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Robert D — Empire Wine Community

Robert D has been a customer since Sep 2013

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Chateau La Croix Lartigue Cotes du Castillon 2011 image
SUBTLE AND VERY FINE
Posted Dec 6, 2019

"Sadly, this appears to be unavailable. It was great. We drank the bottle with beef and pasta. We would love to buy more. Such sweet sorrow that we cannot."

Jean-Marc Brocard Dom. Ste. Claire Chablis 2018 image
LEMONY AND REFRESHING
Posted Nov 25, 2019[Verified]

"After drinking a number of Chardonnays that were on the buttery side, this is a refreshing change. Not too expensive, and works well with seafood and pasta."

Henri Bourgeois 'La Bourgeoise' Sancerre 2015 image
SOPHISTICATED, DIFFERENT, WORTH SIPPING SLOWLY
Posted Nov 4, 2019[Verified]

"Most unusual, with mineral and grapefruit sensation on the tongue. We have no idea what a gooseberry tastes like, but now are curious. Very subtle wine opening up with many different aromas and sensations on the palate."

Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avellino 2016 image
VERY GOOD!
Posted Nov 3, 2019[Verified]

"We had this with a pasta and cheese dish, a casserole, and it was a wonderful complement, and pretty good to drink before the meal."

Vins Auvigue 'Solutre' Pouilly Fuisse 2015 image
GOOD, NOT GREAT
Posted Nov 3, 2019[Verified]
Raul Perez St Jacques 'Ultreia' Mencia 2017 image
JUST DONT GET THE RATINGS
Posted Nov 3, 2019[Verified]

"Dull, uninspired."

Eyrie Vineyards 'Estate' Pinot Gris 2017 image
VERY GOOD FOR PRICE POINT
Posted Oct 6, 2019[Verified]

"This seems to hit a sweet spot in our home. One of us likes buttery Chardonnay and the other one prefers more acidity. This seems to fit between and has a lot of pleasant nuances, and very well priced."

Hugel 'Classic' Pinot Gris 2016 image
VERY GOOD DEAL
Posted Sep 16, 2019[Verified]

"Lovely to drink before dinner. Looking forward to having it with an Indian chicken dish."

Firriato Chiaramonte Nero D'Avola 2015 image
A LITTLE HARSH
Posted Sep 13, 2019[Verified]

"This is gutsy and raw and fine with pasta or pizza. Not a good wine for sipping pleasure."

Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2017 image
YUMMY, DRINK NOW!
Posted Sep 7, 2019[Verified]

"We found this opened but stoppered bottle in the fridge this morning. A guest had opened it. So glad he did. Totally fruit forward although initially a bit salty on the palate. We enjoyed it this evening, comparing (favorably) to a 2015 Poilly Fuisse."

Pojer Sandri Muller Thurgau Palai 2017 image
DULL, LACKLUSTER
Posted Sep 5, 2019[Verified]

"We saw all the rave reviews and thought maybe there was something here. But there’s not. This wine has nothing going on that’s interesting. Sharp citrus unmediated by anything else."

Domaine de Roally Vire-Clesse 2016 image
VERY PLEASANT AND VERY FRENCH
Posted Aug 7, 2019[Verified]

"Someone in this house is very fond of California Chardonnay. This is a line that could appeal to that person, as well as someone who wants less fruit forward. Balanced, fragrant, and very susceptible over a relatively long period of time. Also goes well with food, if you have any left after you’re finished sipping."

Matias Pinot Noir 2014 image
MOST UNEXPECTED AND INTERESTING
Posted Jul 18, 2019

"Not your typical Pinot. At $26 this is so atypical that we feel compelled to say what’s different. It’s much more resinous than one would expect, pinewoods and turpentine and Rosemary. I see that Empire is no longer carrying this, and I wonder why. It would make a good tasting comparison with other pinots."

Eyrie Vineyards 'Estate' Pinot Gris 2016 image
YUMMY AND REFRESHING!
Posted Jul 16, 2019[Verified]

"Creamy mouth feel, not buttery, full of fruit whispers. It’s hot here in Brooklyn and this wine hits the spot."

El Enemigo Chardonnay 2016 image
DELICIOUS BUT PRICEY
Posted Jul 12, 2019[Verified]

"El enemigo de enemigo es mi amigo? Or, we have seen el enemigo and he/she/they is us? This wine is delightful especially after drinking a lot of California Chardonnays. It’s a refreshing change, but a little priced high. On the other hand it comes all the way from Argentina. Tango!"

Mas d'en Compte 'Black Slate' Porrera 2015 image
RICH, THICK, FRUITY
Posted Jul 9, 2019

"High in alcohol (15%) this is a bit heady in summer but goes well with meats. Very satisfying, complex, full palate."

Maria Papoila Vinho Verde 2016 image
EXCELLENT VALUE, GOOD REFRESHING WINE
Posted Jul 9, 2019[Verified]

"A lovely summertime complement to fish and lighter fare."

Eric Solomon Selections 'Novellum' Chardonnay 2017 image
REFRESHING CHANGE FROM CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS
Posted Jul 1, 2019[Verified]

"Amazing price. This is very drinkable and not tired or flabby. That sounds like a review by elimination of negatives. But this is what sometimes happens with Chardonnays, the disappointing finish. In this case, this is a lively wine that would work well with many dishes. Good to serve with friends who are not particular wine connoisseurs."

Landmark Vineyards 'Overlook' Chardonnay 2016 image
DEPENDABLE CREAMY RICHNESS
Posted May 22, 2019[Verified]

"Very good for the price point."

Faustino Gran Reserva I 2005 image
EXPENSIVE BUT WELL-MADE
Posted May 10, 2019[Verified]

"Fruit forward but complex and satisfying. One of the more expensive Riojas we have had."

Rombauer Chardonnay 2017 image
CREAMY AND LUSH
Posted Apr 28, 2019[Verified]

"Great for drinking on its own. Complex and flowery. Hoping it pairs well with swordfish"

La Grange des Combes St. Chinian-Roquebrun 2015 image
QUITE DRINKABLE
Posted Apr 3, 2019[Verified]
Bodegas Breca 'Breca' Old Vines Garnacha 2015 image
GREAT AT PRICE, GOOD FOR DINNERS AND GUESTS
Posted Apr 1, 2019[Verified]

"Not especially complex but totally pleasant. Not a wrong note anywhere. Heavy on the alcohol at 15.5%."

Cline 'Ancient Vines' Zinfandel 2016 image
FRUITY, DARK, SATISFYING
Posted Mar 5, 2019[Verified]
El Esteco 'Don David' Malbec Reserve 2017 image
GREAT BUY
Posted Feb 6, 2019[Verified]

"Thinking of getting a case."

Sarah's Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 image
PRIVATE REVIEW
Posted Jan 29, 2019[Verified]
Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton 2016 image
FRUITY AND SATISFYING
Posted Jan 29, 2019[Verified]

"Lovely and full-bodied."

Olivier Leflaive Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux 2015 image
TROPICAL AROMAS BUT SLIGHTLY ACIDIC
Posted Jan 20, 2019[Verified]

"Very balanced with a nice finish"

Chateau d'Epire Savennieres 2016 image
INTERESTING AND COMPLEX, GOOD PRICE POINT
Posted Jan 14, 2019

"Crisp, citrus, something a little smoky I think. Very nice."

J. Hofstatter 'Joseph' Gewurztraminer 2014 image
WELL, WE WAITED TOO LONG AND NOW THERE’S NO MORE
Posted Dec 9, 2018

"So delicious. Amazing price point. And the kind of wine that would appeal to lots of people who don’t drink wine. We love it and wish we had bought more."

Domaine de Roally Vire-Clesse 2015 image
SO GENTLE AND LOVELY
Posted Dec 5, 2018[Verified]

"This is a beautiful wine. Fine alone. OK with chicken. But doesn’t need anything but itself."

Henri Bourgeois La Cote des Monts Damnes Sancerre 2016 image
FLINTY AND DRY, AMAZING
Posted Dec 1, 2018[Verified]

"Different, citrusy and mineralic."

Chalk Hill 'Estate' Chardonnay 2015 image
PRICEY BUT REALLY GOOD
Posted Nov 19, 2018[Verified]

"Some people don’t like fruity Chardonnays. But this is a beautiful example to share with people who are Chardonnay haters. So much complexity, lingering satisfaction."

Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine 2016 image
WELL MADE WINE, EXCELLENT VALUE
Posted Nov 11, 2018[Verified]

"The tasting notes are accurate. This is an extremely pleasant line with no hard edges and lots of lingering appeal."

Rombauer Chardonnay 2016 375ml image
LUSH, CREAMY
Posted Oct 29, 2018[Verified]

"It’s the delicious wine, and the 375 mL size bottle encourages slow savoring. Lots of complexity and delightful to the finish. Wish that Empire had the 750 mL bottle as well."

Craggy Range 'Te Muna' Sauvignon Blanc 2017 image
HERBACEOUS AND UNUSUAL PALATE
Posted Oct 23, 2018[Verified]

"At first we couldn’t figure out what was going on. What is that taste? The label says herbs. And that’s exactly what it is. Not something that one generally encounters upfront in a wine. Overall very good. But might not be to everyone’s taste."

J Vineyards Chardonnay 2016 image
FOR $22 IMPRESSIVE
Posted Oct 22, 2018[Verified]

"We had to look up “free run juice“ but apparently this is the juice that comes from the grapes as they are stacked up and exert pressure on the ones below. Before any pressing is done. Whether this is true or not, this is a wine that has a very strong presence of pineapple, and other fruit notes. It is strong throughout the finish, and we like it a lot."

Domaine Benoit Gautier Argilex De Gautier Sec 2016 image
A CROWD PLEASER
Posted Oct 21, 2018[Verified]

"$12.45? Not bad. Acidic, dry, good with cheese."

Ramey 'Sonoma Coast' Chardonnay 2014 image
FOCUSED AND WITH ENOUGH ACID
Posted Oct 20, 2018[Verified]

"Honeyed fruit in the initial mouth feel. Lots of complexity to keep you going. Pretty good for the price poinT."

RouteStock Cellars 'Route 99W' Pinot Noir 2015 image
PRIVATE REVIEW
Posted Oct 18, 2018[Verified]
Santa Barbara Winery Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2016 image
FRUITY BUT UNDISTINGUISHED
Posted Oct 17, 2018[Verified]

"We think this one is worth $16. One never knows what the wine spectator ratings mean. Are they blind tested across all price points? In this case we think the 90 WS score is justified considering the low price. But it’s not a particularly intriguing wine, although it’s great for drinking especially with people who like sweeter wines."

Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton 2015 image
RICH, FULL, SIMPLY GREAT!
Posted Oct 16, 2018[Verified]

"Dark fruit very heavy, nice finish, good mouthfeel. Lasting on the palate."

Errazuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay 2016 image
REFRESHING, AND A GREAT BUY
Posted Sep 17, 2018

"OK, we have lower expectations for a wine that cost $14. That said, this is extremely refreshing, slightly acidic, and still the fruit comes through."

Murrieta's Well 'The Whip' White 2015 image
FRUITY, A BIT SWEET
Posted Sep 11, 2018

"For the price, this is very good. I find it a little one-dimensional, in that the fruitiness is what you left with even as the fruitiness is what you first encounter. We often have family visiting who will not drink a more sophisticated wine. This would be perfect for them."

Macrostie Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 image
NICE VALUE, GOOD FRUIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018

"Not everyone likes these fruity California Chardonnays. But this is a good example, and not expensive. We like it very much."

Les Vins de Vienne Condrieu 'La Chambee' 2015 image
A SPLURGE, BUT TOTALLY WORTH THE MONEY
Posted Aug 26, 2018

"This one surprises from the first sniff and sip. The notes from wine spectator are spot on, but we didn’t get the singed almond. That’s an odd idea. Nonetheless, we will no doubt buy this again. After all, life is short, and wine is one of its great pleasures."

Craggy Range 'Te Muna' Sauvignon Blanc 2016 image
A GOOD DEAL
Posted Dec 28, 2017[Verified]

"For optimum flavors it really should be served closer to 45°. We put it outdoors and it’s 19 here and it was a little cold to begin with but it was still very tasty. For the price this is a really nice wine."

Foxen Chardonnay Bien Nacido Block UU 2015 image
NOT SO MUCH
Posted Dec 16, 2017[Verified]

"This is quite expensive, and the citrus elements are very dominating. It would be tolerable at a much lower price point but it’s ridiculous at this price."

Kendall Jackson 'Vintners' Reserve Chardonnay 2015 image
REMARKABLE AT THIS PRICE POINT
Posted Nov 8, 2017[Verified]

"This is a lush and fruity Chardonnay of the buttery variety, that would stack up well against much higher priced competitors."

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay 2015 image
CREAMY AND VERY GOOD OF THE BUTTERY TYPE
Posted Oct 29, 2017[Verified]

"The price point for this wine is good. The label suggests pairing it with a cream-based dish or a subtle fish. These seem like good suggestions. Teasing aroma of green apple and some green herbaceous notes, and a strong buttery fullness."

Landmark Vineyards 'Overlook' Chardonnay 2014 image
LOVELY, FRAGRANT, FULL BODIED
Posted Oct 2, 2017[Verified]

"A surprise. Yes, oaky, but no cloying butter. We have no complaints, and price is right."

Aldo Rainoldi 'Sassella' Nebbiolo 2011 image
ELDERBERRY JAM
Posted Sep 28, 2017[Verified]

"Dark, textured, difficult perhaps. But deep."

Chanson Vire-Clesse 2015 image
DELICATE
Posted Sep 25, 2017

"This wine takes a little studying. Not very obvious, but you can tease out subtle fragrances and flavors. Patience required. But worth it."

Feudo di Santa Croce 'LXXIV' Primitivo di Manduria 2013 image
GIVE IT MORE TIME
Posted Sep 23, 2017[Verified]

"Comes off with too much tannin at first, but rich and berry, chocolate, leather notes. We ordered a case and plan to save it for later."

Buchegger Riesling Tiefenthal 2013 image
SURPRISING, REFRESHING!
Posted Sep 23, 2017[Verified]

"Not what we generally drink, so a very delightful first encounter! Enough acid for a hot day, and enough fruit and green tea notes for slow sipping."

St Michael Eppan 'Anger' Pinot Grigio 2016 image
MINERAL REFRESHMENT
Posted Sep 18, 2017[Verified]

"Extremely pleasant."

Routestock Cellars 'Route 99W' Pinot Noir 2014 image
STANDS UP TO COMPETITION
Posted Sep 5, 2017

"Tasted against two other pinots this was the winner. Flavorful and not especially modest as many humdrum pinots can be, this was a pleasant surprise!"

Keller Andrian Floreado Sauvignon Blanc 2015 image
TOMATO LEAF FINISH?
Posted Sep 5, 2017

"On its own has an unpleasant finish. We're not used to tomato leaf as a note of aroma or taste. Priced high for what it is. If priced maybe $3 lower it would be a good wine to keep around for summer parties. Better with food."

Paul Hobbs 'Crossbarn' Chardonnay 2016 image
MAYBE AT A LOWER PRICE POINT?
Posted Sep 4, 2017[Verified]

"Not a bad wine but not something we would go out of our way to find. A little disappointing given the reviews. Butter is strong throughout. But the acid is there. A little weak on other aspects. Maybe the floral notes are lost because we are competing with sweet autumn clematis and hydrangea from the garden. Just saying it might be different on another day. Very drinkable and ordinary wine, about 20% less in price would be right."

Vina Godeval Cepas Vellas Godello 2015 image
LESS DIMENSION THAN WE HOPED
Posted Jun 29, 2017[Verified]

"Kind of acidic. Fruit not obvious"

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay 2014 image
GREAT WINE FOR PRICE POINT
Posted Feb 11, 2017

"Not too buttery. well-finished and subtle. Citrus in the nose but also slightly floral. A tiny bit of orange. Very nice wine we would order again."

Shea Wine Cellars Chardonnay 2013 image
UNAVAILABLE? DON'T WORRY. NOT SPECIAL.
Posted Jan 24, 2017[Verified]

"So flat and just blah. Where did those tasting notes and ratings come from? Working hard to sense stone fruit or pine needles or citrus. Maybe vanilla, but unconvincing and boring."

Luca 'G Lot' Chardonnay 2013 image
ARGENTINA? WHO KNEW?
Posted Jan 23, 2017

"Pretty interesting for a Chardonnay, and even more so considering where it comes from. We are used to other whites from Argentina, and generally expect a lower price point. But this is a really well constructed wine that holds up and does not disappoint."

Ramey 'Sonoma Coast' Chardonnay 2013 image
GOOD BUT NOT AT THIS PRICE POINT
Posted Jan 22, 2017

"This is a very pleasant wine. Fruity, balanced, and with a good finish. But, not extraordinary. Hard to justify the price."

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Chardonnay 2013 image
VERY WELL-BALANCED BUT PRICEY
Posted Nov 19, 2016[Verified]

"For those who are weary of buttery Chardonnays. Subtle and does not hit you over the head with fruit."

Guy Saget 'Marie Beauregard' Vouvray 2013 image
GOOD BUY
Posted Jun 6, 2015[Verified]

"Nice balance of tart and sweet. Almond and lime plus minerality."

Michel Torino 'CUMA' Torrontes 2013 image
GREAT WINE FOR PRICE POINT
Posted Jun 4, 2015[Verified]

"Immediate grapefruit and floral notes. Acidic and crisp. Stands up well against other wines at double the price. Perfect for summer."

Kendall Jackson 'Vintners' Reserve Chardonnay 2013 image
GO-TO WINE
Posted May 20, 2015[Verified]

"Full bodied and lasting on the palate."

William Fevre 'Champs Royaux' Chablis 2013 image
VERSATILE
Posted May 20, 2015[Verified]

"Price point is reasonable. Wine is fruity for a Chablis."

Marimar Estate 'Acero' Chardonnay 2010 image
PRIVATE REVIEW
Posted Sep 4, 2013