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The July Federal Case Summer Values

When asked for their favorites, more people than usual said that all the wines were good, and good value.
July 6, 2022


Visitors from Ohio and Tennessee joined our regulars

When asked for their favorites, more people than usual said that all the wines were good and good value.

That said, most often mentioned were the clean, pure higher-toned Sauvignon Blanc flavors of the Loire Valley's Dyckerhoff Reuilly. The 2021 was its third vintage in a row to get strong endorsements from our customers.

Tasters also often cited the Pelle Pinot Noir Rose. It showed rather juicy with some lovely sweet fruit and good acid. We have bottles left

The City Limits Rousaanne showed true to form, creamy broad on the palate with a nice balance of bracing acidity. People remarked on its somewhat exotic passionfruit nose.

One person tasted no oak in the Raeburn Chardonnay. It is there aplenty, but not the sweet vanilla version you get in most tutti frutti chards. The Raeburn showed a dry oak that complemented rather than obscured what one taster called its classic green apple Russian River notes.

Bardolino red is often thin and short-lived. The Monte del Pra was most definitely rich and thick at the tasting's start but got its most admiring comments two hours open at the tasting's end when its elements came together. This means that it will have some life ahead.

People liked and commented on the value of the 2016 Montauto Chianti. And felt that it successfully melded the nutty character that distinguishes Sangiovese with some good modern fruit and nice underlying structure. It's a steal at 12.99



2021 Dyckerhoff Reuilly Blanc

It's great for seafood, finned or shelled.

Aroma: Very heady dense Firm sweet melon, lifted lemon; Mouth: Clean, fresh juicy forward, dense, smooth lime and grapefruit, touched with anise surprisingly elegant; Very Good Plus 17.99 Case, 14.99

2021 City Limits Roussanne

Color: pale yellow-green; Mouth: thick and smooth to the tongue, not heavy bright green plum, very long bright spice; Very Good Plus was 21.99 Special 19.99, Case 16.99 

2020 Raeburn Chardonnay Russian River

Aroma: reserved, rather reserved, clean, lightly oaked; Mouth: sweet fruity, lightly oaky dense, rich, creamy, and granular texture; Very Good Plus 19.99; Case, 16.99


2021 Pellé Menetou-Salon Rose of Pinot Noir

Aroma: sweet rather fine acidity, pungent, light but deep-noted fruit, pungent and caressing; Mouth: juicy, rich & fleshy, fresh, fullish with a deep raspberry-plum middle, a crisp finishing note; Very Good Plus $21 Case, 17.99


Two Great Values 

2017 Monte del Fra Bardolino

Bright ruby. Well-balanced, fresh, and fragrant with cherries, savory herb, and spice. Vibrant and enjoyable finish. Very Good Plus Was 17.99 Special 14.99; even more special Case, 12.99

2016 Castello Montauto Chianti

Bright ruby. Cherries, underbrush and wild herb with clear soft acidity and good tannin. Clear Sangiovese freshness and flavors. Very Good Plus Was 17.99 Special 14.99; even more special Case, 12.99 


July Federal Case two bottles each of the above $179

Or make your own case;

Mix any twelve bottles or more at their case discount prices


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