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Staff Wine Picks

Empire Wine Staff Picks: Personally tasted and reviewed by our staff.

Goldschmidt Vyd 'Katherine' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
VINTAGE NOTES: Another exceptional vintage in Alexander Valley with outstanding color and flavor development. Ripe, black fruit characters and great concentration. A warm, relatively dry spring through April and May produced very even flowering and fruit set. We were a little worried in midsummer
Item Number: 21445
"Throw A Steak on the Grill and Drink This!Wonderfully purple in color, this Cabernet comes from Alexander Valley in Sonoma. On the nose there is a ton of black and red fruit that all comes together with a subtle background of oak that brings some spice to the table. A little tight on the palate initially, give this a little time to breathe and the flavors get more complex by the sip. Rich texture with good acidity and a very lengthy finish. Great choice for your next cook out!" — Peter

Mount Eden 'Old Vines' Chardonnay 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92  "Mount Eden's 2014 Chardonnay Old Vines, from a site in Edna Valley, is pretty, understated and gracious. Pear, white flowers and sweet spices are all nicely delineated throughout in this super-attractive, mid-weight Chardonnay. Readers will have a hard time finding a better wine
Item Number: 23465
Case: $239.40
"Staff Pick: Jake BThis beautiful Chardonnay from Santa Cruz, California is characterized by white flowers, tropical fruit, and well integrated French oak. The result is a well balanced, medium bodied wine that combines new world style with an old world sense of restraint. An entry level offering from the fabled winery Mount Eden, this is an extremely high quality, yet affordable addition to anybody's collection. Drink now until 2019." — Jake

Chateau Pesquie 'Cuvee Terrasses' Rose 2016
Vinous 88 "Light bright pink. High-pitched aromas of orange zest, strawberry and white flowers. Dry and taut on the palate, offering nervy red berry and citrus fruit flavors and a hint of fennel. Closes bright and clean, showing good length and a lingering suggestion of bitter cherry and orange
Item Number: 24449
Case: $143.40
"Bright & BeautifulThis Southern Rhône rosé glimmers in the glass with a light rose-gold complexion. Overly ripe strawberries and blossoming flowers excite the nose, suggesting spring highlights. Tart berries and lustrous citrus deliver with the balance of an acrobat. Radiant and refreshing. Pairs well with sun, grilled meats or vegetables, and fresh fruit." — Eric

Potel Aviron Fleurie Vieilles Vignes 2010
"The grapes are from parcels of 50 year old vines located on sandy granitic soils. The cru villages of Beaujolais are generally on rocky, granitic soil and are classified as such because of the grape’s natural affinity to the soil type. Rather than using the carbonic maceration technique that
Item Number: 23481
Case: $191.40
"simple eleganceThis wine from Fleurie, one of the most popular crus in Beaujolais is delightful. Hints of lavender and other herbs on the nose. Bright ripe fruit and a hint of vanilla on the pallette, with a lighter style, but still quite a bit of heft. Pair this elegant wine with roast chicken, or maybe braised veal." — Tim

Conreria d'Scala Dei - Black Slate 'La Morera' Blanc 2015
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The custom cuvée for American importer Eric Solomon, the 2015 Black Slate La Morera is a blend of Garnacha Blanca with 5% Pedro Ximenez from the village of La Morera de Monstsant. The irony here is that the young vines used for this wine are planted on limestone soils rather than
Item Number: 24492
Case: $203.40
"Kept me going back for another glassThis is a beautifully structured wine that was balanced and easy drinking. Bright stone fruits are present but never dominating the palate. The nose is alluringly floral and finishes off with a hint of minerality. This is an easy win for dinner and shouldn't be passed up." — Mike

Yalumba 'Museum Reserve' Muscat 375ml
Please note this is a 375mL bottle, which is smaller than a regular 750mL bottle!
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92"The Non-Vintage Museum Reserve Muscat is medium amber with a superb bouquet of honey, ginger, candied apricots, and peach. Ripe, sweet, and hedonistic, it has a very long finish."
Item Number: 5006

Bodegas La Cana 'Old Vine' Albarino 2015
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "(fermented in stainless steel tanks and large French oak barrels, followed by eight months of aging on its lees in the same tanks and barrels) Pale green-hued yellow. Highly perfumed pear, orange zest and jasmine scents are energized by a chalky mineral accent. Vibrant, sharply
"Just in time for spring!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." — Matt