September 2009 Dirty Dozen


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September 2009 Dirty Dozen – Mixed Case Sampler
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It’s September! That means back to school, Labor Day weekend, and the last three weeks of summer. September also marks the time for resuming those tasks we wouldn’t dare approach until ‘after summer’. Well, while you’re busily running around, we’ve picked out 12 bottles of wine, chosen for their versatility, and packed them into a case for an amazingly low price! Vive la Dirty Dozen, mmm-kay!



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2008 Rose, Mas des Bressades – $11.79, $9.43 reorder
Want to take a trip to the south of France without the hassle of an 11 hour flight? Grab a patch of sunlight, close your eyes and take a sip of this! Composed of Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault, winemaker Cyril Mares limits yields to make this truly special Rose. Fresh and aromatically expressive, this wine just oozes class. Drink it as an aperitif, or pair it with a salmon filet.

2007 Viognier, Domaine des Cantarelles – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Are all Viogniers made the same? Certainly not. From the mineral driven vineyards of Condrieu to simple table wines, there are a plethora of differing takes on this illustrious grape. This one here sees 60% new barrel to add spiciness to the bold aromas.

2006 Riesling Herrenweg, Domaine Ehrhart – $19.59, $15.67 reorder
Tasting Riesling can sometimes be mysterious, as some can be quite sweet. Don’t worry, not this one. Made in the dry style, Philippe Ehrhart is able to evoke the Herrenweg terroir to walk along side opulent fruit and the result is one of the best food pairing wines around. Sure it works with traditional Alsatian cuisine, it sings with honey-baked ham, but it loves spaghetti carbonara.

2007 Soave Classico, Le Albare Vigna dello Stefano – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Can you say Garganega? Thought you could. That’s what we have here in this fine bottle o’ vino here. From the Veneto region of northeast Italy, this may be the best white wine you’re not drinking. It’s a rich, round little ditty that is great on its own, but it will pair marvelously with shellfish. Grab a couple of glasses and get on board!

2007 Vouvray Sec, Laurent Kraft – $16.99, $13.59 reorder
Here at The Wine House, we get a chance to taste a lot of wine. When this dry Chenin Blanc first landed, we tasted it; and guess what? High fives, high praise, and several bottles allocated to various employees’ personal invoices were the result. White/yellow stone fruit intermingle with a gravelly, mineral profile that sends one’s palate on a trip to paradise. Think halibut steak here.

2008 Chardonnay, Foxglove – $11.98, $10.78 reorder
The Varner brothers have been turning heads for a while now with their high scoring Chardonnays from the Santa Cruz mountains. Though proud of all the attention, they are equally as proud with their efforts under the Foxglove label. We’re talking very high quality affordable drinking here. Word is getting out. So, chill a bottle and pop it with your rotisserie chicken while you still can!

2006 Le Clos, Domaine Sainte Eugenie – $9.49, $7.59 reorder
Herve Gantier, the bon vivant behind the wines of Domaine Sainte Eugenie, has done it again. Blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with his old vine Carignan and Grenache, Herve has yet another price-busting winner on his hands. Bold flavors of dark fruit are supported by a spicy, clove-like forest floor element, and that adds up to pure vinous pleasure! Rack of lamb advised.

2005 Les Plans, Domaine Santa Duc – $12.79, $10.23 reorder
In the southern Rhone, there are few producers whose signature style is as well recognized as that of Domaine Santa Duc. Their wines, vintage after vintage, are teeming with vibrant fruit, spice, and mineral. An all-purpose red that will suit your pizza well.

2006 Rouge, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne – $12.59, $10.07 reorder
Speaking of the southern Rhone (Costieres de Nimes to be exact), that’s where star winemaker Diane Puymorin toils in her vineyards, making some of our favorite wines. This red blend is Grenache, Syrah, and old vine Carignan. Perhaps it’s the Carignan that gives this wine its je ne sais quoi, as it has a savory, forest floor character. Great with a New York steak and the fixins!

2005 Tempranillo, Alberto Furque – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Just in case you’re looking for something from the southern hemisphere, how’s about a juicy Tempranillo from Argentina? Black cherry and raspberry tango together in the bouquet; on the palate, the wine is held up by firm structure. Another all-purpose red.

2007 Syrah, Domaine de Saint-Antoine – $11.29, $8.79 reorder
No grape growing region in France can boast of such consistent success vintage after vintage than the south. Believe it or not, in spite of all the great vintages lately, 2007 overshadows them all. The grapes achieved perfect ripeness at harvest, and the proof is in the pudding. This Syrah is bursting with dark red fruit, smokiness, and structure. Keep the bottle close, it’s known to evaporate!

2006 Chateau Couronneau Volte Face – $15.98, $13.48 reorder
Last but not least, this special cuvee from our favorite petit Bordeaux chateau represents yet another super bargain! The grapes come from a vineyard in Sainte-Foy just inland from St. Emilion. Delicious Bordeaux for under $20? This is a steal, folks!

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