The Fifth Empire


Winemaker's Reserve Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2015

Full bodied, great for chocolate. Excellent in the winter. — 6 days ago

Azienda Agricola Stanislao Radikon

Collio Merlot20

Classic example of wine tastes better when you are enjoying the view of the vineyard, the story being told by the winemaker. We purchased this wine in Italy and schlepped back home only to find the merlot to be mediocre a year later. This wine is supposed to the the pinnacle of Radikon empire (made by father of current winemaker Sasha). — 18 days ago

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Folias de Baco

Uivo Renegado Vinas Velhas Red Blend

Perfect strawberry juice for chugging while watching CNN for the fifth day of election night. — 24 days ago

Fifth Note Cellars

Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon

Batch no. 037 - 2018 — 2 months ago

Empire Estate

Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2017

Another solid vintage of this consistent FLX Riesling. Minerals, chalk and just a touch of petrol on the nose. Granny Smith apple and a touch of peach (along with those stony mineral notes) on the pallet. Crisp with mouth watering acidity. Very “Mosel-like.” Never disappoints. — 15 days ago

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Gotham Project

Empire Builder New York Cabernet Franc 2016

Delightfully bright fruit on the nose, and a bright red color that reminds me of stawberry jam. Smooth and dark, with a medium bodied yet deep flavor that isn't overbearing. Wish there was a tad more depth on the finish, but overall I like this one. — a month ago

Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Dark Ruby with aromas of ripe red fruit and complex spice from this 4 grape Left Bank blend. Classified as a Fifth Growth in 1855, the palate shows concentrated fruit flavors of black cherry and red plums with tobacco, bitter cacao and smoky oak. a powerhouse blend with smooth fine tannins, well balanced. Long finish ending with fruit, oak and earthy notes. Very well done! — a month ago

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Marchesi Mazzei

Ser Lapo Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2016

Questa botteglia e’ il secondo che abbiamo bevuto. Ancora buono e equibilibrato. E’ certamente buono mercato con 15 dollari a Empire State Wine. — 6 days ago


Napa Valley Sweet Vermouth

David T

My homemade warm, Bourbon Pecan Pie with Marianne’s Old Tyme Vanilla...our favorite ice cream maker & second favorite ice cream from them.

Pie made with Redwood Empire “Pipe Dream” Bourbon.

Tawny Port would have been sweet over sweet over sweet...way too much & over powering. The Matthiasson Sweet Vermouth is the perfect pair. It captures the pie with a gentle hug without overwhelming it like Tawny would do.

As I was making my pie, I realized there are very valid heath reasons for only making this once a year. But, wow is it amazing!!!

Our group will likely never go out for another formal dinner if the choice is ours, it just wouldn’t be as good on multiple levels.

The Matthiasson Vermouth starts like summer sun tea with a touch of sugar, subtle brown sugar/molasses background, hints of toffee, butterscotch, marmalade fruit, dry stone fruit, dry pineapple, orange citrus, salted nuts, chalky soils, grainy volcanics, warm toast, slight honeycomb notes, vanilla with dry floral bed. The acidity is insane. The long finish is; unique, extremely well balanced, lush, elegant with persistent length. On the back end, you perceive the most subtle quality of Vermouth.

Brilliant beverage creation!
— 10 days ago

Christina ChampagneJames
with Christina and James
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