Bert P — Empire Wine Community

Bert P has been a customer since Mar 2012

Reviews (77)

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Smoke Tree Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2018 image
Smoke Tree Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2018
Posted Jan 30, 2023[Verified]
GREAT PINOT"Check all the boxes on this Pinot NoirGreat complex fruit and nose at a ridiculous price."
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Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2021
Posted Nov 1, 2022[Verified]
GREAT REASONABLE WHITE"Fruity with stone fruit notes. Great with seafood, chicken, and pork."
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Powers Syrah 2018
Posted Oct 20, 2022[Verified]
GREAT DOMESTIC SYRAH"This is an excellent medium bodied red with lots of blackberry and currant notes. Great with a burger, steak or just a good pizza. Highly recommend."
Bodegas Luzon Colleccion Crianza 2016 image
Bodegas Luzon Colleccion Crianza 2016
Posted Oct 5, 2022
GREAT CRIANZA"You can believe the winery's description a delicious complex rich red."
Santa Ema 'Reserve' Merlot 2018 image
Santa Ema 'Reserve' Merlot 2018
Posted Oct 4, 2022[Verified]
GREAT DISTINCT MERLOT"While not for everyone I love this rich red with chocolate and vanilla notes. Great with red meats, stews and hearty sauces."
Wente Vineyards 'Morning Fog' Chardonnay 2020 image
Wente Vineyards 'Morning Fog' Chardonnay 2020
Posted Jul 21, 2022[Verified]
NICE CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY"Wente vineyards produce wonderful Chardonnay and their Morning Fog is great one with lots of melon and a buttery finish. Priced for everyday drinking and a perfect accompaniment to seafood, chicken, pasta, and milder cheeses."
Famiglia Castellani Collesano Sangiovese 2016 image
Famiglia Castellani Collesano Sangiovese 2016
Posted May 30, 2022[Verified]
VERY GENERIC ITALIAN RED"There's really nothing to me that stands out about this Sangiovese. It's one dimensional with some spice notes. There are much better takes on this varietal."
Masciarelli Montepulciano D' Abruzzo 2019 image
Masciarelli Montepulciano D' Abruzzo 2019
Posted Jan 3, 2022[Verified]
GREAT RED/GREAT PRICE"Wonderful medium bodied red. Lots of ripe cherry notes. 9 dollars...a no brainer!!"
Castello Monaci 'Liante' Salice Salentino 2019 image
Castello Monaci 'Liante' Salice Salentino 2019
Posted Dec 6, 2021[Verified]
WEAK REPRESENTATION OF THIS GRAPE"Little nose or taste. Very disappointed after subbing this for a similar wine (Cantele) that was out of stock."
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Jas du Lauzon Grenache-Clairette 2019
Posted Aug 4, 2021[Verified]
WONDERFUL FRENCH WHITE"Citrus with herbaceous notes. Wonderful accompaniment for seafood or poultry."
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Chateau Lascaux Coteaux du Languedoc 2019
Posted Jul 5, 2021[Verified]
VERY SOLID FRENCH RED"After watching a PBS food show that featured this vineyard we did a search and found this great red. Great full body fruit forward with earthy undertones."
Terre Nere 'Etna Rosso' Nerello Masclese 2019 image
Terre Nere 'Etna Rosso' Nerello Masclese 2019
Posted Jun 22, 2021[Verified]
GREAT LIGHT BODIED ITALIAN RED
Velistsikhe Veranda Rkatsiteli Orange Wine 2018 image
Velistsikhe Veranda Rkatsiteli Orange Wine 2018
Posted Jun 2, 2021[Verified]
NOT A FAVORITE"Nothing about this wine appealed to me. Very dry with a bitter edge."
Calabretta 'Cala Cala' Rosso NV image
Calabretta 'Cala Cala' Rosso NV
Posted Mar 27, 2021[Verified]
SUPERB SICILIAN RED"A wonderful complex red with a lot of red fruit character. Very reasonable for a wine this good."
Martin Ray 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2018 image
Martin Ray 'Sonoma' Pinot Noir 2018
Posted Mar 25, 2021[Verified]
SOLID PINOT NOIR"Nice medium bodied red with good flavor and depth."
Raeburn Winery Chardonnay 2018 image
Raeburn Winery Chardonnay 2018
Posted Mar 2, 2021[Verified]
TOP NOTCH CHARDONNAY"Recommended by Empire staff, this Chardonnay is an excellent wine with creamy vanilla notes, and melon flavor. The oak is balanced and does not overpower the wine's essence. Reasonably priced for a wine of this quality."
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Bogle Vineyards 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2017
Posted Jan 9, 2021[Verified]
A GREAT INEXPENSIVE ZIN"This is a rich, spicy Zin. Complex in character with spice and full bodied red fruit."
Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Grenache/Syrah 2017 image
Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Grenache/Syrah 2017
Posted Dec 31, 2020[Verified]
EXCELLENT FRENCH BLEND"A blend with a wonderful nose of cherries and a spicy finish. Perfect accompaniment to all hearty foods, cheeses."
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Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2015
Posted Dec 24, 2020[Verified]
GREAT LIGHT BODIED ITALIAN RED"Similar in flavor and body to a Chianti. Lots of cheery red fruit but a little more body."
Petra 'Zingari' Super Toscana IGT 2017 image
Petra 'Zingari' Super Toscana IGT 2017
Posted Dec 7, 2020[Verified]
NOT A FAVORITE"I don't get the stellar reviews. Average at best. There are a lot of moderately priced Italian reds I'd recommend before this wine."
Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2019 image
Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Posted Dec 2, 2020[Verified]
AVERAGE SB"There are a ton of great midpriced SBs especially from New Zealand . This one gets high praise from wine reviews but I found it good but not great."
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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2019
Posted Oct 7, 2020[Verified]
GREAT ALTERNATE WHITE"I discovered this great white blend some years ago. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp and fruity with a character all it's own and really reasonably priced."
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Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva 2018
Posted Aug 27, 2020[Verified]
GREAT INEXPENSIVE RED BLEND"A great medium bodied Portuguese red comprised of local varietals. Fruit forward cherry and leather nose. The price is unbelievable for a quality wine."
Yalumba Museum Antique Tawny NV 375ml image
Yalumba Museum Antique Tawny NV 375ml
Posted Jun 8, 2020[Verified]
GREAT DESSERT WINE OR APPERITIF"Nice caramel and fig notes and very reasonably.priced."
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Vinho Leve Alta Onda White 2017 1.0L
Posted Feb 13, 2020
GREAT ALTERNATE WHITE"A really nice crisp white with sllght effervescence similar to a Vino Verde . Citrus notes but slightly sweet. Great anytime but definitely a wonderful summer picnic wine. At this price it's a steal."
Donati 'Sisters Forever' Unoaked Chardonnay 2017 image
Donati 'Sisters Forever' Unoaked Chardonnay 2017
Posted Jun 18, 2019[Verified]
EXCELLENT CHARD"A very good unoaked Chardonnay with citrus, melon, vanilla notes. Definitely a notch above the larger vineyards product."
Pala I Fiori Cannonau 2017 image
Pala I Fiori Cannonau 2017
Posted May 7, 2019
A NICE RICH GRENACHE"A nice medium bodied red with nice cherry and red fruit notes. Perfect with meat or pasta dishes."
1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2016 image
1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2016
Posted Apr 21, 2019
RICH DEEP RED"A great zin with plenty of deep jammy fruit. The bourbon barrel aging definitely adds another dimension to this great affordable wine."
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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2017
Posted Apr 20, 2019
A+ PLUS BLEND"This wine blend is absolutely wonderfuland consistent over the years I have been drinking it. Sure to please all palates from conniseurs to novices. Read the tasting notes, it's all that and more."
Fattoria del Cerro Chianti Colli Senesi 2021 image
Fattoria del Cerro Chianti Colli Senesi 2021
Posted Jan 29, 2019[Verified]
GREAT WINE FOR A GREAT PRICE"Traditional Chianti with plenty of fruit. A solid red for pairing with hearty Italian fare, cheese, and meat."
DiamAndes 'Perlita' Malbec-Syrah 2016 image
DiamAndes 'Perlita' Malbec-Syrah 2016
Posted May 10, 2018
EXCELLENT"A reasonably priced red blend that is smooth and juicy. My first bottle and I am sold!!"
Marietta Cellars 'Old Vine Red' Lot 66 image
Marietta Cellars 'Old Vine Red' Lot 66
Posted Apr 26, 2018[Verified]
EXCELLENT"A lighter bodied zin that drinks like the Italian cousin, Primitivo. Great fruit and spice. Highly recommended."
Tratturi Primitivo di Salento 2020 image
Tratturi Primitivo di Salento 2020
Posted Apr 20, 2018
NON-DESCRIPT"I purchased this based on the alleged bargain. Cheap yes, but tasteless. Little or no bouquet and it's a reflection of what's to come. All tannins and zero taste. Skip this one."
Attems Winery Pinot Grigio 2015 image
Attems Winery Pinot Grigio 2015
Posted Mar 11, 2018
EXCELLENT"Far above your average Pinot Grigio this crisp white wine compares with popular higher priced wine."
Mossback 'Central Coast' Pinot Noir 2014 image
Mossback 'Central Coast' Pinot Noir 2014
Posted Jan 23, 2018
RICH AND DEEP"Great rich Pinot with a richer concentrated flavor than what you normally would expect. Spicy cherry notes with some subtle notes of rhubarb."
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Tenuta La Pergola Monferrato Rosso 2015
Posted Jan 19, 2018
A SMOOTH ITALIAN RED"Best described as a cross between a Syrah and Grenache. Hearty but not heavy with a smooth finish."
Funckenhausen Malbec Blend 2016 1.0L image
Funckenhausen Malbec Blend 2016 1.0L
Posted Jan 6, 2018
A BIG RED BLEND"A nice blend with the meatiness of a Malbec and the subtleties of a Syrah. This is also sold as a full liter so a little more wine for your buck."
Bodegas Pedro Regalado 'Embocadero' Tempranillo 2014 image
Bodegas Pedro Regalado 'Embocadero' Tempranillo 2014
Posted Nov 18, 2017
SUPERB"A rich velvety tempranillo with dark cherry notes, leather, vanilla."
Raeburn Winery Chardonnay 2015 image
Raeburn Winery Chardonnay 2015
Posted Sep 9, 2017
A SUPER CHARDONNAY"Staff recommended this mid-price Chardonnay and it lived up to his high praise. Absolutely delicious smooth and creamy Chard with nectarine and apple notes that you would expect to cost 2x this price. AWESOME!"
Vina Cobos 'Felino' Chardonnay 2015 image
Vina Cobos 'Felino' Chardonnay 2015
Posted Jul 27, 2017[Verified]
A SUPER CHARDONNAY"A great buy for excellent chardonnay."
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Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2013
Posted Jul 24, 2017[Verified]
ALL THAT'S RIGHT IN ITALIAN RED"A rich but not too heavy red blend with wonderful cherry and leather notes. Great price, highly recommended."
Benziger Family Winery 'Sonoma' Chardonnay 2014 image
Benziger Family Winery 'Sonoma' Chardonnay 2014
Posted Jul 24, 2017
A SUPER CHARDONNAY"A rich Chard with melon and peach notes and just enough oak to add some edge."
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Bayten Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Posted Jul 12, 2017
A GREAT CRISP SAUVIGNON"A well crafted white with a wonderful flavor. Not the grapefruit forwardness of those from New Zealand. Perfect for sipping with cheese, or partnered with chicken, seafood, or pork."
Hirsch Bourbon 'Horizon Reserve' 92proof 750ml image
Hirsch Bourbon 'Horizon Reserve' 92proof 750ml
Posted Jul 12, 2017
MIDPRICE SMALL BATCH"A great smooth bourbon with vanilla, butterscotch notes. Great for sipping or in a manhattan but go easy on the vermouth you'll want to enjoy the flavor of this small batch bourbon."
Santa Ema 'Reserve' Merlot 2013 image
Santa Ema 'Reserve' Merlot 2013
Posted Jul 12, 2017
GREAT RED FOR A MODEST RPICE"A delicious smooth red with hints of chocolate and red berries. Wonderful accompaniment to a steak or other grilled meats."
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Castillo Perelada Blanc Pescador NV
Posted Jul 11, 2017[Verified]
A GREAT NEW FIND IN WHITE"While this Spanish white is reminiscent of a Portugese Vino Verde, the flavor is fuller, but the effervescence is in the same ball park. A great crisp white to accompany seafood, chicken, pork, or mild cheese."
De Wetshof 'Limestone Hill' Chardonnay 2016 image
De Wetshof 'Limestone Hill' Chardonnay 2016
Posted May 3, 2017
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS"This South African Chard displays the wonderful crisp edge of French wines with the depth of California wines but the oak is not the leading edge. Beautiful with seafood and white meat dishes."
Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Red 2014 image
Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Red 2014
Posted Apr 19, 2017
AN AFFORDABLE RICH RED BLEND"This wine is in regular rotation at Albany's Gingerman restaurant. As tasting notes indicate it's a rich blend and organically grown and produced. Great flavor for a very modest price."
Sella & Mosca 'Riserva' Cannonau di Sardegna 2012 image
Sella & Mosca 'Riserva' Cannonau di Sardegna 2012
Posted Apr 13, 2017
GREAT ALTERNATE RED"This red from Sardinia is a wonderful medium bodied red reminiscent of Chianti. Plenty of nice fruit and light spice perfect for a classic Italian meal or seafood. The price seals the deal."
Rebel Yell Rsv 90.6prf 750ml image
Rebel Yell Rsv 90.6prf 750ml
Posted Sep 27, 2016
A GREAT VALUE"This flavorful and smooth bourbon is a steal at $20 a bottle. Great vanilla notes and a smooth finish."
Di Majo Norante 'Ramitello' Biferno Rosso 2012 image
Di Majo Norante 'Ramitello' Biferno Rosso 2012
Posted Sep 27, 2016
SUPERB ITALIAN RED"The perfect accompaniment to Italian food, red meat or a strong cheese, this red has spice, fruit, and nice acidic finish. Highly recommended."
Big House Wine Company 'Frank Nitti' Zinfandel 3.0L image
Big House Wine Company 'Frank Nitti' Zinfandel 3.0L
Posted Sep 27, 2016
A NOT SO BOLD ZIN"For $17 this wine might be an option for a picnic with burgers and hot dogs, but for anything else it would fall flat. Very watered down and diluted not the bold fruity/spicy taste that you would expect from this varietal. Buyer beware."
Routestock Cellars ‘Route 121' Chardonnay 2013 image
Routestock Cellars ‘Route 121' Chardonnay 2013
Posted Jun 28, 2016[Verified]
GREAT MID-PRICED CHARD"Reasonable priced Chard with nice oak, melon, vanilla and citrus. A great buy comparable to much more expensive vintages."
Beringer Winery Waymaker Red Blend 2013 image
Beringer Winery Waymaker Red Blend 2013
Posted Apr 25, 2016
A GREAT RED BLEND AT A GREAT PRICE"Great multi-dimensional medium bodied wine with deep red fruit and a nice Zin type spice finish."
Ladera Sagrada Castelo do Papa Godello 2014 image
Ladera Sagrada Castelo do Papa Godello 2014
Posted Feb 27, 2016
A GREAT CHARDONNAY ALTERNATIVE"A nice surprise find. A smooth white with mineral and citrus notes."
Santa Tresa Frappato 2014 image
Santa Tresa Frappato 2014
Posted Feb 17, 2016[Verified]
GREAT LIGHT BODIED RED"Very reminiscent of a Pinto Noir with strawberry and spice notes."
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Hirsch Selection 'Small Batch Reserve' 86prf 750ml
Posted Apr 26, 2015
"This small batch bourbon is all that its promo touts and more. At 86 proof is smooth and delicious either straight or in a Manhattan but go easy on the vermouth and let this little gem shine."
Conundrum Proprietary White 2012 image
Conundrum Proprietary White 2012
Posted Mar 17, 2015
A REALLY GREAT BLEND"Given to us as a gift we really liked this white blend that will appeal to both Chardonnay and Sauvignon drinkers."
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Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir NV
Posted Mar 4, 2015[Verified]
GREAT BUY"Pepperwood is a solid pinot noir with a great strawberry nose and lasting finish. The price is just ridiculous for a quality wine. You may be tempted to pass because it's so inexpensive, but you would be WRONG."
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Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola 2020
Posted Oct 21, 2014
BUY IN BULK"A first class medium bodied red sort of a cross between a pinot and a chianti. Full of cherry notes and great with Italian food or a burger. The price on this is ridiculous."
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Sterling 'Vintners Collection' Meritage 2018
Posted Apr 9, 2014
WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE!"A great fruit forward medium body red blend with lots raspberry notes. The price is ridiculous for a wine of this quality and taste. You'd be hard pressed to find a blend to match it."
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The Royal Chenin Blanc Old Vines Steen 2013
Posted Apr 9, 2014
GREAT BUY INDEED"A dry chenin blanc with lots of fruit and citrus notes. A perfect alternative to pinot grigio or a dry riesling."
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Primaterra Sangiovese 2017
Posted Mar 29, 2014
WHAT A BARGAIN."A totally wonderful smooth red wine that would be the perfect pairing with a hearty meal of pasta and red sauce or a hamburger. Great price to boot!"
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Borgo M Friulano 2013
Posted Mar 27, 2014
A GREAT NEW FIND IN WHITE"A great find in white varietals. Best described asa cross between sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio with crisp almost sparkling finish. Perfect for seafood and poultry, but would hold it's own with pork or duck. A great wine with creamy buttery cheeses/"
J. Ordonez 'Botani' Moscatel 2011 image
J. Ordonez 'Botani' Moscatel 2011
Posted Nov 20, 2013[Verified]
SUPERB AND DIFFERENT"This a great white with prominent citrus orange notes. It is NOT sweet as the Moscatel grape might indicate-somewhere between a chardonnay and pinot grigio. A perfect compliment to chicken and fish or just sipping with cheese. The price is right too."
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Matane Primitivo 2012
Posted Nov 19, 2013[Verified]
UNSUNG ITALIAN RED"Italy may be known for Chianti and Sangiovese but Primitivo is a great medium body red with a bright cherry bouquet and plenty of raspberry and fruit on the finish. This is Italy's answer to Zinfandel but in my opinion a totally different wine from CA Zin. Great price for a wonderful bottle of wine."
Vega Sindoa Chardonnay 2013 image
Vega Sindoa Chardonnay 2013
Posted May 17, 2013[Verified]
GREAT BUY INDEED"A very good lighter bodied Chard with plenty of oak and fruitiness (apple, melon, citrus). Worth a try as an everyday wine for barbeques and picnics with summer on the horizon."
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Cinco Joses Chardonnay 2010
Posted May 15, 2013[Verified]
A GOOD BUDGET CHARD"No complaints, this wine is oaky and has a hint of mineral aftertaste. This is a solid everyday wine that pairs well with cheese, chicken, and seafood."
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Chateau de Manissy Tavel 'Cuvee des Lys' 2011
Posted May 15, 2013[Verified]
UNEVENTFUL"A very lackluster blush that left little or no impression on me. Lots of better roses and blushes out there."
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Chateau de Panigon Medoc 2010
Posted May 15, 2013[Verified]
GENERIC"I would be hard pressed to discern any of the alleged tasting notes in this wine's description. Flat and nondescript. There are definitely a lot better wines under this price that are a lot better."
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Paul Mas 'Estate' Picpoul de Pinet 2018
Posted May 14, 2013[Verified]
A DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT FRENCH WHITE"Not much to add to the on-line description. A little Chard, a little Sauvignon but definitely in a class by itself. This one has become one our favorites. served at one of our favorite local wine bars."
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Villa Medoro Chimera 2011
Posted May 14, 2013[Verified]
A GREAT ITALIAN WHITE"This wine is so good. Perfectly balanced acidity and a really pronounced long fruity finish. Bought 4 for free(shipping) and will definitely be buying more before it disappears. This wine would pair well with pork, chicken, seafood and pasta."
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Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc 2011
Posted Jan 8, 2013
1ST CLASS WHITE"We first tasted this at a local restaurant and we so glad to find it at Empire. A wonderful dry white with citrus and grapefruit notes."
Donati Sorelle per Sempre Unoaked Chardonnay 2013 image
Donati Sorelle per Sempre Unoaked Chardonnay 2013
Posted Jan 8, 2013
SO GOOD"Tired of Chardonnays that have spent way too much time in oak, well this unoaked chard is so flavorful and reasonably priced. I bought 1 bottle on a whim and was back today buying 4 more."
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Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2009
Posted Mar 11, 2012
LOVE IT!"While I enjoy rich reds, my wife prefers whites and lighter bodied reds. I therefore love finding great red wines like this nero d'avola which both of us can enjoy. Great upfront cherry flavor at a very reasonable price. What's not to like!!"
A Mano Amano Primitivo 2008 image
A Mano Amano Primitivo 2008
Posted Mar 11, 2012
WHAT A BARGAIN!"At this price, I had to try this wine and I was so glad I did. Primitivo is often billed as Italy's Zin, but I find it lighter and dryer but still very fruit forward. This a great wine to serve with red sauce, burgers, or a char-grilled steak or pork. A good red at an outrageously low price!!!"
Santa Ema 'Reserve' Merlot 2012 image
Santa Ema 'Reserve' Merlot 2012
Posted Mar 11, 2012
GREAT WINE AT GREAT PRICE"A rich and smooth merlot with lots of fruit and chocolate in the finish."
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