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Edward B — Empire Wine Community

Edward B has been a customer since May 2013

My reviews (16)

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Donnafugata Ben Rye 2016 375ml image
DESSERT WINE TO CONTEMPLATE
Posted Jun 5, 2019[Verified]

"Instead of being obviously sweet with primary notes of apricot/pineapple like many dessert wines, this is more subtle and complex. Yes, there's apricot, but also wonderful citrus, spices, a touch of earthiness and wonderful texture. The kind of wine you can spend an hour or so with after dinner trying to get a handle on what you're tasting and how it's changing, as the evening wears on (apologies to Elwood P. Dowd)."

L'Expression La Croix Lartigue Cotes du Castilion 2012 image
TRUE BORDEAUX VALUE
Posted Jun 29, 2017[Verified]

"We tend toward Italian wines and often find Bordeaux a tad austere, tight, even aloof. Most "value Bordeaux" have disappointed -- one dimensional. This is exceptional: an engaging, interesting, but also just delicious wine that also seems like it will evolve nicely if we can be patient and save a few bottles for the cellar."

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NOT MUCH HERE.
Posted May 27, 2017[Verified]

"Pretty one dimensional and light, especially for a normally fruit driven primitivo"

Feudo di Santa Croce 'LXXIV' Primitivo di Manduria 2010 image
EXCELLENT OLDER PRIMITIVO
Posted May 27, 2017[Verified]

"Big but balanced with nice hint of pepper. Long smooth finish. Great value."

Castello Monaci 'Liante' Salice Salentino 2014 image
SPICE BOMB
Posted May 2, 2017[Verified]

"My favorite Salice so far...delicious on first pour but allow it to open in the glass and you'll be treated to wonderful spice with a long finish. Another Puglian hard to believe value."

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EXCELLENT HOUSE WINE
Posted May 2, 2017[Verified]

"Immediate appeal in a powerful bouquet (dusty cherry/dark fruit with nice floral notes). Very generous fruit with dry finish. Not super complex or multi-layered, but holds its own with food (we had it with shrimp, pasta with red sauce and fresh mozzarella). Great value."

Landhaus Mayer Gruner Veltliner 2015 image
CRISP, REFRESHING, BUT WITH DEPTH
Posted May 2, 2017[Verified]

"A really enjoyable Gruner. Perfect summer wine but has enough complexity to be a great dinner wine any time of year, especially with spicy dishes, hearty sausages, etc."

Chateau Puech Haut la Closerie du Pic 2014 image
A LOT GOING ON IN A YOUNG WINE
Posted Apr 4, 2017[Verified]

"Complex from the bouquet on...while I enjoyed it, I want to come back to this in a few years when I bet it will have evolved from very good to great."

Companhia Das Lezirias 'Tyto Alba' Red 2012 image
VERY TASTY NOW, BUT MORE IS IN STORE...
Posted Nov 17, 2016[Verified]

"Great color, but is not a simplistic fruit bomb as the color may imply. Wonderful range of flavors and great long finish -- but still with a nice tannic bite, which to me feels like this wine will be even better with a few more years in bottle. In this price range, incredible value. We had with a spicy pasta and it stood up just fine. Then again with a very rich pungent cheese and it proved a perfect compliment, cutting right through the cheese's creaminess and balancing the barnyard cheese flavors (a wonderful Gose-washed cow cheese from Vermont) with sharp dry fruit."

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EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT IN A GREAT VALUE WINE
Posted Oct 28, 2016[Verified]

"Every time I open a bottle of this and pour it for family or friends with no introduction, they first tell me how much they love it, then are flabbergasted when I tell them how much it cost. The 2010 was a few levels better (richer, more complex and longer finish), but the 2012 is pretty delicious too."

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GREAT TUSCAN IGT VALUE
Posted Oct 28, 2016[Verified]

"Let it open up a bit first and you'll be rewarded with a very nice Super Tuscan. Might benefit from another year in the bottle."

Domaine Lafage 'Miraflors' Rose 2015 image
PERFECT SUMMER ROSE
Posted Jun 27, 2016[Verified]

"Nice initial spritz and burst of citrus. Complex fruit and mineral clarity. Refreshing finish."

Finca Villacreces Pruno 2013 image
HUGE DISAPOINTMENT
Posted Apr 19, 2016[Verified]

"Based on the reviews, ordered a case and am sorry I did. The first true disappointment buying from Empire. One dimensional wine with none of the complexity or taste experience the exuberant professional review promised. Simply flat. And it does not open with time in the glass to anything better. It is drinkable with food, but at $16.95 is no value. For a great value, I am still a huge fan of the Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva that Empire carries for $8.95 or so."

Sueno Profundo 'Stag's Leap' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 image
EXCELLENT CAB...AND ESPECIALLY FOR THE PRICE
Posted Apr 19, 2016[Verified]

"I have been shying away recently from California Cabs, not because I don't enjoy them, but because it's become a category dominated by super high priced "cult" wines that may be great -- but then again may not be. And it feels as if this trend as dragged lesser wines up in price in its wake. Sueno Profundo bucks this trends and gives me everything I love in a cab: big, complex fruit and that quality I can only call "lick your lipsability": the tongue's urge to savor the finish by any means necessary. I will be ordering more."

Vina Godeval Cepas Vellas Godello 2013 image
GREAT VALUE AND COMPLEX FLAVOR
Posted Mar 21, 2016[Verified]

"Perfect staple white."

Chateau Puech Haut 'Prestige' Rose 2014 image
EXCELLENT ROSE IF...
Posted May 20, 2015[Verified]

"...if you like your Rose dry but with a range of fruit and crisp mineral finish. A lot going on (despite the very pale color) but still perfectly refreshing. Our official 2015 Summer Rose."