December 2009 Dirty Dozen

Deck the halls with bottles of wine, fa-la-la-la-la … – Wait! Stop singing: Just in time for the holidays, we present the December 2009 Dirty Dozen! 12 different bottles representing different regions and wine styles all packed into one box for an amazing low price. Okay, back to the singing!

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Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines

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2007 Pinot Grigio, Riff – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
We’ll start you off with a super value from Italia. Riff is German for reef and it pays homage to the ancient sea that existed where the vineyards now lie. Made by famous winemaker Alois Lageder, this is classy, crisp Italian Pinot Grigio.

2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Envy – $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
One would never think that you could hear ‘from the outskirts of Calistoga’ and ‘super bargain’ in the same sentence, but there you go. There is a first for everything. Not your typical Sauv Blanc, the Envy offers up notes of tropical fruit, honeysuckle, and crisp green apple. Rich and creamy, this would be perfect with a Greek salad with lots of Feta.

2007 Pinot Gris, Balletto Vineyards – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Versatility is what this wine is all about. Round in the mouth, it has nuances of mangoes, apples, and cinnamon spice. Talk about super value, this is one that The Wine House staff has gone to after a hectic day. Perfect with that holiday bird.

2008 Rose de Fayel, Domaine des Cantarelles – $10.79, $8.63 reorder
Whether you’re pairing it with the Christmas ham or the fruitcake from Aunt Ida, Rose is one of the most versatile food wines on the planet … even during the cold months. This particular little gem is a blend of 65% whole-berry crushed Cabernet Franc, 30% Syrah and 5% Grenache. Its delicious candied cherry/raspberry flavors, delightful minerality, and refreshing acidity are sure to score points with everyone (and every food) at the table.

2008 Gruner Veltliner Liter, Setzer – $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
We just love these liter bottles of Gruner Veltliner from Austria. They would be a great value in 750ml format, but it seems Austrian winemakers have a generous side, and here they’re letting it show. Dry and subtle, this wine shows an herbal profile marked by its distinct peppery character. Great with lighter fare, we’re thinking swordfish with this one.

2008 Domaine de Pouy – $8.99, $7.19 reorder
One of our all-time favorite value white wines here at TWH boasts two rarely acknowledged yet extremely crowd-pleasing white varietals, Ugni Blanc and Colombard. The two are probably best known for their roles in the production of Cognac & Armagnac, but are also used to make simple wines with fresh floral character and tart citrus acidity. Winemaker Yves Grassa at Domaine de Pouy has had over 20 years of experience working with these varietals in the Cotes de Gascogne. For some reason the phrase “practice makes perfect” comes to mind.

2006 3 Cepas, Alberto Furque – $15.99, $12.79 reorder
The Uco Valley – They call it the sweet spot of Mendoza because of its very cool nights, very warm days, and nearly 300 days of sunshine each year which produces wines with outstanding ripe fruit flavors but also firm acidity & structure. The “3 cepas” which comprise this Dirty Dozen member are Malbec, Tempranillo, and Syrah … all vinified separately and aged in French and American oak. A big red wine that calls for a big juicy steak.

2007 Crimson, Steven Vincent – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Unbelievable how they do it, but the folks at Steven Vincent have crafted an inspired new world Syrah/Cabernet blend that is priced in a range where one doesn’t normally see wine of this quality. Deep dark purply fruit combines with spice, and that makes this one of the ones you want to pop with beef, lamb, duck, or pasta.

2006 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Domaine des Amouriers – $12.99, $10.39 reorder
Essentially, what we have here is de-classified, young vine Vacqueyras for an amazing price. A great country wine, this hip little blend offers a medium bodied profile with just enough zip and tannin to fully engage your palate.

2005 GSM, Vignobles Boudinaud – $9.95 sale price, $9.46 reorder
Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre are harvested separately for optimal ripeness, fermented in steel tank for purity, and bottled unfiltered for flavor intensity. Yet another bang for your buck juice, this is a great Tuesday night pizza and pasta wine.

2007 Merlot, Domaine Saint Antoine – $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Don’t listen to Sideways … Merlot can be good. Really good. This VdP from Jean-Louis Emmanuel and his lovely wife Marlene is the perfect example, showing both fresh red and dark brambly fruit and just enough terroir to prove to you (and Hollywood) that it means business. Perfect with the trendy sliders at your company holiday party or with a pizza and a movie (preferably Merlot-friendly) on a cold night in.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Mas Carlot – $14.99, $11.99 reorder
How better to finish the DD than with a hearty Cab/Syrah? A mere whiff of this wine will transport you to the harvest … basketfulls of brambly berries. It has the signature southern France garrigue thrown in for good measure, and all in all, has wonderful structure to stand up to all you can pair it with. We suggest marinated flank steak.

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December 2009 Dirty Dozen – Mixed Case Sampler
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