Federal Wine & Spirits

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The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

Inventory Sale: Post card from Lake Winebegone
January 15, 2020



Nicolas Maillart Brut Champagne Platine   50      $40.00    $34.00    $32.00

Aroma: Rather full spicy fresh mineral very flinty; Mouth: Clean light very pretty r fruity, very ripe sweet fleshy; Very Good - Excellent



2014 Quilceda Creek CVR Red                                      $85.00    $72.25     $68.00

Robert Parker – “One of the finest examples of this cuvee to date, the opulent, sumptuous and downright sexy 2014 Cvr Columbia Valley Red Wine gives up loads of black currants, kirsch, licorice, toasted spice and dried herb aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, gorgeously textured, round, and just about as hedonistic as it gets, yet without being over the top or heavy in the least, drink it anytime over the coming decade.”

2014 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Chenoweth        70      $59.00    $50.15     $47.20

 Robert Parker “a deep ruby/purple color, loads of raspberry and black cherry fruit, a hint of cola, baking spices and loamy soil undertones. The wine is lovely, medium to full-bodied, rich and complex. Look for it to drink well for up to a decade.”

2014 Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir   65              $50.00    $42.50      $39.00

Vinous “Limpid ruby-red. Ripe red berry, mocha and candied rose scents show impressive clarity and energy. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, offering juicy, mineral-tinged black raspberry, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Closes with impressive length and alluring spiciness while fine-grained tannins add shape and gentle grip.

2016 Lucien le Moine Bourgogne                     60      $40.00    $34.00    $32.00

Color: red black in a lighter hue; Aroma: a caress of mingled sweet oak and wild cherry segues into black cherry, later with air becomes sexy & unctuous; Mouth: Like the nose a high toned drive direct and high toned, sweet tempered with an underlying  touch of steel that gives it character, very good length; Very Good - Excellent

2015 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard;          35             29.75       27.99

Color: very dark black; Aroma: light fresh, deep plum reserved, rather closed, heady rich, ; Mouth: clean bright fresh, bright clan fine acidity, soft textured, , clean long; Very Good - Excellent 34; Mixed Case, 30.6; Case, 28.9

2016 B Vintner Black Bream Pinot Noir                   $29.99    $25.49    $23.99

Color: Medium dark; Aroma: Deeper, rather dense , very full; Mouth: Bright clean forward, good fruit, ; Very Good Plus

2016 Tornatore Etna Rosso                                            $27.00    $22.95    $21.60

Transparent red. Inviting aromas and flavors of cherry, mineral and spice in a medium bodied balanced format.  Very Good to Excellent

2014 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1882                $45.00    $38.25    $36.00

Color: medium dark opaque, ; Aroma: sweet woody spice, , nicely directly intense, rather bright; Mouth: smooth, ratter clean, fine acid , strong, rather bright clean very fine tannins, palate staining tannins on the finish, very long; Excellent




2015 Clos du Moulin aux Moines Pernand Vergelesses Les Combottes  $40.00   $34.00 $32.00

 Organic- Biodynamic; Color: light golden; Aroma: heady rather full, very dense, , closed initially woth light wood notes, later a lightly oaked  fruit over stone; Mouth: juicy decent intensity some richness, soft clean ripe, soft acidity, exotic pear notes; Very Good – Excellent - for poise & balance

2016 Bernard Gripa St. Peray Les Pins          $43    $29.99    $25.49    $23.99

Aroma: heady and very ripe and  intense rich, very set very dense, , with almost honied, camomile notes; Mouth: dense fine acid& good minerality, thick like a lighter white Hermitage light , floral, so ripe as to be almost sweet on the finish; Excellent

2018 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore         $25.99    $22.09      $20.79

 Elegant and rich with beautiful secondary aromas. Bright crisp citrus, apple and peach with a refreshing bitter note capped by salinity.  Excellent 



Everyday Wines


Include too small Bordeaux Château’s of amazing quality for the price, a top notch Argentine Malbec blend, a hearty Southern French red. Two white: Pinot Gris from Oregon and delicious seafood-.



2015 Clos de Los Siete Malbec                           26      $18.99     $16.14     $15.19

“more than 50% Malbec with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. … a regular and harmonious wine with a commercial profile, approachable, polished and sleek. The palate is medium to full-bodied with round, lush tannins and clean flavors.” Wine Advocate

2016 Chat Puyanche Francs Cote de Bordeaux                       $15.99     $13.59       $12.79

Color: very dark; Aroma: heady nicely ripe , very pretty fruity with fine acidity, ; Mouth: smooth clean, nicely herbal, good character from the cabernet Franc ; Very Good

2016 Languedoc les Darons Jeff Carrel                     $12.99     $11.04     $10.39

Clean, fresh very juicy rich sweet, bright acid, ripe tannins, Very Good

2016 Ch. Le Clairiot Bordeaux                                      $12.99     $11.04     $10.39

Color: medium dark; Aroma: very dense, thick, very rich, dry; Mouth: clean herbal dry, more sense of Cf than Merlot, firm, tannic, hardish tannins, a touch light in the middle; Very Good Plus



2017 Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris                                        $18.99     $16.14     $15.19

 Color: light tan; Aroma: heady and juicy, rather full, yellow plum & earth; Mouth: bright lemony note then fresh yellow plum, clean racy full sweet acid long finish; Very Good Plus

2018 Muscadet Sur Lie Selection Cognettes Perraud                $12.99       $11.04           $10.39

Aroma: Fleshy rather full fat rather rich; Mouth: Clean light fresh tight set acid nutty & herbaceous with nicely rounded fruit; Very Good


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