Federal Wine & Spirits

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Special Occasion Italian Whites

2014 La Spinetta Langhe Bianco Sauvignon Limited Edition + 2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Calderara
January 2, 2018


Terre Nere Bianco

What better way to kick off the New Year than with a selection of two of the finest white wines produced in Italy? The 2014 La Spinetta Langhe Bianco Sauvignon Limited Edition is the new release of a wine that many of you know. As usual, this displays a complexity of aroma, texture and flavor that just leaves people shaking their heads. 2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Calderara Sottana is the new release of the first bottling of a single vineyard Vigne Niche (select parcels). This is its debut year but already it is clear this is a star, a wonder. It is made 100% with Carricante, Sicily’s finest white grape variety.

                 Both of these wines are one of a kind. The main characteristic they share is the ability to age well for twenty years, perhaps even longer. We had a 2000 La Spinetta Langhe Bianco for Thanksgiving. Then we had a 2007 Terre Nere Etna Bianco Vigne Niche for Christmas. My friends and family feel truly privileged to be able to share such amazing wines.

                 In general we serve the Terre Nere with seafood because it’s from Sicily and we serve the La Spinetta with poultry and other white meats because it’s from Piedmont. The Etna Bianco has rich fruit with lime blossom, flint and wild herbs. It has cut, clarity and bright acidity. The Langhe Bianco is a touch more exotic with mango, peach and melon accented by ginger spice with a dense velvety smooth finish. Both of these wines transform and show more complexity as you go through the bottle.

                 Both are very young at this point and it is a good idea to decant them, just like you would a young red.

The Wines Are In Store Now


2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Calderara Sottana: This reminds me of the last time I went diving in the Mediterranean Sea with a group of mermaids. Excellent 33/bottle 178/six pack 337/case

2014 La Spinetta Langhe Bianco Sauvignon Limited Edition: On my last visit in Piedmont we went on horseback through the mountains of Castelmagno and had a beautiful lunch outside. This wine brings that experience to mind. Outstanding 53/bottle 286/six pack 541/case


Special mixed case: Six bottles of each of the above for a special price of $439


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


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           - Peter Hemenway