Federal Wine & Spirits

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Distinctive BBQ Wines and a Special Pinot

The 2016 Cave Mont Blanc, Blanc was most purchased. People had not heard of it but found it intriguing; a soft and broad wine of moderate acidity and alcohol that would partner a variety of dishes.
August 28, 2019


People found the 2018 Reale Getis Rosato rather rich and nutty; more of a food companion then a wine for simple sipping.

The 2016 Saint Cosme Crozes Hermitage started off rather tight enclosed but even new tasters could appreciate that it was a wine of substance albeit reserved. Towards the end of the tasting it had begun to bloom into a rich, centered and age-worthy wine. Some people loved it. We have only six bottles left.

The other wines were less mentioned. Tuscan fans thought that the 2015 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico: was a classic example of its type and very, very satisfactory. The 2016 Feudo Montoni Perricone del Core had an exotic fruit character that people found very interesting. We have about a case and a half left. The 2015 Marietta Cabernet Sauvignon Arme showed softer and much more agreeable than my notes below from a few months ago.



2016 Cave Mont Blanc, Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle Extreme Very Good Plus Was $22 Now 16.99



2018 Reale Getis Rosato: Deep rose pink. Fresh red fruit flavors and aromas with a floral, spicy note. There is some nuttiness in the long finish. One of our best roses. Very Good to Excellent.   23.99; Mixed Case, 21.59; Case, 20.39



2016 Saint Cosme Crozes Hermitage smoky and refined, with cherry and cassis fruit underscored by hints of dried herbs and meaty elements. Ample fruit and fine-grained tannins, Wine Advocate Excellent 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49 six bottles left

2015 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico: Ruby red. Aromas and flavors of deep cherry, olive blossom and spice. Fine layered texture which recharges every sip. Very balanced finish. Very Good to Excellent 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2016 Feudo Montoni Perricone del Core:  Ruby red with violet highlights. Plum, red fruits with notes of spices, cocoa and licorice. Fresh and round palate with a very attractive balanced finish. Excellent 25.99; Mixed Case, 23.39; Case, 22.09

2015 Marietta Cabernet Sauvignon Arme; Aroma: a touch of menthol, clean, rather dense, full, rather low toned; Mouth: bright acid, eucalyptus, deep fruit, dense, long finish; Very Good Plus 22.99; Mixed Case, 20.69; Case, 19.54


8/28 BBQ Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $232

Instore only 8-28 BBQ Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $123

mix any 6- 11 above wines for 10% off

any 12 or more for 15% off


Several tasters fell in love with our surprise seventh wine, Elk Cove's 2016 Pike Road Pinot Noir Fairsing Vineyard. One found it "Rich and Complex," noting that it was "definitely ageworthy." He promptly ordered a case.

2016 Elk Cove Pike Road Pinot Noir Fairsing Vineyard 

Wine Advocate -" Ripe red and dark berry, baking spice and vanilla aromas, along with a smoky mineral nuance on the powerfully scented nose. Concentrated black raspberry, cherry cola and spicecake flavors show excellent clarity and become sweeter on the back half. Hangs on with strong tenacity on the dark-berry-driven finish, which is framed by fine-grained, slow-building tannins. (22% new French oak) "  just three cases left

Was $50, Now $35

Special case $359.88 (29.99)

Half case $191.94 (31.99)


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           - Len Rothenberg