2019 Xarel-lo, Bohigas $11.98 net price
The Bohigas estate has been in the same family since 1290. Father and daughter, Jordi and Maria, represent the 35th and 36th generation on the land. They mostly make Cava with only about 10% of their production dedicated to still wine. This light bodied, dry Xarel-lo is chock full of apricot and pineapple flavors. It’s the ideal meal starter wine; try with Marcona almonds and Manchego.
2018 Bergerac Blanc Cuvée des Conti, Tour Des Gendres $15.98 net price
In the mid ‘90s the Conti family were one of the first in Bergerac to move away from pesticides and chemicals and convert to organic farming. A blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and a soupçon of Muscadelle grown on limestone soil, gives this wine both richness and acidity. The plushness of the Sémillon comes through the loudest. Serve with a Fattoush, Cobb, or Caesar salad.
2019 Vinho Verde “Escudo Real,” Quinta da Lixa $10.98 net price
Escudo Real Vinho Verde from Quinta da Lixa is a textbook representation of this style of wine. At only 9.5% alcohol, it is light and refreshing with just a hint of residual sugar to balance out the acidity. A trio of Portuguese varietals, Loureiro, Arinto and Trajadura, all combine into a crushable, delicious drink. Serve it well chilled, perfect while lounging outside with your favorite reading material.
2019 Gruner Veltliner 1L, Weingut Am Berg $11.98 net price
The Am Berg Gruner Veltliner has quickly become one of The Wine House’s best-selling summer whites. And why not, what’s not to love? Fresh green fruit flavors, an invigorating mineral charge, low alcohol and it comes in liter-sized screwcap bottles. Keep some on hand chilling in the fridge for when the desire strikes for a glass of something cool and crisp; ok to add small bites and nibbles.
2018 Lugana, Ca’Lojera $17.59
Lugana is an appellation that straddles Lombardy to the west and Veneto to the east. The grape is Turbiana and it grows in clay soils along the southern end of Lake Garda. Ca’Lojera’s Lugana offers mineral brightness along with a round, creamy palate-feel without influence of oak. It’s a real standout in the region for its superb quality. A perennial favorite, we suggest serving it with seafood pasta or risotto.
2017 Chardonnay ‘Young,’ Vignalta $19.99
You can thank proprietor Lucio Gomiero for bringing radicchio to your table. Known as The King of Radicchio, he planted California’s first successful radicchio field in 1987. He also cultivated grapes in his native Colli Euganei, a region of volcanic hills that rise up above the Venetian plain. This ‘Young’ Chardonnay comes from 30-year old vines and is fermented in steel. Delicious with bivalves!
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, MAN Family Wines $9.98 net price
We’re loving these wines from MAN Family in South Africa. This Ou Kalant (old rascal) blend is 86% Cab Sauvignon, though it includes small portions of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cinsault, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. It has a solid core of dark, cassis fruit, with the underlying smokey, earthy, funky notes one often finds with South African reds. It’s a good one to serve with smoked meats.
2019 Tempranillo JA!, Tinedo $9.98 net price
This Spanish Tempranillo comes in as one of the better bargain reds we’ve been able to source. It ticks all the boxes and then some when it comes to complex aromas, lively mouth-feel, and a harmonious finish. It’s medium-bodied, comes in screwcap, and goes a long way in the quality/price department. It’s great for picnics, or you can sip it while noshing on your favorite Mexican dishes.
2016 Bergerac Rouge, Calabre $11.99
Bergerac is not far from Bordeaux – actually, it’s about an hour’s drive east from Saint-Émilion. Located further away from the ocean, one typically finds the same grapes/blends that are used in making the wines on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. 60% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon make up this medium-bodied, bistro quaffer. It’s great with burgers off the grill.
2017 Cotes du Rhone Mataró, Vignobles Boudinaud $17.79
It’s a Côtes-du-Rhône made entirely of Mataró (Mourvèdre)! Thierry Boudinaud is a longtime pal of ours down in the Rhône Valley, and together with his wife, Véronique, they’ve been providing us with delicious, well-priced wine for over two decades! This hearty red is robust, with dark, earthy aromas to complement the explosive purple fruit. It’s a good one to pour with those lamb chops.
2016 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Capezzana $14.95 sale price
In Carmignano, international varieties are allowed to grow alongside indigenous Tuscan grapes, such as Sangiovese and Canaiolo. Capezzana blends 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cab Franc with what is mostly Sangiovese to craft their Barco Reale. It has an earthy, leathery depth to it, with a solid core of red and black cherry fruit. Something meaty in a rich, red pasta sauce would do it!
2016 Red Wine, Radar Cellars $19.98 net price
Longtime Sonoma County winemaker William Knuttel crafted this rad red primarily from old vine Zinfandel. He expertly blended in some Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to make it what he describes as “claret styled.” It’s perky and fresh, with plenty of bright red fruit. Aged in French oak, only 25% new, this is an under the radar wine exclusive to TWH. Try with tri-tip or Carne Asada.
And here we are in September!
That month that says goodbye to summer and ushers in the fall. It’s an interesting time of year. Leaves on trees will be changing, the days will continue to shorten, and at night, we may feel a chill in the air.
During this seasonal change, The Dirty Dozen makes plenty of sense. 6 chillables for the warm days, 6 reds for the cool. Come on down and grab your Dirty Dozen today!