Federal Wine & Spirits

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Last Week's Tasting

Summer Favorites
August 7, 2019

People liked all the wines, but 2017 Brigaldara Valpolicellawas the clear purchase favorite. It offered a lot of pure enjoyment for a very low price.

 

By the way we putthat and the richer 2018 Capreoles Beaujolais Villages l'Amourgandisefor about half an hour in the refrigerator to serve those lighert redscool on a hot day. You might try the same thing.

People found the other wines as advertised. The 2016 Louis Moreau Chablis was a classic presentation in a lighter, more delicate vein. The 2017 Bodegas La Val Licia Albarino was richer but with a mineral, crisp edge, that made it a good companion to seafood also

The 2016 Bernard Gripa St Peray Les Pins was richer and perhaps a more serious wine, with deeper layered flavors.

Some people were not prepared for the slight sweetness in the 2017 WWe Dr. Thanisch Erben Thanisch Riesling  Kabinett;. Recalibrating, it is a sweet, sophisticated wine for sipping by itself, or with spiced East Asian foods.

 

White

2016 Louis Moreau Chablis; Aroma: clean very mineral, very chalky, pretty with a dry lime note; Mouth: clean slightly astringent, mineral, rather deep, light and sprightly long; Very Good Plus32; Mixed Case, 28.8; Case, 27.2

2017 Bodegas La Val Licia Albarino: Straw with green highlights. Grapefruit, quince, fresh herbs and pineapple lead to citrus finish with green apple and mineral.  Very Good Plus17.99/bottle  16.19/mixed case  15.29/case

2017 WWe Dr. Thanisch Erben Thanisch Riesling  Kabinett; Aroma: minersal, rather fresh, bright acid, , rather clean; Mouth: juicy low acid rounded fleshy, nicely mineral on the back end, raher fine, forward, sweet, rather pretty, nice balance; Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29

2016 Bernard Gripa St Peray Les Pins; 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 Was $43 Now 29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49

 

Red

2017 Brigaldara Valpolicella: Medium bright ruby. Aromas and flavors of cherries, flowers and spices. Medium boried and a nice balanced finish.  Very Good Plus 15.99/bottle  14.39/mixed case  13.59/case

2018 Capreoles Beaujolais Villages l'Amourgandise- Organic- Biodynamic; Aroma: very rich rarher dense, juicy, firm minerality, juicy rather dense, fruity, ; Mouth: Juicy rather rich very full, a hearty Gamay fine tannins, clean rather bright , long; Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29

 

8-7 Summer Favorites Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $225

Instore only 8-7 Summer Favorites Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $119

mix any 6- 11 above wines for 10% off

any 12 or more for 15% off

 

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           - Len Rothenberg