September 2008 Dirty Dozen

Is all this back to school, back from summer vacation, back to the busy time at work business getting to be too much for you? Allow us to ease your stress by carefully selecting 12 delicious wines for you to sample and enjoy. We provide you with this handy little cheat sheet to help navigate the box. Sit back and relax!

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2007 Rose, St. Antoine – $10.79, $8.63 reorder
It’s probably the 75% syrah that gives this rose so much oomph and depth. Fragrant red cherry fruit flavors are tempered by a dry finish, making this wine the ideal match for a main-course Salade Nicoise, tabbouleh, or Chinese chicken salad.

2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Joel Gott – $9.98 net, $8.98 reorder
Growing up in Napa has given Joel a great appreciation for having the right antidote for hot, late-summer days; so if you are craving something that delivers plenty of citrusy zing and has a refreshing, zesty finish, this sauvignon blanc is just the ticket. Try with oysters on the half shell or shrimp sauteed with lots of butter and garlic over noodles!

NV Cava Brut Riserva, Segura Viudas – $7.98 net price, $7.18 reorder
This is an unbelievable value for sparkling wine – or any wine for that matter! Our staff is responsible for depleting stock with a bottle or two making its way home on a regular basis. Made entirely of Spanish varietals, Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo, using traditional methode champenoise sparkling winemaking, it has a lovely floral quality and finishes with a delicately creamy palate.

2007 Silvaner Halbtrocken liter, Gysler – $14.98 net, $13.48 reorder
Hey, who stuck the big bottle in the Dirty Dozen? That’s right, a whole LITER of goodness! This German quaffer comes from a young vintner who is restricting yields to produce one of the world’s tastiest Silvaner. It will magically disappear from your glass without any effort. Slightly off-dry with plenty of minerality, try it with spicy peanut-sauced soba noodles or lemongrass-spiked Salmon burgers.

2006 Viognier, Gournier- $10.59, $8.47 reorder
Owner Maurice Barnouin, a pepinierst (try to say that 10 times fast!) aka a vine rootstock and clone expert, continues to make sleek, crisp viognier that plays up the exotic aromatics while keeping the tropical flavors in check. Accompany this fun little white with end of summer fruit (think melons and nectarines) all done up in a salsa with grilled chicken breasts.

2007 Gavi DOCG, Ernesto Picollo – $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Gavi, an appellation within Piemonte, is made from the Cortese grape. A new direct-import find for The Wine House, Ernesto Picollo represents the small, hands-on producer we admire. This wine comes from younger vines, is stainless steel tank fermented, and is perfect for pre-dinner relaxation. Want to carry it over to mealtime? Try with pan-seared halibut with capers or grilled gambero-Va Bene!!!

2006 Chianti Montalbano, Enrico Pierazzuoli – $13.49, $10.79 reorder
Our relationship with Enrico is now in its eleventh year. His vision and passion have transformed his family’s winery into one that is showered with praise from wine enthusiasst around the world. We like to think we helped a little to get the word out, but it’s his wine that does all the talking necessary. Ladle up a bowl of pasta, serve it with this delicious Chianti, and you’ve got yourself a perfect evening!

2005 Chateau Couronneau- $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder
In great Bordeaux vintages like 2005, it is not just the top First Growths that pull in stellar wines. For example, this amazing little number displays all you could want from a Bordeaux: 1) great fruit impact, 2) classic aromatics of herbs & earth, and 3) structure and finesse. If you find yourself impressed with this now, just wait what it’ll do in 7-10 years!

2004 Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Santa Duc – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Nothing says “garrigue” quite like Santa Duc. What is garrigue? Garrigue is a term the French use for the earth and spice aromas unique to wines of the Rhone and nearby appellations. One whiff of this dense old-vine red and you’ll immediately understand the term! This wine begs to be drunk with slow-braised stews!

2005 Syrah de Fayel, Domaine des Cantarelles – $10.29, $8.23 reorder
Medium-bodied and elegant, this tank-fermented syrah is brimming with red and black currant fruit notes. It is easy-going and accessible, just the right red for pizza-and-a-movie-night or with leftovers and the NFL.

2005 Beaujolais Villages, Domaine Gelin – $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Imagine a small, intimate restaurant illuminated by candlelight. You sit down to an impeccably executed Bistro meal. The waiter suggests the perfect Beaujolais. The perfect Beaujolais would have to be this one! The rich, deeply concentrated fruit exudes blueberries and stone. To continue the Bistro theme: pair with roast chicken sprinkled with Herbes de Provence and a vegetable tian.

2005 Touraine Rouge, Domaine des Corbillieres – $13.49, $10.79 reorder
This Loire Valley red, comprised of mostly cabernet franc, mingles red berry fruit with a violet nose. Despite the lack of new oak, this wine packs a punch! Mouth-coating, velvety tannins carry the wine to a very long finish. Not sure what red to go with Indian? Try this one with Tandoori. How about Carne Asada? This will meld nicely with the heat. Sweet, sticky ribs? Yes, yes, yes!!!

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