Federal Wine & Spirits

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Well priced French and Italian Roses

Most of last week's ros├ęs had fairly strong character, which led to disagreement among the tasters.
June 20, 2018

The one exception was 2017 Henri Bonnaud Steff Rose Mediterrannee. It had middle of the road inviting fruit, that most people like, but not many singled out as the favorite

The largest number of earlier tasters preferred the crisp earthiness of the 2017 Thibault Boudignon Rose de Loire, a character filled Cabernet Franc-based wine. It was too crisp for some later tasters.

The Tuscan sangiovese based 2016 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa: and Piemontese nebbiolo-based 2017 La Spinetta il Rose di Casanova, each had people who love them as has been true in many past vintages but each had some who did not like them. Quite a number of people found something odd in the Tuscan 2017 Dievole Le Due Arbie Rosato.

The 2017 Ch. Lancyre Pic St. Loup Rose likewise was really liked by some: some others found it too fruity for their taste. 


2017 Dievole Le Due Arbie Rosato:  Smells like Siena in the springtime with olive blossoms, cherries and strawberries. Very refreshing.  Very Good Plus   16.99/bottle 15.29/mixed case 14.44/case

2017 La Spinetta il Rose di Casanova:  Smells like the Tuscan coast in springtime with notes of herb, strawberry fruit and a touch of bright salinity. Layered and textured finish.   Very Good Plus Plus    18.99/bottle 17.09/mixed case 16.14/case

2016 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa:   Deep cherry fruit framed by cinnamon and pepper. More serious style showing complexity and energy.   Very Good Plus Plus   17.99/bottle 16.19/mixed case 15.29/case

2017 Henri Bonnaud Steff Rose MediterranneeOrganic; Color; Aroma: ripe fresh round pretty, deeper; Mouth: juicy rather firm, tight acid fleshy, lemon-accented fruit; Very Good12.99; Mixed Case, 11.69; Case, 11.04

2017 Thibault Boudignon Rose de LoireOrganic; Color: medium dark ; Mouth: bright herbal  clean firm, low toned Cabernet franc edge, softened tannins, firm; Very Good Plus21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2017 Ch. Lancyre Pic St. Loup Rose; Aroma: fresh rounded & fruity, nicely, well reined in Provencal herbs ; Mouth: juicy rounded, bright herbaceousness in the middle, sweet, rather bright firm, clean acid on the finish; Very Good Plus16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44

6-20 Rose Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $179

6-20 Rose Pack: Special, one each of the wines - $95 - may incur delivery charge

Or you can mix

 Any six bottles of the above for a 10% discount

 Any twelve bottles of the above for a 15% discount

Also in stock in limited quantity

Rare Provencal Roses

2016 Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Grand Cru Rose of Tibouren 

a unique richly flavored Provence rose from the rare Tibouren grape

29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49

2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose 51; Mixed Case, 45.9; Case, 43.35

2016 Ch. Simone Palette Rose $69bottles only

among the best we have tasted


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           - Len Rothenberg