2019 Rosé Vinho Verde Assinatura de Familia, Quinta de Santiago $9.99
This easy going, screwcapped Rosé works for so many reasons. The price for quality ratio is over the top, it’s fresh on the nose, frizzante on the palate, and finishes with hints of pink and red fruits and a kiss of a floral component. It’s only 10.5% alcohol, so go ahead and pour another glass. Extremely versatile, it’s a great wine to have on the refrigerator door in case of unexpected guests.
2019 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Madia, Torre Zambra $13.99
Just off the boat comes the new vintage of Torre Zambra’s entry-level label, Madia. For their white Madia, it’s 100% Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, and it packs a ton of value. Hints of green apples and citrus blossoms dance in the bouquet, and the palate is light and fresh. It’s a great aperitif wine, it goes great with fall salads, and is best suited to serve along with white fish or Dungeness crab.
2019 Montravel Blanc Terrement, Château Puy Servain $14.59
When you’ve been in business for 43 years, you make a lot of connections. We’ve been working with winemaker Daniel Hecquet for over two decades. He’s a passionate winemaker. His Terrement Blanc is an extraordinary value! From just east of the Bordeaux appellation, it is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Gris. It works well with lighter fare, or turkey with yams will do the trick!
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Bodegas Shaya $10.98
We search the world over, looking for great Sauvignon Blanc. Who would have predicted finding one from Spain? Made from vines growing in sandy soil in the appellation of Rueda, just ninety miles northwest of Madrid, it has enticing aromas of tropical fruits like guava and passionfruit. On the palate, the flavors remain fresh and bright with perky acidity. Try with crispy eggs rolls or tempura.
2018 Friulano Vini Orsone, Bastianich $13.95
Friulano is Friuli Venezia Giulia’s most emblematic grape variety. This is a textbook example with its robust aromas of white flowers, almonds and ripe pear. It has a pleasing fleshy palate feel that keeps you going back for more sips. No oak on this one, though extended time on its lees produced a lush textural finish. Sensational with Prosciutto and other cured meat goodies.
2017 Chardonnay, Valravn $18.98
Chardonnay grapes hand-picked from vineyards across Sonoma County AVAs, including Sonoma Coast, Russian River and Sonoma Valley. Partially fermented in barrel and then aged in French oak barrels, of which 25% were new. A beautifully balanced wine with flavors of toasted hazelnuts, marzipan and ripe pineapple. Relax with a glass paired with lemon-stuffed roast chicken and taters.
2019 Pinot Noir, Pavette $11.98
The talent behind the Valravn Chardonnay have pulled off an impossible feat; producing quality California Pinot Noir for a song! Sourcing grapes from up and down the state, including Anderson Valley and the Santa Rita Hills, this is a friendly, cherry-packed fruity red that is perfect for just about any occasion. Certainly, appropriate for a Thanksgiving feast, but also nice with seared duck.
2018/19 Garnacha, Flor de Goda $11.98
This gutsy and bold Garnacha comes from Spain’s Campo de Borja region. This area is extremely arid. The high elevation of the vineyards keeps things cool at night when daytime summer temperatures spike. The rich strawberry fruit is bolstered by notes of black pepper and rich mocha on the finish. Terrific with slow braised short ribs over creamy polenta.
2019 Malbec, Mil Piedras $10.98
Mad for Malbec? Valle de Uco, a sub-appellation of Mendoza, is choice real estate for growing Malbec. This small family owned estate grows vines at elevations over 3500 hundred feet! The alluvial soil is extremely sandy which provides good drainage and causes the roots of the vine to reach deep into the ground. Elegant and smooth textured, this wine over delivers for price.
2019 Gaillac VilleRouge, Vignobles Arbeau $11.99
Gaillac is a small appellation near Toulouse, between Bordeaux and the Languedoc. Braucol and Duras are two local varieties that chiefly grow only in that region. 50% Braucol, the wine has a rugged backbone of cassis with aromas of black fruit and spice. The palate is medium bodied, which makes it a versatile red that can accompany poultry as well as grilled red meats.
2019 Coteaux Bourguignons, Domaine Verret $18.99
100% Gamay Noir, Verret’s Coteaux Bourguignons is a cheerful, fruit-driven, lighter bodied red that is sure to put a smile on your face. With aromas of wild cherry, autumn leaves and forest floor, one can ponder over them for minutes before taking a sip. Its light body makes it a versatile pairing partner. The Thanksgiving Day table can be tough to pair wine with; this will work well with it.
2018 Côtes de Provence Rouge Les Trois Frères, Domaine des Aspras $19.99
And in the deeper red category, Les Trois Frères Rouge is a rugged, terroir-driven red. It shows dense aromas of earth, concentrated black fruit, and spice. Pro tip: give this baby some time open in a decanter. Or, better yet, open it, pour out a glass, recork it, and wait a day. It’ll go great with hearty fare like roasted beef bone marrow, or steaks and lamb chops.
November is upon us! As the end of the year comes into view, we all know that things are going to get busy.
The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun, as we have less than four weeks to go!
Keeping this in mind, we chose this month’s DD carefully, focusing on wines that will suit the occasion. What do you know? 12 wines, all different, for one low price.
Get your November Dirty Dozen today!