EDWARD L — Empire Wine Community

EDWARD L has been a customer since Jun 2006

Reviews (86)

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Pascual Toso Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 image
SMOOTH AND QUAFFABLE
Posted Sep 2, 2021[Verified]

"Very nice, especially for the price. Nice fruit, a hint of chocolate and vanilla on the finish. Very approachable, should satisfy a wide group."

De Martino 'Legado' Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
MAGNIFICENT
Posted Aug 27, 2021[Verified]

"Beautiful balance, fresh acidity, nice fruit and earth tones with a long finish. This was one of 5 or 6 SA cabs and so far, its my favorite of the lot. 18 dollars? So good."

Los Vascos 'Grand Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon Cromas 2018 image
A STEAL AT THIS PRICE
Posted Aug 25, 2021[Verified]

"Another value priced cab from Chile. Strawberry and tart cherry with a clean mineral core. Medium bodied, smooth tannins for a nice finish. This first tasting justifies a do over. Will probably go back for a case."

Bodega Catena Zapata 'Alta' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 image
AT FIRST TASTE, ITS OVERPRICED
Posted Aug 23, 2021[Verified]

"I like it, I like it alot. But after 1st tasting, the price seems high. Low to mid 20s seems more appropriate. Maybe I'll feel different after next tasting, and if so, I will update."

Cabernario No.8 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 image
FABULOUS VALUE
Posted Aug 23, 2021[Verified]

"This cab is everything that is great about South America. Value priced, impeccably crafted, nice balance between fruit and finish. Its hard to believe it can be this good at this price. I also just bought another Chilean cab at 33, that wasn't much better. Will go back for a whole case."

Haras de Pirque 'Hussonet' Gran Rsv Cabernet Sauv 2016 image
VERY POLISHED
Posted Aug 20, 2021[Verified]

"A nice core of black fruit including sour cherry and plum, balanced with a crisp acidity and fine tannins for a very pleasing finish. Napa cabs are awesome but so overpriced compared to South America. This is a really good value."

Antiche Terre Amarone della Valpolicella 2016 image
FINESSE
Posted Jul 19, 2021[Verified]

"Nice balance of flavors. Definitely get the chocolate and black cherry. Has all the earmarks of the stronger and more expensive Amarone, but in a softer version."

Pingus PSI 2018 image
NICE ENOUGH, BUT...
Posted Jul 15, 2021[Verified]

"2nd tasting and I simply cannot see this as a 94/95 at 25 dollars. I have it more like a 91 priced in the high teens. Its certainly tasty, but I think it is overrated and overpriced."

Gary Farrell 'Russian River' Chardonnay 2018 image
WELL BALANCED AND ELEGANT
Posted Jul 7, 2021[Verified]

"Beautiful representation of the Russian River chardonnay. Although I prefer a bit more oak, this still impressed with its balance, structure and finesse. A very good value at this price."

Mettler Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
VERY SOLID CABERNET
Posted Jul 7, 2021[Verified]

"Rich, dense cabernet sauvignon that is typical of the Lodi region in California. A fruit forward delight that should appeal broadly."

Rocca di Frassinello Ornello 2016 image
BEAUTIFUL
Posted Jul 7, 2021[Verified]

"Perfectly balanced with dense fruit followed by fine tannins and a long finish. Amazing to me is that the structure is so defined, I can really taste the difference between the 4 grapes that make up this perfect blend. In my book, its an easy 94."

Beringer 'Knights Valley' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
MORE ACCURATELY A 4.5
Posted May 26, 2021[Verified]

"Rich and balanced, my only issue is the finish. I'd prefer a stronger tannic finish. Lots of fruit, plum and cherry, and a strong oak element, which i love."

Antinori 'Toscana' Villa Antinori Rosso 2017 image
QUALITY TUSCAN
Posted Apr 20, 2021[Verified]

"Mostly sangiovese with smaller amounts of cab, merlot and syrah. Nice clean structure. Versatile red that can work with a wide variety of foods. Great value at this price."

Tolaini Vineyards Al Passo Sangiovese/Merlot/Cab 2017 image
VERY NICE BLEND
Posted Apr 20, 2021[Verified]

"Like a lot of blends, this red didn't take on the specific characteristics of any one of the 3 grapes, sangiovese, merlot or cab. Still, it was very pleasant and a nice value at the price."

Dei 'Vino Nobile' Montepulciano 2017 image
SIMPLY SPECTACULAR
Posted Apr 5, 2021[Verified]

"I have bought other vintages and enjoyed it, but this was amazing. I took two sips, and immediately picked up my phone and ordered a case. I defy you to find a better wine for this price. Complex flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, pepper and spice, backed up by a loooooooooong finish. Can this really be 90 percent Sangiovese? It drinks huge like a Bordeaux or a Cabernet. Amazing."

Petra 'Zingari' Super Toscana IGT 2017 image
NICE VALUE, NICE PRICE, UPDATED TO 5 STARS
Posted Apr 3, 2021[Verified]

"Original Review: No, I can't make it a 93, but its a solid 90 and a very nice quaffing wine at a very good price. Its an unusual blend of 4 reds for an Italian vintner, all at equal 25 percent, Melora, Sangiovese, Petition Verdot and Syrah. Don't get me wrong. Its nice, its tasty and its worth another look, its just not a 93.Updated: After 2nd tasting, I'm making this a 92 and 5 stars. Especially important is the value. At 15 dollars, its pretty amazing. The second tasting also revealed some depth and finesse. Probably going back for a case."

Bodegas Borsao 'Zarihs' Syrah 2016 image
CLEVER NAME, GREAT WINE
Posted Apr 2, 2021[Verified]

"LOL. SHIRAZ spelled backwards? You funny. Its exceptional. I'm familiar with this vintner, having bought their "Tres Picos" many times. A Spanish syrah is a first for me, but its very good. Deep, rich, great fruit, jammy in the Australian style. If you like Shiraz, it will not disappoint. Going back for more."

Sottimano 'Basarin Langhe' Nebbiolo 2019 image
STUNNING WINE FROM A LEGENDARY PRODUCER
Posted Mar 5, 2021[Verified]

"A near perfect representation of Piedmont is found in this Nebbiolo, a grape which is the basis of two Italian gems, Barolo and Barbaresco. Beautiful minerality, and a long finish. If you understand this grape, you'll appreciate this expression."

Chateau De Francs Les Cerisiers Bordeaux 2016 image
TREMENDOUS VALUE
Posted Jan 27, 2021[Verified]

"While it doesn't have the depth of their magnificent 2015 vintage, it is still an incredible value at 17."

Sottimano 'Pairolero' Barbera d'Alba 2018 image
CLASSIC BARBERA D'ALBA
Posted Jan 19, 2021[Verified]

"A good value red from Piedmont which produces my other favorite Italian reds, Barolo and Barbaresco. Earthy notes with a layer of tart cherry running throughout. Good value."

Ornellaia 'Le Volte' IGT Toscana 2018 image
BEAUTIFUL, ELEGANT
Posted Jan 15, 2021[Verified]

"I bought it awhile ago, and just got around to tasting it. My primary reaction is to the excellent balance. Beautiful fruit, nice mid palate, and a elegant finish. Primarily Merlot, the fruit is dominated by bright cherry and currants."

Paolo Scavino Vino Rosso da Tavola 2019 image
NICE TABLE WINE, NOTHING MORE
Posted Jan 5, 2021[Verified]

"Sorry WS, can't make this a 92, more like an 88. Not bad, easy drinking, but not memorable in any way. Surprising, because Scavino is a top Italian vintner."

Dry Creek Vineyards 'Heritage' Zinfandel 2018 image
CONSISTENTLY GOOD
Posted Dec 17, 2020[Verified]

"I've bought this a few vintages in a row. Consistently very good, especially at this price point."

Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee Le Bec 2018 image
BEAUTIFUL BLEND
Posted Nov 7, 2020[Verified]

"I normally favor varietals over blends, but this is spectacular. Beckman in known for their Syrahs, and this cuvee has a core of Sarah, along with grenache and other reds. Perfect balance of fruit. Fresh, enough acid to provide a nice finish and a good pairing with food. Going back for more."

Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016 image
REALLY SUPERB
Posted Oct 25, 2020[Verified]

"Beautiful expression of Sangiovese in this delicious red. Very hard to beat in this price range. As good as a quaffing wine as it is a serious red than can pair nicely with a hearty meal."

Tommasi 'Ripasso' Valpolicella 2017 image
VERY GOOD
Posted Oct 22, 2020[Verified]

"In Italian wines, "ripassa" means to "re pass" the wine a 2nd time over the skins (pomace) of Amarone, which imparts more tannins leading to higher alcohol, improved structure and a longer finish. The fruit in this Valpolicella is abundant, and this is a great value. I'm going back for more."

Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2018 image
SATISFACTORY
Posted Oct 21, 2020[Verified]

"A decent Barbara. Good depth of flavor, nice and round. Very drinkable, although I prefer a bit more structure and a drier finish."

Bodegas Caro 'Amancaya' Red Blend 2017 image
MISLED BY "EXPERT" REVIEWS
Posted Oct 16, 2020[Verified]

"Full disclosure, I'm not a big fan of Malbec. And I never would have bought this if I knew is was 72 pct Malbec, 28 Cabernet Sauvignon. Note the errors on that data in the ratings above. No big deal, if you like Malbec."

Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 image
EXCEPTIONAL
Posted Sep 28, 2020[Verified]

"Simply spectacular. A perfect expression of Chianti. Cherry, blackberry and perfect balance. A long and elegant finish. Agree with the experts, 93/94. Definitely will repurchase"

Cune 'Vina Real' Crianza Tempranillo 2016 image
AMAZING RIOJA FOR THE PRICE
Posted Sep 21, 2020[Verified]

"C'mon, this good for 13? Amazing. I admit I love Riojas in general and the Tempranillo grape. This is really good."

Mettler Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 image
REALLY NICE FOR THE PRICE
Posted Sep 19, 2020[Verified]

"Beautiful fruit bomb, emblematic of Lodi. Shoukd appeal to a wide variety of folks. Dense, inky purple and full bodied. Soft tannins and a medium finish. Mettler is producing some great wines of late."

Courtney Benham Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
IT'S BETTER THAN OK
Posted Sep 17, 2020[Verified]

"Nice quaffing wine. For 16, I was not expecting much, but after the second tasting I was pretty impressed, so this review represents an update. Cherry, strawberry and mild tannins. I enjoyed it, and I'd rate it a very respectable 91."

Bodegas Lan 'Gran Reserva' Rioja 2011 image
INCREDIBLE
Posted Sep 12, 2020[Verified]

"Beautiful dense, rich, fruit bomb. I love this vintner, I've been buying Bodegas Lan wines for 20+ years. Black fruit, cherry and vanilla. Its perfect."

Lapostolle 'Cuvee Alexander' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
VERY GOOD, BUT...
Posted Aug 31, 2020[Verified]

"IMO, it doesn't match the overall depth of the 2 previous vintages '16 and '17. Good fruit and nice balance, but a weak finish and indistinct tannins."

La Rioja Alta 'Vina Ardanza' Rioja Reserva Especial 2010 image
SPECTACULAR
Posted Jul 31, 2020[Verified]

"On the nose, beautiful fruit including cherry, strawberry and blackberry. Nicely integrated oak gives a mid palate hint of vanilla and leather. The finish is long and luxurious. You will not likely find a better expression of a perfectly crafted Rioja"

Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2015 image
VERY GOOD
Posted Jun 14, 2020[Verified]

"Tart cherry and blackberry. Nice long finish. Pretty hard to beat at this price. These guys are very consistent year after year. Equally good for quaffing and pairing with beef."

Teso La Monja Almirez Toro 2016 image
MAGNIFICENT
Posted May 24, 2020[Verified]

"I've bought this a few vintages in a row, and I was actually chasing a repurchase of the 2015, but that inventory was gone. No problemo, a quick note to Empire produced the 2016, and this is spectacular. Inky purple in color, full bodied, with notes of chocolate and tobacco. A long finish supported by nicely integrated tannins."

Travaglini 'Gattinara' Nebbiolo 2016 image
DECENT, NOT GREAT
Posted Apr 27, 2020[Verified]

"Good structure, long finish. A pretty classic expression of Nebbiolo. My only complaint is that it seems a tad overpriced. I'd like it at 18, overpriced at 26."

Podere Brizio Rosso di Montalcino 2016 image
IT'S A BABY BRUNELLO
Posted Mar 6, 2020[Verified]

"On the nose, black cherry and ripe strawberries. Rich, and medium bodied, with plenty superfine tannins and juicy, mouthwatering acidity to create a long finish. Easy drinking, but complex enough to evolve with 3 to 5 years of cellaring. A spectacular buy, trust me."

Seghesio Barbera d'Alba 2017 image
NEVER DISAPPOINTS
Posted Mar 5, 2020[Verified]

"I've bought this many different years, and its consistently good, and a great value. Barbera is one of the primary grapes in Piedmont, although a softer style than Nebbiolo. Easy drinking, nice fruit, versatile"

Castello Di Volpaia Chianti Classico 2017 image
NICE BALANCE AND FINISH, BUT..
Posted Mar 5, 2020[Verified]

"Tart cherry, white pepper and floral notes. There is also a layer of minerals in the background. The finish is long and the tannins are refined. However, after 3re tasting, I've decided it's a bit too light for my liking"

Marco & Vittorio Adriano 'Basarin' Barbaresco 2016 image
EXCEPTIONAL BARGAIN
Posted Jan 23, 2020[Verified]

"I'm very familiar with Barbaresco and Italian wines made with Nebbiolo. Most of what I drink has a floor of 40 dollars. That said, this is pretty amazing at this price. Tart cherry and strawberry, with very fine tannins. It's pretty young, so its reasonable to expect some further depth with time."

Justin Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 image
CONSISTENT
Posted Jan 13, 2020[Verified]

"I haven't had Justin cab in a few years, but it was an early (10+ years ago) favorite and it remains a very good expression of the Paso Robles region in California. Fruit forward with nice balance and a medium finish."

Chateau De Francs Les Cerisiers Bordeaux 2015 image
BEAUTIFUL BORDEAUX
Posted Jan 7, 2020[Verified]

"Luscious Bordeaux that really shows the influence of the Merlot (90pct). Nice bit of oak, along with cherry and blackberries. I'm going right back for a case. Great value. Update: After I drank the first bottle, I went back and bought 16 more, and 1 day later, it was all gone. When you find something you like, snatch it up."

Marchesi di Barolo 'Maraia' Barbera Monferrato 2017 image
REALLY GOOD VALUE
Posted Jan 6, 2020[Verified]

"Too bad it's already gone. I'd rarely find a wine at this price interesting, but this was a nice, very drinkable quaffing wine"

Terra Noble Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 image
AMAZING VALUE
Posted Jan 4, 2020[Verified]

"I'll continue to say that the best values in Cabernet are in So. America, and this is no exception. Nicely balanced between fruit and finish, and good structure. Decent finish, although I'd prefer a bit more grip. But this should appeal to a wide section of consumers."

Sette Ponti Crognolo 2015 image
SPECTACULAR
Posted Nov 6, 2019[Verified]

"This blend of Sangiovese and Merlot is beautifully balanced. Fresh and lively, with a long finish, I rate this Super Tuscan at a solid 93-94. This is the 3rd time I've bought it. Its becoming a must-have favorite."

Beringer 'Knights Valley' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 image
AFTER 2ND TASTING, I LOVE IT
Posted Sep 30, 2019[Verified]

"I like it, it has nice balance, but initially seemed a bit lacking in structure. Second testing revealed the tannins to be a bit more pronounced creating a longer finish and a better candidate to pair with food. This is a very good value."

Pentimento Montagne-St.Emilion 2014 image
SIMPLY DELIGHTFUL
Posted Sep 28, 2019[Verified]

"Main flavors on first taste were tart cherry and white pepper. A spicy background reminiscent of a red zinfandel. I just quaffed, and haven't paired it with food yet, but I could go all night with this approach. Only bought 6, so I will do a quick repeat."

Teso La Monja Almirez Toro 2015 image
CONSISTENTLY AWESOME
Posted May 26, 2019[Verified]

"This is my 4th or 5th consecutive vintage purchased. It just gets better every year. It's a crazy good value, that is as drinkable now as it is age worthy. 2015 vintage was rated 94, and here us the evidence."

Chateau de Laussac Cotes de Castillon 2015 image
REALLY EXCELLENT
Posted May 26, 2019[Verified]

"So I learned a couple things... Merlot is the primary grape of Cotes de Castillon, and wines of this style are still very typically a Bordeaux. This is beautifully balanced, and surprisingly big. It's a definite do-over."

Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 image
VERY GOOD
Posted Jan 29, 2019[Verified]

"Liked it, although I expect it will benefit from a few years aging. I'd like the tannins a bit stronger to support the finish. Very drinkable."

Lapostolle 'Cuvee Alexander' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 image
EXCELLENT
Posted Jan 29, 2019[Verified]

"Having just finished my last bottle of the 2014 vintage, I ordered a case of the 15. I like it almost as much, and I expect it to age nicely and gain even more complexity"

Dry Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 image
CONSISTENTLY VERY GOOD
Posted Jan 29, 2019[Verified]

"I have bought this 4-5 years in a row. It's always very good as is their Heritage Clone Zinfandel"

Villa Pillo 'Borgoforte'  Red 2014 image
WHAT?
Posted Jan 7, 2019[Verified]

"Look, it's ok. But I'm sorry, Wine Spectator its not a top 25. I'd call this a drinkable table red, but nothing more. Don't get me wrong, its fine for the price, but that's as far as I can go."

Lapostolle 'Cuvee Alexander' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 image
FANTASTIC, WISH I BOUGHT MORE
Posted Jan 7, 2019[Verified]

"Unfortunately, my review comes after stock is depleted. But this was spectacular. I'm going to try to find more. A cab that is this rich for $17 is an amazing deal."

Paolo Scavino Nebbiolo 2016 image
VERY GOOD
Posted Dec 3, 2018[Verified]

"While I don't agree this could be sold as a Barolo, I do concur that it's a good predictor of future Barolos from this vintage, and a typical Nebbiolo. Some may find it a bit too austere, but I appreciate the structure and adherence to Piemonte standards for this grape."

Teso La Monja Almirez Toro 2014 image
FANTASTIC
Posted Dec 3, 2018[Verified]

"Big, bold and balanced. I'm just now buying my 3rd case."

Emilio Moro Tempranillo 2015 image
TRADITIONAL
Posted Mar 2, 2018[Verified]

"Only tasted 1st bottle. More accurately a 3.5 rating. It's a typical i.e., old world Tempranillo. Perhaps not as big as my tastes run, but I love my reds big and bold. Versatile"

Obalo Rioja Reserva 2010 image
OUTSTANDING
Posted Mar 2, 2018[Verified]

"Inky purple in color, medium to full bodied, beautiful fruit. Super complex finish. Big enough to stand up to beef, but also great as a cheese/salami quaffing wine. Predict it can go 10-15 years easily. I nought 4, next order will be at least a case"

Dry Creek Vineyards Heritage Clone Zinfandel 2015 image
IN A WORD, SUPERB
Posted Jan 28, 2018[Verified]

"Probably my 4th year in a row buying this, and simply beautiful. Medium to full body, deep cherry and BlackBerry, and the thing I crave most about Red Zin, that peppery, spicy finish. It's a gift at this price. I'll buy another case in a few weeks."

Bodegas Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2014 image
VERY NICE
Posted Jan 26, 2018[Verified]

"This is a nice surprise, especially for the money. Very balanced, medium bodied, with a better finish than I expected. Very good value."

Finca Decero 'Remolinos Vnyd' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 image
PHENOMENAL VALUE
Posted Feb 20, 2017[Verified]

"Beautiful balance, lots of cherry and black fruit on the nose. At $14, this is a tremendous bargain. I've bought it twice, and will likely get another case"

Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo 'Petalos' 2013 image
I LOVE IT
Posted Mar 14, 2016[Verified]

"I get blueberry and chalk on the nose, and tart cherry and strawberry on the palate. The tannins are buttery and smooth. Medium body. A great value, I will reorder more."

Teso La Monja Almirez Toro 2012 image
4.5 STARS AND LOOKING UP
Posted Mar 14, 2016[Verified]

"Inky, purple and full-bodied. Lots of nose, including black cherry, blackberry and granite. The difference on the finish was huge between just quaffing and having with food. In the latter case, finish was long and complex. I expect this muscular red to improve significantlying with 2-4 years of cellaring."

Chateau La Croix Lartigue Cotes de Castillon 2010 image
BEAUTIFUL NOW, ALSO LIKELY TO IMPROVE
Posted Mar 1, 2016[Verified]

"Undertones of mocha and coffee pairing nicely with dense fruit flavors. I find this very well balanced, and worthy of reordering. My actual rating is 4.5."

Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 image
BEAUTIFUL CAB
Posted May 21, 2015[Verified]

"Classic Napa cabernet, fruit forward, integrated tannins and nice backbone of oak. Easily drinks like a $35 cab."

Mount Eden 'Wolff Vineyard' Chardonnay 2012 image
SUPERB VALUE
Posted May 21, 2015[Verified]
La Rioja Alta 'Vina Ardanza' Rioja Reserva 2005 image
BIG AND BOLD
Posted Apr 7, 2015

"Great Rioja. Big enough to stand up any dish, smooth enough for quaffing with cheese and olives."

Nobilo Wines 'Icon' Sauvignon Blanc 2013 image
CRISP AND REFRESHING
Posted Jan 6, 2015

"Very nice SB from Marlborough. A bit less grapefruit compared to my other favorite Whitehaven"

Vietti 'Tre Vigne' Barbera d'Asti 2011 image
NICE BARBERA
Posted Jun 19, 2014[Verified]

"This would be a typical ( that means good, BTW) Barbera d'Asti. When I say typical, I mean less tannic, so I disagree with ST rating in that regard. The fruit is deep and rich. Although I generally prefer a bit more grip from the tannins, as can be found with the Barberas from Alba, this still rates nicely."

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2013 image
CLASSIC NZ SB
Posted Dec 7, 2013

"Crisp, clean and refreshing. Notes of grapefruit, lime and green grass makes this my favorite, especially at this modest price. Crisp and dry with high acidity, makes this a perfect match with rich shellfish or pasta with cream sauce."

Moccagatta 'Bric Balin' Barbaresco 2010 image
NEVER DISAPPOINTS
Posted Dec 7, 2013[Verified]

"This is not a review of the 2010, because I won't be opening it for 5 years or more. But i have bought this wine every year starting in 1998. It is a must-have for any serious wine drinker. I just drank my first of the 2000 vintage and it was magnificent. I confess that I love the nebbiolo grape, and all the wines that come from it... Barbaresco, Barolo and Barbera. I post this review to encourage those who haven't tried to dive in. Molto bene"

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2012 image
CRISP AND REFRESHING
Posted Sep 28, 2013

"Crisp and acidic, this SB was perfect with lobster and drawn butter. Notes of grapefruit. Great with food or just quaffing on a hot summer day."

Bodegas Lan Rioja Reserva 2007 image
BEAUTIFUL
Posted May 17, 2013[Verified]

"A bit different because there's a nice layer of oak running through it. A very pleasant surprise. This is one of my fave Spanish vintners."

Terrasses de Frigoulet Coteaux du Languedoc 2011 image
BEAUTIFUL FOR THE PRICE
Posted May 17, 2013[Verified]

"$9? Hard for me to ever get excited at that range, but this drinks like a $15 Cotes du Rhone, but better because it's more muscular"

Araldica 'Albera' Barbera d'Asti 2012 image
VERY NICE BARBERA
Posted Feb 1, 2013[Verified]

"I am a huge fan of the nebbiolo grape, and my collection includes many Barolos and Barbarescos. But this Barbera di Asti is the best I have ever tasted under $10. I generally buy Barbera d'Alba, and usually pay high teens. Very good value here."

Falesco Vitiano Rosso IGT 2012 image
ANOTHER YEAR, SAME GREAT WINE
Posted Feb 1, 2013[Verified]

"Falesco Vitiano is just one of those value reds you can buy year after year..it's always good. And at $9? Great value."

Chateau Lilian Ladouys St. Estephe 2009 image
BEAUTIFUL NOW
Posted Mar 26, 2012[Verified]

"I bought 6, but am going back for a case. If I really try, maybe I can actually lay a few down for aging. I give this a 93 now, but I could see the score rising 1-3 points depending. Very balanced."

Buehler Zinfandel 2009 image
BALANCE AND FINESSE
Posted Nov 26, 2011[Verified]

"A classic zin with beautiful balance. Big enough to enjoy with a steak but equally-satisfying just for quaffing or with appetizers. Hints of berry and cheery with a layer of vanilla and oak."

La Crema 'Monterey' Chardonnay 2009 image
RICH AND THICK
Posted Jun 21, 2011

"The chard is rich and thick on the palette allowing the fruits and honey to linger until the butterscotch shows. For <$15? That's crazy good."

MacRostie Chardonnay 2009 image
EVERYTHING IN BALANCE
Posted Jun 21, 2011[Verified]

"This is a beautifully crafted chardonnay from Sonoma that nicely balances the citrus and green apple with a faint layer of butterscotch and oak. Nicely structured so that every layer presents itself."

Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 image
TOP NOTCH CABERNET VALUE
Posted Apr 25, 2011[Verified]

"If you like your Cabernets with structure, it is hard to imagine a better offering at $18. The fine tannins give this vintage the all important grip that seems to be missing from so many value-priced cabs these days. Although I am sure this will age very nicely, even now the pleasure factor is high."

Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet 2009 image
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL
Posted Jan 23, 2011[Verified]

"I had been spoiled by the St.Michelle 'Canoe Ridge' Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 @ $26.95, so I decided to dive this a try. The 90 rating from WS is well-deserved. Mouth-filling and fruit-forward, but everyting in perfect balance. Considering the price @ $13< this is a steal!"

Bodegas Lan 'Culmen' Rioja Reserva 2005 image
VERY IMPRESSIVE RIOJA
Posted Jul 19, 2010[Verified]

"1st tasting 7/18/10, and although very complex and well-structured, I believe it could benefit from another year or two of cellaring to smooth out the tannins."

Cht St. Michelle 'Canoe Ridge' Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 image
BEAUTIFUL CABERNET AT BARGAIN PRICE
Posted Jun 22, 2010[Verified]

"This is a very fine effort from Cht St.Michelle, who may not be thought of as a producer of fine Cabernets. The 2007 is a nicely-balanced cab, integrating the fruit, oak and tannins nicely. In my view, Napa cabs of equal quality would be $10-15 higher. I would score this a 91-92."

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