Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Read our notes on this tasting

Read what our customers thought

The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

Hablando Espanol: Rioja + Malbec
January 24, 2018



2012 Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza: Good fruit with a spicy, toasted edge. Well balanced and persistent with cherry, licorice and smooth tannins. Very Good Plus 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14

2011 Franco Espanolas Bordon Rioja Reserva: Bright ruby. Full flavor with great balance of oak and fruit and textured tannins. Tart red cherry. Plum and pepper all make an appearance. Very Good to Excellent 22.99; Mixed Case, 20.69; Case, 19.54

2010 Marques de Vargas Rioja Reserva: Deep ruby. Wild strawberry and raspberry with bramble, licorice and savory spice. Notes of earthy plum and very good tannic structure. Very Good to Excellent  28.99; Mixed Case, 26.09; Case, 24.64

2014 Finca la Linda Malbec la Linda; Aroma: light clean fresh raher pretty, , very pretty, fresh , clean, light spice; Mouth: clean smooth rather fresh, juicy fine acid clean, , smooth clean juicy; Very Good 11.99; Mixed Case, 10.79; Case, 10.19

2016 Bodega Renacer Malbec Punto Final: Deep ruby, purple rim. Red and black currant, blackberry and plum, accented by pepper, clove and wood spice with hints of oaky vanilla. Very Good Plus   14.99; Mixed Case, 13.48; Case, 12.74

2014 Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard; Aroma: vry fresh, pretty violets, nice intensity, very richly aromatic that incises more than hammers the nose; Mouth: smoothy very rich, sweet fruit, light fresh acidity, very clean lifted, long violet -inflected finish ; Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29


1-24 Rioja Malbec Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $196

Instore only 1-24 Rioja Malbec Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $104


Order by phone at 617.367.8605, or reserve here: order@federalwine.com


Please pass this on to any friends who are wine enthusiasts.


           - Peter Hemenway