January 2010 Dirty Dozen

Happy New Year! January is always an exciting month, full of hope, optimism, and new beginnings. No matter what’s on your plate, or where you’re going, the Dirty Dozen is right there to take care of all your vinous needs. Twelve bottles, all selected for their diversity, packed into a box for a crazy low price. Do what the cool kids are doing and kick off the new year with the DD!

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2008 Rosé, Mas Carlot $10.29, $8.23 reorder
Did you know there are people out there who refuse to drink Rosé outside of summer? Dry Rosé is one of the most versatile pairing wines around. It goes with almost everything. The Mas Carlot from the south of France is brimming with brambly strawberry-like character, yet finishes crisp and dry. Don’t deprive yourself of these wines for 9 months, ever.

2008 Chardonnay, Lalande $12.59, $10.07 reorder
Winemaker Yves Grassa continues to turn heads with his budget minded wines from Gascogny. While many of the grapes from these environs head for distilleries, he preserves the integrity of the vigneron. Yves is quite the character; one can picture him, sporting a bolero hat, his scruffy three day stubble, with his cigar gleaming at the camera, “It is just wine.”

2008 Gruner Veltliner liter, Berger $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Presented here in full liter format, this white from Austria is long on character and short on price. It’s dry, it’s crisp, it will leave you with a smile on your face. In spite of the bottle size, this is another one of those wines which will turn up empty long before you think. It has an herbal profile with hints of white pepper among other things. Great with swordfish.

2009 Torrontes, Inacayal $13.99, $11.19 reorder
More and more, we’re hearing about these phenomenal white wines coming from Argentina. Already enjoying a following amongst those in the know, Torrontes has emerged as THE Argentine white wine. Known for its rich, floral, perfumy aromatics, this wine is dry, yet soft and pretty. It will make for an ideal accompaniment to Asian cuisine such as Thai.

NV Cava, Segura Viudas $7.98 net price, $7.18 reorder
Probably the most popular sparkling wine sold here at TWH, you just can’t go wrong with the Segura Viudas! Great for toasts, brunches, or any day type of quaffing, there’s no coincidence that it is the most popular with our staff as well.

2007 Pinot Blanc Tradition, René Muré $16.59, $13.27 reorder
Pinot Blanc is one of those unsung heroes. Could be the Rodney Dangerfield of white wines. We think it deserves some respect! Think fruit blossoms on the nose, with playful white stone fruit and chalky mineral on the palate. A great one for an aperitif, but it doesn’t stop there. Cheeses, soups, grilled fish, this will cover them all … got it?

2008 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Piane di Maggio $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Ever hear travel tales from wine lovers who go on a trip, only to order simple table wines, and subsequently are blown away by the character of these so called simple wines? This rustic Montepulciano would suit that description to a ‘T’. We can’t replicate the romance of sitting in an outdoor café in Italia, but we’ve got the vino! Pass the pasta, please.

2007 Chateau Couronneau Volte Face Sainte-Foy Bordeaux $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
Tucked away in southeast Bordeaux, Sainte-Foy is an up and coming appellation that is tipping the price/quality scale. We just love the Chateau Couronneau Volte Face cuvee, as it is juicy and accessible in its youth, yet gains in complexity with some time in the bottle. This 2007 has all the stuffing to stand up to a juicy prime rib.

2005 Palombieres, Montpezat $13.99, $11.19 reorder
This wine has no enemies. It’s just friendly to all. Talk about the ultimate cocktail wine, this is definitely one to pour for anyone who loves a medium bodied, fruity red. 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre, it is the perfect blend of fruit and backbone. We suspect that it will pair well with that pizza if there’s any left when the pie comes out of the oven.

2003 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Les Plans, Santa Duc $6.95 sale price, $6.60 reorder
The vintage was known to be extremely warm and arid making for uber-ripe fruit. The 2003 Les Plans from Domaine Santa Duc is essentially a Cotes du Rhone with a small parcel of fruit originating outside the appellation. It has plenty of structure that the warm vintage provided. With a little time in bottle, it has mellowed into a spicy, elegant offering. Enjoy.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Domaine des Cantarelles $13.99, $11.19 reorder
One doesn’t need to do too much homework studying vintages in the south of France. Since 2003, every year has been a good year, and 2004 was precisely what the vignerons expected. This Cab/Syrah is layered with deep, dark fruit, and the quintessential Cantarelles earthiness that is reminiscent of Bordeaux. So tee this up with a rack of lamb and you’ll be set.

2007 Zinfandel Portrait of a Mutt, Mutt Lynch $9.98, $8.98 reorder
One of the services we provide here at TWH is to find high quality domestic wines that don’t break the bank. We’ve been stocking the Portrait of a Mutt Zinfandel for several vintages for that very reason. Unbelievably, they lowered the price, and we all benefit! If you like an occasional glass of Zinfandel, this one is a super value!

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