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!

Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines • 5%/ Sale Wines

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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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2005 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules Costieres de Nimes Select

Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Languedoc-Roussillon;

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$12.31 per bottle with case discount.


A customer and I got into a long conversation about 2005 Bordeaux wines which ultimately lead to a discussion of wine prices. I admit, I have bought some ‘05’s, and hope to buy more, but none of the blue chip first growths and such for me. No, my pared down lifestyle won’t allow for that. However, as I explained to my customer rather optimistically, as long as there are bang for your buck, complex, and charming country wines out there, I know I will always be drinking well. This interchange came rushing back to me from the depths of my cluttered mind as I took my first whiff of the 2005 Rouge Select from Chateau D’Or et de Gueules. THIS IS IT! This is what I was talking about! Warm, sticky blue/black berry fruit aromas drift out of the glass revealing crushed rock and earthy minerality. At a staff development day, the first taste of this wine unleashed a great big smile from me. I looked to my colleagues for validation and consensus. I was met with equally giddy smiles. Yes, this is good, really good.

A little background: Diane Puymorin purchased the estate in 1998 and embarked on a vigorous task of replanting and other such winery improvements. The fruits of her labor are definitely paying off, as her wines go from strength to strength. Her wines are not going unnoticed either. Diane was recently featured in Decanter where they described her wines as “stylish, complex and assertive-much like herself”. A featured Wine House Staff favorite, the 2003 Rouge Select received a whopping 91 pts from the Wine Advocate and virtually disappeared from our store in a matter of minutes (what little we had left from our persistent recommendations). So let this be a warning to you: buy now, you won’t regret it. I am going to go out on the limb and say the ‘05 is even better than the ’03. A blend of roughly half syrah with the balance divided between old vine carignan and grenache, this deeply fruited red has dimension and complexity. There is certainly ample fruit but then there is that added something else that can only be described as that “Chateau D’or et de Gueules thing”. Yes, that is a technical term the Wine House staff has coined. One sip of this wine and you’ll immediately understand. An analogy I like to overuse is that it gives me the same type of pleasure that a true old-vine zinfandel does, not necessarily similar in flavor but it has that combo of gooey fruit matched with soil and herb.

And so, Lent is finally over, my family is celebrating Easter and after my fill of vodka and kholodetz (you’ll have to look this one up) my plan is to marinate some Lamb, throw it on the grill and wash it down with this amazing wine! – Anya Balistreri

2005 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules Costieres de Nimes Select

Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Languedoc-Roussillon;

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$12.31 per bottle with case discount.

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