Federal Wine & Spirits

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Super Summer Wines

Consensus at our Wednesday tastings is more absent than present, but if there was one it coalesced around the Talmard Macon-Chardonnay and was that at its price it provided great fruit and a surprising degree of breadth.
July 25, 2018

Aside from that, tasters seem to like all of the other wines to varying degrees and for different purposes; the Domaine Houchart for its freshness and lift, and the 2017 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentinofor its spice and rich fruit. 

The 2017 Valle Reale Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Rosato was very light in color but that did not detract from its fresh flavors. We sold out at the tasting but more is coming in today.

We have just bottles left of the 2015 Nicolas Chemarin Beaujolais Villages - people were surprised and pleased at its depth and structure. The 2015 Maison l'Envoye Pinot Noir Two Messengers was a bit tight at the beginning of the tasting but got rave reviews for its character and complexity as it opened with air. 



2017 Talmard Macon-Chardonnay; Mouth: classic Macon, lighter and pretty a touch of peachy succulence lots of character, finishes lightly citric solid for the price; Very Good 14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Case, 12.74

2017 Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence Blanc; Color: pale grren, ; Aroma: Very clean racy fine acidity Bright intense , softer light star fruit citrus; Mouth: l]clean juicy, meyer lemon freshness, lightly clan firm, plush and pungent; Very Good 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

2017 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino: Bright straw. Floral and citrus aromas with peach and mineral flavors. Salinity and almond in the crisp finish. Very Good Plus 

18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14



2017 Valle Reale Cerasuolo Rosato: Pink raspberry. Bright berry, violet and passion fruit. Pleasant dry balanced finish. Very Good Plus 15.99/bottle 14.39/mixed case 13.59/case


2015 Nicolas Chemarin Beaujolais Villages les Vignes de Jeannot; Aroma: light fresh pretty, very clean, nicely herbal, fresh clean; Mouth: lightly fresh juicy rather full, fat, herbal, light affect to start, but very nicely articulated center; Very Good Plus Was 23.99, now 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14, limited

2015 Maison l'Envoye Pinot Noir Two Messengers; Aroma: plump rather dense very sweet , heady rather dense, fullish; Mouth: smooth clean rounded fullish, slight bitterness, juicy & firm firm, fine acid ;Very Good Plus 29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49


7-25 Summer Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $196

Instore only 7-25 Summer Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $104

Or you can mix

 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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