The November Dirty Dozen

Well don’t look now, but we’re in the home stretch of 2007. With the holidays staring us in the face, we must ask the question, do you have the wine you need for these special occasions? If your time is precious, we suggest the Dirty Dozen! Chosen with diversity in mind, you will certainly find something for everyone in this box. If there is something you really like, then check out the savings on reorders of six or more bottles! Cheers!

Peter Zavialoff


The November 2007 Dirty Dozen · $109

2006 Grüner Veltliner Liter, Ecker – $10.98 net price, Reorder $9.88
New arrival! The 2006 vintage in Austria was sun-drenched and the wines picked up an extra richness that one doesn’t often find in this variety. All the wonderful herbal nuances are dancing harmoniously with the rich texture of the vintage. In one-liter format, this is a perfect kickoff to any holiday fête!
2006 Viognier, Praxis – $13.98 net price, Reorder $12.58
Choosing a Viognier from California can be a daunting task these days. They can be intense and rather pricey. What we have here instead is a restrained, well-balanced offering that serves up a proper dose of floral as well as fruity aromatics. In the mouth it’s crisp and refreshing. Turkey friendly.
2005 Chardonnay, Domaine Gournier – $12.39, Reorder $9.91
If you need a party Chardonnay, we highly recommend that you try this one. Perfect for Turkey Day eats, this is a happy-go-lucky Chard that will put a smile on your face while keeping you in the black.
2006 Rosé, Mas Carlot – $10.49, Reorder $8.39
We’re going with the old adage here that if cranberry sauce works with turkey like it does, then a fresh, fruity Rosé from southern France would be even better! Exhibiting fresh fruit balanced with lively acidity, a sip of this following a bite of gobble, gobble will have you filling your glass again and again.
2005 Domaine de Pouy – $8.49, Reorder $6.79
Here’s one for the chef! This non-pretentious, crisp white is the ideal quaffable while you’re minding 4 burners, an oven, and a house full of hungry people. Hey, how’d this bottle empty so fast???
2005 Quincy, Philippe Portier – $12.95 sale price, Reorder $12.30
This is the deal here, folks. Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc at its finest. It proudly shows off essences of citrus fruit, grassy herbs, and a hint of mineral. The finish is dry and pure, perfect with your bird.
2005 Chateau Couronneau – $13.98 net price, Reorder $12.58
If you can find a better value in Bordeaux, we would love to hear about it. It shows deep, dark fruit layered with leather and earth. With an hour or two of decanting, you can enjoy this one now. Or, cellar it, forget it for around 5 to 10 years, then be rewarded for your absent-mindedness.
2005 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Domaine Amouriers – $11.49, Reorder $9.77
Yet another bounty of fruit from the 2005 harvest! Amouriers’ Vacqueras receives praise on a regular basis, but let’s not disrespect their party-priced people pleaser. Fruit and spice – perfect with pizza.
2005 Tempranillo, Reinares – $8.98 net price, Reorder $8.08
A good customer recently discovered he had bought a case of this, yet lost it in his cellar. After the discovery, he teed one up, and his comment was, “Where did all that wine in the bottle go?” The good news is that he still has eleven bottles, and we still have a limited amount at this unheard of price.
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Domaine des Cantarelles – $15.99, Reorder $12.79
In vintages past, Cantarelles has been blending 60% Syrah with their Cabernet. Well, this time, it’s 85% Cabernet and 15% Syrah. It was that kind of vintage. Big and briary, a sizzling rib-eye ought to do it!
2003 Syrah “Les Oliviers”, Domaine St. Antoine – $13.99, Reorder $11.19
The hits just keep coming. This prestigious cuvée Syrah has that je ne sais quoi that just screams French Syrah. Plenty of smoky nuance balanced with firm tannins make this a cinch with prime rib.
2004 Côtes du Rhône ‘Les Quatres Terres’, Santa Duc – $14.99, Reorder $11.99
Last, but not least, is this consistent staff favorite. The dark fruit and the herbal/pepper characters are playing hide and seek. No, it’s more like they’re playing ping-pong. No, they’re just playing. Let ‘em play! Just make sure you get a full glass. Chances are the bottle won’t be coming back.

The November 2007 Dirty Dozen · $109


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