The February 2019 Dirty Dozen

Friday, February 1, 2019 11:21 AM

The February 2019 Dirty Dozen

Brrr!! That chill in the air can only mean one thing, it's winter, February to be specific. Though the shortest month, there are plenty of reasons to be festive in February. You've got Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day at the very least. 

The February Dirty Dozen consists of 12 bottles, all different, all chosen for their quality and versatility. Pack in a cheat-sheet with some background and pairing suggestions, and you're looking at the best wine deal in town!

The Chillables

2015 Juhfark, Tornai $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder        The Tornai family has been working vines in Hungary’s Somló region since 1946. Somló’s volcanic, basalt-rich soils are prized for growing wine grapes. Tornai’s Juhfark is the perfect introduction to this high-acid grape. The classic flavors of salt and smoke are present, without any botrytis, and finishes with a tart tang. Versatile, try it with salty, savory foods.
2017 Chenin Blanc, Kiona $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder     Washington State’s Kiona winery is the source for high quality, affordable wines. How do they do it? Their Chenin Blanc is a dead-ringer for Vouvray, expressing stone pit fruit and fresh acidity. The grapes are harvested early to retain freshness, then tank fermented. Ever so slightly off-dry, this wine is a dream for pairing possibilities! No limits here.
2017 Pinot Gris, Chemistry $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder        Chemistry is a first collaboration between Oregon’s Stoller Family Estates and Chehalem’s winemaking teams. This debut Pinot Gris promises good things to come. Sourcing throughout the Willamette Valley, blending diverse sites and keeping prices low, allows entrée to this special wine region. Lots of citrus with a kiss of papaya, striking a nice balance. 
2017 Ventoux Rosé, Domaine Fondrèche $16.99, $13.59 reorder     We are big fans of winemaker Sébastien Vincenti and his wines from arguably the best vineyards of Ventoux. For his Rosé, Vincenti uses 50% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, and 25% Grenache from vines averaging 25+ years of age. Red berry fruit and minerals appear in the aromas and the palate is snappy and fresh with a crisp finish. Spicy Thai prawns? Pop this.
2017 Ortrugo, Cantine Fratelli Bonelli $12.99, $10.39 reorder     Ortrugo, anyone? This white grape, indigenous to the Piacenza region (roughly 65 km southeast of Milano), is one of hundreds of local Italian varieties awaiting discovery by the international market. First off, it’s dry. It shows floral aromas with maybe a hint of white pepper. Its light body makes it incredibly versatile, so pair it with shellfish or poultry.
2017 Montravel Terrement, Château Puy-Servain $14.99, $11.99 reorder    Way out near Bordeaux’s eastern frontier, across the Dordogne River lie the vineyards of Montravel. The area is mostly known for its white wines, though some red grapes grow there also. Château Puy-Servain’s white Terrement cuvée is one of our best bargains in the white wine world. A 50/50 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, pair it with a chèvre salad.

The Reds

2015 Monica di Sardegna, Argiolas $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder  Always on the hunt to introduce Dirty Dozen devotees to unusual, lesser known varietals (see Juhfark above), welcome to Monica, a grape exclusively found on the island of Sardinia. Its soft tannins and ripe berry flavors make it a popular choice for everyday drinking enjoyment. Great with pasta dishes, fish stews, or pizza while bingeing on Friends.
2015 Pinot Noir, Praxis $22.98 net price, $20.68 reorder     Bill Arbios, a winemaker for over forty years (!), crafts this gorgeous Pinot Noir from a single vineyard at the southern end of the Sonoma Coast appellation, west of the town of Sonoma. Aged in French oak for nine months, of which 1/3 is new, this cherry-laden Pinot Noir is well balanced and elegant. Leg of lamb studded with garlic should match-up nicely!
2017 Fidelity Red, Goldschmidt Vineyards $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder     New Zealand born, globetrotting winemaker Nick Goldschmidt currently makes wine in four countries! His home base is California and he makes this Bordeaux-styled red from a single vineyard in Alexander Valley that he has farmed for over 25 years. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, it exhibits plum, cassis and notes of vanilla. Steak?
2015 Côtes-du-Rhône, Tour de l’Isle $15.99, $12.79 reorder     Made from Grenache, Syrah, and a little Mourvèdre, this C-d-R tips the scales in the quality for price world. It shows aromas of ripe cherry fruit, cracked black pepper, and forest floor. The palate is harmonious with rounded tannins and a lively finish. Rhône-meister Robert Rochhi has blended us another winner that will pair well with a roast or hearty stew.
2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colle Maggio, Torre Zambra $18.99, $15.19 reorder     The latest release from our (fairly) new d’Abruzzo producer, Torre Zambra, the 2015 Colle Maggio Montepulciano is teeming with character. Rustic raspberry, spice, cocoa, and coffee notes appear in the aromas, and the palate is medium-bodied and complex. It has a snappy, balanced finish with all components firing together. Pairs well with pizza or pasta.
2015 Château de Rouquette, Bordeaux $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder  Another wine right off the boat, this bargain Bordeaux turns heads simply by virtue of its expressive fruity aromas and palate and its super-modest price tag. Made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s nice and juicy where it needs to be, and has a sturdy backbone. It drinks well on its own, as a cocktail wine, but you can pair it with a steak too!

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The January 2019 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, January 3, 2019 1:23 PM

The January 2019 Dirty Dozen

Happy New Year! 

Here we are again, it’s January, and the slate has been wiped clean.

2019 has arrived, and here in northern California, the chill is setting in (by our standards). We looked at today’s forecast, and it says that the next week will be a wet one. 

So, while we stay dry indoors, we’re thinking it’s time to make a hearty dish to pair with a wine from our January Dirty Dozen!

January 2019 Dirty Dozen - The Chillables

The Chillables

2015 Blanco, Vilerma  $19.98 net price, $17.98 reorder    
Traveling east from Rias Baixas in Spain, next up is Ribeiro. Here the influence of the Atlantic is still felt, but the rainfall is slightly lower and the temperatures slightly warmer. This blend of mostly Treixadura combines sunny, citrusy fruit with a solid backbone of acidity. Golden green color in the glass, pair with deep fried veggies or crustaceans. 

2017 Chardonnay, Fableist $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder
This Central Coast Chardonnay has been our bestselling white from California under $25 for several vintages. Rich and creamy with just the right amount of oak, it appeals to a wide range of palates that appreciate rich fruit, oaky notes and balance. The label attracts the eye, the wine keeps customers buying it over and over. Nosh with lemon roasted chicken. 

2017 Gemischter Satz DAC, Bernreiter $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder    
Vienna is the only world capital with a significant wine production. It has its own appellation and hundreds of years of wine history. Gemischter Satz is a single wine from a multiple varietal vineyard. Paul Bernreiter makes Gemischter Satz for his heuriger (wine bar/restaurant), but some makes it here. Lively, try with fried meat, cabbage or mushroom tarts. 

2016 Chateau Boisson Blanc, Bordeaux $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
This estate owns nearly 30 acres of vines grown along the Garonne River. The vineyard sits atop a hill that overlooks ancient stone quarries. A 50/50 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, this tank-fermented white offers plenty of orange blossom and perky citrus notes. Ideal with ingredients like goat cheese, smoked salmon or trout and raw oysters.

2017 Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Colle Maggio, Torre Zambra $16.99, $13.59 reorder
Limited contact between the grape skins and fermented juice creates the vibrant magenta color of Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo. Torre Zambra’s is made exclusively from the varietal, Montepulciano. Cherry on the nose, cherry on the palate and cherry on the finish is the name of the game. Delicious with seafood stews, spicy sausage pizzas and cheesesteaks.

2017 Lugana, Ca’Lojera $16.99, $13.59 reorder
Lugana is a viticultural appellation that straddles the regional border of Lombardy in the west with Veneto in the east. Ca’Lojera’s vineyards are located near Brescia along the flatlands of Lake Garda. It is here that the grape Turbiana flourishes, producing wines of complexity and minerality. Lush and structured, pair up with pan-roasted halibut.

January 2019 Dirty Dozen - The Reds

The Reds

2017 Pinot Noir, Wonderwall $17.98 net price, $16.18 reorder

This is the 3rd vintage we’ve stocked from winemaker Andrew Jones. His Wonderwall Pinot Noir offers great value, using fruit from well-placed vineyards along the Pacific Coast. Telltale flavors of red cherry, black tea and cola permeate the palate. Jammy, yet light on its feet, food pairing possibilities are endless. Coq Au Vin or Chicken Marbella would be nice!

2015 Rioja, Palacio del Burgo $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

This simple, delicious Tempranillo is yet another example of why Spain is where one should look first for well-made, affordable reds. Nothing fancy, the grapes are fermented in steel and aged in concrete vats. The flavors are redolent of black berry and tangy raspberry with gentle tannins and a plush mouthfeel. Serve with tagines, tahdiq or paella. 

2016 Rosso, Paolo Scavino $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
The Scavino family have been making world-famous Barolo since 1921. What a thrill to discover their Vino Rosso, a blend of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera and Merlot. A delightful table wine that affords everyday enjoyment from a super star producer. Light to medium-bodied, tangy red fruit with lots of freshness. Pair with red-sauced pasta and/or meatballs.

2016 Chateau des Judes, Bordeaux $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, aged and fermented in steel tank.  Bright red berry and black currant aromas, palate is more focused and less whimsical, the fruit is part of the overall balanced structure. The finish is substantial with sticky tannins that linger.  Fans of The Beatles know what to hum when sipping this wine.

2013 Ventoux Rouge, Domaine de Fondreche $16.99, $13.59 reorder

A recent featured article in Wine Spectator described Fondreche’s Sebastien Vincenti as “an obsessively fastidious grower and winemaker”. His entry-level Ventoux (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) captures the essence of the region, making a red that combines mature fruit with a thread of freshness and minerality. Pair with Mediterranean cuisine.

2016 À Lisa Rouge, Domaine des Aspras $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Domaine des Aspras was established by the Lutz family in the early 1960’s. Mostly Merlot, the À Lisa is a funky, quirky Provençal red that highlights the impeccable organic farming of this estate. Unoaked with plenty of red berry fruit that couples harmoniously with the tame and mild tannins. Serve with Beef Daube, Stroganoff, Goulash or Bourguignon.

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The December 2018 Dirty Dozen

Monday, December 3, 2018 3:55 PM

The December 2018 Dirty Dozen

11 down, one to go! It’s December, and there’s no mistaking that chill in the air. The days have grown short, with the winter solstice coming up in a few weeks. We’ve already lit a few candles on the menorah, and we’ll be ready to trim the tree in time for Xmas. That makes this a super important time of year to be well stocked in the wine dept. 

The December Dirty Dozen has something for everyone; stop by and get your DD today!

Chillables Bottle Lineup

The Chillables

2016 Albariño, La Milla    $18.98 net price, $17.08 reorder        
Enthusiasts of crisp, mineral-driven whites are flocking to Albariño, especially those from Spain’s Rias Baxias region. La Milla is made from biodynamic and organically farmed vines, 40-80 years old, grown on shallow sandy soil in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Sleek peach and apple flavors meet with a note of anisette. Keep it raw, pair with sushi or ceviche.

2016 Rueda, Vevi   $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder
The wine region of Rueda is located in the heart of Spain where the elevation is high and the climate continental. Rueda is the ancestral home of the Verdejo grape. Vevi’s Verdejo highlights its distinctive character, embracing vivid flavors of ripe pears. The wine sits on its lees for 4-6 months giving the wine its lush texture. Pair up with the catch of the day.

2017 Fiction White, Field Recordings   $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder      
Winemaker Andrew Jones claims to have stood in about every vineyard on CA’s Central Coast. This vast knowledge of the region helps him access the finest grapes. His Fiction White is a multivineyard blend of Chardonnay (80%) with Chenin Blanc and Verdelho. A combo of oak and stainless steel fermentation makes for a fleshy and lively wine. 

2017 Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Tour de l’Isle   $15.99, $12.79 reorder
Rhône scholar, Robert Rocchi, acts as a négociant to a handful of growers in the southern Rhône, making decisions on final blends. Made from Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Clairette, it’s another great value from one of France’s value-centric regions. It shows aromas of pears and peaches and finishes soft and balanced. Happy crab season!

2014 Montagny Les Guignottes, Domaine Les Guignottes   $12.95 sale price, $12.30 reorder
White Burgundy in the Dirty Dozen. White Burgundy which is on-sale, no less! Montagny is an appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise, which is just south of Burgundy’s vaunted Côte d’Or. Only white wines are allowed to adorn the AOC on their bottles, and the grape is Chardonnay, of course.  This is an expressive, fruit driven white, pair it with scallops.

2017 Rosé À Lisa, Domaine Aspras   $13.99, $11.19 reorder
It’s one thing to ask any of us which Rosé is our favorite; answering that question would be subject to the mood we’re in.  Take a look at staff invoices and you’ll see that it’s this Rosé. Why not? It’s dry, crisp, and it has wonderful fruity aromas which lay in fine balance throughout the tasting experience. Pair it with a bowl of mussels and you’ll be set.

The Reds

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, CaliPaso   $17.98 net price, $16.18 reorder
CaliPaso is a small, boutique winery that is attached to a private inn. We’ve been fond of their wines for some years as they offer both quality and value. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is big, bold and redolent of black plums and red currant fruit. The oak presence matches beautifully to the fruit. Impactful on the palate, serve with premium cuts of roast beast.

2015 Zweigelt 1L, Zum Martin Sepp   $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
Switching gears here with a light-bodied, soft tannin red made from Zweigelt. Zum Martin Sepp is a small restaurant and inn located in the northern outskirts of Vienna. Winemaker Michi Martin adheres to organic practices, hand picks the grapes and ferments in stainless steel. Simple and delicious, try it with lighter fare like mushroom risotto or gnocchi.

2016 Gene, Gen Del Alma   $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder
Hailing from Argentina’s Gualtarry, a sub-region of Uco Valley, this is some wine. The vines are planted at the foot of the Andes at altitudes of 4600 feet! Gene is a blend of Bordeaux varietals, dominated by Malbec. Dark, crushed red cherries, forest floor and graphite flavors abound. Complex, give a decant if time permits. Grilled meats are a natural pairing.

2015 Bergerac, Château Calabre   $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Not far from Bordeaux, you’ll find the Dordogne River Valley and Bergerac. His winery may be in nearby Montravel, but Daniel Hecquet sources fruit from vineyards all around the area including Bergerac. Being so close to Bordeaux, it’s not surprising that this is made from Cab Sauvignon, Franc, and Merlot. It’s a lively number with good fruit. Burgers anyone?

2013 Syrah Agrippa, Grange des Rouquette   $17.59, $14.07 reorder
He doesn’t make it every year, but Thierry Boudinaud crafts this 100% southern Rhône Syrah when he feels he gets the proper ripeness, and names it after the Roman Governor who oversaw the building of the famous bridge, the Pont du Garde. It’s dark and savory with notes of spice, herbs, and earth. This is a great wine for a rainy night and a pot of stew.

2015 Château de Lagorce   $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

From vineyards in Bordeaux’s Entre Deux Mers region, the 2015 de Lagorce is an outstanding value! It has floral and herbal notes in the aromas, a medium body, great balance, and a touch of class one doesn’t usually find at this price point. It’s a versatile red Bordeaux, thanks to that medium body, and pairs nicely with chops, meatloaf, pizza, and pasta.

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March 2008 Dirty Dozen

Saturday, March 8, 2008 4:23 PM

Moving along, have you noticed the days getting longer? Pretty soon, we’ll be adjusting those clocks by exactly one hour, and the sun will be out until the Wine House staff gets home. To celebrate the longer days, March Madness, and not the least of all, St. Patrick’s Day, the Dirty Dozen is loaded with crowd pleasing favorites chosen with a wide eye of diversity and pairing ability. Having a tasting party using the DD? We’d love to hear all about it!!! 

2006 Chardonnay, Poppy – $9.98 net price, reorder $8.98
We talk a lot about the value represented by our French country wines compared to their new world counterparts. Well, here’s the exception. A nice, easy to sip California Chardonnay from cool climate vineyards that has just enough of everything to put a smile on your face. You can pair it with anything from shellfish to lemon chicken to rotisserie chicken with herbs.

2006 Bergerac Rosé, Château Calabre – $11.59, reorder $9.27
It is a common customer request when choosing a Rosé to ask for one that’s “dry and not too fruity”. Well here it is. Showing off its herbal aromatics, this is truly French Rosé! Great for a warm spring afternoon or as a way to keep your chef cool.

NV Crémant d’Alsace, Domaine Ehrhart – $16.98 net price, reorder $15.28
Rule #1: It’s always a good idea to have at least one bottle of sparkling wine around. Rule #2: When drinking your bottle of sparkling, see rule #1. The folks in Champagne must be cringing, as they continue to raise their prices, a market has been created for sparklers from other regions of France. Alsace has seized the opportunity! Great juice! Great price! Santé!

2006 Viognier, Domaine Gournier – $10.59, reorder $8.47
Here’s one for the ABC crowd. It’s a bright, fresh Viognier that shows all of the aromatic qualities of the variety without being overblown like many Viogniers on the market these days. In the mouth it is round with just enough acidity to keep that fruit in line. Top that off with a kiss of honey on the finish, and you’ve got springtime in a bottle! A lighter paté would be perfect here.

2006 Sauvignon Blanc, Montpezat – $11.29, reorder $9.03
Here’s one of the aforementioned country French wines that has no match price-wise in the new world! It’s made in a fuller style, showing more than a hint of tropical fruit, with a rich, balanced finish. An ideal accompaniment to all things spring. A fresh shrimp salad? Breaded filet of sole with capers? Or how about a tuna sandwich? It all works here.

2004 Riesling ‘Vieilles Vignes’, Domaine Ehrhart, $17.99, reorder $14.39
Okay, if we’re lucky, we have corned beef and cabbage more than once a year. But if we’re not, St. Patrick’s Day is a good reminder that this delectable combo is as harmonious as any CSN show. Ah, but if you add a nice fruity, yet dry Riesling like this one here from Domaine Ehrhart, it’s like adding Neil Young to the mix. Forget the beer, pour the Riesling!

2003 Visan “La Rocaille” Coste Chaude – $14.39, reorder $11.59
If you love a sturdy Côtes du Rhône Villages from a ripe vintage, here’s your wine. This one boasts of structure, purity, and terroir, all attributes of a fine Chateauneuf du Pape, yet leaves us with a price we like … a lot! It’s got the stuff to stand up to rich, savory dishes like lamburgers, Irish Stew, or Shepherd’s Pie. Place your reorders whilst you can!

2004 Corbières, Domaine Sainte Eugénie – $11.49, reorder $9.19
For those in the know, this wine needs no introduction. For those who don’t, you’ve got to try it. Medium in body, it offers complexity not found in this price range, anywhere! Its ability to pair with so many dishes, combined with its price, makes it one you’re going to want to go deep on. Just ask any of us what we think about this wine, we dare you!

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Mas Carlot – $14.99, reorder $11.99
The recent sunshine may have skewed our perspective slightly, but the idea of barbeque has recently come into play here. This has been one of our favorite barbeque wines in past vintages, yet the 2004 could be the best yet! It shows some muscle, yet has a healthy dose of dark berry fruit and black tea that makes it perfect with whatever you may be grilling.

2005 Touraine Rouge, Domaine des Corbillières – $13.49, reorder $10.79
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, may we advise you that 2005 was an amazing vintage for Loire Valley Cabernet Franc. We’ve sung the praises of this wine before, and we will sing them until we can’t breathe anymore. This wine is stellar on its own, yet it is great with food. A slow cooked herb crusted pork loin would do the trick.

2005 Syrah de Fayel, Domaine Cantarelles – $10.29, reorder $8.23
Up until recently, this was a wine allocated to a local restaurant for their ‘by the glass’ selections. The good news for us is that they’ve changed up their wine list, and we not only can offer it to you, but we can drink it ourselves. Dark fruit, medium to full-body, it shows leather and earth, yet finishes with finesse. That being said, this goes great with a marinated tri-tip!

2004 Grenache/Syrah, Château Grande Cassagne, $6.95 sale price, reorder $6.60
Hands down, this is the biggest bargain in the shop! Medium in body, offering great balance and finesse, this is a steal! It drinks like something far more expensive and is the perfect every day sipper. Don’t hesitate to pop it with pizza or pasta.

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February 2008 Dirty Dozen

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 11:03 PM

Where’d January go? Oh well, never mind. The shortest month of the year is here and if you’re toasting your valentine, President, or just want to make a toast, may we suggest the Dirty Dozen. 12 different bottles, chosen for their diversity, from all over the world for a song. It’ll be a tight race as to which will fly by quicker, February or the Dirty Dozen! Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines • 5%/ Sale Wines 

2006 Grüner Veltliner, Berger 1 liter – $11.98 net price, reorder $10.78
This Austrian white is crisp and clean showing lovely aromas of fresh herbs. This wine is extremely versatile. It’s great on its own, it works well with herbal salads, and is great with filet of sole. But if you want to catch it in all its glory, do it the Austrian way and try it with wiener schnitzel! Just in case that’s not enough, it’s in full liter format, no less, so you can fill more glasses!

2006 Fernão Pires, Quinta do Alqueve – $10.99, reorder $8.79
From Portugal with love, this white brings a multitude of fleshy fruit to the aroma and palate. Peaches, apricots, a hint of citrus, and a dry, crisp finish will have you putting the nix on Chardonnay next time you crave a fleshy white wine. (No offense, Chardonnay fans!) It’s like taking a walk in the orchard. If you’re going to pair it, keep it simple and away from garlic.

2006 Sauvignon Blanc, Gournier – $10.59, reorder $8.47
In this day and age of attention grabbing wine labels, Gournier bucks the trend. Sauvignon Blanc is all it says, and that’s what you get. Though it’s perfect with crab or scallops, it’s not just for dinner. Enjoy a cool glass on its own, and spring will be in the air.

2005 Pinot Gris Tradition, René Muré – $18.99, reorder $15.19
Yet another white wine we all should be drinking more of, this Pinot Gris boggles the mind with its pairing ability. In particular, the spiciness found in Tex-Mex, some Asian cuisine and Cajun all benefit from the soft, round mouthfeel. But while fuller flavored dishes tend to overpower most other white wines, this one has the fruit and acidity to pierce through those flavors and leave us grinning.

2006 Rosé, Mas des Bressades – $11.99, reorder $9.59
It’s not just for summer anymore. Face it. Rosé is great wine. It’s the great compromise between red and white. It’s great to sip while cooking, or you could pair it with savory poultry dishes. This one here delivers just the right amount of fruit to put a smile on your face. Granted, we all love Rosé on a hot day, but try it with your meal. You won’t be sorry.

2006 Hors Saison, Domaine La Hitaire – $11.99, reorder $9.59
You could almost get away with calling this the Marilyn Monroe of the Dirty Dozen. It’s a blonde and sexy blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc that dazzles the palate with a two-pronged flavor profile that keeps it together throughout the tasting process. It’s very flexible for a Sauvignon Blanc. You can enjoy it with gnocchi in a white sauce, halibut, or a tuna sandwich!

2004 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Tenuta le Farnete – $8.95 sale price, reorder $8.50
This dynamite blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon has plenty of strength, yet plenty of finesse. The nose is full of dark fruit and mineral. In the mouth it is mildly tannic, level, and clean. Think rabbit pappardelle. Tutta la famiglia alla tavola!

2005 Tradition, Chateau de Valcombe – $10.59, reorder $8.47
Wearing the button that says ‘most complex’, this offering from Valcombe sports plenty of dark fruit along with notes of earthiness and leather. This is one of those wines that tastes different every time you take a sip. Decanting will help you notice the constant changing. Making a wine this good this inexpensively must be hard. In gear for a hearty stew with herbs? Here’s your wine.

2005 Merlot ‘Les Enclos’, Montpezat – $13.39, reorder $10.71
Showing great fruit and structure, this juicy little number is yet another smashing result of the 2005 vintage. Of course there are other factors at play here. Call it science or call it art. Hurry down and get some of this juice before it all runs out.

2005 Côtes du Ventoux ‘O Sud’, Domaine Fondrèche – $13.99, reorder $11.19
Sebastien Vincenti’s O’Sud blends are the wines that keep on pleasing. Plenty of lush, fruit, braced by medium tannins and just the right amount of zip make this one so easy to quaff that once you open it, you’ll swear someone came by with a Hoover and vacuumed.

2004 Hippolyte Rouge, Chateau Grande Cassagne – $15.99, reorder $12.79
Mad can mean angry, mad can mean insane, but we’ll tell you what mad is. Only someone mad would bypass this 100% Syrah from Grande Cassagne. It’s got it all. Dark fruit, structure, and spice from a moderate amount of oak treatment. Think hearty fare here.

2004 Malbec, Alberto Furque – $13.99, reorder $11.19
The heavyweight of the bunch, Furque’s Malbec is from the Mendoza Valley, and is sure-fire to be a favorite of those of you who love full-bodied reds. Rich and robust, showing deep dark fruit, this wine is not for the light-hearted. Suitable for rugged, hearty dishes, the lay-up pairing here is a sizzling rib-eye. Drinking well now, but it’s also one to put in your cellar.


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