December 2007 Dirty Dozen

As the year winds down, we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of that time period known as “The Holidays”. No matter which ones you celebrate, celebrate you will. The Dirty Dozen has been chosen to make your celebrations all the more festive! Truly the ‘something for everyone’ sampler, take one to your next party, and watch the fun.

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NV Brut, Domaine J. Laurens – $10.98 net price, Reorder $9.88
What better way to start off than with a nice, crisp bubby that delivers a big bang for your buck. This crémant hails from the Limoux region which is just inland from the Languedoc appellations of Corbieres and Minervois. Quality juice at a guilt free cork-popping price!

2006 Les Tours, Domaine la Hitaire – $8.99, Reorder $7.19
Speaking of crisp wines, fresh off the boat comes the latest installment of the Les Tours legacy. If you love white wine, but need a break from the usual, try this one out for size. All tank fermented, it’s got plenty of zip and lip-smacking fruit to match up well with tuna and capers.

2006 Grüner Veltliner Liter, Setzer – $11.98 net price, Reorder $10.78
Austria enjoyed a wonderful 2006 vintage, and the Veltliners we’ve tasted have made a strong impression. This one is bright and herbal, with more than a hint of fleshy fruit. The first of two wines in this month’s DD to come in full liter format, you will be surprised as to how quickly it empties. Easy to pair, it’s a wonderful accompaniment for herbal salads, pizza margherita, or an herb infused pork roast.

2006 Touraine Blanc, Domaine des Corbillieres – $12.59, Reorder $10.07
If you fancy Loire valley Sauvignon Blanc, and want to keep the price tag reasonable, give this Touraine a shot. Some SB’s can be grassy, some highly aromatic, but this one is just right. Balanced and not over-bearing, this one is easy to drink by itself, yet is very flexible with food. Simple white fish would work, complicated white fish would work, any kind of white fish would work.

2005 Hippolyte Blanc, Chateau Grande Cassagne – $11.99, Reorder $9.59
Roussanne and Grenache Blanc are dynamite together. Take that, add a little oak, and you’ve got yourself a spicy, fleshy, zingy white wine with more character than any other white wine in this price range. This has rotisserie chicken written all over it!

2005 Chardonnay, Lapis Luna – $8.98 net price, Reorder $8.08
A California Chardonnay for under $10? Yes Virginia, there is one. Well more than one, but this one tastes good. Tropical in aroma, there are hints of pineapple and passion fruit that carry through the palate and finish crisp and lively. This is a great wine to have in the fridge at any time for any occasion. With crab season upon us, it may be a good idea to stock up on this one while our supply lasts!

2005 Cabernet/Syrah, Cuvée Alex – Mas de Guiot – $21.49, Reorder $17.19
It doesn’t get much better than this. Yes, it may cost a little more than your average Cab/Syrah, but one taste will tell you why. If you were to write down descriptive words regarding the complexity, you would have to turn the page over to finish. In vintages past, this has been a wine to lay down, but the 2005 is smoking right now! A worry-free gift idea, this is serious juice here. Serve it with a rack of lamb.

2005 Grenache, Domaine André Brunel – $8.49, Reorder $6.79
Tasting notes from various publications don’t usually make their way into our write ups for the Dirty Dozen, but we couldn’t resist sharing this gem with you, “Tangy, with lots of pepper, cherry and tobacco notes on a bright, open frame. A hint of iron adds more interest on the finish. Nice introduction to the grape.” – The Wine Spectator 12/15/07. How ‘bout a warm spinach salad with goat cheese and pancetta?

2006 Blauer Zweigelt Liter, Berger – $12.98, Reorder $11.68
You don’t see much red wine from Austria in the states, and you could probably chalk that up to ye olde line, “They keep the good stuff for themselves”. But that’s not the case. Well if it is, this one got out undetected. In full liter bottles, no less! Zweigelt is a medium weight fruity red that can be reminiscent of Pinot Noir or Grenache. This one here has cherry-like fruit, a touch of herbs and a balanced finish.

2004 Hommage – Domaine de Gournier – $13.59, Reorder $10.87
Here’s another prestige cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, only this one adds a little Mourvèdre for texture. We just love the grape and fawn over any of the numerous blends that incorporate it. This wine boasts briary fruit, with herbs and white pepper, propped up with a spicy texture derived from a little new oak. Steak with frites a la Provençal would accompany this perfectly.

2004 Merlot, Domaine St. Antoine – $6.95 sale price, Reorder $6.60
A champion of Tuesday night wines, it’s always a good idea to have one of these around. It’s great before dinner, during dinner, and perfect after dinner. You know that time when everybody wants another glass of red, but all you have in the rack is 1995 Lynch Bages? Pizza? Perfect. Pasta? No problem. Meatloaf with Colcannon potatoes? No brainer. Alaskan king crab? Well okay, that’s pushing it.

2005 Grenache/Syrah Tradition, Mas Carlot – $11.29, Reorder $9.03
We have many different Grenache/Syrah blends here in our shop. They definitely lead the pack in the quality/price category, that’s for sure. So what happens when one of these stands out above the crowd? This one does! This wine is medium bodied, has plenty of fruit, yeah, that’s what we expect from blends like this. But this one has an ineffable depth that will make all who sip do a double-take.

Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines • 5%/ Sale Wines
Click here to purchase all 12 wines for $109!

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