Federal Wine & Spirits

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The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

One Good Sale Deserves Another, including including Fine Chardonnay + Pinot Noir
January 29, 2020

 

White

A textured and versatile white from Friuli’s oldest grape variety

2018 Gradis’Ciutta Ribolla Gialla:  Bright straw yellow. Citrus, peach, apples and flowers with a creamy texture and crisp clean finish.  Very Good Plus  21.99 , any 6-11 bottles 20.89, any 12 or more 17.59

 

Succulent nuanced semisweet Riesling from a very good producer

2016 WWe Dr. Thanisch Erben Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Spatlese; Aroma: elegant, fine mineral   , heady full, ripe fruit, , mineral edge; Mouth: semisweet very light on its feet clean  herbal, fine acid, sweet clean, long; Very Good Plus Was 31 Now 24.99 , any 6-11 bottles 23.74, any 12 or more 19.99

 

Textured grower burgundy from just outside Meursault

2016 Mikulski Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay; Aroma: fresh green apple, crisp, bright apple; Mouth: fleshy bright clean a touch of Meursault, nicely crisp, with thickened oak texture   clean firm mineral finish, good length; Very Good Plus  Was $29 Now 25.99 , any 6-11 bottles 24.69, any 12 or more 20.79 

Even lower price:19.99 by the case of 12

 

A crisp dry wine mineral white burgundy from a ripe vintage

2015 Camille Giroud Auxey Duresses Blanc; Aroma: deep oak,  leavened with green apple brightness, aromatic; Mouth: medium bodied, rather firm acidity crisp  finely defined, precise delineated; Very Good Plus 

Alan Meadows A whiff of wood easily allows the fresh green fruit and citrus-suffused aromas to be appreciated. There is once again good volume to the full-bodied and succulent flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the nicely clean, dry and more persistent finish Was 47 Now  37.99 , any 6-11 bottles 32.29 any 12 or more 30.39

Even lower price:28.99 by the case of 12

 

Red

A juicy all-purpose red from Argentina’s other great grape

2015 Nieto-Senetiner Bonarda; Color: Very dark; Aroma: Heady sweet ripe rather clean; Mouth: Fine spiced plum rather pretty nicely rounded fruit juicy, good structure; Very Good Was $18, Now11.99 , any 6-11 bottles 11.39, any 12 or more 9.59 

Even lower price:8.99 by the case of 12

 

 Finely delineated old Vine Cote de Beaune Red

2016 Francois Mikulski Bourgogne Pinot Noir; Aroma: light fresh, rather pretty, clean, , blackberry leather notes; Mouth: clean very pretty   fine acid, light cranberry inflected pure fruit, ; Very Good Plus

Alan Meadows “An exuberantly fresh nose features a ripe array of various red berries, plum and earth. There is fine richness to the round and attractively textured flavors that possess much better than average density compared to the average example of the genre, all wrapped in a slightly rustic finale that offers very fine depth and persistence.”

Was 29 Now 25.99 , any 6-11 bottles 24.69, any 12 or more 20.79 

Even lower price:19.99 by the case of 12  Very limited

 

As pretty and ripe Northern Rhone Syrah from a famous family

2016 Maxime Graillot Crozes Hermitage Domaine des Lises; Aroma: Modulated  bacon subdued & harmonious, very pure; Mouth: Light clean fresh very pretty Syrah from eacd clean and focussed,, flows light and pure over the palate; Very Good Plus  Was $32 Now 25.99 , any 6-11 bottles 24.69, any 12 or more 20.79

Even lower price:19.99 by the case of 12

 

Rare discount on one of Willamette Valley’s iconic single vineyard wines deep and age worthy

2016 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Savoya; Aroma: spicy wood, very heady, rich intense    spicy & rich, very concentrated; Mouth: thick to the palate, nicely extracted with fine wood notes, thick finish wood with some wood tannins; Very Good - Excellent  Was $72 Now 54 , any 6-11 bottles 51.3, any 12 or more 43.20

Even lower price:$39.99 by the case of 6

 

Wow this one has it all 

2016 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter; Aroma: heady very dense rather thick, flowery and forward; Mouth: dense   sweet forward fruit, well integrated oak, juicy and intense, fin e tannins on the finish, long; Excellent 57 , any 6-11 bottles 54.15, any 12 or more 45.6

Even lower price:41.99 by the case of 6  Very limited

 

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           - Len Rothenberg