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Terence G has been a customer since Apr 2006

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Marietta Cellars 'Arme' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
Marietta Cellars 'Arme' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Posted Oct 12, 2022[Verified]
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Matua Valley Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2020 image
Matua Valley Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Posted Jun 8, 2021[Verified]
VERY PLEASANT, GREAT VALUE"This is a simple straightforward wine. There is enough acidity to be refreshing and a limited amount of tropical fruit which avoids the excesses that are not uncommon with NZ Sauvignon Blanc. The end result is quiet delicious, perfect for a picnic or a summer afternoon drink. However it does not keep well once opened, so it is best to finish it in a day or so. An outstanding value!"
Bodegas Castano Alcaria 2016 image
Bodegas Castano Alcaria 2016
Posted Jul 30, 2020[Verified]
INTERESTING FLAVOR PROFILE, SOFT AND PLEASING. A GREAT VALUE"Smooth mouth feel, a pleasing amount of dark fruit combined with a soft tannic structure that adds interest. Will pair with a range of foods and recipes. No sharp edges which in my experience is a bit unusual given the amount of Monastrell in the blend. Outstanding value."
Chateau Puech-Haut 'Prestige' Rouge 2015 image
Chateau Puech-Haut 'Prestige' Rouge 2015
Posted May 30, 2019[Verified]
A VERY PLEASING WINE"Dark fruit. Pleasant mouth feel. Good balance Complex and interesting. Gentle tannic structure. Good value."
Zorzal 'Grand Terroir Pinot Noir 2016 image
Zorzal 'Grand Terroir Pinot Noir 2016
Posted May 8, 2019[Verified]
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BenMarco Malbec 2016 image
BenMarco Malbec 2016
Posted May 5, 2019[Verified]
VERY PLEASANT AND A DECENT VALUE"A reasonable amount of black fruit that balances the fine tannins and results in a moderately robust wine. It leans toward a more floral and herbal balance with less emphasis on minerality. Nice mouthfeel. Drinking well now although likely to be better in two or three years, but why wait"
Domaine Lafage Bastide 'Miraflors' Rouge 2015 image
Domaine Lafage Bastide 'Miraflors' Rouge 2015
Posted Mar 10, 2019[Verified]
NOT UNPLEASANT EVERYDAY WINE, CONSISTENT WITH PRIOR VINTAGES
Magana 'Baron de Magana' Navarra Tinto 2009 image
Magana 'Baron de Magana' Navarra Tinto 2009
Posted Jul 5, 2018[Verified]
COMPLEX INTERESTING WINE AND GREAT VALUE"Dark fruit. Robust Well balanced with smooth tannins. There is nothing to dislike"
Chateau Saint-Roch Chimeres 2015 image
Chateau Saint-Roch Chimeres 2015
Posted Jun 17, 2018
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Chateau Poitevin Medoc 2015 image
Chateau Poitevin Medoc 2015
Posted Apr 22, 2018[Verified]
PLEASANT AND A GOOD VALUE THAT MAY IMPROVE WITH SOME BOTTLE AGE
Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan 2015 image
Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan 2015
Posted Apr 22, 2018[Verified]
A WINE THAT IS CONSISTANTLY GOOD ACROSS MANY VINTAGES
Bodegas Abanico Hazana Vinas Viejas 2015 image
Bodegas Abanico Hazana Vinas Viejas 2015
Posted Apr 22, 2018[Verified]
A VERY GOOD WINE REPRESENTING A GREAT VALUE"This is not a great wine and I suspect it will not improve by keeping it in the cellar for two or three years but it is an absolutely delicious wine to drink right now and a remarkable value. Softer than many Rioja wines you could pair it with just about any sort of food (chicken, salmon, hamburgers and steaks). Dark fruit, velvety tannins, hints of forest floor, just enough complexity to keep it interesting and very pleasant in the mouth. Highly recommended."
Bodegas Volver Single Vinyard Tempranillo 2015 image
Bodegas Volver Single Vinyard Tempranillo 2015
Posted Apr 22, 2018
A PLEASING WINE AT A REASONABLE PRICE"This wine is quite good but not as good as the same wine in the 2014 vintage which was excellent. In comparison with the 2014 there is less dark fruit, the tannins are less resolved and the mouthfeel is less plush. It is young however a telling observation is that it did not improve for being open for 24 hours. Still a good wine but just not as good as the earlier vintage"
Bodegas Volver Madame Bobalu Bobal 2022 image
Bodegas Volver Madame Bobalu Bobal 2022
Posted Apr 22, 2018
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Mas d'en Compte 'Black Slate' Porrera 2012 image
Mas d'en Compte 'Black Slate' Porrera 2012
Posted Apr 8, 2018[Verified]
OUTSTANDING!"Dark fruit, complex, great balance, velvety tannins, interesting, soft mouthfeel, pairs with wide range of food, and excellent value"
Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 image
Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Posted Jan 19, 2018[Verified]
GREAT VALUE"Dark fruit, softening tannins, some complexity and a satisfying finish. Too robust to be paired with fish or veal but otherwise easy to pair with food. Even better the day after opening"
Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2014 image
Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2014
Posted Oct 11, 2017
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Domaine Lafage 'Cuvee Nicolas' Vieilles Vignes Grenache 2014 image
Domaine Lafage 'Cuvee Nicolas' Vieilles Vignes Grenache 2014
Posted Sep 29, 2017[Verified]
LIKEABLE WINE. EXCELLENT VALUE"Drinking very nicely. Black fruit with reasonable complexity and balance. Has a pleasing soft mouthfeel and a gentle finish. It would pair with a wide range of dishes."
Finca La Emperatriz Crianza 2013 image
Finca La Emperatriz Crianza 2013
Posted Jul 10, 2017[Verified]
VERY NICE INDEED"Black fruit, velvety tannins, reasonable complexity, nice balance, no harshness. What is there not to like"
Les Darons By Jeff Carrel Languedoc 2015 image
Les Darons By Jeff Carrel Languedoc 2015
Posted Jul 10, 2017[Verified]
PLEASING WINE AT A MODEST PRICE"Dark fruit. Nice balance. Tannins are a little sharp. Will be better in a year or so. Improves after being open for an hour or two and still very drinkable the next day. Good value. It is a good reminder that decent wine can be made right in the vat without any oak."
Michel Gassier 'Nostre Pais' Rouge 2012 image
Michel Gassier 'Nostre Pais' Rouge 2012
Posted Jun 11, 2017[Verified]
REMAKABLY GOOD"The surprise with this wine is how good it is. Very pleasant mouth feel, a nice balance with black fruit and soft tannins, interesting complexity and a gentle finish. Improves over the first 20 minutes after opening and pairs well with anything from salmon to hamburgers or steak"
Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo 'Petalos' 2012 image
Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo 'Petalos' 2012
Posted May 18, 2017[Verified]
PLEASING WINE REPRESENTING A GOOD VALUE"The professional review suggests red fruit and herbs on the nose. That was not evident to me. I detected a modest amount of black fruit on the palate with soft tannins and hints of forest floor, some cassis and tobacco leaf. Very pleasant mouth feel with a gentle finish, Highly recommended."
Burgans Albarino 2015 image
Burgans Albarino 2015
Posted May 17, 2017[Verified]
A VERY PLEASANT WHITE WINE AT A GOOD PRICE"This wine possesses a very nice balance of tropical fruits and minerality. There is enough acidity to give the flavors a lift and maintain interest. It is in the style of a Puligny-Montrachet but without the cost ( or, as is to be expected, the complexity). Good value and highly recommended."
Antidoto 'Cepas Viejas' Red Blend 2014 image
Antidoto 'Cepas Viejas' Red Blend 2014
Posted Apr 28, 2017[Verified]
GOOD VALUE BUT NEEDS TIME"Quite pleasant in the mouth but seems a little rustic and a little austere with abundant fine tannins and dark fruit. It was much improved after having been open for 24 hours so I think it needs one to two years more in the bottle for everything to settle down, at which point it should be very nice indeed"
Rafael Reverte 'Cistum' Red 2009 image
Rafael Reverte 'Cistum' Red 2009
Posted Apr 25, 2017
VERY GOOD VALUE AT THE PRICE"To my palate this is an inoffensive but not particularly interesting wine. Tannins have softened as you would expect in a 2009 wine that has been competently made and there is some dark fruit. Quite pleasant in the mouth and would pair well with a wide range of foods. At this price it seems unreasonable to ask for anything more"
Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2013 image
Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2013
Posted Apr 22, 2017[Verified]
NEEDS TIME IN THE BOTTLE"This wine is OK now but it seems clenched and tight. The tannins have not softened and that leaves the wine unbalanced. I tried leaving it open and sampling it over three days but there was little improvement. Its a reasonable buy right now but I suspect it will be a lot more pleasant if it can be put aside for about 3 years."
Bisceglia 'Gudarra' Aglianico del Vulture 2012 image
Bisceglia 'Gudarra' Aglianico del Vulture 2012
Posted Apr 19, 2017[Verified]
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Siete Leguas '7' Blanco 750ml 80prf image
Siete Leguas '7' Blanco 750ml 80prf
Posted Apr 17, 2017[Verified]
INTERESTING AND APPEALING BLANCO"Casa Siete Leguas is my favorite distiller of tequila and I find their Blanco more appealing than their Reposado and their Anejo. As such it represent great value. It has wonderful honest earthiness and a touch of rawness that is distinctive and interesting while avoiding harshness. It offers an appealing complexity and while it can be used to make a good margarita, I prefer it straight with one ice cube and a couple of drops of fresh lime juice."
Casa Castillo Monastrell 2013 image
Casa Castillo Monastrell 2013
Posted Mar 1, 2017[Verified]
JUST OK"I purchased a case thinking this was a Monastrell blend but instead it is 100% Monastrell, otherwise known as Mourvedre. I think therein lies the problem. Somewhat heavy dark fruit, a bit of a scorched taste and some licorice. No lushness. Not really my taste."
Teso La Monja 'Romanico' Tinto de Toro 2014 image
Teso La Monja 'Romanico' Tinto de Toro 2014
Posted Feb 26, 2017[Verified]
ROBUST WINE THAT REPRESENTS GOOD VALUE"Full bodied wine although not heavy or possessed of an excess alcohol level. Dark fruit with evident but quite smooth tannins, quite complex flavors and a pleasant mouth feel. No sharp edges and a nice finish."
Teso La Monja 'Romanico' Tinto de Toro 2012 image
Teso La Monja 'Romanico' Tinto de Toro 2012
Posted Feb 26, 2017
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Bodegas Volver Single Vinyard Tempranillo 2014 image
Bodegas Volver Single Vinyard Tempranillo 2014
Posted Feb 24, 2017[Verified]
BALANCE, COMPLEXITY, VALUE. THIS WINE HAS IT ALL"I think this is a very enjoyable wine with a mouth pleasing balance of black fruit, soft tannins and minerality adding up to a satisfying complexity. Flavours are a little on the soft side and as a result it would pair best with less robust flavored foods. A really nice expression of the Temparinillo grape and very good value. It does benefit from opening an hour or two before drinking and is just as good the next day after opening."
L'Oustal Blanc 'Giocoso' Minervois 2011 image
L'Oustal Blanc 'Giocoso' Minervois 2011
Posted Feb 17, 2017[Verified]
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Pighin Pinot Grigio 2015 image
Pighin Pinot Grigio 2015
Posted Feb 7, 2017[Verified]
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Ben Haines 'B Minor' Shiraz/Marsanne 2015 image
Ben Haines 'B Minor' Shiraz/Marsanne 2015
Posted Jan 20, 2017[Verified]
VERY PLEASANT WINE AND GOOD VALUE"The review by Christopher on the Empire Wine staff is a very accurate and I have nothing to add to that review"
Domaine Lafage 'La Narassa' Red Blend 2014 image
Domaine Lafage 'La Narassa' Red Blend 2014
Posted Jan 20, 2017[Verified]
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CVA Pinyolet Garnacha 2011 image
CVA Pinyolet Garnacha 2011
Posted Oct 27, 2016[Verified]
REALLY LETTING IT OPEN UP IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT"This wine was much better 24 hours after it had been opened. At that time its "sauvage" and somewhat unpleasant character had resolved to a moderately complex and well balanced wine evidencing both red and black fruit characteristics. Mouth feel was pleasant with a harmonious finish. Good value."
Chateau Puech-Haut 'Prestige' Rouge 2013 image
Chateau Puech-Haut 'Prestige' Rouge 2013
Posted Aug 24, 2016[Verified]
PLEASANT GOOD VALUE WINE"Apparently this bottling from the Saint Drezery vineyard is made just for the American market and as such it represents another success from E. Solomon. Dark fruit, has balance and character with gentle but still evident tannins resulting in a pleasing mouth feel and it is easy to pair with fairly robust flavored food."
Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton 2012 image
Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton 2012
Posted Jul 23, 2016[Verified]
OUTSTANDING WINE"Rich full-bodied wine that is quite outstanding. Smooth, complex and pleasant in the mouth. Plenty of lush dark fruit concealing velvety tannins with a mellow finish. Highly recommended."
Bodegas Abanico Hazana Vinas Viejas 2014 image
Bodegas Abanico Hazana Vinas Viejas 2014
Posted May 4, 2016
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Domaine Lafage Bastide 'Miraflors' Rouge 2013 image
Domaine Lafage Bastide 'Miraflors' Rouge 2013
Posted May 4, 2016[Verified]
VERY NICE WINE"Not quite as lush as other Lafage/Solomon collaborations but a very enjoyable wine just the same."
Domaine Montirius Vacqueyras Le Clos 2012 image
Domaine Montirius Vacqueyras Le Clos 2012
Posted Apr 26, 2016[Verified]
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Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2012 image
Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2012
Posted Apr 26, 2016[Verified]
PLEASANT"This is a pleasant enough wine, perhaps a little heavy and somewhat lacking in interest and complexity. Possibly it needs a little more time, but I preferred the 2010"
Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan 2013 image
Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan 2013
Posted Apr 19, 2016[Verified]
LOVELY WINE AND AN EXCEPTIONAL VALUE"I found this wine to be a very pleasant surprise. Not particularly complex but showing nice fruit without being excessive, very pure, good balance with modest soft and gentle tannins and enough acidity to retain interest. I never expected such a satisfying wine made from 100% old world Carignan grapes. Capable of pairing with a wide range of foods. An outstanding value very worthy of 4+ stars if that rating was available."
Domaine Lafage Tessellae 'Old Vines' 2013 image
Domaine Lafage Tessellae 'Old Vines' 2013
Posted Apr 12, 2016[Verified]
NOT TO MY TASTE"Innocuous but uninteresting. Adequate fruit but little else"
Andrew Murray 'Tous les Jours' Syrah 2014 image
Andrew Murray 'Tous les Jours' Syrah 2014
Posted Apr 9, 2016[Verified]
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Cune 'Vina Real' Crianza Tempranillo 2010 image
Cune 'Vina Real' Crianza Tempranillo 2010
Posted Apr 3, 2016[Verified]
BALANCED WINE REPRESENTING VERY GOOD VALUE"I thought this wine was very approachable with enough acidity to taste fresh combined with sufficient mostly black fruit to be very appealing. There are some tannins present but they are well hidden in the fruit so even though the vintage was 6 years ago the wine does not seem old. There is enough complexity to sustain interest and it should pair nicely with a wide variety of foods. This wine is rather gentler than you might expect from this vintner at this price point and as such represents very good value"
Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza 2013 image
Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza 2013
Posted Mar 20, 2016[Verified]
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Izadi Reserva Rioja 2011 image
Izadi Reserva Rioja 2011
Posted Mar 20, 2016[Verified]
"Not as enjoyable as the 2010. It is still quite a good buy at this price but to me it is not as pleasant in the mouth and it lacks some of the lushness of the 2010. Tannins are a little harsh but they may improve with time. This is still a more than satisfactory wine at a decent price."
Finca La Emperatriz Crianza 2011 image
Finca La Emperatriz Crianza 2011
Posted Mar 17, 2016[Verified]
A REASONABLY COMPLEX AND SERIOUS WINE AT A MODEST PRICE"A wine of some depth and complexity that deserves to be drunk at table and pairs well with beef or lamb. It is quite smooth on the palate with a nice complement of black fruit and hints of cassis, cigar box and leather. Fine tannins contribute to structure and aging potential and the finish is pleasant. Still on the young side it benefits from opening about an hour or so before drinking or from working in the glass. A good value for a wine of his type."
Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Old Vines 2013 image
Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Old Vines 2013
Posted Mar 17, 2016[Verified]
VERY PLEASANT WINE AND AN OUTSTANDING VALUE"This is a wine that while it lacks complexity does nevertheless have a very pleasant mouthfeel. There is a nice balance with plenty of black fruit and adequate tannic structure that is soft and hidden nicely in the fruit. It would pair well with a wide variety of foods and represents an excellent value"
Compania Vinedos Iberian 'Yaso' Tinta de Toro 2012 image
Compania Vinedos Iberian 'Yaso' Tinta de Toro 2012
Posted Feb 10, 2016[Verified]
A DECENT WINE THAT REPRESENTS A GOOD VALUE"A pleasant wine expressing a nice balance between black fruit and minerality. Soft tannins, a pleasing mouth feel and a gentle finish. Improves if decanted or if you take the trouble to work it in the glass. Pairs nicely with a broad range of foods"
Izadi Reserva Rioja 2010 image
Izadi Reserva Rioja 2010
Posted Jan 20, 2016[Verified]
VERY PLEASANT WINE AVAILABLE AT A GOOD PRICE"This is a very pleasant wine with nice black fruit, good balance, pleasing mouthfeel, silky tannins and an agreeable finish. Highly recommended"
Aleria XX 270 Syrah 2013 image
Aleria XX 270 Syrah 2013
Posted Jan 12, 2016[Verified]
OF NO SPECIAL INTEREST BUT NOT UNPLEASANT"This Corsican wine from the Aleria region has a nice balance of minerality and black fruit. It has a pleasant mouthfeel with no sharp edges and while it is lacking in tannic structurte it does possess a certain elegance. It is drinking quite well now but seems unlikely to improve further with the passage of time. It is a pleasant wine at a not unreasonable price and you don't often get to taste Corsican wines"
M. Chapoutier 'Bila-Haut' Occultum Lapidem 2013 image
M. Chapoutier 'Bila-Haut' Occultum Lapidem 2013
Posted Dec 14, 2015
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Callejon del Crimen Petit Verdot Gran Reserva 2008 image
Callejon del Crimen Petit Verdot Gran Reserva 2008
Posted Nov 28, 2015[Verified]
OUTSTANDING VALUE"Drinking very well at this time, this Petit Verdot is a complete revelation to me. There is plenty of black fruit but with aging it now presents a most pleasant mouth feel and is very well balanced. Tannins are velvety and absorbed into the fruit and there are interesting gentle hints of forest floor, cigar box and saddle leather. It pairs nicely with most food except delicately flavored fish, there is a pleasant 20-30 second finish and all in all it represents a great bargain"
Domaine Montirius Vacqueyras Le Clos 2010 image
Domaine Montirius Vacqueyras Le Clos 2010
Posted Jun 27, 2015[Verified]
PLEASING WELL MADE VACQUEYRAS"Parker rated this wine at 88+ and I seldom disagree with his ratings but I like this wine very well. It is a deep purple color with a pleasing nose of forest floor, cedar box, smoke, and herbs. There is a pleasing mouth feel with soft tannins well integrated into predominately black fruit with a 20 second or so finish. It would be hard for me to distinguish this very well made wine from a very decent Cotes du Rhone and it certainly represents fair value for the money"
Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon 'La Cueille' NV image
Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon 'La Cueille' NV
Posted Apr 29, 2014[Verified]
QUITE DELIGHTFUL WINE"I cannot write a better review of this wine than the one written by Mike (4/13/2014) with which I completely agree."
La Grand Ribe 'Centenaire' Cotes du Rhone Red 2009 image
La Grand Ribe 'Centenaire' Cotes du Rhone Red 2009
Posted Oct 1, 2013[Verified]
A PRETTY DECENT COTES DU RHONE AT A GREAT PRICE"I think this Cotes du Rhone is a very pleasing wine. It has an aromatic nose consistent with the high Grenache content, a pleasing mouth feel and a well integrated finish of 20 seconds or so. It is a bit more fruit driven than I normally like but it is black fruit so not too sweet and there are some modestly complex undertones of smoke and herbs. There are also some sweet tannins that are hidden in the fruit, enough to give some backbone and longevity. Ready to drink now, I don't think I would want to keep it more than another 2-3 years. There is one other review on the site that finds the wine to be pretty bad. That is not my experience and I wonder if the other bottle could have been corked."
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