Federal Wine & Spirits

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WED - Feasting a Bon Prix, and FRI - Poggio La Noce with owner Enzo Schiano

Both tastings had broad appeal.
November 14, 2018


Last Week



Holidays on a Budget


A large group seemed to like all the wines. The 2010 Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vigneto di Popoli. was most purchased largely because it seemed to have the broadest appeal. The Bordeaux Superieur 2010 Ch. Thilede-Grillon followed closely after that People thought tits noble Cabernet character and aged smoothness provided superb value for the money. Quite a number of people thought that 2015 Groundwork Mourvedre was the most interesting wine of the tasting, with its unique combination of fruit and spice. 

The 2017 Pala Vermentino di Sardegna I Fiori was the most popular fwhirte for its minerality, spicy acid and generous fruit.



2017 Pala Vermentino di Sardegna I Fiori: Wide range of fruit aromas with pear, peach, lime and grapefruit peel. Grapefruit and citrus flavors with oily saline note and a finish of subtle almond. Very Good Plus 16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44

2017 Raats Original Chenin Blanc ; Aroma: Clean rather spicy racy acidity very tangy full; Mouth: Fleshy very grippy v firm acids bright very very long leaving an impression of sweet peach and green plum on the finish; Very Good Plus 14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Case, 12.74



2010 Ch. Thilede-Grillon (Bordeaux Superieur) Very Good Plus 12.99; Mixed Case, 11.69; Case, 10.99

2014 Franco Espanolas Rioja Bordon Crianza: Ruby. Nice blend of cherry, blackberry, spice and wood. Medium bodied and balanced with very attractive flavor. Very Good Plus 16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44

2010 Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vigneto di Popoli: Bright ruby. Cherries, flowers, blackberry and balsam notes with a touch of earth. Medium to full body with complexity and balance.Very Good to Excellent. 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14

2015 Groundwork Mourvedre Santa Barbara Highlands; Color: very dark opaque; Aroma: light spice, anise, smoky, heady rather full, earthy nutty, ; Mouth: sweet rather intense full bright acid, heady complex, full, rich very dense, smooth texture, complex entrancing; Very Good - Excellent 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24


11-14 Budget Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $181

Instore only 1-14 Budget Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $96


Wines For the Feast


2016 Francois Villard Condrieu Deponcins; Aroma: mineral earthy rather dense, fruity acidity, firm, firm; Mouth: clean bright lemon-limey, firm, juicy acidity, good tension and mouth clinging richness firmExcellent 69; Mixed Case, 62.1; Case, 58.65

2015 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten 'Fischerei' G G Riesling; Aroma: Clean very dense rich red slate, deep; Mouth: Fine rather rich, Fine mineral, edgy, bright, a very nice tension between mineral and fruit, open and rich with ages to go; Excellent - Outstanding 45; Mixed Case, 40.5; Case, 38.25




2015 Rafael et Fils Pinot Noir Lauren's Cuvee- Organic; Color: cloudy; Aroma: fresh very pretty, rather firm, fragrant, fleshy; Mouth: very pretty very nice, clean, elegant very nicely textured, classic Anderson mulled plum, finely texturedVery Good - Excellent 45; Mixed Case, 40.5; Case, 38.25

2016 Ridge Geyserville; Color: heady very rich, laden, very dense; Aroma: another dimension, deep, ineffable; Mouth: smooth rather rich very thick texture, smooth, deep, dark notes, clean fine acidity, long, deep finish; Very Good - Excellent 51; Mixed Case, 45.9; Case, 43.35

2016 Domaine Pignan Chateauneuf du Pape; Color: medium light clean; Aroma: very fine pretty fine acid, clean firm, rather firm; Mouth: bright finely textured, firm, sweet fruit, nicely dense, firm, clean, sweet & precise with an assertive pointed drive; Very Good - Excellent 40; Mixed Case, 36; Case, 34

2015 Dievole Chianti Classico Vigna Sessina Gran Selezione: Bright ruby. Windy aromas of orchard flower and violet, deep cherry and tobacco and black pepper. Rich complex Sangiovese flavors with note of herb and game. Long complex finish. Excellent 68; Mixed Case, 61.20; Case, 57.80


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Friday: Poggio La Noce

with Enzo Schiano


These wines will arrive in about 2 weeks. The olive oil in three


Peter writes,

We had a very special tasting Friday evening with owner Enzo of Poggio La Noce in Florence. He carefully explained the special care he takes with the beautiful Sangiovese vines to produce wines of elegance and purity. All his wines and the olive oil are organic

We began the tasting with bread and the 2018 Poggio La Noce Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The beautiful deep bright green color was the first clue that we were in for something very special. The aromas and flavors were fresh, floral fruit and peppery and clean. The texture just made everyone want to go back for more. It is impossible to imagine a better oil. This will arrive in about three weeks.

 Poggio La Noce Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Superb 25/bottle 500ml

The first red was the 2015 Gigetto which is a blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Teroldego. This is made from the younger vines and is a fresh fruit forward style that is very easy to like. All of the wines are named after variations of the name of a childhood friend of Enzo’s. We followed this with the 2016 Gigino which is 100% Sangiovese and a brilliant example of what this grape can achieve. The bright cherry fruit is framed by flowers and spice and elegant texture. The 2013 Gigio we can say is the most serious wine of the group with great potential for aging. This is 90% Sangiovese and 10% of a special old clone of Colorino which adds depth and structure. So these are three different expressions of organic Sangiovese and all are terrific. Scott G said he was amazed.

We finished with a particular and rare type of Vin Santo. The 2011 Ejia is an Occhio di Pernice (eye of the partridge) and Is 100% Sangiovese. The wine has to spend five years in small Italian wood barrels before being bottled. It is a sweet wine of contemplation.

Thank you for a great tasting, Enzo.


2015 Gigetto (Sangiovese e Teroldego) Very Good to Excellent 26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94

2016 Gigino (Sangiovese) Excellent  37; Mixed Case, 33.3; Case, 31.45

2013 Gigio (Sangiovese e Colorino) Outstanding  65; Mixed Case, 58.5; Case, 55.25

2011 Ejia Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice 375ml (Sangiovese) Outstanding 59; Mixed Case, 53.1; Case, 50.15


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           - Len Rothenberg & Peter Hemenway