Federal Wine & Spirits

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The First Rosés of Spring

Austrian Landhaus MeyerRose was the most popular at the cash register. People bought it for its bright and fruity personality as much as for its low $13 price. It is last week’s best candidate for an all-around back porch or with food rose.
May 8, 2019


The Commanderie de Peyrassol was equally popular at the register, but people’s opinions were divided It is a wine of delicacy and finesse. that appealed to rose lovers but did not to drinkers of heartier reds.

            The 2018 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova is a wonderful wine, but it needed aior exposure to really strut its stuff. Early tasters found it blank, Later ones rhapsodized about its richness and complexity.

            Lots of favorable comments about the spice and intensity of the 2018 Lorenzo Negro Rosato San Martin. People thought it would be a very good pairing with marinated grill meats and oriental foods. People also liked the fruit-acid balance of the Provencal BargemoneRose.

            The Margerum 2018 Riviera Rose’s spice and structure was a pleasant surprise for those Europhiles who looked down their palates at California Rose.


2018 Landhaus Meyer Rose; Aroma: Citrus & wild berry; Mouth: spicy Zweigelt tang with harmonious and drinkable palate; Very Good Plus12.99; Mixed Case, 11.69; Case, 11.04

2018 Commanderie de Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix en Provence - Organic; Aroma: plummy sweet very ripe , fresh, juicy, rather clean, flowery; Mouth: juicy very intense fat so ripe as to be almost sweet, rather sweet acid, long heavy on the finish, cantaloupe ; Very Good Plus 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14

2018 Cotes de Provence Commanderie de Peyrassol; Aroma: fresh, rather firm,spicy forward, herbal, heavy rather full, rich fruit; Mouth: spicy bright rather clean, spicy, full fruit,  spicy acid, lingering, delicate, refined; Very Good Plus Plus 21.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.69

2018 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova: Pale bright pink. A tasty medium blend of cherry, strawberry, bramble and white flowers. The balance is remarkable with a pleasantly lingering finish. Very Good to Excellent 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14

2018 Margerum Riviera Rose; Color: paled Pink, an orange tint; Aroma: Lovely aromas of strawberries & watermelon with hint of minerality; Mouth: Both lively & fruity on a mouthwatering palate. Full bodied with a dry finish; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2018 Lorenzo Negro Rosato San Martin: Deep pink. Aromas and flavors of cherries and strawberry with some depth. Floral notes precede a balanced finish with some Asian pepper spice. Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85e 


5-7-19 Rose Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $196

Instore only 5-7-19 Rose Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $104

or mix any 6- 11 in stock wines for 10% off

any 12 or more for 15% off


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           - Len Rothenberg