Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

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Great Rieslings, Great Prices

We had promised some very good values in dry and off-dry Riesling. The large number of people who showed up for the tasting on a 95° summer day evidently agreed.
August 29, 2018


Three wines, the 2014 Schafer-Frohlich Riesling Felseneck Kabinett, the 2014 Wagner Stempel Dry Riesling, and the 2015 Schloss Lieser Trocken Spatlese sold-out during the tasting or shortly thereafter. Thjree did not, only because we have larger quantities available. They sold well also.

People described the 2015 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett as being just like summer. It was all citrus and peaches, with a just touches of mineral funk and of fresh fizz.

The 2016 Ravines White Springs Vineyard was the favored of the two Fnger Lakes rieslings. People liked its strong energy and drive. It also improved as the tasting went on, becoming deeper and more complex, a token that it will age.

The 2016 Forge Riesling Lower Caywood was softer and more herbal. Some people liked it a lot. Others did not know what to make of it.




2014 Schafer-Frohlich Riesling Felseneck Kabinett; Aroma: very slatey, hard granite notes, raher firm, initially closed, but opens with time; Mouth: tart clean very dry, good concentration good acidity, very strong needs time, good fruit butressed by a broad acidity, opens with time to slight sweetness; Very Good Plus Sold Out

2015 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett; Aroma: Fresh lifted dense & full, lithe & fruit with citric notes; Mouth; Very pretty fruity and rich, pleasurably off- dry, Very Good Plus Was $27 Now 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99


2016 Forge Riesling Lower Caywood Organic; Aroma: broad, heady the deep berry side of riesling, a soft nuttiness reminiscent of maturedry Alsatians; Mouth: soft rathr dense, fine, acidity, nutty, bright and long, fleshy a unique style of Riesling; Very Good Plus 25.99; Mixed Case, 23.39; Case, 22.09

2016 Ravines Riesling White Springs Vineyard; Aroma: Pretty fruit, light clean; Mouth: Rather soft sweet acid, smooth clean, an incisive center, light clean on a lifted finish; Very Good - Excellent27.99; Mixed Case, 25.19; Case, 23.79

2014 Wagner Stempel Dry Riesling vom Porphyr Siefersheimer; Aroma: Light heady rather dense juicy & full; Mouth: Bright very intense clean firm, thick juicy; Very Good - Excellent Sold Out

2015 Schloss Lieser Riesling Trocken Spatlese; Aroma: reserved, very nice depth, very heady, good slate; Mouth: very rich very intense fat juicy, very nice minerality; Very Good - Excellent Sold Out


Tasting Discounts

 Any six - 11 bottles of the above for a 10% discount

 Any twelve bottles of the above for a 15% discount


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           - Len Rothenberg