July 2008 Dirty Dozen

All these wonderful things are happening. Three day week-ends, long days, fresh produce, and warm evenings. What could make this better? We’ve got an idea. How about 12 different bottles of wine, all different, all offering a fresh look at a grape variety chosen with diversity in mind? Oh yeah, did we mention the low price?

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2007 Rose, Grande Cassagne – $10.99, $8.79 reorder
If there were a perfect month to have a Rose, it’s July. A chilled, dry, crisp Rose is just perfect for trips to the beach, barbeques, or picnics. This one here is all of that, and offers up hints of citrus fruit. It also works convincingly if you pour it into a flavored water bottle and take it to a ballgame.

2005 Benjamin de Vieux Chateau Gaubert Blanc, Graves – $16.99, $13.59 reorder
Okay folks, this is the first of two 2005 Bordeaux in the DD. Okay, well this is white Bordeaux, but it was a great vintage for the whites as well. Showing plenty of fleshy white fruit, balanced by an acidity that makes the vintage memorable and ageworthy, this is not to be taken lightly. Would be ideal with a nice sea bass.

2006 Marsanne/Viognier, Vignobles Boudinaud – $12.99, $10.39 reorder
You will definitely smile when you taste this; the Viognier intertwines with the Marsanne in a wonderfully subtle fashion. It lends some of the tropical fruit to the aromatics, yet takes a back seat on the palate. This allows for a cracking finish that is mellow and dry. Pop this one with your calamari.

2006 Chardonnay, River Road – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
There has been a division among California Chardonnay drinkers recently: to oak or not to oak. The folks at River Road have decided to go without. What we’re left here with is a lipsmacking Chardonnay that offers up hints of melon and pear fruit. If you’ve hot a hankerin’ for some good old fried chicken, pack this along and you’ll be happy.

2006 Touraine, Sauvignon, Domaine des Corbillieres – $12.59, $10.07 reorder
Remember when you were little and you got a brand new bike? This wine is like that. It’s clean, it has polish, and will take you on a nice ride! Pour liberally as you may find the bottle not returning until empty with a request for more.

2004 Gewurztraminer Tradition, Rene Mure – $18.99, $15.19 reorder
Rene Mure’s family has been making wine for over 10 generations, so one would think that wisdom gained through trial and error would be ever present. They know what they’re doing here. It’s Gewurz that shows its typical aroma of spice and rose petal, yet it has a chalky mineral tone that makes it extraordinary. Curry’s the ultimate partner here.

2005 Grenache Noir, Domaine Gournier – $9.29, $7.43 reorder
Some of you may be acquainted with this wine from our “Tuesday Night Wines” corner. This is a wonderful example of the variety showing lush, dark fruit, medium body, and a harmonious finish. Add this to pizza and you’re smiling.

2005 Rouge, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Showing big red fruit and plenty of structure, this is just pure fun. Made by Diane Puymorin of Chateau d’Or et des Gueules fame, it’s got that je ne sais quoi that makes all of her more expensive wines so yummy. It’s so good on its own, yet a great pairing suggestion would be to serve this along side fresh pasta with tomato and basil.

2003 Syrah, Domaine des Cantarelles – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
This is where this month’s DD opens its shirt to reveal a big S. This Syrah from “the really hot and dry vintage” has got plenty of muscle. Big fruit and tannins have aged gracefully to be joined by that taste of the garrigue that Cantarelles is known for. Got a tri-tip roasting? A smoked one? No brainer here, pour the Syrah.

2005 Ecuyer de Chateau Couronneau, Bordeaux Superieur – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
If you haven’t tried the 2005 Ecuyer, you better get in there as the word is out. Last month’s “Wine of the Month” took our customers by storm with heaps of praise coming from all who tasted. Oh yeah, it’s a 2005 Bordeaux. It has plenty of fruit and earthiness that would match up well with those lamb chops.

2005 Tradicional, Quinta do Alqueve – $10.49, $8.39 reorder
From Portugal, this red blend is comprised of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Trincadeira and Periquita. It is aged in barrel to give it a little spice, and the result leaves you thinking, “How do they do it for so little?”

2006 Malbec, Alberto Furque – $14.59, $11.67 reorder
Malbec from Argentina has been all the rage for some time now, and with wine like this one, we don’t see the trend slowing down any time soon. For some lucky (for all of us) reason, this grape really thrives there. We’re not questioning it, just drinking it! Big and bold, this is the ideal companion to a thick, juicy steak.

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