October 2008 Dirty Dozen

Yikes! Halloween is not the only scary thing happening this October! With global financial markets in disarray, the cost of fuel, and rising prices for food, it’s hard not to be scared. Oh well, one way to snub your nose at fear is to pick up a box of 12 different bottles of wine for a ridiculously low price. There’s no need to fear, The Dirty Dozen is here!

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2007 Soave, Le Albare Vigna dello Stefano – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
We were so happy when these crisp Italian white wines made their way into our shop. This one here, made from 100% Garganega shows plenty of character. Citron and spice and everything nice make this a hit with Fettucine Alfredo.

2007 Rose, Chateau de Valcombe – $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Probably the most versatile pairing wine in this months DD, this Rose can be enjoyed with tapas or salads, but is at its best with a poulet off the grill. It shows restrained fruit and a hint of something tropical held together by dazzling structure.

NV Cremant d’Alsace, Domaine Ehrhart – $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder
Having a bottle of sparkling available at all times is a good practice that should be law. You never know who’s coming over or what reason you may have to pop one. Made from 100% Chardonnay, believe it or not, it’s perfect with kettle chips!

2007 Marsanne/Roussanne, Mas Carlot – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
We’ve been singing the praises lately of a particular winemaker in the south of France, and while she has been getting all the fanfare, her contemporary, Nathalie Blanc Mares, has been upping the quality of wine from Mas Carlot with every vintage. Word is beginning to spread as Robert Parker has discovered the amazing quality/price ratio of these wines.

2006 Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Gournier – $10.59, $8.47 reorder
There are so many different styled Sauvignon Blancs these days, it’s hard to endorse the grape across the board. This one shows restraint compared to those of California and New Zealand, yet is true, 100% Sauvignon. Sporting a screwcap, it’s great for picnics, parties, and music festivals. For pairing heaven, try a warm spinach salad with feta cheese.

2005 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Domaine de Beaumalric – $16.79, $13.43 reorder
It’s been a long, long time since there has been a dessert wine in the Dirty Dozen. Just east of the Rhône valley is the appellation of Beaumes de Venise. This Muscat is made in very small quantities, assuring top quality. Enjoy it as an aperitif, or with cheese and pate, with dessert, or as a dessert. (You can pour it over vanilla ice cream, really.) Just enjoy!

2005 Grenache/Syrah, Mas de Guiot – $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Seriously, in this day and age, you’d be hard-pressed to find a wine of this quality at this price point, anywhere. Luscious fruit layered upon smoke, leather and earth speaks to the palate like a wine three times the price. It’s got the stuff to stand up to a whole lot. In fact, you can bring this to your favorite prime rib joint, pay the corkage, and probably still save off their list.

2003 Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Bertrand Ambroise – $21.99, $17.59 reorder
Ding! Ding! Over here! Red Burgundy in the Dirty Dozen! Doesn’t happen often, but when it does, a whole lot of customers are greatly pleased. Ambroise is known to express the fullness of Pinot Noir, and the wines are bold and spicy. What a treat! Serve this with a nice grass fed chop, or, of course, with Beef Bourguignon.

2006 Grenache VDP, Andre Brunel – $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Monsieur Brunel does it again. How he makes wines of this quality for such a price is astounding these days. Plenty of zip and plenty of fruit, this is one of the ones that you would say evaporates. Ideal with pizza or red-sauce based pasta.

2007 Syrah, Domaine de Saint Antoine – $11.29, $9.03 reorder
Was Sammy Hagar signing the praises of this producer way back in the late 70’s with his pre-Van Halen live solo album? Whether or not, this would still be ideal for a rock and roll weekend … The fruit is all de-stemmed allowing the ripe grapes to show off their brawny, burly selves. Mix in just the right amount of spice and you’ve got your mesquite tri-tip covered!

2004 Bergerac Rouge, Chateau Calabre – $7.95 sale price, $7.55 reorder
Back, due to its popularity, here’s one for the I don’t like sweet, fruit-forward, jammy wine crowd. Made with 60% Merlot, and equal parts Cab Franc and Sauvignon, this wine shows more herbs and earth. The fruit pops out to say hi every now and then when you least expect it; then the earthiness takes back over. Think beet salad with dill to accompany this.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Domaine des Cantarelles – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Youthful and vivacious when young, the Cab/Syrahs from Cantarelles seem to take on Bordeaux-like characteristics when given a few years in bottle. This 2004 is a great example. The fruit is less in-your-face, the earthiness is present as is the ineffable quality sometimes crudely described as Bordeaux funk. Make it a true French experience with steak frites!

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