Federal Wine & Spirits

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Easter Wines

In an eclectic group of wines last week there was a clear group favorite. The 2012 Terre Rouge Syrah Cotes de l'Ouest showed a round affability and great character that few other syrahs, whether Rhone or West Coast can match at anywhere near its price. We sold out of the 2012 but will have in 2013 tomorrow. It is as least as good, if not better.
March 22, 2018

The 2016 Librandi Efeso was one of strong character that drew strong responses. Peter’s description of its saffron notes were dead on. Some loved it; some didn't like it. Much however is ordered. We have but six bottles left. .

The 2015 Powell & Son Riesling Eden Valley was much more sedate. It was a good example of New World Riesling with a sweet diesel note over a generous round fruit. After the Efeso, It did not get a strong response.

Like Efeso, the 2016 Ch. Bunan Bandol Rose was a wine of strong character. Mostly Mourvedre, it showed the smoky spicy character of that grape. It is a strong wine for strong dishes. It showed also how better roses get better with some age. A year and a half old, it is just entering its time for best drinking. It will keep for another year or two.

Most people really liked the heady complexity of the 2012 Allegrini La Grola. Complex, it showed lots of depth and a rich silky texture. Complex maturing fruit flavors during the two hours of the tasting. Lamb for this one, I think.

           We expected the 2015 Domaine des Huards Cheverny Envol to be soft with a heady lush fruit. It was not. Initially It was tight with gamey reductive notes that some found objectionable. It was better the next day, but still rather tight. Perhaps we opened it too soon after its trans-Atlantic voyage which can often make wines 'travel-sick'.

For lamb also, ask us about our Tuscan, Napa Cabernet, and Bordeaux selections.. Happy Easter.


2016 Librandi Efeso: Bright straw. A wine of great personality with ripe pear, almond, mineral and saffron aromas and flavors. Excellent  $28.99; Mixed Case, 26.09 6 bottles only

2015 Powell & Son Riesling Eden Valley; Aroma: light clean fresh, very bright, lighted sweet diesel, lemon lime citrus; Mouth: clean bright firm, citrus, very lean mouth, clinging, rather dense, ; Very Good Plus 26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94


2016 Ch. Bunan Bandol Rose Moulin des CostesOrganic; Color: very light; Aroma: funky anise, rather funky, very dense, spicy ; Mouth: pretty rounded very sweet ripe, clean acidity, broad in the mouth, fine, very ripe, sweet fine acidity, very spicy; Very Good Plus 25.99; Mixed Case, 23.39; Case, 22.09


2015 Domaine des Huards Cheverny EnvolOrganic; Color: light red black; Aroma: fresh and bright with a light bouquet of red flowers; Mouth: summer cherry, citrus fruits, and red currant; Very Good Plus 22.99; Mixed Case, 20.69; Case, 19.54

2012 Allegrini La Grola: Deep ruby red. Aromas dominated by red fruits, balsa and spice. Full flavored with balance and structure that all comes together in a fabulous finish. Excellent 32; Mixed Case, 28.8; Case, 27.2

2012 Terre Rouge Syrah Les CĂ´tes de l'Ouest ; Aroma: Dense firm, chewy ; Mouth: Clean fine acid sweet herbal very solid sweet fruity, clean life no funk, juist a touch of white pepper; Very Good Plus22.99; Mixed Case, 20.69; Case, 19.54 (We will have 2013)

3-22 Easter Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $273

Instore only 3-22 Easter Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $144

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            - Len Rothenberg