Federal Wine & Spirits

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BBQ (Wines, too)

Tasters were drawn to the bold and the beautiful. In white that was the softly assertive Pilon Viognier with its heady almond notes and zesty acidity. This vintage really hit home, flattering and really the tongue on all fronts.
August 1, 2018


The red 2016 Clos de Luz Carmenere Massal 1945 as bold and flavorful as you would want to go with smoked and grilled meats. We had double-decanted it ahead of time yo soften any hard edges and also made the wine bloom on the palate. At first taste Valentina B widened her eyes and fielded a descriptor out of left field, "jalapeno." As flavor, not heat it clicked with everyone. I would only differ slightly to suggest a deeper ancho note might be closer. In any case, highly recommended .

The Château Sainte Roseline Rose fascinated several people. It lived up to its crew class saved designation with the complex intermingling of round fruit, that a reality, and lively acidity. We have a little over a case left; there is no more.

The 2012 Les Vignes Oubliees Terrasses de Larzac intrigued a number of the more experienced tasters. At six years of age this Rhone-style blend was already beginning that haunting forest-floor bouquet of a mature red wine. In the mouth it was lean and spicy, a tangy counterpunch to spicy marinades. Pierre Marie Chermette's 2017 Domaine Vissoux Beaujolais was pure and pretty as you would expect and characteristic of Beaujolais in a great year.

2016 Domaine de la Touraize Arbois Chardonnay was more restrained in comparison with it show her your winds around it. Nonetheless, it had a nice balance between fruit and minerality and great degree of richness. A success as a modern take that respected traditional Jura winemaking.



2016 Julien Pilon Viognier Mon Grand Pere Etait Limonadier; Aroma: fresh clean light pretty, rather limey acidity, ; Mouth: juicy ripe fleshy bright acid clean nicely herbal, lively firm; Very Good Plus 27.99; Mixed Case, 25.19; Case, 23.79

2016 Domaine de la Touraize Arbois Chardonnay En Flandre - Organic; Aroma: very fresh rounded nice depth, deep a hint of anise, light green herb; Mouth: smooth rather rich textured, firm, dry, very dense, stone fruit, apple, very clean rounded finish; Very Good Plus 26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94



2017 Ch. Ste. Roseline Cotes de Provence Cru Classé Rose; Aroma: very heady very dense, concentrated, rather firm, very heady spice; Mouth: dense sweet fruit, tactile, dense heavy very full, spicy, lifted and dimensional, saline, thick, firm; Very Good - Excellent was 29.99 Special 24.99 ; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24, 3 cases only



2017 Domaine de Vissoux Beaujolais Origine (Pierre Marie Chermette); Color: Medium red black; Aroma: Heady rather deep full, very dense; Mouth: Ripe very rich very concentrated, clean firm;Very Good Plus 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2012 Les Vignes Oubliees Terrasses de Larzac; Color: medium red black brown tint on edge; Aroma: lightly spicy evocative, rose-plum with a spicy edge, notes of maturity; Mouth: medium bodied, clean racy acidity, thinning spicy and acidity, rather long; Very Good Plus Was $35,Now 21.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.69, 3 cases only

2016 Clos de Luz Carmenere Massal 1945 - Organic; Aroma: heady rather dense spicy, clean, nice intensity, good drive, pretty, rather direct; Mouth: clean lightly fresh, juicy, very pretty fruit, spicy, very good spicy acid length; Very Good Plus 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24


8-1 BBQ Case Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $249 (20.75)

Instore only 8-1 BBQ Case Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $135 (22.50)

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