April 2012 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 9:02 PM

Days get longer, the nights grow short, our Easter baskets are getting filled up, and what’s this? Baseball season? Yep, it’s April and it’s time for opening the windows and doors, getting some fresh air, and maybe a picnic or four. However you like to spend your time this spring, consider this: Twelve bottles, one low price.

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2010 Orvieto, Cardèto
Big on our list of springtime wines are dry, crisp, easy quaffers that deliver in the quality department, yet keep the big bills in your wallet. This Orvieto is just the ticket! Lean and crisp with a citrusy freshness, this blend of Trebbiano and Grechetto is a great refresher should a warm spring afternoon come your way. Pairs great with a bowl o’mussels.

2010 Chardonnay, Viano Vineyards
Is it us, or do you ever see Cali Chardonnay in the sub $10 category anymore? At least quality, sub $10 Cali Chardonnay? Sales reps visit us and pour and pour, but we keep saying no until the right one comes along. Well, here it is! From Contra Costa county, no less; halfway between the Napa and Livermore Valleys comes the Viano. Pair with a crab salad.

2010 Vino Valpredo Bianca Mia, Fritz Winery
Rather than choose between Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, why not blend them? At least that’s what our friends at Sonoma’s Fritz Winery thought. You know what? This is some quality juice. Aromas of stone fruits and citrus blossoms give way to a zesty citrus palate. Anya says grill up some shrimp and serve it with mango salsa … and this, of course.

NV Prosecco Superiore, Giavi
Talk to any of us about our new D.O.C.G. Prosecco Superiore, the Giavi, and prepare yourself for an enthusiastic reply! Seriously, this Prosecco has it all: tiny bubbles, a pale, frosty appearance, depth, and crispness. Crostini with caviar?

2010 Blanc de Domaine de la Petite Cassagne
Her name is Diane de Puymorin. We adore her wines … all of them. Diane purchased the Petite Cassagne estate back in 1998, renamed it Château d’Or et des Gueules, yet still pays homage to the old guard with a Rouge, Rosé, and this Blanc. Diane blends 40% Rolle (Vermentino) with Grenache Blanc and the result is a bright, citrus infused aromatic showpiece.

2009 Fernão Pires, Quinta do Alqueve
Dare we try to get wine geeky on you, but here’s Portugal’s Fernão Pires blended with a smidge of Arinto. Geeky? Maybe. But the stone fruity aromas and crisp mouthfeel will make wine geeks out of us all! Great with sardines.

2009 Garnacha Two Rows, Odisea
As we switch to the reds, let’s point out that our friends at Odisea have another hit on their hands. Mostly Grenache with small parts Syrah and Tempranillo, the Two Rows is a plump palate pleaser. Ripe cherries and raspberries mingle with vanilla spice and herbs resulting in ethereal harmony. If it’s burgers on the grill; sorry, these Two Rows are taken.

2010 Tempranillo, Enanzo
Yummy Tempranillo from Spain’s Navarra region! The philosophy at Enanzo is simple. To quote them, “this Tempranillo is made by applying the only true winemaking criterion: intimate, permanent, progressive harmony between man and his environment.” It works here, the herb infused fruit is braced by dusty tannins and spirited acidity. Great with pizza.

2009 Château de Bouchet La Rentiere
What a vintage 2009 was for the wines of Bordeaux! The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker likened the vintage to the legendary 1982 noting one exception: in 1982 there weren’t many small, inexpensive producers taking advantage of the perfect weather to make great affordable Bordeaux. That’s different now. Pair this beauty with your prime rib.

2008 Les Cimels, Château d’Or et des Gueules
If there’s a better $15 red wine here at TWH, I haven’t seen it. The aforementioned Diane de Puymorin blends some old vine Carignan with Grenache and Syrah, and the result is an herbal masterpiece. Forest floor, Kalamata olives, and black tea dominate the aromas, and the palate is more savory than fruity. The perfect wine for pasta with an herbal sauce.

2009 Côtes du Rhône les Boissières, Vignobles Boudinaud
New to us is Veronique and Thierry Boudinaud’s les Boissières Côtes du Rhône. It’s an exciting story as 100% of what’s imported to the US is imported for us! Think honest, old-school Côtes du Rhône here. It shows plenty of fruit, but without going overboard. Toss in some cracked pepper and herbs Provençal, and you get the drift. This is yet another versatile bottle in what can be called The Versatile Dozen. Great on its own, or paired with cassoulet.

2006 Syrah, Alberto Furque
Ever popular with our staff and customers, the Alberto Furque line crushes it when it comes to quality for price. Grown at altitudes of over 3000 feet, the vineyards of Mendoza’s Bodega Aconquija (we call them Alberto Furque) get just the right amount of warm days and cool nights to produce wines with dazzling structure. This Syrah sings of balance and harmony. If you find yourself dreaming about some thinly sliced Argentine beef with Chimichurri sauce, pour this.

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The snooze button. I hit it. We alldo.Usuallymorethanonce.  Wesilence the noise and happily go back to slumberland until the “urgent” buzzer kicks in as if to shout at us Hey sleepyhead! Get outta bed before it’s too late!Well, consider this a (much more fun) snooze alarm proclaiming “LAST CALL!“ on TWH‘s Wine of the month (Can you believe it’s almost August already?? Oy vey!). 

If you’ve had the wines of Diane Puymorin then you know why she’s one of our all-time favorite winemakers in the Costieres de Nimes (not to mention all of France). If not, you’re in for a treat. Diane’s wines under both the Domaine de la Petite Cassagne and Chateau d’Or et de Gueuleslabels have acquired a huge following over the years, customers and staff alike. Diane purchased the Petite Cassagne property in the village of St. Gilles back in 1998 and has been making limited parcels of both red and white wines under its label each year.

Moreover, have you seen what good qualitywhite Rhone wines go forthese days??! It’s almost unheard of to find one under $20. Aside from being downright delicious, the 2009 Petite Cassagne Blanc is one of those gems thatepitomizes what we here at TWH do best… Find great wines for phenomenal prices. For this cuvee, Diane blended 60% Grenache Blanc with 40% Rolle (Italian wine lovers know this varietal as Vermentino). The fruit is farmed with 100% organic methods, pressed immediately after picking, and put into temperature-controlled tanks for fermentation. The result is pure White Rhone magic. Think bright, fresh citrus blossoms with hints of wind-swept herbs and a lively acidity that holds up through the finish. It has enough fruit to please as an aperitif, when a warm evening just calls for a glass of something crisp and cool. However (and I’m not intentionally trying to make you hungry here, but…) the Petite Cassagne will shine like the sun if you serve it alongside a crab salad, herb-laden rotisserie chicken, or pan-seared halibut with a squeeze of lemon. No matter what your end-of-July schedule, don’t forget to include a bottle of this.

Happy Fin de Juillet ~ Emily Crichton

2009 Grange des Rouquette Syrah/Grenache

Thursday, May 12, 2011 5:23 PM


En Avril, n’ote pas un fil. En Mai, fais ce qu’il te plait. Translation: “In April, don’t take off your clothes, but in May, do as you please.”


Mon Dieu! “Clothes off? What is this woman talking about!?” You must be wondering. Well, aside from an attempt at showing off what little of the French language I have mastered, I thought this quirky quote a rather lovable and fitting introduction to our May “Wine of the Month”. If you’ve been following us through cyberspace or via snail mail lately, you know that we’re just a smidge excited about Springtime, and in particular, the month of May. The only month of 31 days spent entirely in Spring; The month in which we celebrate everything from horse power and heros to mothers and Mexico… and do a lot of barbecuing to boot!

That being the case, it stands to reason that a wine befitting many occasions (and many a budget) should be the May W.O.M. Drum-roll please…. The 2009 Grange des Rouquette Vin de Pays d’Oc Syrah/Grenache is one of those gems that epitomize what we here at TWH love to do most: find wines that outperform their pricepoint. By a LOT.

Now in its fifth generation of viticulture and winemaking, Domaine Grange des Rouquette has become renowned for their craft both locally and abroad. Located in the tiny commune of Fournes, on the right bank of the Rhone River, this estate has produced vintage after vintage of delicious and versatile wines – both red and white – that seem to not only represent the terroir from which they hail, but also the many things about great winemaking learned, practiced, and perfected across the globe. This is thanks to Thierry and Veronique Boudinaud, the heart and soul behind Grange des Rouquette, who have traveled from New Zealand to California and places in between in order to hone their skills. The couple now owns 50 hectares in and around the Cotes du Rhone appellation, and though this Syrah/Grenache (with a little Mourvedre thrown in) is Vin du Pays d’Oc, the old-vine Syrah and Grenache come from their best vineyard sites. The blend is a traditional one, made up of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre – all harvested separately for optimal ripeness. A small portion of the old-vine Syrah gets barrel treatment, but otherwise, the grapes are vinified in stainless steel tanks to maximize the freshness of the fruit. The result is a wine with bright, juicy purple & red fruit on the nose and palate and enough savory earthiness and grit to warrant the cognomen “baby Cotes du Rhone.” I’d suggest pairing it with Poulet de Bresse while taking in the view from a grande villa in the Rhone-Alps, but it will be just as fantastic with a fat juicy burger & veggies off the grill in your back yard (and if you happen to take my first recommendation, please take me with you.)

Santé! –Emily Crichton

p.s. Happy Birthday to my adorable niece Minnie who turns 1 year old today!! Whoo hoo!

May 2009 Dirty Dozen

Monday, June 8, 2009 6:18 PM

Welcome to the sweet spot of spring. Ole man winter is dead and gone, and he’s left us with wonderful things like picnics, softball games, and barbeques. Yes, it’s grillin’ season! So when you’re on your way to that potluck bbq, tell ’em you’ve got the wine covered, and stop on by The Wine House for the May 2009 Dirty Dozen!

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2008 Pinot Grigio, Inacayal – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Part I of a brace of Argentine wines, here is an all tank fermented Pinot Grigio that’s rich, round and viscous. Grown at elevations of 3000 feet, the grapes get both proper ripeness and zippy acidity. It’s fruity, it’s floral, and even gives off hints of fennel. Really? Yeah, really. This is the kind of wine you want to have handy for those grilled prawns!

2004 Chardonnay, Gournier – $4.95 sale price, $4.70 reorder
Play a game with this one. Pop a bottle at your next gathering and just leave it where people can access it. Watch them taste it, then quiz them as to how much it costs. You’ll be amazed at the range. Perfect with fried chicken.

2006 Gewurztraminer Tradition, Rene Mure – $18.99, $15.19 reorder
Plenty of spicy, rich, rose petal-like fruit with a twist of chalky mineral, Mure’s Gewurz Tradition is a great example of what Alsatian Gewurz is all about. Oh what do they know about making wine? They’re only on their 12th generation winemaker there. The 13th may still be a little young, but no doubt will get the torch. Try it with red beans and rice.

NV Touraine Rose, Domaine d’Orfeuilles – $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
From the Loire Valley, made mostly from Cot, which is what the locals call Malbec, this sparkling Rose is just the bomb when it comes to value! It was featured in a past email write-up due to the fact that no one on the staff spat when they sampled it. Dusty minerals and raspberry are alive and well; this will be the big hit at brunch!

2007 Greco di Tufo, Torricino – $17.99, $14.39 reorder
If you like bone dry, lipsmacking whites that show hints of dried apricots, honey, and toasted almonds, then this wine is for you! Part of our ever-growing Italian section, this is the wine to serve along side a steamy bowl of mussels.

2007 Les Tours, Domaine la Hitaire – $ 9.99, $7.99 reorder
Wow! The hits just keep coming! It must be springtime, as this newly released white from Gascogne suits the warmer weather perfectly. This could be the ultimate picnic wine, as it is dry, reveals vibrant white fruit, and conveniently comes in screwcap. Most of our allocation was snapped up by a wholesale account, but we saved six cases for the DD!

2006 Zweigelt Liter, Ecker – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
From Austria comes the herbaceous Zweigelt. If you haven’t tried this wine before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. It’s got plummy fruit, and in spite of being tank fermented, has a spicy profile. Oh yeah, check out the liter bottle.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Domaine des Cantarelles – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
We just love these Cab/Syrah blends from the south of France. Spicy Cabernet fruit mingles with the smoky Syrah, and off they walk hand in hand like a romantic couple down the lane. The bonus here is that the folks at Cantarelles have a penchant for making earthy, Bordeaux-like wines. So fear not, pop this baby with that juicy, grilled rib-eye.

2004 Merlot, Domain de St. Antoine – $5.95 sale price, $5.65 reorder
Another visit to the “Are they kidding? …They’re practically giving the stuff away” section of the shop. 2004 was yet another rock solid vintage in the south, and this wine is your proof. It’s got fruit, it’s got earth, and a pinch of herbs de Provence. A versatile wine, it can be served with practically any grilled meat, even chicken, or try it with pizza.

2006 3 Cepas, Alberto Furque – $15.99, $12.79 reorder
Part II of our Argentine duo, this blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, and Malbec is short on price, huge on flavor. From the Uco Valley, which is considered to be the sweet spot of the Mendoza, these vines are also planted at 3000 feet in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The blend is big, bold, spicy, and won’t back down. Not even to leg of lamb.

2004 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Sabrine, Domaine Andre Brunel – $9.95 sale price, $9.45 reorder
Here we are with that Brunel character again. And here we are with another crazy sale wine! Again, 2004 was, ho hum, another great vintage in the Southern Rhone. Brunel makes several cuvees, and this one is the most robust, with hints of earth and spice to go with all that fruit. Serve it up next to spaghetti & meatballs and fuhggetaboutit!

2006 Grenache Noir, Gournier – $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Cherries and spice, cherries and spice. So, so friendly, fruity; it doesn’t need a big meal to put a smile on your face. The fruit is in the forefront, the tannins are present, yet stay in the back of the bus. Makes it perfect for parties. Or picnics. Yes indeed, it has a screwcap, so take it on out wherever you’re going and make ’em smile.

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April 2009 Dirty Dozen

Saturday, April 4, 2009 7:01 PM

It’s springtime! That means the days are getting warmer, longer, and more fun. What better a thing to have for this festive time of year than a case of 12 different wines, all chosen for their versatility and individuality. Where to get one? Well, we’ve got exactly that right here this month and every month, the Dirty Dozen.

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2007 Chardonnay, Poppy $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Fleshy, tropical, and zippy are all words you could use to describe this quite-quaffable sub $10 Cali Chard. Seriously. We don’t know how they do it, but we ain’t askin’! Tee this up with your shrimp salad and you’ll be quite pleased.

2007 Rose, Domaine Gournier $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Looking for a little spice in your life? How’s about a dry, crisp Rose with a fruity profile that shows hints of interesting spices like nutmeg, clove, and anise? If you find the longer, warmer days to come are suitable for a picnic, you can always toss this bottle into the basket and voila, you’ve got yourself a picnic. No corkscrew? No worries, it comes in screwcap.

2007 Soave, Le Albare Vigna dello Stefano $11.99, $9.59 reorder
In a white wine rut? This may help. From the Veneto region in north-eastern Italy, this Soave is made from 100 percent Garganega. It has a rich, round mouth feel that exhibits hints of citrus and minerals. Scallops alfredo anybody?

2007 Domaine de la Petite Cassagne Blanc $12.99, $10.39 reorder
Take a little Rousanne, blend it with a little Grenache Blanc and some Rolle (aka Vermentino), and the rest is magic! Well, not really magic; her name is Diane Puymorin. If you talk to our staff, she enjoys celebrity status ’round here. For good reason. Among others (The wines of Chateau d’Or et des Gueules), she makes this delightful white Rhone-style blend that will wow your taste buds, while keeping more green in your pocketbook.

2006 Pinot Blanc Tradition, Rene Mure $17.99, $14.39 reorder
This month’s candidate for “The white wine we all should be drinking more of”, Mure’s Pinot Blancs are not to be missed. Consistently showing delicious balance of fruit, chalky mineral, and zippy acidity, the 2006 is an exceptional wine for an exceptional price. Not planning on drinking it soon? No problem, these age gracefully.

2006 Montravel Blanc, Chateau Calabre $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Seen the pricing on white Bordeaux lately? It’s a little out of hand to say the least. So, how to enjoy the wonders of blended Sauvignon and Semillon from the southwest of France? Check out Montravel! Light and crisp yet complex, this wine is teeming with citrus fruit and herbs. Looking for something to sip along side a bowl o’mussels? Here ya go.

2006 Cotes du Rhone cuvee Sommelongue $15.49, $12.39 reorder
Some of the best value red wines in the world are Cotes du Rhones. Some of the best Cotes du Rhones are made by Andre Brunel. This is his top cuvee. For the Sommelongue, Brunel de-stems 90% of his fruit, ferments all in steel tank, and bottles it unfiltered to exhibit the purity and texture of the fruit. Warm sun, baguette, bowl of olives and this wine? C’est parfait!

2007 Pinotage, Good Hope Winery $11.69, $9.35 reorder
Something new from South Africa! Pinotage is a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. It’s not like anything you’ve ever had. If renegade wines like Zweigelt and Blaufrankish appeal to you, try this. Slight chilling and decanting recommended.

2005 Cabernet/Syrah, Mas des Bressades $18.69, 14.95 reorder
Here’s one for those who love a spicy, fruity, well balanced Cab blend. Winemaker Cyril Mares has perfected this blend vintage after vintage, and the 2005 is dee-licious! Looking for something to sip with a leg o’lamb? This is the one.

2006 Vin du Pays de Vaucluse, Domaine des Amouriers $12.59, $10.07 reorder
While technically not a Cotes du Rhone, this wine may as well be one as it is declassified, young vine Vacqueyras. It’s all tank fermented, thereby showcasing the pure fruit and herbal character of the juice. This one is pretty versatile, you can bring it to an early season barbeque, have it on the table for pizza margherita, or sip it with a bowl of pasta Bolognese.

2006 Merlot, Domaine de Gournier $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Juicy. Juicy. Juicy. If we needed three words to describe this wine, those would be the words. The clones for these vines originated in the right bank area of Bordeaux, and the wine is all tank fermented, and that yields, dare we say, juciness!

2005 GSM, Vignobles Boudinaud $11.99, $9.59 reorder
GSM stands for Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Whoever originally came up with the idea to blend these three grapes most certainly didn’t get what they deserved! This wine is bright and zesty, well balanced, and finishes with elegance. Another price-buster, it is truly amazing that in this day and age of wine pricing, this one (with discount) is less than $10!

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January 2009 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:03 PM

Ahhh. New beginnings. If you’re like a lot of us, your mood won’t sour knowing that 2008 has passed. It’s left its mark, no doubt, but there’s something exciting about a fresh, new year when we can open ourselves up to the many possibilities that await us! For instance, just think of all the new wines we will get to try! Take this here mixed case – 6 white, 6 red, and one low price. Just repeat after me, ’09 is gonna be fine with plenty of good wine! Happy New Year!

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2005 Hippolyte Blanc, Chateau Grande Cassagne – $6.95 sale price, $6.60 reorder
Talk about strong beginnings – This prestige cuvee is made of 80% Roussanne and 20% Grenache Blanc. It’s all about fleshy fruit, a little spice, and a crisp finish. Hippolyte himself planted the vines two generations ago. Let’s enjoy the fruits of his labor! Got pork roast?

2006 Viognier, Domaine des Cantarelles – $15.99, $12.79 reorder
Viognier can be interesting. The highly aromatic northern Rhone variety when grown elsewhere can yield a surprising array of wine styles. This one comes from the south of France and the wine is restrained (compared to some New World interpretations), yet aromatically zesty and alive. It can be a great starter, it works with cheese, but it really shines with spicy, Asian cuisine.

2007 Soave Classico, Le Albare Vigna dello Stefano – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
The Classico distinction points us to an area within the appellation known for finer quality. The results are in, and yes, this Soave is special. At first whiff, hints of lemon zest give way to a clean, fruity attack which would be ideal with sauteed scallops and pasta.

2005 Pinot Auxerrois, Domaine Ehrhart – $16.59, $13.27 reorder
It’s a tough call, but this clone of Pinot Blanc very well may be the most versatile white wine in the box. Open this one and you’ll be wowed by delicate orchard fruit aromatics and texture. Not exactly dry, yet definitely not sweet, this wine walks along the edge where the two meet. Bring it along on a picnic (okay, maybe an indoor picnic – try it, it’s fun!). Cheeses, enchiladas, or a ham sandwich – really.

2007 Touraine Blanc, Domaine des Corbillières – $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Escalating prices are moving Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs into the special occasion wine section. Sure Sancerre and Pouilly Fume are high quality SB’s that have a following, but what about those of us who enjoy cool, crisp, well balanced Loire Valley whites? Dive into one of these and you’ll be relieved know we can still enjoy the quality without multiple stops at the ATM. Pan fried sole ought to do it.

2005 Chardonnay, Lalande – $12.59, $10.07 reorder
Hands down, this is the leader when it comes to quality/price Chardonnay. When embarking on any endeavor that requires a fleshy white, you can’t go wrong here. In fact, a friend invited me over tonight for a chicken dinner. Here’s the wine. Winner, winner!

2006 Merlot Tradition, Montpezat – $9.99, $7.99 reorder
As we enter the red zone, let’s commence with this juicy little number from the Languedoc. From vineyards exposed to ideal conditions for Merlot, the wine is all tank fermented, giving it a depth and richness that will keep you smiling long after the bottle’s empty.

2003 Rouge, Chateau de Surville – $8.75 sale price, $8.31 reorder
A true treasure of a wine, this unfiltered blend rolls out deep, lush, dark fruit flavors that pinch your cheeks just right. A couple years of bottle age give this one a little extra complexity (think earthy, briary fruit with medium tannins). Perfect for a marinated flank steak.

2004 Syrah Prestige, Mas des Aveylans – $15.49, $12.39 reorder
Introducing the big gun! Okay, it’s not Hermitage, but a sexy Syrah with all this umph at such a price warrants some attention. Rich fruit and earth combine with that unmistakable Syrah smokiness to provide a knockout punch of silky sensations. This prestige cuvee was earmarked for a local restaurant. We were able to nick a couple cases from their order for the Dozen. Perfect for prime rib.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Mas Carlot – $13.99, $11.99 reorder
Just as in California, you don’t need to be a vintage expert to enjoy the fine wines of the south of France. Their conditions are every bit as consistent as ours. Nathalie Blanc-Mares’ wines have recently caught the attention of a well-known wine critic. We all know what that means. This 2004 is full of blackberry-like fruit with mellow tannins. Still, it has enough firepower to tame that New York strip.

2005 Grenache VDP, Andre Brunel – $8.49, $6.79 reorder
If you’re heading into the southern Rhone, one name you need to know is that of Mr. Brunel. He has been around the block and some of his more expensive wines are in high demand. But fear not; one doesn’t need to empty one’s wallet to get a taste of the master’s magic potion. This one is full of jammy, fresh fruit with hints of pepper. Great on its own and great any day of the week.

2006 Chianti Montalbano, Enrico Pierazzouli – $13.49, $10.79 reorder
Stepping across the threshold into Italy, we’ve got what we like to describe asnot your father’s Chianti. Rich and robust, it is made of 100% Sangiovese. On the nose, it emits a modicum of herbs that seem to swirl around the medium purple fruit. On the palate, it is rich, yet restrained with medium tannins that make it ideal with anything from pizzas to penne and sausage or even lamb chops.

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October 2008 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, October 9, 2008 7:54 PM

Yikes! Halloween is not the only scary thing happening this October! With global financial markets in disarray, the cost of fuel, and rising prices for food, it’s hard not to be scared. Oh well, one way to snub your nose at fear is to pick up a box of 12 different bottles of wine for a ridiculously low price. There’s no need to fear, The Dirty Dozen is here!

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2007 Soave, Le Albare Vigna dello Stefano – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
We were so happy when these crisp Italian white wines made their way into our shop. This one here, made from 100% Garganega shows plenty of character. Citron and spice and everything nice make this a hit with Fettucine Alfredo.

2007 Rose, Chateau de Valcombe – $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Probably the most versatile pairing wine in this months DD, this Rose can be enjoyed with tapas or salads, but is at its best with a poulet off the grill. It shows restrained fruit and a hint of something tropical held together by dazzling structure.

NV Cremant d’Alsace, Domaine Ehrhart – $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder
Having a bottle of sparkling available at all times is a good practice that should be law. You never know who’s coming over or what reason you may have to pop one. Made from 100% Chardonnay, believe it or not, it’s perfect with kettle chips!

2007 Marsanne/Roussanne, Mas Carlot – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
We’ve been singing the praises lately of a particular winemaker in the south of France, and while she has been getting all the fanfare, her contemporary, Nathalie Blanc Mares, has been upping the quality of wine from Mas Carlot with every vintage. Word is beginning to spread as Robert Parker has discovered the amazing quality/price ratio of these wines.

2006 Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Gournier – $10.59, $8.47 reorder
There are so many different styled Sauvignon Blancs these days, it’s hard to endorse the grape across the board. This one shows restraint compared to those of California and New Zealand, yet is true, 100% Sauvignon. Sporting a screwcap, it’s great for picnics, parties, and music festivals. For pairing heaven, try a warm spinach salad with feta cheese.

2005 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Domaine de Beaumalric – $16.79, $13.43 reorder
It’s been a long, long time since there has been a dessert wine in the Dirty Dozen. Just east of the Rhône valley is the appellation of Beaumes de Venise. This Muscat is made in very small quantities, assuring top quality. Enjoy it as an aperitif, or with cheese and pate, with dessert, or as a dessert. (You can pour it over vanilla ice cream, really.) Just enjoy!

2005 Grenache/Syrah, Mas de Guiot – $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Seriously, in this day and age, you’d be hard-pressed to find a wine of this quality at this price point, anywhere. Luscious fruit layered upon smoke, leather and earth speaks to the palate like a wine three times the price. It’s got the stuff to stand up to a whole lot. In fact, you can bring this to your favorite prime rib joint, pay the corkage, and probably still save off their list.

2003 Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Bertrand Ambroise – $21.99, $17.59 reorder
Ding! Ding! Over here! Red Burgundy in the Dirty Dozen! Doesn’t happen often, but when it does, a whole lot of customers are greatly pleased. Ambroise is known to express the fullness of Pinot Noir, and the wines are bold and spicy. What a treat! Serve this with a nice grass fed chop, or, of course, with Beef Bourguignon.

2006 Grenache VDP, Andre Brunel – $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Monsieur Brunel does it again. How he makes wines of this quality for such a price is astounding these days. Plenty of zip and plenty of fruit, this is one of the ones that you would say evaporates. Ideal with pizza or red-sauce based pasta.

2007 Syrah, Domaine de Saint Antoine – $11.29, $9.03 reorder
Was Sammy Hagar signing the praises of this producer way back in the late 70’s with his pre-Van Halen live solo album? Whether or not, this would still be ideal for a rock and roll weekend … The fruit is all de-stemmed allowing the ripe grapes to show off their brawny, burly selves. Mix in just the right amount of spice and you’ve got your mesquite tri-tip covered!

2004 Bergerac Rouge, Chateau Calabre – $7.95 sale price, $7.55 reorder
Back, due to its popularity, here’s one for the I don’t like sweet, fruit-forward, jammy wine crowd. Made with 60% Merlot, and equal parts Cab Franc and Sauvignon, this wine shows more herbs and earth. The fruit pops out to say hi every now and then when you least expect it; then the earthiness takes back over. Think beet salad with dill to accompany this.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Domaine des Cantarelles – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Youthful and vivacious when young, the Cab/Syrahs from Cantarelles seem to take on Bordeaux-like characteristics when given a few years in bottle. This 2004 is a great example. The fruit is less in-your-face, the earthiness is present as is the ineffable quality sometimes crudely described as Bordeaux funk. Make it a true French experience with steak frites!

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