIRIC"Terrific wine, especially for the price. A real achievement, and the old fashioned, straightforward label is your first clue."
Talbott 'Kali Hart' Pinot Noir 2019 image
Talbott 'Kali Hart' Pinot Noir 2019
Posted Jun 15, 2022
DON'T LISTEN TO JAMES SUCKLING, EVER."James Suckling 94??? Ridiculous, as are all of his overrated reviews. Never believe them. This wine is a mid80's scorer."
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Artemis' Cab Sauv 2018 1.5L image
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Artemis' Cab Sauv 2018 1.5L
Posted Jun 15, 2022
EH"I've always found the Artemis to be disappointing and very overpriced."
Bodegas Lan Rioja Reserva 2015 image
Bodegas Lan Rioja Reserva 2015
Posted May 28, 2022[Verified]
IT'S A PERFUMED MESS"Not a natural flavor, but one that's been messed with too much. Tons of oak overwhelm, and there's no balance because the wine's style is light. It tastes so artificial."
Muller-Catoir 'In Breumel' Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2020 image
Muller-Catoir 'In Breumel' Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2020
Posted May 12, 2022
YOU CANNOT TRUST JAMES SUCKLING'S REVIEWS"James Suckling's name and his reviews should never be shown anywhere. He vastly overrates wines in order to get his own name to the top of the reviewer comments. He is way off on all wines. REMOVE ALL OF JAMES SUCKINGS COMMENTS PLEASE"
Caparzo Sangiovese 2021 image
Caparzo Sangiovese 2021
Posted May 12, 2022[Verified]
IT'S WINE"You won't dislike it, and you'll drink it with without food. Better on the 2nd day after it softens up. Even the 3rd day, which you can't say about most wines. This is not a serious wine, but an OK easy drinking one. Clean aftertaste, too."
Terre Nere 'Etna Rosso' Nerello Masclese 2019 image
Terre Nere 'Etna Rosso' Nerello Masclese 2019
Posted Mar 29, 2022[Verified]
THIS IS NICE."I'd give it an 87. Never believe these high scores from James Suckling. He is thoroughly inaccurate and absurd."
Tasca's Tascante Etna Rosso 'Ghiaia' Nera  2019 image
Tasca's Tascante Etna Rosso 'Ghiaia' Nera 2019
Posted Mar 29, 2022
IT'S GOOD."I'd give it an 80. James Suckling probably never tasted this wine. All his high scores are complete nonsense. Every wine gets a high score from him. Ridiculous."
Clos de Los Siete Malbec Blend 2017 image
Clos de Los Siete Malbec Blend 2017
Posted Mar 29, 2022
IT'S OK"Never believe anything James Suckling gives as a wine rating. He awards over the top scores to everything to get his name noticed. He gives wine reviewers a bad name."
Flowers Vineyards 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2019 image
Flowers Vineyards 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2019
Posted Mar 15, 2022
AWFUL"It drinks like a 12 wine. Avoid at all cost."
Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2019 image
Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2019
Posted Jan 11, 2022[Verified]
PLEASANT"After a disappointing 2018, Drouhin's 2019 CLB is drinkable and enjoyable, but not on par with other CLB's that can be found. At Empire's price, it's worth trying."
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Bernard Diochon Moulin a Vent VV 2020
Posted Jan 5, 2022[Verified]
THIS IS VERY WELL MADE....."and absolutely delicious. Drinkable now, or hold onto for several years, but the taste is already nicely rounded and delicious."
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Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon 'La Cueille' NV
Posted Jan 1, 2022[Verified]
GREAT"Very natuaral fruit flavors of strawberry and cherry, and a mousse of fine bubbles. Delicious."
Domaine Chanteleuserie Bourgueil Cuvee Alouettes 2020 image
Domaine Chanteleuserie Bourgueil Cuvee Alouettes 2020
Posted Dec 19, 2021[Verified]
THIS IS WELL MADE"A very pleasant Cab Franc, drinking nicely now. Well worth the price. Buy a few bottles."
Monte Bernardi 'Retromarcia' Chianti Classico 2019 image
Monte Bernardi 'Retromarcia' Chianti Classico 2019
Posted Dec 17, 2021[Verified]
NICE."Yes, there are complexities even n this young vintage. Fine to drink now. It's made in a fabulous old world style, and good fruit is used. Congratulations to the producer."
Chateau de Landiras Graves Merlot/Cabernet 2018 image
Chateau de Landiras Graves Merlot/Cabernet 2018
Posted Dec 6, 2021[Verified]
ENJOYABLE"A pleasant and enjoyabe wine. I'd score it an 88."
Bouchard Pere & Fils 'Reserve' Pinot Noir Bourgogne 2019 image
Bouchard Pere & Fils 'Reserve' Pinot Noir Bourgogne 2019
Posted Nov 26, 2021[Verified]
WHERE'S THE FRUIT?"Soft, but fruitless and lacking flaor. Why do they call this "Reserve?" There's simply no reason. It's their lowest level offering. You can do better with other Bourgognes."
Thierry Richoux Irancy 2017 image
Thierry Richoux Irancy 2017
Posted Sep 26, 2021[Verified]
WORTH TRYING"Well made, ready to drink and will improve over the next two years. A bit one dimensional, as to be expected at this price range, and lacking the preferred barnyard components that other Bourgognes posess."
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Dopff & Irion Cremant Brut Rose NV
Posted Sep 17, 2021[Verified]
GREAT PRODUCT"This one is just terrific. My wife and I are really enjoying the rose sparklers from the Cremant d/ Alsace region."
Philippe Alliet Chinon Cabernet Franc 2019 image
Philippe Alliet Chinon Cabernet Franc 2019
Posted Sep 15, 2021[Verified]
WELL MADE CHINON"This is a good Chinon with proper charachteristics for the wine, Very enjoyable. I wish America could get some of Frances best Chinons because they can be devine."
Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 2019 image
Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 2019
Posted Jul 28, 2021[Verified]
ALWAYS VERY EXCELLENT"This is must buy. It's a fine Fleurie, well known for a very good reason. Absolutely delicious."
Chais St. Laurent Chinon Vigne en Veron 2019 image
Chais St. Laurent Chinon Vigne en Veron 2019
Posted Jul 28, 2021[Verified]
VERY NICE"This is well made, nicely balanced, tastes great, ready to drink now."
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Fattorie Melini 'San Lorenzo' Chianti DOCG 2019
Posted Jul 7, 2021[Verified]
THIS CHIANTI IS A WILDMAN IMPORT"Bold and spicy, with an amazingly dry finish. Well made, with good structure, but the alcohol overwhelmes the fruit. It's like a small kick from a mule, but worth a try for 10. I'd give it a couple hours in the air before drinking, but it won't change much."
Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 image
Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
Posted Jun 9, 2021[Verified]
GIVE IT A TRY."For 20 it's worth the experience. Very dry, and the fruit component is lacking somewhat, but it's well made.So don't cellar this one, but drink it immediately, with food."
Castellare Chianti Classico 2018 image
Castellare Chianti Classico 2018
Posted Apr 27, 2021[Verified]
FABULOUS"This wine is fabulous and not always available in stores."
Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2018 image
Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2018
Posted Mar 12, 2021[Verified]
LACK OF FRUIT"Disappointing that such a young wine would be void of the freshness of fruit it should have, resulting in a flat heavy palate. I think the fruit they used was the problem. CLB can be delicious wine, and I expected more from this producer."
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Graham's Six Grapes Porto
Posted Feb 17, 2021[Verified]
ALWAYS EXCELLENT."You can't do better at this price, and it's simply super regardless of price"
Sarah's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 image
Sarah's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
Posted Feb 11, 2021[Verified]
EXTREMELY PLEASANT."Great tasting, well balanced, ready to drink . This is a surprisingly good wine for the price."
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Roco 'Gravel Road' Pinot Noir
Posted Jan 19, 2021[Verified]
ASTRINGENT"This is a rough glass of wine without finesse. Alcohol cuts deeply into the mouth, and the rendering is a flat and dull thud of cheap product. Skip this wine, and turn to some of California's wines in the same price range for a delightful experience."
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Flowers Vineyards 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2018
Posted Dec 14, 2020
"It drinks like a 12.99 pinot noir. I don't understand the price. Is it just marketing? Skip this wine,."
Tasca d'Almerita 'Lamuri' Nero d'Avola 2016 image
Tasca d'Almerita 'Lamuri' Nero d'Avola 2016
Posted Dec 13, 2020[Verified]
"Has an alcoholic burn and no finesse or proper structure or sweetness. I had two bottles. A real let down. How on earth did it get good reviews."
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