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Allison D — Empire Wine Community

Allison D has been a customer since Aug 2013

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J. Ordonez 'Victoria #2' Moscatel 2016 375ml image
SKIP THE JELLY BEANS AND DRINK THIS TO SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH
Posted Apr 8, 2019

"Ripe pineapple and orange zest on the nose pulls you in. Candied peaches, and mango's are front and center with fresh honey giving it its subtle sweetness. Elegant and refreshing, this would be a fantastic addition to any Easter basket!"

Ratzenberger 'Bacharacher' Riesling Spatlese 2004 image
A STUNNING, WELL ROUNDED BOTTLE!
Posted Mar 4, 2019

"Bright and lively aromatics of minerals, citrus and petrol. This wine is medium body with evolving stone fruit notes of mango, apricot and juicy peaches that give way to an elegant sweetness of aged honey and soft ripe pear. Pick up two bottles of this one, as I think we're just starting to see this wines aging potential!"

Ansgar Clusserath Apotheke Riesling Spatlese 2014 image
Posted Jan 21, 2019

"Ripe mango and peach notes are dominate in this juicy, easy-drinking Riesling. Medium sweet in style, it's balanced by zesty lime acidity and a hint of minerality on the finish."

Dr. Fischer Steinbock Riesling 2016 image
5 STARS ISN'T ENOUGH!
Posted Nov 12, 2018

"An impressive bottle for the price range. With notes of gravel, slate and hints of petrol on the nose it is backed by an intricate structure. Pops of lime and citrus are accompanied with tart apples and sweet pears. A perfect balance of acid and sweetness. This would be a great addition on your Thanksgiving table, right next to a sausage stuffing or a sweet potato dish."

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Edelzwicker 'Black Cap' 2014 image
SUMMER IN A BOTTLE
Posted Aug 6, 2018

"Cool and light perfume aromas drew me in but I was not expecting how bold and thirst quenching the taste would be! Grapefruit forward with zappy lemon notes and metallic bursts, this wine rounds itself out with just a tiny touch of sweetness to not make your lips pucker. It is dry, refreshing and pairs perfectly with a hot afternoon in the backyard."

Robert Weil Riesling Tradition Qba 2015 image
5 STARS ISN'T ENOUGH!
Posted Mar 5, 2018

"I got to visit this beautiful vineyard back in October and one sip of this wine brought me back. Cool, composed and full of minerality. Packed with lemon, subtle sweetness and long finishes of steel and flint this wine will have you reaching for a second and third glass."

Chateau Coutet Barsac 2014 image
BUY TWO! DRINK ONE NOW AND LAY ONE DOWN.
Posted Feb 5, 2018[Verified]

"A bomb of tropical fruit! Mango, pineapple, passion fruit, white peach and apricots draws you in at the nose. Sweet, but fresh, young but ready, the caramelized honey and heavy notes of marmalade is what you'll find in the elegant, surprisingly light finish."

Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes 2011 375ml image
5 STARS ISN'T ENOUGH!
Posted Nov 13, 2017

"This is everything I'm looking for in a Sauternes. The nose is floral with hints of ginger and a mild spice. The mouth is full bodied with amazing weight. There is so much tropical fruit up front which gives way to a long elegant honeyed finish. I drank this alone but I think it would be beautiful with any kind of fruit tart or extremely complimentary with a slice of blue cheese."

Chateau Manos Cadillac 2015 image
A $10 STEAL!!
Posted Jun 12, 2017

"Starting with a bright golden color and a nose and palate of honey, spices, and lemon, this is sweet yet still refreshing. The finish has vanilla, stone fruit, brown sugar, and loads of acidity for balance. A beautiful display of what an elegant sweet wine should be."

Yalumba Museum Antique Tawny NV 375ml image
PERFECT ADDITION TO ANY EASTER BASKET!
Posted Apr 10, 2017

"Put down the chocolate bunnies, skip the jelly beans and include something they will remember for years to come. Sweet, rich and full bodied this opens big and powerful with dates and raisins right on the forefront. Lingering hints of molasses and burnt brown sugar intertwine with notes of fig perfectly. This beautiful antique tawny is sure to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth this Sunday!"

Chateau Laribotte 375ml Sauternes 2011 image
A STUNNING SAUTERNES
Posted Feb 27, 2017

"A surpurb bottle for the price. Opening with a strong nose of zesty lemon and citrus this wine starts surprisingly balanced with lots fruity characteristics. Light in body and just enough acid to cut through the sweetness this is for sure a star on its own but could pair beautifully with a Gorgonzola or Roquefort cheese."

Royal Tokaji Late Harvest 2015 500ml image
SKIP THE TURKEY AND GO RIGHT FOR DESSERT!
Posted Nov 7, 2016

"A stunning after dinner wine that may out shine Grandma's pie this Thanksgiving. Opening with delicate pear notes and caramelized apples. The sweet but creamy complexity lingers with a firm full bodied presence before the autumn spices unfold - Cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and pops of fresh herbs all dance on the tight rope of acid, sweet and savory for a long elegant finish."

Gobelsburger Riesling 2015 image
A STEAL FOR UNDER $15
Posted Oct 3, 2016

"A beautiful wine all the way around. It starts with fresh, sliced pineapple on the nose and moves to citrus in glass. Fresh oranges and a hint of grapefruit dance on the palate. Extremely light in body but has delicious vibrant acidity with a full long finish that will not disappoint."

Sandeman 10yr Tawny Port image
PERFECT FOR THOSE COOLER NIGHTS
Posted Sep 5, 2016

"Opening with complex aromas of fresh fruit, brown sugar and nuts this is exactly what my sweet tooth was after! Full bodied with lingering notes of vanilla and toffee. Sweet, but not overwhelming - ending with well finished spice. This surely became an instant end of summer/fall favorite!"

Ermita Dulce Monastrell 2014 500ml image
SKIP THE ICE CREAM AND TRY THIS FOR DESSERT!!
Posted Aug 1, 2016

"Using slightly over ripened Monastrell grapes and crafted without using any additives, added alcohols, or added sugars Casa de la Ermita Winery doesn't skip a beat with this one! The bottle opens with intense aromas of red fruit and herbs. Medium bodied but still bold and jammy with hints of licorice. Sweet yet balanced, elegant and structured. You sure are in for a treat with this one!"

Donnhoff 'Estate' Riesling 2015 image
PERFECT SUMMER WHITE
Posted Jul 2, 2016

"Bright and lively aromatics of slate, lemon and salt. A very tangy first few sips with zesty lemon are cut with stone fruit giving this wine a perfect harmony between acid and sweetness. On the finish pronounced minerals unfold into flavors of salt and crushed rock. Elegant and refreshing, make sure you buy a second bottle because I don't think one will be enough!"

Glaetzer-Dixon 'Uberblanc' Riesling 2013 image
A GREAT WARM WEATHER WINE
Posted May 23, 2016

"This wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I knew going in this is no ordinary wine. The wine maker, Nick Glaetzer, converted to local methods of selecting the harvest date of the grapes based on acid content and structure rather than the traditional Australian ways of harvesting on sugar concentration. The wine opens with big aromas of petrol and zest. In the mouth lime, salt and flint are heavily pronounced, but does give way and evolves with some lovely full ripe fruit. A great bottle for under $30."

Selbach-Oster 'Zeltinger Sonn' Riesling Spatlese 2012 image
A GREAT GIFT FOR MOM
Posted May 2, 2016

"Is love at first smell a thing? This beautiful bottle opens with a sweet bouquet of fresh spring flowers, ripe pineapple and zesty lemon. On the pallet it was silky yet fresh. Big pops of lemons and oranges tantalize the taste buds with just the slightest hint of minerality keeping the acid in check. I can only see the bottle getting better with age."

Adam Riesling Spatlese 2013 image
A PERFECT BOTTLE TO DRINK NOW OR CELLAR FOR LATER!
Posted Mar 31, 2016

"A beautiful bottle opening with a pretty complex nose of fresh fruit, herbs and spices. The pallet is packed with a subtle saltiness and big fruit flavors of green apples and peaches that evolve and finish with a juicy acidity. This would pair marvelously with a spicy Thai or Vietnamese dish."

Compania Vinedos Iberian 'Yaso' Tinta de Toro 2012 image
A WONDERFUL 93 POINT SIPPER
Posted Feb 23, 2016

"Robert Parker was spot on when he granted this delicious wine a 93. In the glass the wine is deep purple with beautiful aromas of ripe blueberries. In the mouth light tannins are balanced by bitter dark chocolate, dark fruits and currents with subtle hints of raspberries on it's lingering finish. A truly amazing wine for under $15."

Chateau de Suduiraut Sauternes 2009 375ml image
DESSERT IN A BOTTLE
Posted Oct 27, 2015

"Skip the pie at your Thanksgiving feast this year and enjoy a bottle of Chateau de Suduiraut Sauternes instead! This beautiful bottle opens with a strong nose of summer fruit and ripe pear. The mouth is full bodied with a silky texture exhibiting sweet characteristics of fresh honey and marmalade. The finish is elegant and long with notes of butter and cream."

Dow's Vintage 2000 Port 375ml image
FALL IS PORT WEATHER!
Posted Oct 4, 2015

"I feel in love with this one the second I pulled the cork. Aromas of cassis, licorice and blueberries tantalized the nose. Its firmly structured mouth evolved from grapes and dates to sweet spices, molasses and coco. Pair this one for a special occasion with some richer dark chocolate or enjoy on its own on these colder nights."

Chateau Tirecul la Graviere Cuvee Chateau 2004 500ml image
ANOTHER GLASS PLEASE
Posted Sep 5, 2015

"Chateau Tirecul la Graviere Cuvee is better than your typical desert wine. Produced in the Monbazillac region of France, this lesser known region rivals with many of the top wines from Sauternes. This beautifully honey colored wine opens with strong aromas of maple syrup and candied apricots. In the mouth it is full bodied and rich with intense apricot and peach fruit, subtle hints of marmalade and lingering characteristics of brown sugar and molasses. Sweet but well balanced this incredible wine has a long decadent finish."

Donnhoff 'Estate' Riesling 2014 image
AUGUST STAFF PICK
Posted Aug 1, 2015

"This beautiful riesling from the steeply sloped vineyards of the Nahe region in Germany opens with lemon zest and fresh herbs on the nose. At first sip this wine easily became a favorite with its crackling acidity and off dry minerality. Young and well rounded with a subtle linger of spice this wine will have you reaching for another glass to see what else will develop."

Domaine les Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Rose 2014 image
Posted Jun 15, 2015

"Light pink in color with aromas of lush, red fruit. This rose, from a world class property in Southern Rhone is a refreshing medium bodied wine packed full of ripe strawberries and raspberries. An elegant dry finish unfolds, inviting you back for more."

Domaine Tournon 'Mathilda' White Blend 2014 image
GREAT WHITE SUMMER SIPPER
Posted May 14, 2015

"Domaine Tournon 'Mathilda' is a fragrant white comprised of mostly Viognier with a touch of Marsanne to add richness and depth. Suggestions of white flowers dominate the nose. On the tongue, fruity notes and zippy acidity flourish into a fresh, crisp wine with a long, soft, dry finish. With everything well balanced this is a great pair with grilled sea food or a spicier Asian cuisine."

Gordo by CVA 2012 image
Posted Apr 8, 2015

"From an organic vineyard in southern Spain, Gordo by CVA is a light to medium bodied red. Providing a blast of dark berry flavors, it is highly aromatic with notes of freshly cut flowers and blueberry pie. This blend of 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon has lingering notes of candied fruits and are rounded out by smokey undertones. The complex flavor profile makes it hard to resist opening another bottle."