Mike Q — Empire Wine Community

Mike Q has been a customer since Dec 2010

Reviews (30)

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Bodegas Lan 'Gran Reserva' Rioja 2010 image
Posted Aug 27, 2019[Verified]

"Excellent wine! I drink it regularly along with the the reserve and grand reserve. Great value in wine."

Albert Mann Pinot Blanc 2016 image
DELICATE AND DELICIOUS
Posted Apr 7, 2019

"This little gem from Alsace is all about subtle pleasures. The nose is a gentle aroma of freshly sliced apples and pears. The wine has a mild honeyed note with a gentle spice on the backbone. The finish has the perfect amount of acidity to keep you going for another sip. Pair this beauty with warm afternoons in the backyard Enjoy!"

Bonnet Rouge Gamay 2013 image
GAMAY DONE RIGHT
Posted Nov 12, 2018

"This value driven Beaujolais hits all the right notes. Juicy raspberry, plum and cherry notes are evident right up front. There is a delicate herbaceous nose that leads into an almost slight meatiness in the finish that makes this a great value at an incredible price. Pair this French gem with anything, and I mean anything."

Domaine la Monardiere Vacqueyras Les 2 Monardes 2014 image
A FLAVOR PACKED BEAUTY FROM THE RHONE
Posted Aug 6, 2018

"Silky tannins and an array of raspberry and cherry notes sing all the way through this wine. It has an herbaceous note to it with some cracked pepper and rosemary that demands lamb stew. This has great depth without being over the top, a great example from this region."

Sean Thackrey Pleiade II 2012 image
FUN, FUNKY, REALLY COOL WINE
Posted Mar 2, 2018

"This Viognier based blend from Sean Thackrey was a blast to drink. The nose was an inviting lemon curd that drew you right in. A very pleasant oily texture holds together bright notes of apricot and peach. There is plenty of acidity that keeps you going for another glass and would be killer with seafood."

Clos des Fous 'Pour Ma Gueule' Blend 2015 image
THE PERFECT EVERY DAY RED
Posted Feb 4, 2018

""Pour Ma Guele " is a French term for a stash of wine that winemakers save for family and friends. That phrase fits perfectly as this blend is the perfect bottle to open for a night in with friends. Bright and attractive red berries hit your pallet immediately. The flavors then transform into deep black fruits with a light peppery finish that will be the best friend to any hearty stew. Stock up on this gem and you won't be sorry."

Calendal Plan de Dieu Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2014 image
YOU COULDN'T ASK FOR MORE
Posted Nov 13, 2017

"Truly one of the hidden gems of the Rhone. Sweet raspberries are met with a warming spice on the finish. Seamless fine tannins coincide with an array of red and black fruits .The nose has a pretty floral characteristic that just draws you in. Everything about this wine screams for a table full of Turkey day treats. Enjoy!"

Casa Castillo El Molar 2015 image
ANOTHER AMAZING DEAL FROM SPAIN
Posted Aug 21, 2017

"Jumilla is constantly putting out incredible values and this is a perfect example. The body has elegant notes of red and black currant that with a subtle herbaceous spice on the finish. With just a little bit of aeration a gentle milk chocolate note emerges that brings everything together. This is a stunning wine and if it was from a more popular region could go for twice the price."

Manni Nossing Gruner Veltliner 2015 image
A REAL WINNER FROM ALTO ADIGE
Posted Jun 12, 2017

"This wine packs a punch for a Gruner. You are greeted right away with a very fresh floral nose. Ripe melon fruit, a touch of under ripe apple refreshes your whole palate. Just the right amount of minerality and spice pair with the acidity for the ultimate food pairing wine. Whenever in doubt of a white wine for a pairing, don't fret and just grab a Gruner. Enjoy!"

Conreria d'Scala Dei - Black Slate 'La Morera' Blanc 2015 image
KEPT ME GOING BACK FOR ANOTHER GLASS
Posted Apr 10, 2017

"This is a beautifully structured wine that was balanced and easy drinking. Bright stone fruits are present but never dominating the palate. The nose is alluringly floral and finishes off with a hint of minerality. This is an easy win for dinner and shouldn't be passed up."

Saint Jean du Barroux L'Argile Ventoux 2013 image
FLAVORS THAT JUST WON'T QUIT
Posted Feb 26, 2017

"This is truly a beautiful bottle from Ventoux. At the center is a wonderfully dense flavor of Kirsch that stays with the wine even after being open for 2 days. There is a subtle spice in the finish that works well with the raspberry overtones. This is a big wine and should be enjoyed with a big meal, think blue cheese encrusted rib eye."

Alessandro & Gian Fantino Barbera d' Alba 2014 image
COULDN'T ASK FOR MORE
Posted Nov 7, 2016

"This Barbera truly took me by surprise with a more old world style for sure. A rich center of sweet cherries hits you on every sip. Lingering black fruits with a subtle earthiness wrap around the wine. There is a slight smokiness that really elevated the wine. This is truly a stand out you must try."

Entrefaux Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2014 image
NOTHING BEATS A GOOD SYRAH
Posted Oct 2, 2016

"This is an unbelievable value for what you're getting in this bottle. Beautiful rich black fruit emerge after only a short amount of aeration. The finish is a lip smacking smokey grilled meat flavor that cannot be missed. Pair this with any hearty stew and you will be a very happy person."

Chateau Maris 'Le Carignan' Carignan 2013 image
AMAZING EVERYDAY RED
Posted Sep 4, 2016

"Chateau Maris never fails to impress me with the quality they produce at an amazing price. This 100% Carignan is light bodied but that doesn't mean light on flavor. There is great minerality mixed within the black fruits that all lead to a clean finish. This is a real knock out value that you shouldn't hesitate to try."

Louis-Claude Desvignes Morgon Côte du Py 2013 image
CRU BEAUJOLAIS FOR THE WIN
Posted Aug 1, 2016

"Beaujolais has always been one of my favorite wines and the Louis-Claude is a perfect example of why. Deep rich black fruits intertwined with a spicy herbal note. This beauty leaves off the flavor with a slight bitter chocolate on the finish. Drink now or cellar, this gem will do nothing but continue to impress."

F. Boschis 'Vigna dei Prey' Dolceto di Dogliani 2013 image
INTENSE FLAVOR!
Posted Jun 30, 2016

"This is the wine for people who are growing bored with Cabernet. This has plenty of fruit to back it up it's acidity. Black fruits with just the right amount of spice on the finish. There is a fine sandalwood note that can almost be missed if not careful. Truly unique and worth trying."

Bodegas Tandem Ars Nova 2010 image
COULDN'T ASK FOR MORE
Posted May 23, 2016

"This wine has everything I look for in a valued wine. Very approachable but filled with gentle complexities that keeps you going for another glass. Rich black currant is met with a slight leather and spice note on the finish. A hint of sweetness and a bit of smoke work together in complete unison. It's hard to find a wine at this price that has so many unique flavors that work so perfectly well together."

Tensley 'Los Padres' Grenache 2012 image
AMAZING WEST COAST GRENACHE
Posted Apr 29, 2016

"This Grenache from the famous Syrah producer, Tensley, is a ton of flavor for the money. Rich, slightly sweet, black fruits hits you first followed by some slight lingering spice and iron notes. Every sip has you searching, trying to figure out that new flavor you just encountered. A real complex treasure for under $20."

Aldo Rainoldi 'Sassella' Nebbiolo 2011 image
AMAZING BALANCE AND FINESSE
Posted Apr 1, 2016

"Wonderfully light without being thin. This wine offers a shocking amount of flavors that don't overpower each other, but work together to create an amazing sipping wine. Blue and black fruits with a hint of herbal overtone and laced with a nice minerality."

Xavier '100%' Cotes-du-Rhone 2012 image
A KNOCKOUT RHONE
Posted Feb 23, 2016

"The moment this wine opens up you are encountered with such a complexity of flavor you'd be shocked you didn't pay twice as much. Black raspberry and a hint of kirsch are greeted with a light lingering spice. This nose gives off voluptuous notes of blue and black fruits. Pair this with a hearty meal because this is a huge wine for under $20."

J.J. Vincent Julienas 'La Conseillere' 2010 image
Posted Feb 2, 2016

"With a nose that will make you feel like you're standing on the vineyard, this Beaujolais has held up beautifully. Delicate finish of strawberries with slight iron notes tying it all together."

Vinas Del Cenit Demora 2007 image
KEEPS YOU GOING FOR ANOTHER GLASS
Posted Oct 26, 2015

"This wine is a knock out for the price. Subtle oak notes keeps the fruit from being overwhelming. Seamless notes of cherry and raspberry woven with a hint of spice makes this a serious contender for your Thanksgiving wine."

Marcel LaPierre Morgon 2013 image
ONE OF MY LONG TIME FAVORITES
Posted Oct 4, 2015

"I look forward to the next release of this Beaujolais every year. This years has been no disappointment in that anticipation. Delicate notes of cherries are laced with a slight iron note that holds it all together. So light in color that you will be amazed at the wonderful nose of this gem. This is so perfect on its own just pair it with whatever's for dinner tonight!"

Wilfred Rousse Chinon Les Puys 2009 image
A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF CAB FRANC
Posted Sep 6, 2015

"This should be a must try for any fans of Cabernet Franc. Juicy black fruit right up front followed by a lingering spice makes this an excellent pairing for barbecued chicken. Surprisingly complex and never over the top, I recommend this to anyone who loves the varietal or is just wanting to try something new."

Domaine Gaget Morgon Cote du Py 2011 image
GAMAY FOR THE WIN
Posted Aug 1, 2015

"This wonderful Beaujolais comes across in way that should appease both fans of old world and new world tastes. There is a wonderful assortment of cherries and black currant that are accompanied by a rustic charm of black tea and a slight meatiness to the finish. Easy drinking and yet complex at the same time, an easy winner."

Domaine Sorin Terra Amata Rose 2014 image
A STANDOUT PROVENCE ROSE
Posted Jun 15, 2015

"This is one of the most flavorful Provence Rose's I have ever had the pleasure of trying. The nose offers up rich floral notes that compliment any summer day. The body is full of ripe peach and grapefruit that are accented by a mild spice. This is a shockingly complex Rose that has you thinking about all the flavors long after your last sip."

Terre Nere 'Le Vigne Niche' Etna Bianco 2012 image
OUTSTANDING FLAVOR THAT NEVER ENDS
Posted May 14, 2015

"This is a gorgeous white that is impressively complex without being over the top. A light creamy caramelized apple is the first thing you will notice. This is quickly livened up with a finish of lemon zest. All the nuances of a Chardonnay with the refreshing brightness of a Sauvignon Blanc, this a white wine in a league of its own."

Marco & Vittorio Adriano Barbaresco Basarin 2010 image
A SERIOUS RED NOT TO BE MISSED
Posted Apr 8, 2015

"Marco & Vittorio Barbaresco is a beautiful example of Barbaresco at a fraction of the price. The vibrant acidity is balanced wonderfully by notes of crushed cherry that makes you crave a Ribeye Steak. A seamless finish of spice and minerals have you reaching for another glass. A serious contender to be enjoyed now or cellar for a few years."

Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon 'La Cueille' NV image
PERFECT SPRING WINE
Posted Apr 13, 2014

"Nothing says spring like a glass of this sparkling Gamay. This off dry bubbly with a slightly tart cherry flavor has you going for another sip immediately. Strawberry, cherry and other dark fruits mix together with a slight creaminess that can compliment any light appetizer, preferably enjoyed out on the deck. This will undoubtedly change the minds of anyone who has been hesitant about sparkling Rose and reassure those who know they do nothing but enhance a beautiful day."

Cantine dei Notaio 'Repetorio' Aglianico del Vulture 2010 image
A GREAT INTRODUCTION TO AGLIANICO
Posted Feb 23, 2014

"I have always been a fan of Aglianico and the Cantine dei Notaio did not disappoint. A truly complex red that ranges from medium to heavy bodied seamlessly between flavors. There is a slight tart cherry flavor on the first sip that works perfectly with a finish of strawberries and a just a hint of chocolate on the nose. This varietal is a gem out of Southern Italy that most people miss out on. Think Nebbiolo meets Chianti..Bold enough to stand on its own or a perfect companion to a nice steak dinner."

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