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Robert D — Empire Wine Community

Robert D has been a customer since September 2013

62 reviews posted

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A LITTLE HARSH

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

Posted on Sep 13, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
YUMMY, DRINK NOW!

"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."

Posted on Sep 7, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
DULL, LACKLUSTER

"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."

Posted on Sep 5, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
VERY PLEASANT AND VERY FRENCH

"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."

Posted on Aug 7, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
MOST UNEXPECTED AND INTERESTING

"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."

Posted on Jul 18, 2019
YUMMY AND REFRESHING!

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

Posted on Jul 16, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
DELICIOUS BUT PRICEY

"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!"

Posted on Jul 12, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
RICH, THICK, FRUITY

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

Posted on Jul 9, 2019
EXCELLENT VALUE, GOOD REFRESHING WINE

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

Posted on Jul 9, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
REFRESHING CHANGE FROM CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS

"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."

Posted on Jul 1, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
DEPENDABLE CREAMY RICHNESS

"Very good for the price point."

Posted on May 22, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
EXPENSIVE BUT WELL-MADE

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

Posted on May 10, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
CREAMY AND LUSH

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

Posted on Apr 28, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
QUITE DRINKABLE
Posted on Apr 3, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
GREAT AT PRICE, GOOD FOR DINNERS AND GUESTS

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

Posted on Apr 1, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
FRUITY, DARK, SATISFYING
Posted on Mar 5, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
GREAT BUY

"Thinking of getting a case."

Posted on Feb 6, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
PRIVATE REVIEW
Posted on Jan 29, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
FRUITY AND SATISFYING

"Lovely and full-bodied."

Posted on Jan 29, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
TROPICAL AROMAS BUT SLIGHTLY ACIDIC

"Very balanced with a nice finish"

Posted on Jan 20, 2019  [Verified Purchase]
INTERESTING AND COMPLEX, GOOD PRICE POINT

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

Posted on Jan 14, 2019
WELL, WE WAITED TOO LONG AND NOW THERE’S NO MORE

"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."

Posted on Dec 9, 2018
SO GENTLE AND LOVELY

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

Posted on Dec 5, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
FLINTY AND DRY, AMAZING

"Different, citrusy and mineralic."

Posted on Dec 1, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
PRICEY BUT REALLY GOOD

"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."

Posted on Nov 19, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
WELL MADE WINE, EXCELLENT VALUE

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

Posted on Nov 11, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
LUSH, CREAMY

"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."

Posted on Oct 29, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
HERBACEOUS AND UNUSUAL PALATE

"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."

Posted on Oct 23, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
FOR $22 IMPRESSIVE

"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."

Posted on Oct 22, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
A CROWD PLEASER

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

Posted on Oct 21, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
FOCUSED AND WITH ENOUGH ACID

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

Posted on Oct 20, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
PRIVATE REVIEW
Posted on Oct 18, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
FRUITY BUT UNDISTINGUISHED

"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."

Posted on Oct 17, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
RICH, FULL, SIMPLY GREAT!

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

Posted on Oct 16, 2018  [Verified Purchase]
REFRESHING, AND A GREAT BUY

"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."

Posted on Sep 17, 2018
FRUITY, A BIT SWEET

"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."

Posted on Sep 11, 2018
NICE VALUE, GOOD FRUIT

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

Posted on Aug 29, 2018
A SPLURGE, BUT TOTALLY WORTH THE MONEY

"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."

Posted on Aug 26, 2018
A GOOD DEAL

"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."

Posted on Dec 28, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
NOT SO MUCH

"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."

Posted on Dec 16, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
REMARKABLE AT THIS PRICE POINT

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

Posted on Nov 8, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
CREAMY AND VERY GOOD OF THE BUTTERY TYPE

"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."

Posted on Oct 29, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
LOVELY, FRAGRANT, FULL BODIED

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

Posted on Oct 2, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
ELDERBERRY JAM

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

Posted on Sep 28, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
DELICATE

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

Posted on Sep 25, 2017
GIVE IT MORE TIME

"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."

Posted on Sep 23, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
SURPRISING, REFRESHING!

"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."

Posted on Sep 23, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
MINERAL REFRESHMENT

"Extremely pleasant."

Posted on Sep 18, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
STANDS UP TO COMPETITION

"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!"

Posted on Sep 5, 2017
TOMATO LEAF FINISH?

"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."

Posted on Sep 5, 2017
MAYBE AT A LOWER PRICE POINT?

"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."

Posted on Sep 4, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
LESS DIMENSION THAN WE HOPED

"Kind of acidic. Fruit not obvious"

Posted on Jun 29, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
GREAT WINE FOR PRICE POINT

"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."

Posted on Feb 11, 2017
UNAVAILABLE? DON'T WORRY. NOT SPECIAL.

"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."

Posted on Jan 24, 2017  [Verified Purchase]
ARGENTINA? WHO KNEW?

"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."

Posted on Jan 23, 2017
GOOD BUT NOT AT THIS PRICE POINT

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

Posted on Jan 22, 2017
VERY WELL-BALANCED BUT PRICEY

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

Posted on Nov 19, 2016  [Verified Purchase]
GOOD BUY

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

Posted on Jun 6, 2015  [Verified Purchase]
GREAT WINE FOR PRICE POINT

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

Posted on Jun 4, 2015  [Verified Purchase]
GO-TO WINE

"Full bodied and lasting on the palate."

Posted on May 20, 2015  [Verified Purchase]
VERSATILE

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

Posted on May 20, 2015  [Verified Purchase]
PRIVATE REVIEW
Posted on Sep 4, 2013