THE DIRTY DOZEN - SEPTEMBER 2017

All the signs are there – the kids are back in school, there is pigskin action on TV, and heirloom tomatoes are out in force. That can only mean that it’s September!  Have no fear, Indian summer’s here!  Let us make your wine shopping easy.  The September Dirty Dozen has it all – 6 reds, 6 chill-ables, and this here tip sheet for one crazy, low price. How can you top a deal like that? Get your September Dirty Dozen today!

2015 Les Tours, Domaine La Hitaire $10.79, $8.63 reorder                

One of our favorite whites, Les Tours from La Hitaire is a blend of Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Gros Manseng.  While these grape varieties are more commonly associated with spirits, they also make for a nice, crisp white.  Hints of light yellow fruit, citrus blossoms, and a kiss of honey are all present on the palate - give it a pour next time you have ceviche.   


2016 Ventoux Rosé, Domaine Fondrèche $16.59, $13.27 reorder              

Winemaker Sébastien Vincenti has changed it up a bit with his Ventoux Rosé – the usual super pale salmon hue has given way to an electric magenta color.  This 2016 Rosé shows hints of red berries and watermelon rind; it’s great on its own, or you can pair it with a myriad of possibilities.  For the ultimate refreshment, pour it with a Salade Niçoise. 


2015 Saint Bris, Domaine Verret $15.99, $12.79 reorder

An overwhelming majority of white Burgundy is made from the Chardonnay grape.  You also may have heard of Aligoté, Burgundy’s “other” white grape.  Believe it or not, there exists one small corner of Burgundy (just southwest of Chablis) that permits Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris to be made into wine:  Saint Bris.  Crisp and citrusy; check it out.

2015 Pinot Gris, Pike Road $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder            

This cheerful Pinot Gris comes from the Campbell family whose pioneering Oregon winery, Elk Cove, was established in 1974. Under the Pike Road label, they use estate grown fruit and some from their neighbors to make this 100% Willamette Valley white. Soft peach flavors and aromas marry with citrus and honey. Try with grilled salmon.


2016 Vinho Verde, Adega de Monção $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder                   

Nothing is as refreshing as a well-chilled glass of Vinho Verde on a hot summer’s eve. With its low alcohol content (only 11.5%)and slight spritz, this white exudes delicate floral and stone fruit flavors. A combination of Alvarinho and Trajadura grapes, allow for fruitiness and a dry finish. Serve with crab cakes, fish ceviche or grilled chicken thighs.


2016 Žilavka, Brkić $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

When we say we scour the world over for the finest values in wine for the DD, we’re not kidding. This lovely, minerally white comes from Bosnia-Herzegovina. The indigenous varietal, Žilavka, is ideally suited for the Mediterranean climate of southern Herzegovina. Yellow plum and pear flavors with a hint of anise; try it with lighter, late summer fare.
2013 Tempranillo, Calipaso $22.98 net price, $20.68 reorder

This robust red uses Tempranillo from two vineyards, one of which is located in the San Miguel District - the northern most region of the Paso Robles AVA. Giving a nod to its Spanish cousin, Rioja, with its berry and pomegranate fruit flavors and spicy undertones - go bold here with food pairings, like BBQ ribs, Carne Asada or Korean Bulgogi.

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, TerraNoble $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile’s Maule Valley is the perfect example of a humble, honest, and most importantly, delicious table wine. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, all you taste is the pure, clean expression of the fruit. The tannins are soft and silky, making it the perfect choice for midweek take-outs and casual gatherings.

2015 Red Blend 6962 $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Argentina is the largest wine producer in South America. Here Malbec, originally from France, has found a new home. This Red Blend is half Malbec, 20% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat, with the balance Petit Verdot. Grippy and full, this wine gives off a full-flavored experience. Gather up the gauchos for grilled steak with Chimichurri sauce.

2015 Touraine Les Demoiselles, Domaine des Corbillières $16.59, $13.27 reorder

Fabel Barbou purchased Domaine des Corbillières in 1923.  Now run by his great-grandson, Dominique and his wife, Véronique, they produce some of our favorite red, white, and rosé wines.  For the Les Demoiselles red they blend Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Côt (Malbec).  The result is a delight.  It’s a great red for an herb crusted pork roast.

2014 Château Ferran Saint Pierre Rouge $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Here’s further proof that great value exists in wines from Bordeaux.  Château Ferran Saint Pierre lies in the Entre-deux-Mers appellation, which is a large swath of land between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers.  Made from 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a lay-up to serve with sizzling steaks fresh off the grill.

2013 Ventoux Rouge, Domaine Fondrèche $16.99, $13.59 reorder

This month’s DD comes with a two-fer from winemaker Sébastien Vincenti.  This one has a cool story.  Sébastien has included fruit that was once vinified on its own under his fancy Nadal label.  Starting in 2013, he discontinued this practice and now includes that prestigious fruit in his entry-level red giving it more substance.