Ah, May … It’s the only month of spring with 31 days in it. And that’s plenty of time to fit a little fun in. Speaking of fun, check out the May 2015 Dirty Dozen: 12 wines, all different, all chosen for their versatility, in one box for an amazingly low price. Spanning the globe, this month’s sampler includes wines from six different countries! So get that wine passport out and start stamping. The May 2015 DD!!!
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2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Pomelo $10.98, $9.88 reorder
Randy Mason began his Napa Valley wine career in 1974 working for Chappellet. Pomelo is the name given to Mason Cellars’ 100% stainless steel Sauvignon Blanc from mostly Lake County fruit. Fragrant, explosive grapefruit aromatics give way to guava and lime peel flavors. Refreshing! Try with tiger prawn ceviche, goat cheese pizza or rotisserie chicken.
2013 Blanco, Ercavio $11.98, $10.78 reorder
30 miles east of Toledo grow the old bush vines (40+ years) of Airén that go into this tongue-sizzling crisp blanco. Grown at high altitudes in Spain’s interior where dry conditions favor this drought-resistant varietal, the Ercavio Blanco flaunts flavors of blossoms, fresh apples and cut grass. Spring greens and fresh peas would do nicely as an accompaniment.
2013 Entre-Deux-Mers, Tertre de Launay $11.98, $10.78 reorder
The high percentage of Muscadelle, around 20%, catapults this lovely Bordeaux white into the realm of complexity and finesse. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc round out the blend, lending creamy flavors of apple and citrus. It is certainly lovely solo, but shines when paired with flaky white fish dishes, deep-fried shellfish or briny raw oysters.
2013 Rosé, Grange des Rouquette $10.49, $8.39 reorder
Now that some warm weather has kicked in here and there, it’s not just diehard Rosé lovers drinking pink these days! The Grange des Rouquette Rosé, made from 100% Syrah, is for everyone who loves dry Rosé with a little structure. Ample red fruit can be detected in the aromas and palate, and the finish is dry and crisp. Pair it with your saucisson.
2012 Pinot Auxerrois, Domaine Ehrhart $16.99, $13.59 reorder
TWH pals Corinne and Philippe Ehrhart grow this clone of Pinot Blanc in the Val St. Gregoire vineyard in the village of Turckheim. It offers rich aromas of apples and peaches, a round mouth feel and finishes with hints of white pepper. A very versatile wine, it’s round enough to drink by itself, yet its 1-2 punch of fruit/acidity will go well with fish tacos.
2012 Touraine Blanc, Domaine des Corbillières $15.49, $12.39 reorder
Regular DD subscribers will have no problem recognizing the Corbillières logo on the label. They’ve made their way into the Dirty Dozen via their Rosé and red Touraines, and of course their Touraine Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp citrus blossom fruit permeates the nose, and the palate is lively with a fruity middle. It’s a great wine to sip with a salad with goat cheese.
2012 Bordeaux, Tour de Luchey $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
A charming Bordeaux which sees no time in wood, Tour de Luchey is Merlot with a little Cabernet. Fermented in stainless steel and cement vats, it showcases flavors of cassis and plum – the fruit flavors are further complimented by fresh thyme and green herb notes. A slow-cooked roast is perfectly acceptable to pair here. Invite the whole gang!
2013 Rosso, Gran Passione $11.98, $10.78 reorder
Mostly Merlot with some Corvina, this red wine from Italy’s Veneto region takes its cue from Amarone. The grapes are harvested quite late, concentrating flavors and sugars. Extended skin contact during fermentation further amplifies flavors. This wine is brawny, chewy and ideal for deeply flavored, inexpensive cuts of meats and aged dry cheeses.
2010 The Chemist, Smoke Screen Cellars $14.98, $13.48 reorder
Seven, yes seven, varieties go into this playful, tasty California red blend. By combining Rhone and Bordeaux varietals, winemaker Gary Galleron, whose resume includes Grace Family and Vineyard 29, achieves richness with a supple tannin finish and lush fruit flavors. What’s not to like here? Serve alongside smokey bbq, spicy sausages or chili con carne.
2013 Malbec, Alberto Furque $14.99, $11.99 reorder
May is national barbecue month, and if you’re smoking a brisket, you’re gonna want this here bottle of Malbec to go with it! Grown at elevations of around 3000 ft above sea level, the Alberto Furque Malbec is pure pleasure. From the bodega’s oldest vines, it’s raised in concrete and stainless steel tank, pure and fresh, all plums and dark currents.
2012 Côtes-du-Rhône la Boissière, Domaine Boudinaud $13.49, $10.79 reorder
Thierry Boudinaud grows some pretty snazzy vines in and around the southern Rhône Valley. The fruit for his la Boissière comes from the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation, one of the best bang-for-our-buck wine regions in the world. Medium body, balanced red and purple fruit, and an easy finish: here’s your all-purpose red. Pizzas and pastas made to order!
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinum Africa $17.99, $14.39 reorder
Speaking of national barbecue month, this delightful Cabernet Sauvignon will serve smoky, grilled fare well. It’s got plenty of dark currant and cassis fruit, brambly herbal aromas, and a rich, sturdy structure. If the aforementioned Malbec evaporates too quickly before that brisket is gone, it’d be prudent to have this as a backup.
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container from France and négociante, Jeanne-Marie de Champs. The timing was grand because more than a handful of wines from said container were shipped by Jeanne-Marie and her company, Domaines et Saveurs. She spent a couple of days here in the Bay Area visiting clients, and at the end of one of those days, she returned to our HQ here in southern Dogpatch to pour a fine array of recent arrivals for our staff. We were all pretty impressed with how each wine was showing (there was one of those fancy, hyphenated Montrachet types in there), but at that moment we were all taken by … get this … the 2013 Paul Pernot Bourgogne Blanc!
barrels. His overall 2013 production was less than expected (and far less than average), so there were a few extra new barrels available, and Pernot vinified 15% of the 2013 Bourgogne in them! Perhaps that’s where some of the fancy aromas and texture come from. But it’s far more than that. In order for a wine to exhibit character like this, it must have rich fruit, layers of complexity, a tame alcohol level (12.5%), and harmonizing acidity. This wine has no, as in zero, rough edges. It is seamless in its harmony. There wasn’t much up for grabs at the end of the tasting, but let’s just say that more than one of us (read: all of us) wanted what was left to take home.