Federal Wine & Spirits

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Two Very Fine Roses

2018 Ch. Roquefort Cotes de Provence Corail + 2017 Martin Woods Willamette Rose
April 11, 2019


Glass of Rose


Fresh and Fragrant

2018 Ch. Roquefort Cotes de Provence Rose


Raimond de Villeneuve is one of Provence’s master winemakers. 

Michel Bettane called him "incontestably, one of the great hopes of the Cotes de Provence.  The wines perfectly combine ample and intense fruit with a rich and silky body. The wines of Roquefort have a hedonic character that will make you immediately rejoice."

M. Villeneuve’s cooler vineyards give him an advantage in the hot summers. The 2018Ch. Roquefort Cotes de Provence Corail (French for coral) is organic and biodynamic. The Grenache grape gives it breadth, Syrah intensity, Cinsault and Carignan structure and spice. White grapes Vermentino and Clairett add piquancy and lift.

Northern exposure and the estate’s high altitude make for cooler nights and longer growing season that makes the wines fresher and more appetizing.

The 2018 Corailcombines elegance and delicious fruit.  It has broad fruit over the delicately astringent structure of Provencal roses that make them such good partners for a variety of warmer weather dishes. You can drink this with grilled fish and almost any chicken or a lightly dressed salad.

2018 Roquefort Côtes de Provence Rose 'Corail'Organic,Biodynamic; Aroma: Fresh pretty rounded nicely fleshy & floral; Mouth: Clean bright a nice concentration, nice intensity, rather Broad sweet fruit, a light mineral undertone, finishes broad and deep; Very Good Plus16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44

Arrives Friday



Complexity & Depth

2017 Martin Woods Willamette Valley Rose


Evan Martin is an extraordinary winemaker of hand crafted, small production Willamette  Valley wines. Before last night’s tasting he poured us a sample of his 2017 Willamette Valley Rose. We all found it astonishingly good. Mike called it the best New World rose he had ever tasted.

It is much, much more than a pleasantly pretty sipping rose. Rich and substantial, it's a solid,  seriously complex wine to accompany serious meals.

Like the (now sold out) Simone Rose, it is a blend of grapes. Pinot Noir gives it savor; Gamay, depth; Gewurztraminer an intriguing spice; old vine Riesling gives thrust with an underlying  mineral steel.

Like much more expensive wines, it pirouetted on the palate; flashing now one of its flavors,  now another. Despite its depth it keeps the palate intrigued and enlivened. It wants fully flavored dishes. Scott G told us how he loved to serve rosés with paella. That dish would love this wine. Also spicy full flavored Asian dishes, sauced game fish, grilled chicken or pork, even beef with a marinade.

Evan’s wines need time to show how good they are. Very good but closed a year ago, The Martin Woods sang this year after having been open all day. Like the Simone, it could even be decanted to become really impressive.

2017 Martin Woods Willamette Rose; Color: bright purple orange; Aroma: rounded fresh, clean,  nutty note , plumpish, heady and richly deep, with a spicy edge, intriguing blend, of deep ; Mouth: spicy edge, rather clean, firm, bright sweet acidity, full in the middle with a tangy edge on a long finish; Very Good - Excellent$28.99


Case $295 (24.58)
Half case $155.94 (25.99)
Arrival mid May


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           - Len Rothenberg