Federal Wine & Spirits

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Wine Puzzles, Tasty Answers - The April Federal Case

There were two clear favorites...
April 6, 2022


The April Federal Case

There were two clear favoritess.

White: Almost all tasters thought that the rabbit that 'graces' the label of 2020 Domaine LeLievre Cotes de Toul Auxerrois was cute. However, they agreed that the wine inside was very acceptable, especially at its price. Juicy fruity, and many thought this clone of Pinot Blanc would be a great wine for the Easter table.

Red: The 2018 Ch de Roquebrune was almost universally considered acceptable, especially for the money likewise. It got better and better as the tasting went on. We suggest decanting an hour before serving to enjoy a very pleasurable companion for lamb or steak.

Scattered good comments for the others. Some liked the Saumur Chenin Blanc, which was fruitier and deeper than the rabbit. The Bandol Rose was very heavily ordered and would also be the ice compliment for Easter dinner. Some who didn't like Cabernet did find the city limits very appealing. The Allegrini Valpolicella was very well priced. It changed during the tasting at the beginning showing full dark fruit, but later on, showing more structure. Some people preferred the initial appearance, some the ladder chacun a son gout.



Weird Rabbit, Happy Wine

2020 Domaine LeLievre Cotes de Toul Auxerrois

; Aroma: head sweet rather full, bright acid, bright firm; Mouth: juicy, intense, bright, nicely full, fleshy fat, youthfully exuberant; Very Good Plus 19.99; Case, 16.99

A Loire Valley Dry Chenin

2018 Domaine Guilloterie Saumur Elegance

Soft and fleshy, with an underlying firm minerality, This is a best value in dry Loire Chenin Blanc.

; Aroma: firm, mineral, soil, earthy, bright; Mouth: rather broad, firmly mineral, rich, very dense, long; Very Good Plus21; Case, 17.99


Whose is That Masked Wine?

2020 Bieler Bandol Rose

 Color: darkish orange; Aroma: sweet & spicy, full in the mouth; Mouth: juicy and round good spice, bright acid rounded, full, nice bottom and depth; Very Good Plus 18.99; Case, 15.99


The Quiet Italian

2019 Allegrini Valpolicella

medium-bodied goes with everything and makes everyone happy. Over. This particular wine shows that The centuries-old Allegrini family understands very well the value of a wine that effortlessly helps the meal be perfect without making a lot of noise.

 Deep bright ruby. Very pleasant floral and fruit aromatics. Cherry, spice, and herbs combine in a smooth taste with a nutty character in the finish. Very Good Plus 16.99/ case 173.28 (14.99)

2018 City Limits Cabernet Sauvignon

 Aroma: lightly herbal, nutty, lightly perfumed, pretty; Mouth: deep dark, rather firm rather tannic, vary dark plum on entry light rather fine acid, dark finish, very dark without being tannic; Very Good Plus 19.99 Case, 16.99

Can You Make good Pomerol elsewhere?

2018 Ch de Roquebrune Lalande de Pomerol

 Color: very dark black opaque; Aroma: lovely cherry, heady ripe intense deep, sweet red currant fruit; Mouth: clean rather fine edge, juicy, fine tannins, savory & saline, mouth-filling and succulent without weight; Very Good - Excellent 21.99; Case, 18.99


April 2022 Federal Case,

If purchased separately, $239

two bottles of each wine $199

April Federal Pack

one bottle of each $115


Mix any 12 at their discounted tasting case prices

Any 6 for 10% off normal


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