2019 Rosé, Quinta de Santiago $17.99
A dry and sleek rosé made from a blend of red grapes (Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz) and one white, Alvarinho. Touriga Nacional is a robust and tannic red grape valued in the making of Port. It lends a firm, dry finish to this rosé. Fragrant with aromas of wild berries and lemon zest, this is a perfect first-course wine to serve with seafood salads, grilled artichokes or fresh spring rolls.
2019 Blanc Les Cimels, Château d’Or et de Gueules $15.99
Les Cimels translated from the Occitan language means “bouquet of fruits”. What an apt moniker for what winemaker Diane de Puymorin calls her “vin de plaisir.” A blend of Grenache Blanc, Rolle and Roussanne, it’s a wine that abounds with aromas of citrus and white flowers. Certified biodynamic is an added plus. Pair up with a vegetable cream soup or seafood bisque.
2019 Ortrugo, Cantine Bonelli $14.59
Ortrugo is a native grape of Emilio-Romagna, Italy’s culinary epicenter. Unoaked, it is crisp with flavors of Granny Smith apples, hints of blossoms and a note of apricot kernel. A charming wine, low in alcohol (11.5%); it is ideal for sipping while prepping in a hot kitchen. Cantine Bonelli is a family run operation, making wines for three generations in the hills near Piacenza.
2019 Entre-Deux-Mers, Tertre de Launay $11.98
Entre-Deux-Mers is a sub-region of Bordeaux that literally translates to “between two seas”. The “seas” in question are in fact two rivers, the Garonne and Dordogne. The Greffier family has been making wine in the village of Soussac for well over 100 years. A blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle, this wine has intense flavors of juicy citrus with fresh, grassy notes. Lovely!
2018 Rioja Blanco, Altanza $12.98
Rioja is most famous for its reds, but about 8% of the region’s total production is white. What else are you going to drink during sunny Spring days? Of the varietals allowed to be labeled Rioja Blanco, Sauvignon Blanc is one of them and it is what Altanza uses to make theirs. Creamy lemon and ripe pineapple flavors dominate the palate. So refreshing and delicious! Dishes like Paella or Arroz con Pollo will do.
2019 Chardonnay, CP Wines $17.98
This Central Coast Chardonnay comes from a single vineyard in Paso Robles. A combination of stainless-steel tank fermentation and partial barrel aging keeps this ripe, sunny Cali Chardonnay from being too overblown. Instead, it lures you in with the stone fruit and apple notes and keeps you coming back for more sips with its rich, round mouthfeel. Fabulous with lemon-marinated chicken.
2018 Aglianico Mastro, Mastroberardino $14.98
Aglianico has been getting a lot of buzz within the wine community lately. We’ve seen a solid core of customers seeking out Campania’s powerful red grape that can trace its history back to Roman times. The aromas are of red berry fruit and violets. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, with a great balance of fruit and acidity. Team it up with a roast chicken and red-sauced pastas dishes.
2019 Laya, Bodegas Atalaya $8.48
A blend of 70% Garnacha, Tintorera (Alicante Bouchet), and Monastrell (Mourvèdre) from Almansa, which is roughly 50 miles southwest of Valencia and the Spanish Mediterranean coast. It’s a dense, full-bodied red, with a dark fruit profile and hints of spice. It has the structure that will stand up to the heartiest fare, such as lamb stew or Goulash, or just try it with some aged cheddar.
2018 Garnacha, Santo Cristo $11.98
For their Garnacha selección, the team at Santo Cristo source their fruit from their old vines. The resulting wine is dense and lush, with aromas of dark red and purple fruit compote. The vines grow on an elevated plateau which allows for the cool evenings to shape the wine’s structure with fresh, balancing acidity. It’s great on its own, or you can pair it with small bites and pizza.
2018 Bergerac, Château Calabre $12.99
Our pal Daniel Hecquet in Montravel has some vines growing in nearby Bergerac, and he bottles this unpretentious, screwcapped, Bordeaux blend from them. It’s all tank raised, so it’s light on its feet with fresh fruity aromatics and no oak influence. With spring on the horizon, we’d recommend bringing this to picnics and barbecues to sip alongside burgers, brats, and deli sandwiches.
2017 Rouge Cuvée Tradition, Mas des Bressades $13.49
It’s a joy for us to be able to re-introduce you all to the wines of Cyril Marès’ Mas des Bressades. Longtime DD customers may remember the days when his showstopping Cuvée Tradition was a regular highlight among the sampler’s mix. It has perfectly dialed in aromas of red/purple fruit, herb garden and garrigue with a medium body. It’s versatile, so add it to the pizza/pasta/steak list.
2016 Bordeaux Supérieur, Château La Croix Calendreau $13.98
The 2016 vintage in Bordeaux was about as great as Bordeaux vintages get. The wines have generous aromas of perfectly ripe fruit, and harmonious structures chiefly marked by fresh, buoyant acidity. It’s the kind of vintage where almost everyone made great wine, even the little guys. This Bordeaux Supérieur is a great example of that. Break this out with your chops and steaks.
As we turn another page of the calendar, we find ourselves in March. There seems to be a thaw in the air which tells us that spring is right around the corner!
Coming up this month, we spring forward and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. For the change in season, we’ve put together a dynamite case of 12 bottles, all different, all selected for their versatility for one low price.
Pick up your March Dirty Dozen today!