April 2009 Dirty Dozen

It’s springtime! That means the days are getting warmer, longer, and more fun. What better a thing to have for this festive time of year than a case of 12 different wines, all chosen for their versatility and individuality. Where to get one? Well, we’ve got exactly that right here this month and every month, the Dirty Dozen.

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2007 Chardonnay, Poppy $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Fleshy, tropical, and zippy are all words you could use to describe this quite-quaffable sub $10 Cali Chard. Seriously. We don’t know how they do it, but we ain’t askin’! Tee this up with your shrimp salad and you’ll be quite pleased.

2007 Rose, Domaine Gournier $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Looking for a little spice in your life? How’s about a dry, crisp Rose with a fruity profile that shows hints of interesting spices like nutmeg, clove, and anise? If you find the longer, warmer days to come are suitable for a picnic, you can always toss this bottle into the basket and voila, you’ve got yourself a picnic. No corkscrew? No worries, it comes in screwcap.

2007 Soave, Le Albare Vigna dello Stefano $11.99, $9.59 reorder
In a white wine rut? This may help. From the Veneto region in north-eastern Italy, this Soave is made from 100 percent Garganega. It has a rich, round mouth feel that exhibits hints of citrus and minerals. Scallops alfredo anybody?

2007 Domaine de la Petite Cassagne Blanc $12.99, $10.39 reorder
Take a little Rousanne, blend it with a little Grenache Blanc and some Rolle (aka Vermentino), and the rest is magic! Well, not really magic; her name is Diane Puymorin. If you talk to our staff, she enjoys celebrity status ’round here. For good reason. Among others (The wines of Chateau d’Or et des Gueules), she makes this delightful white Rhone-style blend that will wow your taste buds, while keeping more green in your pocketbook.

2006 Pinot Blanc Tradition, Rene Mure $17.99, $14.39 reorder
This month’s candidate for “The white wine we all should be drinking more of”, Mure’s Pinot Blancs are not to be missed. Consistently showing delicious balance of fruit, chalky mineral, and zippy acidity, the 2006 is an exceptional wine for an exceptional price. Not planning on drinking it soon? No problem, these age gracefully.

2006 Montravel Blanc, Chateau Calabre $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Seen the pricing on white Bordeaux lately? It’s a little out of hand to say the least. So, how to enjoy the wonders of blended Sauvignon and Semillon from the southwest of France? Check out Montravel! Light and crisp yet complex, this wine is teeming with citrus fruit and herbs. Looking for something to sip along side a bowl o’mussels? Here ya go.

2006 Cotes du Rhone cuvee Sommelongue $15.49, $12.39 reorder
Some of the best value red wines in the world are Cotes du Rhones. Some of the best Cotes du Rhones are made by Andre Brunel. This is his top cuvee. For the Sommelongue, Brunel de-stems 90% of his fruit, ferments all in steel tank, and bottles it unfiltered to exhibit the purity and texture of the fruit. Warm sun, baguette, bowl of olives and this wine? C’est parfait!

2007 Pinotage, Good Hope Winery $11.69, $9.35 reorder
Something new from South Africa! Pinotage is a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. It’s not like anything you’ve ever had. If renegade wines like Zweigelt and Blaufrankish appeal to you, try this. Slight chilling and decanting recommended.

2005 Cabernet/Syrah, Mas des Bressades $18.69, 14.95 reorder
Here’s one for those who love a spicy, fruity, well balanced Cab blend. Winemaker Cyril Mares has perfected this blend vintage after vintage, and the 2005 is dee-licious! Looking for something to sip with a leg o’lamb? This is the one.

2006 Vin du Pays de Vaucluse, Domaine des Amouriers $12.59, $10.07 reorder
While technically not a Cotes du Rhone, this wine may as well be one as it is declassified, young vine Vacqueyras. It’s all tank fermented, thereby showcasing the pure fruit and herbal character of the juice. This one is pretty versatile, you can bring it to an early season barbeque, have it on the table for pizza margherita, or sip it with a bowl of pasta Bolognese.

2006 Merlot, Domaine de Gournier $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Juicy. Juicy. Juicy. If we needed three words to describe this wine, those would be the words. The clones for these vines originated in the right bank area of Bordeaux, and the wine is all tank fermented, and that yields, dare we say, juciness!

2005 GSM, Vignobles Boudinaud $11.99, $9.59 reorder
GSM stands for Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Whoever originally came up with the idea to blend these three grapes most certainly didn’t get what they deserved! This wine is bright and zesty, well balanced, and finishes with elegance. Another price-buster, it is truly amazing that in this day and age of wine pricing, this one (with discount) is less than $10!

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