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Matt S — Empire Wine Community

Matt S has been a customer since Feb 2014

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Pabiot Pouilly-Fume 'Florilege' 2017 image
AMAZING OLD SCHOOL SAUV BLANC
Posted Apr 7, 2019

"Pabiot is one of three certified organic producers out of 120 domaines in Pouilly-Fume. This elegant, yet lively old world Sauv Blanc opens up with aromas of green apple, gravel, and fresh cut grass. Well rounded acidity forms the backbone of this wine, with classic flintiness on the palate, it stays true to its Loire roots. For the price point, this wine is a steal, I couldn’t think of a better pairing for a sunny spring afternoon"

Forge Cellars Pinot Noir 2017 image
MOVE OVER BURGUNDY...
Posted Mar 3, 2019

"New York Pinot Noirs are slowly demanding the international respect they deserve, and the 2017 Forge Pinot is doing just that. On the east side of Seneca lake, Forge has committed to biointesive viticulture and organic practices. The wine is made using indigenous yeasts and hand harvested. Dark garnet in color, the nose offers baking spice, mint, and notes of bright red fruit. The first sip will surprise you with the balance of minerality and fruit, kind of a clash of old world and new world in the glass. I couldn't think of a better bottle of wine to drink while welcoming the upcoming spring months with a group of friends."

Andrea Scovero 'Ciapin' Barbera D'Asti 2017 image
PERFECT COLD WEATHER RED
Posted Jan 20, 2019

"Perfect red for cold winter weekends. It’s no wonder Barbera is the everyday drinking wine of Piedmont, because each glass invites you to drink another. Andrea Scovero Ciapin Barbera D’Asti opens with sour cherry and licorice on the nose, which transitions into dried herbs and espresso on the pallet. The structure and acidity make this the perfect pairing for anything from pepperoni pizza to a holiday roast."

Limerick Lane 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel 2015 image
JUST IN TIME FOR THE COLD WEATHER!
Posted Nov 4, 2018

"Amazing California Zinfandel with an old world feel to it. The nose opens up with ripe black cherry and blueberries, with an earthy dried herbs and spice component. A silky complexity on the palate makes this wine the perfect pairing for red meats, BBQ, or a night out with friends. A steal for the price!!"

Antoine Sunier Morgon 2016 image
PERFECT SUMMER BOJO!
Posted Aug 5, 2018

"The 2016 Morgon Beaujolais by Antoine Sunier is a perfect example of what Cru Beaujolais should taste like. Certified Organic and fermented with native yeasts in mostly old Burgundy casks, this wine instantly stands out once you open the cork. With notes of fresh strawberry and violet on the nose, the palate shows a more structured, tougher wine with great acid that should give it some longevity. Pair this Morgon with dishes like Duck Confit to Chinese food, you can’t go wrong!"

Hecht & Bannier Minervois 2014 image
EXCELLENT SOUTHERN FRENCH VALUE
Posted May 6, 2018

"A standout red in an undervalued region, Hecht & Bannier's Minervois has all of the sophistication and elegance of a high end southern French red. Consisting mostly of Syrah, followed by Grenache and Carignan, the wine opens up with strong herbal notes, dark fruits, and white pepper. A little vanilla and meatiness is sewn together by silky tannins. An excellent value for the price point, enjoy this stunner with a gamey meat, or simply on it's own with friends."

Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah 2015 image
TOP NOTCH WASHINGTON SYRAH
Posted Apr 1, 2018

"The 2015 Ex Umbris Syrah from Owen Roe will give any Northern Rhône a run for their money. After a decant, it opened up nicely with strong aromas of blueberry and wild game. The palette is intense, woodsy with lots of dark fruit and white pepper. I can’t think of a better pair your backyard spring barbecue."

Domaine Saint Nicolas Pinot Noir 2016 image
NOT YOUR AVERAGE PINOT NOIR
Posted Feb 5, 2018

"Not what you expect from your everyday Pinot Noir. This biodynamic stunner comes from the southwest of the Loire right on the shores of the Atlantic. With floral and slight herbal aromas on the nose this wine proves upon opening that it is much more than the overly extracted fruit bombs from the new world. It is a true expression of the terrior, with dry cherries and forest floor on the palate and a long elegant finish. The winemaker, Thierry Michon was so obsessed with biodynamic farming that he bought up all of the land sourounding his vineyard to insure there were no chemically corrupted vines remotely close to his own. Although this wine is terrific on its own, it would go great with winter beef stew or a venison roast."

Orben Rioja 2009 image
JUST IN TIME FOR THE COLD!
Posted Nov 12, 2017

"When looking for value in red wine, look no further than Rioja! Aged for 15 months in French oak, this certified organic 2009 Tempranillo delivers dark notes of mocha and vanilla mixed with some spice on the nose. On the palate, powerful but well integrated tannings mend together notes of black cherries and currant, which continue on to a long lasting finish. This is a wine begging to be drunk with food. Pair it with your favorite beef, lamb, or poultry dish!"

Domaine Vincent Ricard Touraine Les Trois Chenes 2015 image
KNOCKOUT SAUVIGNON BLANC FROM THE LOIRE VALLEY!
Posted Aug 21, 2017

"Sancerre and Pouilly Fume aren't the only kings of the Loire. This dry Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine will give any Sancerre a run for it's money. The nose opens up with sharp hints of melon and lemon zest that lead to floral undertones which are unique to this region. After the first sip you get notes of green apple, limes, and pear that linger on to a zesty finish. What's special about this wine is it's light bodied smooth texture which makes it a versatile pairing for many foods, from fish tacos to summer salads."

Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2016 image
GREAT VALUE SUMMER WHITE!
Posted Jun 11, 2017

"It's hard to think of a better pairing for a hot summer night. The 2016 Bodegas Naia Verdejo is a mineral driving, light body Spanish white that is far more complex than your average Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. It opens with citrus aromas on the nose, and strong notes of meyer lemon and lime after the first sip. This high acid wine with a long lingering finish will make it the perfect pairing for fish tacos or any chicken dish."

Bodegas La Cana 'Old Vine' Albarino 2015 image
JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING!
Posted Apr 10, 2017

"This 2015 La Cana Albariño will surprise you from start to finish. The perfect balance of acid and fruit in this unoaked dry white makes it a great pairing for the upcoming warm weather. Strong aromas of melon and lemon open up to stone fruit and wet gravel on the palate, makes this wine a perfect pairing with Thai food, chicken, or a seafood dinner."

Chateau Tour Bayard Montagne St. Emilion 2011 image
TASTES WELL ABOVE ITS PRICE POINT!!!
Posted Feb 27, 2017

"This 2011 Chateua Tour Bayard Montagne is everything you are hoping for when drinking a St. Emilion. Pepper and red fruit on the nose, this beauty opens up with a silky mouth feel and subtle earthiness with dark red fruit undertones. Long finish on this classic 85% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc. You'll be wishing you bought more than one."

Domaine Fourrey Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru 2014 image
A REAL STAND OUT WHITE BURGUNDY!
Posted Nov 7, 2016

"A wonderful pick for the upcoming holidays. This medium body Chardonnay is elegant and complex making it a phenomenal food pairing for poultry or salads. It opens extremely aromatic with floral aromas. On the palate, it has a chalky mineral texture to it with some stone fruit characteristics and a nice balance. The perfect gift for anywhere this holiday season takes you!"

Domaine Montirius Vacqueyras Le Clos 2013 image
OUTSTANDING VALUE FROM NORTHERN RHONE
Posted Oct 2, 2016

"Coming from a region that demands $30 plus price tags, this Syrah Grenache blend is a home run for $19.95. Because of the use of all concrete tanks, the nose is extremely aromatic and the fruit really shines through. You get hints of raspberries and leather that lead to herb and more red fruit on the palate. With a silky mouth feel and long lingering finish, this medium bodied French blend is the perfect wine to please a crowd without breaking the bank this fall."

Chappellet 'Cervantes' Chardonnay 2012 image
THIS WINE IS AWESOME!
Posted Sep 4, 2016

"An incredible value at only $16.95, the second label to Chappellet Vineyards is a home run for a Napa Valley Chardonnay. Strong vanilla notes on the nose, leads to tropical pineapple and banana with a little bit of spice on the finish. Not overly oaked, but balanced enough to go toe to toe with any Napa Valley heavyweight Chardonnay."

Ch. Haut Plaisance St. Emilion 2012 image
THE MOST FOOD FRIENDLY RED EVER.
Posted Jul 31, 2016

"A fantastic example of old world style Merlot, the 2012 Ch. Haut Plaisance is medium bodied with hints of ripe berries and vanilla. Staying true to its roots, the blend finishes with notes of flowers and earthiness with a small touch of spice. Subtle tannins hold it together making this a perfect pairing for any beef dish or cheese platter."

Kruger-Rumpf 'Munsterer Rhein' Riesling Kabinett 2014 image
COOL DOWN WITH A GREAT VALUE GERMAN RIESLING
Posted Jul 1, 2016

"No wine is more refreshing in July than a cold glass of German Riesling! Notes of Apricot and lime on the palate transitions to Meyer Lemon, making a well-balanced Kabinett Riesling. This wine delivers just a small touch of sweetness , that I think is the perfect pairing for a hot summer day. Enjoy this wine with a platter of your favorite rind cheeses, or simply on its own!"

H Comte Lafon 'Clos Crochette' Macon-Chardonnay 2014 image
PERFECT WARM WEATHER CHARDONNAY!
Posted May 26, 2016

"From one of the top producers of white wine in Burgundy, the Comte Lafon Chardonnay opens up with an inviting bouquet of green apple and lemon zest. A mouthwatering feel and powerful grip on the palate will leave you with notes of ripe pear and honeydew. The long, almost spicy finish will keep you craving another glass. Drink this gem with you favorite spring salad, or simply on its own."

Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2013 image
DRINKS LIKE A $30 BURGUNDY!
Posted Apr 27, 2016

"This estate grown Oregon Pinot is the perfect red for your next spring gathering. A very aromatic nose leads to raspberry and strawberry Jolly Rancher on the palate. You can really taste the terroir on the finish with wild mushroom and vanilla notes. At $15.95, this wine is a steal for anyone who is a fan of Pinot Noir."

Glaetzer-Dixon 'Uberblanc' Riesling 2013 image
PERFECT WINE FOR THE BEGINNING OF SPRING!
Posted Mar 31, 2016

"Coming from the small island of Tasmania, this Australian Riesling can go toe to toe with your top selections from Germany. From the start, you experience delicate lime zest and floral aromas which transition to peach, mango and nectarine. With just a small touch of residual sugar and the perfect amount of acidity, this wine leaves you craving another glass immediately. Drink now with your favorite Indian or Asian cuisine."

Raymond Vineyards 'Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 image
DELICIOUS CAB FOR A REASONABLE PRICE.
Posted Feb 21, 2016

"This 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet opens up with inviting hints of violet and mint on the nose. On your first sip you get black cherry and blackberry, which tapers off with a little vanilla spice on the finish. Enjoy this wine with your favorite cut of red meat, or simply on its own."

J.J. Vincent Julienas 'La Conseillere' 2010 image
Posted Jan 30, 2016

"Wonderful dry Gamay from Beaujolais. The refreshing strawberry and raspberry fruit aromas make this a great choice any day of the year."

Riposte Pinot Noir 'The Sabre' 2013 image
ABOVE AVERAGE PINOT!
Posted Oct 27, 2015

"Wonderful Pinot Noir out of the Adelaide Hills of Australia. Surprisingly good structure opens up with bright fruits that would be expected from an Australian red. Cherry, raspberry, and strawberry open up on the palate, with an elegant floral nose. A little more fuller bodied than your average Pinot Noir. A fantastic food pairing for your upcoming Thanksgiving festivities!"

Chateau Pesquie Cuvee Quintessence 2012 image
SYRAH BOMB
Posted Sep 7, 2015

"This wonderful Rhone Syrah opens with intense aromas of berries, pepper, and violets. Very approachable, the wines medium body and tannin structure makes this the perfect wine to pair with your favorite cut of steak! Ready to drink upon opening."

Domaine Lafond Tavel Roc-Epine Grenache/Cinsault Rose 2014 image
A GREAT SUMMER ROSE
Posted Jun 15, 2015

"A ridiculous value for $15.95! This Tavel's beautiful ruby color opens with light fruit and floral aromas. This wine offers the simplicity of a white, with the bright red fruit flavors of a red, it is the perfect choice for a hot summer day!"

Michel Gassier 'Lou Coucardie' Blanc 2012 image
THE PERFECT SUMMER WINE!
Posted May 14, 2015

"This wine opens with honey, melon, and apricot on the nose. Golden fruit on the palate, which builds up to a wonderful floral, vanilla-like finish. The perfect pairing with a grilled seafood dish, a spring salad, or simply on its own. The yellow-gold colored complexion leads to a delightful medium bodied Rhone, that can be enjoyed now, or in years to come."

Vetus Flor de Vetus 2009 image
FANTASTIC VALUE OUT OF SPAIN!
Posted Apr 8, 2015

"Made from 100% Tinta de Toro, the 2009 Vetus Flor de Vetus has strong bright fruits on the nose. Accompanied by leather, violet and blackberry on the pallet that opened up nicely. This wine is full of flavor without being over the top. An amazing every day value that is sure to impress everyone."

Chateau Puech Haut 'Prestige' Rose 2013 image
THE PERFECT SUMMER WINE!
Posted Apr 11, 2014

"After your first glass, you'll quickly realize that buying just one bottle isn't enough for this impressive selection out of Languedoc. The nose reveals hints of spring flowers and strawberries, and the palate explodes with peaches and green apples. This Rose is so clean and easy drinking, I can't picture a better bottle to keep on hand once spring and summer arrive."

Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Old Vines 2013 image
PRIVATE REVIEW
Posted Feb 23, 2014