john f — Empire Wine Community

john f has been a customer since Feb 2008

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Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
Posted Jul 27, 2021[Verified]

"This is a nice everyday wine for those who are not wine snobs. Ten bucks gives you a pretty good cab. Not overly complex but taste is right and goes down fairly smooth."

Smith & Hook Proprietary Red 2017 image
Posted Jun 17, 2021

"Delightful! Just as the S&H cab. Slightly dry, but a good mouthful of tasty fruit. A really good value at fifteen bucks."

Corte Fiore Appassimento Montepulciano 2019 image
Posted Jun 16, 2021[Verified]

"Like this a lot. Especially for Italian none Amarone. A little sweeter than I like but wife loves it. So 4.5 starsEspecially good for the price. Smooth!"

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2018 image
CRISP AND CLEAN!
Posted May 22, 2021[Verified]

"For a summer day this wine is a great choice.Really nice mouth feel. And a linger of grapefruit in the finish. And the price makes it even better."

Grounded by Josh Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 image
Posted May 6, 2021[Verified]

"Not too thrilled he used the Phelps name. Josh's wine is not close to Joseph's."

Matchbook Dunnigan Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
Posted Apr 14, 2021[Verified]

"Every bottle I have had has been solid. Nice nose, taste is cabernet and goes down well. A good any day wine."

Bogle Vineyards 'Phantom' Red Blend 2017 image
Posted Jan 4, 2021

"Always a great tasting wine. Bogle makes many we like and this is no different. Great blend, smooth, tasty!"

Oak Ridge Winery 'Old Soul' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
SURPIRSED BY THIS VINTAGE!
Posted Dec 29, 2020[Verified]

"So we have not had this wine for some time and I am pleasantly surprised. It does taste real fresh as it is a 2018. But we like it and for the price its a buy again wine. May hold for a while to see if it matures a little."

Cune 'Vina Real' Crianza Tempranillo 2016 image
SORRY, NOT A 91 POINT WINE...
Posted Dec 19, 2020[Verified]

"This wine disappointed. Not that smooth. Nose is not good. Finish gives you a slight tinny flavor. Not sure how they rate this wine so high. Have found many better in this price range."

Mettler Family Vineyards Old Vine Zin 'Epicenter' 2018 image
Posted Dec 14, 2020[Verified]

"I compare all other wines to this one. Right in the sweet spot for price. Right now this is my favorite zinfandel. Smooth, tasty, great finish and nicely aromatic."

Smith & Hook Proprietary Red 2016 image
MMMMM GOOD!
Posted Nov 12, 2020[Verified]

"First time trying the S&H blend. Love the cab. This blend has a nice taste, berries all around. Full flavored for sure. Stays with you so longer finish. Recommended."

Raymond 'R Collection' Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 image
Posted Mar 28, 2020[Verified]

"Nice everyday wine. Great price for what you get. Love all the Raymond brands."

Hess Collection 'Shirtail Ranches' Cabernet Sauv 2017 image
Posted Mar 28, 2020[Verified]

"Not sure what the difference is, being made for restaurants? It is a nice cab. Great nose, smooth going down. Glad I bought half case."

Hess Select 'Treo' Red Blend 2016 image
Posted Mar 28, 2020[Verified]

"This wine is a winner, especially if you like a blend. Its a favorite of my wife. Smooth and tasty!"

Hayes Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 image
Posted Mar 28, 2020[Verified]

"Last time I tried this was over a year ago. But I am not liking this vintage. Pretty weak, no real complexity. I guess it taste like an under 10 bottle. I would not recommend as there are many at this price point that are better. Or maybe I just got a bad bottle? I will update after trying it again as I bought a few. Oh well..."

Mettler Family Vineyards Old Vine Zin 'Epicenter' 2016 image
LOVE IT!
Posted Jan 20, 2020[Verified]

"Great wine! Fits perfectly in with wines in the 20's. Even beats Seghesio."

William Hill Estate 'North Coast' Cabernet 2017 image
AN OLD FAVORITE
Posted Oct 16, 2019[Verified]

"Really good! Nice cab. Full, not too dry and finishes great."

Raymond 'Family Classic' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 image
MY FAVORITE FOR YEARS...
Posted Jul 18, 2019[Verified]

"This wine has been consistently great for many years. Taste beats many more expensive reds. Smooth, full, great finish and flavor is perfect for a cab."

B.R. Cohn 'Silver Label' Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 image
NICE!
Posted Jul 18, 2019

"This is actually on the 2016 vintage. Nice cab, great taste that stays with you. Probably 4.5. Lots of berry on the finish."

Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
DEEP AND DARK
Posted Jan 4, 2019[Verified]

"Like any wine at any given moment, it could be very nice. This is a smooth but hearty flavor. Fruit on the first taste. Don't be afraid of this being so low priced. If you are a more refined cab drinker you may not like this."

1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2015 image
SOLID!
Posted Nov 27, 2018[Verified]

"This was the first Bourbon barrel wine I have tried. Still is the best. Very smooth, tasty, just the right fruit. I can drink this all the time."

1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel 'Gold Rush' Red 2016 image
GREAT BLEND!
Posted Nov 27, 2018[Verified]

"This is a very juicy tasting wine. Not too sweet but it is a very nice and smooth vintage. Wife loves it!"

Wines of Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 image
IT'S OK
Posted Oct 30, 2018[Verified]

"Taste is like a typical Washington St wine. Good but not great. I guess worth the price paid."

Wente Vineyards Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 image
GOOD SOLID WINE.
Posted Oct 10, 2018[Verified]
Michael and David Winery Petite Petit 2015 image
DEEP, DARK AND FULL
Posted Sep 12, 2018[Verified]

"Like this wine and comparable to Concannon petite. But like his Syrah slightly better."

McManis Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 image
JUST DON'T TELL ANYONE HOW MUCH THIS WINE IS...
Posted Jul 25, 2018[Verified]

"I like it!"

Michael and David Winery '6th Sixth Sense' Syrah 2015 image
FULL BODIED, DELICIOUS!
Posted May 14, 2018[Verified]

"Wife wanted to try it after seeing it on a local wine show. She loved it immediately. Probably because it is not so dry as a cab, yet it has a rich and smooth finish. Heavier but not as much as a petite. If you enjoy zin, petites or other syrahs you will like this one."

Ramsay 'North Coast' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 image
DOES NOT DISAPPOINT...
Posted Nov 6, 2017[Verified]

"Can't go wrong with this one. Nice easy drinking cab that has enough fruit and is pretty smooth going down. Slightly dry not overly though. Try it, you will like it. Great price point."

St Francis 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2014 image
CAN'T GO WRONG WITH ST. FRANCIS...
Posted Oct 30, 2017[Verified]

"St. Francis zin has always been a favorite. Nice body, smooth, and zinfullicious taste."

Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 image
ANOTHER GOOD ONE..
Posted Oct 20, 2017[Verified]

"Enjoyable cab. Good everyday wine! Liking it more every day."

Renwood 'Premier Old Vines' Zinfandel 2014 image
TYPICALLY GREAT AMADORE COUNTY ZIN
Posted Oct 17, 2017[Verified]

"Nice floral bouquet, smooth all the way down, just enough spice. A pleasure to drink!"

Cosentino Winery 'Cigar Zin' 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2015 image
ZINFULLICIOUS!
Posted Sep 18, 2017

"We put this up against a $40 bottle..beat it hands down. Slightly peppery, is fruit forward and a mouthful of goodness. Great job on this 2015."

Clayhouse Vineyard Adobe Red 2013 image
A STANDARD AT THIS HOUSE...
Posted Jun 28, 2017[Verified]

"Been drinking this for years. Always a great blend. I am a cab or zin drinker but this zin blend is very satisfying. Good balance, and smooth. Great nose."

Cline 'Ancient Vines' Zinfandel 2015 image
MY GO TO ZIN...AT LEAST ONE OF THEM!
Posted May 12, 2017[Verified]

"Have always been a fan of the Ancient Vines and to be able to get it all the time at this price is great!"

Sledgehammer Winery Zinfandel 2019 image
WHAT A FIND!
Posted Feb 16, 2017[Verified]

"I don't give many wines five stars (definitely deserves 4.5) but if you take a risk/reward assessment of this wine you will see why I rated it so high. There is absolutely no risk and the reward is a great tasting wine at a great price."

Terra d'Oro Winery Zinfandel 2014 image
WE LIKE THIS WINE....A LOT!
Posted Dec 12, 2016[Verified]

"This is an excellent zin. Taste is vibrant but smooth. Price makes it even better to buy it by the case to drink every day."

1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2014 image
VERY NICE!
Posted Sep 26, 2016[Verified]

"Great mid priced zin. Slightly peppery, plenty of fruit, nice taste and finish. What else can you ask for. Try it, you won't be disappointed. This is now my favorite zin."

Cline 'Ancient Vines' Zinfandel 2014 image
4.5 STARS ACTUALLY!
Posted May 25, 2016[Verified]

"First taste I wasn't too sure. But after a while got to liking it more and more. Much more full bodied then the Cline Red Zin and still can enjoy this at a great price."

St Francis 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2012 image
A VERY NICE ZIN
Posted Sep 28, 2015[Verified]

"When you open and taste this wine you will see what I mean. It is now and has always been a great tasting wine. Hearty yet smooth. Taste is wonderful."

Columbia Crest 'Grand Estates' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 image
REAL NICE...
Posted Jul 14, 2015[Verified]

"Thomas must have had a bad bottle, we have had this wine multiple times and excellent every time. Now this is not a $20 bottle but in this price range it cannot be beat."

Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell Silver Label 2012 image
MONASTRELL FAVORITE!
Posted May 24, 2015[Verified]

"To me this is a Spanish version of a cab. Maybe not as dry but very tasty, smooth and great finish. I rate this five star but within the price range of this wine."

Rancho Zabaco 'Heritage Vines' Zinfandel 2013 image
SOLID GO TO ZIN
Posted May 15, 2015[Verified]

"If you don't want to spend a fortune and drink a nice satisfying great tasting wine this will more than fit the bill."

Raymond 'Family Classic' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 image
A FAVORITE!
Posted Apr 17, 2015[Verified]

"Just a solid cab at a reasonable price."

Casa Castillo Monastrell 2013 image
MUST BE GOOD, WIFE LIKES IT!
Posted Apr 16, 2015[Verified]

"Monastrell after cab is my favorite. And this is a nice drinking wine. Just a little bite at the end and slightly dry as it should be. At this price point worth a try."

Dark Horse Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 image
SURPRISINGLY GOOD!
Posted Oct 13, 2014[Verified]

"Nice color, bouquet and flavor full. Really nice black cherry/dark chocolate on the finish. Well worth a try."

Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 image
SURPRISINGLY GOOD!
Posted Jul 30, 2014[Verified]

"I didn't really expect much from this wine but to me it beats the other famous Washington state wine (C.C.) hands down. And at this price point a nice everyday wine. I love when I find a very good $10 wine."

Clayhouse Vineyard Adobe Red 2012 image
VERY GOOD
Posted Apr 5, 2014[Verified]

"Year in and year out this wine is very dependable. This years blend is no different."

Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 image
LOVE THIS ONE!
Posted Jan 19, 2013[Verified]

"First tasted this in a favorite restaurant at $31 bottle. Really liked it so looked it up in Empire and this price is rock bottom. Great tasting cab all the way. And through the years it has been one of my favorites."

Raymond 'R Collection' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 image
UNDER $10 FAVORITE
Posted Dec 20, 2012[Verified]

"Remarkably good in this price point. Really nice, not too dry and a very berry flavor. Not as complex as the Raymond Family but great for everyday."

Raymond Vineyards 'Field Blend' Red 2014 image
Posted Nov 3, 2012[Verified]
Joseph Carr 'Josh' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 image
NICE!
Posted Sep 5, 2012[Verified]

"Actually better the second day. Very drinkable now. Priced right."

Predator 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2013 image
VERY GOOD DRINKING
Posted Jan 2, 2012

"This is a med to full body Zin. It is powerful to the taste but also has a nice easy and smooth finish. If your a Zin lover try this wine."

St. Francis 'Wild Oak' Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 image
NICE!
Posted Jun 19, 2010

"This is a very good Cab. Taste like a cab should. Not too dry and a very smooth drinking wine. As most St. Francis wines are."

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