Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

New On the Shelf

Fresh, Top Notch, and/or Wonderful
August 1, 2018


A Fresh Herbaceous Gascon White

Armagnac country makes for spare plate rereshing dry whites. there Gros and Petit Manseng are the premium grapes. We liked this nice little white for its herbaceous fullness. 

2017 Domaine Cassagnoles Cotes de Gascogne Cuvee Gros Manseng; Aroma: heady, dense & smoky, clean rather firm; Mouth: clean smoky, juicy very nive intensity, , thick, , fiffy dry, rather intense, bright juicy citric; Very Good Plus 12.99; Mixed Case, 11.69; Case, 11.04

Top Notch Finger Lakes Riesling

Eric Asimov recommened Ravines Dry Riesling as one of his three American rieslings in his wine school series in last week's New York Times and went on to write "Ravines makes two single-vineyard rieslings, Argetsinger and White Springs, which I highly recommend if you can find them."

We have the White Springs. I highly recommend it also.

2016 Ravines Riesling White Springs Vineyard; Aroma: Pretty fruit, light clean; Mouth: Rather soft sweet acid , smooth clean,rather incisive center, light nice spice Very Good - Excellent 28.99; Mixed Case, 26.09; Case, 24.64

A Wonderful 2016 1er Cru Chablis

I am a fan of 2016 white Burgundies, They have the verve and intensity of the superb 2014s, but with more forward fruit and acidity, so you can enjoy them younger. Case in point this 1er cru Chablis fromDomaine Testut. From 80 year old vinest is both deep and evocative at the same time. You can drink it now, but it will age for at least five years. 

2016 Testut Chablis 1er Cru Forets; Aroma: heady ver sweet rather dense, light sweet edge, clean, firm with a soft edge; Mouth: racy rather broad, bright acid very good substance, clean, bright rather fine, lighter, lifted and evocative, very long with tight acid lots of minerality; Excellent; $45 Net limited only 70 cases made


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           - Len Rothenberg