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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August 2011 Dirty Dozen

Monday, August 8, 2011 6:01 PM

Summertime and the livin’ is easy … At least for a few more weeks. But we’ll take what we can get! The naked ladies are out (Belladonna Lilies, silly!), the peaches are perfect, and you’ve got nothing to do but sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the summer season with your latest Dirty Dozen. Life really doesn’t get any better than this, does it? From Greece to Gascogne, Cali to the Cotes du Rhone, the DD’s got it all going this month. Aloha August and bon santé!

2010 Rosé “l’Instant”, Domaine Fondreche – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Every year this Rosé from Ventoux flies off our shelves as those searching for the “palest Rosé you have” have found what they’re looking for in Sebastien Vincenti’s l’Instant. It’s made from 50% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, and 20% Grenache, and when you get a load of its crisp herbal profile, if you close your eyes, you can magically transport yourself to the south of France. Goes great with Salmon.

2010 Domaine de Pouy – $9.49, $7.59 reorder
One of the original components of the very first DD, this blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard from the Gascogne region in southwestern France has been pleasing TWH customers for over a decade. One would be hard pressed to find a better value in a white wine. It’s bright, it’s crisp, it has hints of citrus, and get this, it comes in at a mere 11.5% alcohol. Screwcap makes it great for picnics.

2009 Macon “les Tilles”, J.M. Chaland – $19.99, $15.99 reorder
Get the white tablecloth, we’re dressing up the Dozen this month with a taste of White Burgundy! That’s right, David tasted Jean-Marie Chaland’s wines the last time he was in France and loved them enough to direct import them. Chaland’s Macon “les Tilles” is pure Chardonnay with no oak interference. It’s bright and precise, and it’s single and on the prowl. Perhaps we should set it up with a lobster?

2010 Roditis-Moscofilero, Skouras – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Not exactly household names here in California, Roditis and Moscofilero come from a land where winemaking has been going on for millennia, Greece. The bright and lean profile of the Roditis balance the floral Moscofilero and together they shine. Let’s see… a hot August night, a bottle of cool crisp Skouras white, some mesquite grilled trout and the company of your choosing… perfect.

2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Crave – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
We’re not allowed to divulge our source for the Crave Sauvignon Blanc, but let’s just say this is a huuuge domestic value! It’s made by a well-known producer whose estate wines sell for at least twice as much. It has a rich citrus profile and a hint of herb garden.

2010 Gavi, Ernesto Picollo – $10.49 net price, $8.39 reorder
Speaking of values, just off the boat is the newest vintage of Ernesto Picollo’s Gavi! He’s got a couple of fancier, more serious bottlings, but for the sake of value, you cannot beat the Gavi DOCG. Fleshy fruit and minerals dominate the aromatic profile, the wine has great weight and freshness on the palate and the finish is clean and crisp. This is the wine to pour with that halibut crudo.

2007 Touraine Cabernet, Domaine des Corbillieres – $14.99 net price, $11.99 reorder
Loire Valley Cabernet Franc that is. We’re proud to say we’ve been selling Dominique Barbou’s Domaine des Corbillieres wines for over 15 years and still feel like we’re in the honeymoon phase! Violets and rose petals on the nose, vibrant mineral snap on the finish, and a gentle touch of dried herbs. Sooo pretty and versatile, we bet you’ll be smitten too.

2009 Ecuyer de Château Couronneau – $12.79, $10.23 reorder
We love this wine for so many reasons, not the least of which is its ability to show off the impressive quality & structure of the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux without needing 25+ years of cellaring to open up. Rearing and ready to drink, this Merlot is rich, full of character, and as an Agricole Biologique certified wine, the Ecuyer is good for your belly and the environment- Score!

2009 Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Guicharde – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Mostly Grenache, this peppery red is medium-bodied, has hints of black olive and flavors of juicy wild plum. Versatile and bursting with fruit, try pairing it with lamb kebabs and a tian of aubergine. A stunning value from a great vintage!

NV Owl House Red – $7.48 net price, $6.73 reorder
What a marvelous go-to red for your next pizza party! This inventive blend of several red varieties has a good smattering of Counoise, a little known grape that is an integral, though small, component for the famed Chateau de Beaucastel’s Chateauneuf du Pape. It is supple and juicy, low on tannins and high on the yum meter!

2009 Petite Sirah, Shannon Ridge – $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Prepare your teeth whitening strips cause this is one massive, chewy Petite Sirah from an undervalued, yet overachieving region of California, Lake County. Fermented in steel and aged in French and American oak, this wine is truly bang-for-your-buck goodness. Pair with your favorite bbq or grill specialty. Meaty baby-back ribs perhaps? Oh yeah!

2009 Veritable Quandry Red, Odisea – $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder
Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo, Alvarelhao (huh?), its all in there and then some. Winemaker Adam Webb has masterfully crafted a velvety, jammy red that wallops a punch of flavor and intensity. Serving suggestions include paella, chicken under a brick or a grilled portabello mushroom burger with a smear of goat cheese. A best-seller from California!

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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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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May 2008 Dirty Dozen

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 2:17 PM

Hello children. Today we’re going to talk about great deals on wine. Did you know that The Wine House has a mixed case of quality, bargain wines that changes every month, packaged with tasting notes for an amazing low price? And if that’s not enough, if you really like something, check out that reorder price!

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2006 Rosé, Mas Carlot – $10.49, $8.39 reorder
Ah, the long, warm days of springtime remind us that Rosé is not just for cooking in warm kitchens. Mas Carlot’s offering is, as always, zesty, vibrant, and layered with bright red fruit. Just the ticket for meals alfresco, did anyone say Cobb salad?

2006 Chardonnay, Lalande – $12.99, $10.39 reorder
Okay, it’s not white Burgundy, but it’s Chardonnay from France. Yves Grassa’s bright white wines from Gascony are long on flavorful fun, yet priced at a level where you can buy ‘em by the case. In the waning days of crab season, try this.

2006 Domaine de Pouy – $8.99, $7.19 reorder
Talk about great white wine for next-to-nothing! The 2006 Domaine de Pouy is here, and even Mr. Parker himself bestowed it as the best white wine for the price on a bulletin board recently. Bright and crisp, sporting a new label, take it on a picnic.

2005 Pinot Auxerrois, Ehrhart – $16.59, $13.27 reorder
This clone of Pinot Blanc thrives in the Val St. Gregoire vineyard near Wettolsheim where Monsieur Ehrhart toils at his domaine. Fresh, fleshy fruit buoyed by crisp acidity make this an ideal partner for those nibbly bits like cheese and olives.

2006 Montravel Blanc, Chateau Calabre – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are what they blend to make white Bordeaux. A few kilometers up the Dordogne Valley from Bordeaux is the appellation of Montravel. This is serious juice, folks. It shows all of the aromatic character of Sauvignon Blanc, but in the palate the Semillon gives it a wider, rounder mouth-feel setting up a happy-camper secret smile.

2006 Viognier, Domaine des Cantarelles – $15.99, $12.79 reorder
Known more for their Cabernet/Syrah, Domaine des Cantarelles’ Viognier is not to be missed. The climate in their vineyards is ideal for the variety. Fermented half in tank, half in barrel, it displays the delicacy of the grape without conking you over the head. Hmmm, sunny afternoon, warm temps, shorts, flip-flops, and fish tacos … brilliant!

2006 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Domaine des Amouriers – $12.59, $10.07 reorder
A VDP masquerading as a Côtes du Rhône … honestly, in this case, who could tell the difference? Plenty of medium, purple fruit, a hint of herbs, a little spice, and a racy structure that makes one scratch their head and wonder, “How much did this cost?” Definitely the one to stock up on in case you’re throwing a party or barbecue … perfect with grilled burgers.

2005 Merlot, Praxis – $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
A customer recently was touting “a great California Merlot” to us, and in our minds, we usually think, “Wow, it must be nice, being able to afford California wines”. When they told us it was under $15, we had to try it. Well, we did, we love it, and now you can pick it up here. This is serious Merlot … under $15 (okay, barely). Pour it with that duck breast!

2004 Bergerac Rouge, Chateau Calabre – $7.95 sale price, $7.55 reorder
Okay, here’s one for all the “I don’t like sweet, fruit-forward, jammy wine” types. 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. A roasted beet salad with feta cheese would bring out the best in this.

2005 Garnacha, Artero – $ 9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Well I’ve never been to Spain, but I like the Garnacha. That’s not how Three Dog Night wrote it, but had they tried this delicious price-busting red, they would have! It has a wide mouth-feel that hits that spot in the corners of your palate that just make you say, “Ah”. Delicious on its own, it would pair well con Tortilla d’España.

2005 Syrah Tradition, Mas des Aveylans – $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Believe it or not there are times when some wines in our shop go untasted for lengthy periods of time. We spied Anya taking a bottle home night after night … well, when you see that, nothing else needs to be said. This is honest, tank-fermented Syrah that displays its fruity side without make-up. Break out the grill, the tri-tip, and don’t forget the Mas des Aveylans!

2005 Cabernet/Syrah, Mas des Bressades – $18.69, $14.95 reorder
If you’ve had Cyril Marès’ Cabernet/Syrahs from other vintages, you know what we’re talking about when we say you can’t have enough of this wine. Yes it’s an ’05, and there are so many others to choose from, but we love this for its perfect balance of dark, ripe fruit, fine tannins, and youthfulness which make it an ideal wine to serve with a sizzlin’ steak.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008 2:11 PM

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2005 Beaune 1er Cru “Aigrots,” Albert Morot

The Domaine Albert Morot has a long, well-documented history dating back to 1820. What had started out as a negociant business in Beaune turned into a long-standing family winery. After 16 years of running the business on her own, Françoise Choppin turned the reigns over to Geoffrey Chopin de Janvy, her nephew, in 2000. Since then, Geoffrey has taken the winery into the spotlight by crafting wines that have garnered attention from critics, collectors and Burgundy lovers alike. The vineyard of Beaune Aigrots is situated between Clos des Mouches and Champs Pimonts. This classy, concentrated chardonnay has lovely notes of buttered toast and green, apple fruit. The palate-feel of the wine is broad and expansive. The flavors linger to reveal rich, ripe fruit uplifted and carried by bright acidity. Not flabby in any way, this wine is open and ready to drink.

2003 Gevrey Chambertin “Vieilles Vignes”, Philippe Naddef

Philippe Naddef goes back decades with The Wine House, all the way to his very first vintage in 1983. This long relationship has given us a unique insight into the evolution of his full-bodied, sturdy wines. Naddef’s reds typically begin their young life tight and firm. With age, they turn graceful and exceedingly aromatic. As a vintage, 2003 red burgundies were either softer, fleshier and approachable in style or assertively tannic. The former vintage characteristic coupled with Naddef’s big pinots produced a 2003 Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes that is at once drinkable and big-scaled. The wine is produced from grapes that come from 4 different parcels. The average age of the vines is 45 five years old. These cherished old vines produce naturally concentrated, small berries. The wine is aged in 60% new barrel and 40% in one year old barrels with no racking. Notes of cinnamon and beeswax give way to ripe red cherry fruit that finish in silky, round tannins. Naddef’s wines have a flavor all their own. In our fast-food culture where conformity is all too often equated with quality, it is soul-soothing to taste the magical union of winemaker and grape in Naddef’s wines.


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