Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Read about the wines in this tasting

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Cool Climate Germans and Austrians

There was no single favorite but some approving comments.
June 1, 2022


Except for the Loosen Wehlener, the wines are all available only in bottle to case quantity.

There was no single favorite but some approving comments.

The "natural' 2020 Dolde Silvaner was rounded and riper than most other German Silvaners. It was fleshy and ripe, with their astringent minerality appearing a just a pleasing grace note.

The 2020 AJ Adam Drohn Im Pfarrgarten Riesling Feinherb had none of the funky reductive notes. It was just off-dry with finely delineated Riesling flavors.

The 2020 Georg Breuer Sauvage Riesling  was big and broad, powerfully flavored with lowish acid.

2020 Ott Am Berg Grüner was a bigger and more richly powerful expression of the grape. Heartier wants bolder dishes.

The 2018 Clemens Busch Marienburg Kabinett was in a very good place with its elements nicely balanced and long life ahead

The Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuh, while less powerful, showed the finesse that makes that vineyard one of the most prized of the Mosel. It sold out.


2020 Dolde Silvaner Alte Reben Organic Very Good -Excellent (for purity) $31, Case $26.99

2020 AJ Adam Drohn Im Pfarrgarten Riesling Feinherb; Aroma, with richness underneath, firm; Mouth: Juicy rich, definitely dry, fat, nicely juicy intensity;

 Very Good Plus $25.99, Case $22.99

2020 Georg Breuer Sauvage Riesling Aroma: vibrant notes of lime, slate, and a hint of peach; Mouth: intense & mouth-filling, forward and exciting, the lime with an added saline note, juicy, and long; Very Good - Excellent $26.99, Case $22.99

2020 Ott Am Berg Grüner Veltliner The wine opens with a clear, fresh, beautifully delicate, and spicy white stone fruit aroma. On the palate, this is a light and fresh, straight, seriously structured, and grippy Veltliner with 11.8% alcohol and fine lemon fruit bitters on the sustainable finish. Stephan Reinhardt $27.99, Case $23.99

2018 Clemens Busch Marienburg Kabinett Organic biodynamic pure, bright, and fresh yet heavily reductive on the nose that displays a kind of slate perfume with white fruit aromas. Lush and piquant on the palate, this is a hedonistic Riesling with elegance, piquancy, and stimulating salinity. A fabulous Riesling that tastes rather like a very digestible Spätlese, though. Good length, grip, and salinity" Stephan Reinhardt $26.99, Case $22.99

2019 Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese sold out 


A small quantity of these are in stock

Mix any 12 or more at their case prices


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