Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

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Last Week's Tasting

More Great Values
September 6, 2018

We tasted several wines at greatly discounted prices, including: A very fine Estate St. Veran; A top-end Russian River Chardonnay at an everyday price; Some Rhones at 21 (old enough to drink), and an excellent Tuscan Red. Many of the wines sold out...

 

We tasted several wines at greatly discounted prices

Including:

A very fine Estate St. Veran

A Top End Russian River Chardonnay at an Everyday Price

Some Rhones at 21, Old Enough to Drink

An Excellent Tuscan Red

 

Many of the wines sold out, the most popular being the Deux Roches St. Veran some of the Jaboulet Crozes and the Bevan Cellars Chardonnay. We have from bottles to a couple of cases left of the wines below.

 

The White Wines:

Deux Roches is a label of Collovray & Terrier, premier producers in the Maconnais. This older vines St. Veran is rarely seen in the United States. it was good value at its original $30 price. It's great value now at less than $20 by the case. We have five cases of the 2015 and one of the very mature 2014

2015 Deux Roches St. Veran Vieilles Vignes; Aroma: oaky heady rather dense, full, , rather richm rathr full; Mouth: clean fine acidl juicy pretty fine acid, clean soft older fruit, errthaer vibrant, nice balance between fruit and fine acidityVery Good Plus Was $30 Now 22.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.69 2 cases of 2015, 1 case 2014 left

A Top Russian River Chardonnay

2014 Bevan Cellars Ritchie Vineyard

Bevan Cellars  is a top producer of California Chardonnay and Cabernet. The distyributor had to make room for the new vintage. Much as we love this wine, we have to do likewise.

Robert Parker wrote that this wine "reveals honeyed apricot, white peach, wet pebbles and floral notes. It is rich, full-bodied, loaded with minerality and extremely pure, with the oak well-concealed. This should drink well for 4-5 years, if not longer."

My notes are from last fall:

2014 Bevan Cellars Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard; Aroma: very bright fleshy bvery dese rather rich oka lined, citrus & melon; Mouth: juicy very rich clean thick, nice texture rather fruity, juicy light wood finish; Very Good - Excellent Was $79 Now $35 NET bottles left

 

Red

Jaboulet Syrahs Old Enough to Drink 

at least 21

The 80s and 90s were the heyday for the Jaboulet family's northern Rhone Syrahs. Famous for their Hermitage La Chapellel, they were appreciated by wine lovers for their well priced Crozes Hermitage. We recently acquired some oftheir single vineyard botttling from 1994 and 1997. The current releases of these wines retail from $30 a bottle to $50 for the Thalabert.

Wines age like people. What is lost in vigor, strength, and flesh, is compensated by gains in wisdom and suavity. At least one would hope.

These Jaboulets are not crotchety dotards, sharp and vinegary. Their youthful fruit has faded, but they have mellowed and smoothed out. One caveat: wine bottles, like human siblings, can diverge as they age. Although we will open bottles of each, the bottle you buy might not be the same as the bottle you tasted at the store. The experience is, we think, worth the risk. Do not open ahead, They will fade quickly. 

1997 Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Raymond Roure 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99  bottles left

 

Tasting Discounts (except Bevan which count as a bottles below but not discount)

 Any six - 11 bottles of the above for a 10% discount

 Any twelve bottles of the above for a 15% discount

 

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

 

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

 

           - Len Rothenberg