April 2008 Dirty Dozen

Sit right down and take a deep breath. In this day and age, where can you find a deal that even comes close to what we’ve got for you here? 12 bottles, all different, picked for their diversity and ability to pair with many different foods, in a box with this flyer for less than ten bucks per bottle? Wow! Nowhere, we guess. Okay, exhale and smile!

2006 Rose l’Instant, Domaine de Fondreche – $12.99, $10.39 reorder
As one would expect, our staff all love wine. We try different wines from all over the shop and beyond, and usually have serious discussions about them. That’s what makes this Rose intriguing. You see, almost every time a staffer takes a bottle of Rose home, this is the one. Funny thing is no one ever talks about it. Drink it as an aperitif, or pair it with a salmon filet.
2004 Riesling Tradition, Rene Mure – $17.99, $14.39 reorder
In Alsace, Rene Mure is a household name. His family has been making wine since the 17th century. It shows. This little Riesling has all the bells and whistles going. Delicious fruit and mineral in the mouth, perfect with ham, sausage, or cabbage dishes.
2006 Muscadet, Domaine de la Quilla – $11.59, $9.27 reorder
Dry, crisp white wine anyone? Muscadet is the westernmost appellation in the Loire Valley, as it sits in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. How convenient, because this wine made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape accompanies seafood perfectly.
2004 Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Bertrand Ambroise – $16.95 sale price, $16.10 reorder
Every now and then, the Dirty Dozen sheds its flannel shirt and dungarees for something more spiffy; like this white BURGUNDY! Showing fleshy fruit and just the right amount of spice, this is a lay-up for any way you wish to prepare that lobster.
2006 Sauvignon Blanc, Lalande – $10.99, $8.79 reorder
So it was Oscar Wilde who said, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative”. Point taken, but in the wine world, being consistent builds you a loyal following. Yves Grassa’s Sauvignon Blancs drink wonderfully vintage after vintage. The new installment from 2006 is no exception. Crisp and aromatic, this goes great with an open face turkey sandwich with gravy.
2006 Marsanne/Roussanne, Mas Carlot – $11.29, $9.03 reorder
Every single white wine from the Rhone and environs that we have tasted from 2006 has been stellar! The wines are beaming with bright, vibrant acidity which holds up the fleshy fruit flavors of these varieties like Mark Messier with the Stanley Cup. This wine displays fruity aromatics, is round yet crisp in the palate, and finishes with hints of herbgarden. A salad Nicoise is a good idea.

2005 Merlot, Domaine Gournier – $9.29, $7.43 reorder
Ready to drink, easy to sip, pure tank-fermented Merlot here folks. Owner Maurice Barnouin, a pepinierist (a vine-clone and rootstock expert), works with cloned vines sourced from Bordeaux’s right bank to make this wonderful juice. A perfect spring picnic wine, this goes great with casual meals like burgers or pizza, but if you want to get serious, try it with duck confit.
2004 Ecuyer de Chateau Couronneau – $5.95 sale price, $5.65 reorder
Value customers line up here! The second label of Chateau Couronneau, this is Bordeaux for a song! Accessible now, this wine shows dark fruit, crushed mineral, herbs, and leather. Mmmmmm…..grass-fed ribeye steak, oh my!
2005 Palombieres, Montpezat – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Ever-friendly, this blend of Grenache and Mourvedre team up to give you a healthy dose of fruit with a briary backbone. It is a wonderful food wine, but as Anya once said about it, “This wine’s a little harlot, this is the kind of wine you open before dinner, and it’s gone by the time the food’s ready”. Either way, a bottle of this handy is indeed a good thing.
2005 Rouge, Chateau Montroche – $9.49, $7.59 reorder
In this corner, the defending champ of bargains. How they do it, we don’t know. Maybe it’s the Syrah, maybe it’s the Grenache, maybe it’s due to lack of filtration. Whatever it is that they do to get wine this good in our glasses for this price, just keep it up!
2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Domaine des Cantarelles – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Taste any 2004 Cab/Syrahs lately? All are gaining in complexity with a little bottle age, but none better than our favorite, Cantarelles. Known for their Bordeaux-like aromatics, the 2004 is another beauty showing dark, chewy fruit, spice, and earth. Break this one out for the festival of meats!
2006 Tutti i Giorni Nutz, Vino Noceto – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
We just love Noceto’s take on Sangiovese from the Sierra foothills. Tutti i Giorni means everyday in Italian, and you’d be doing okay if this were your everyday wine. 50/50 Barbera and Sangiovese make this perfect with pasta and meatballs, mamma mia!
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