February 2010 Dirty Dozen

February means so much to many; The Super Bowl, Presidents’ Day, winter break for the kiddies … ah, but then there’s Valentine’s Day! The grand ole day for love and lovers. The grand ole day where so much money gets wasted on flowers! Nothing says “I Love You” more than a case of wine! All different, all chosen for their diversity. So, save yourself some time and cash; pick up a DD, and leave the flowers in the dirt!

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2008 Rose, Chateau Guiot – $10.29, $8.23 reorder
If there were a “Valentine’s Day Wine”, it would most certainly be Rose. For starters, it’s pink, right? It’s fun, it’s cool, it’s your friend; that’s all good. Ah, but then it seduces you … you won’t be able to control yourself as you pour yet another …

2008 Skouras White, Peloponessos, Greece – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Mmm-kay class, what do you call a wine that’s made from 60% Roditis and 40% Moscofilero? Well, it’s all Greek to us, and also to winemaker George Skouras, so to make it easy on us Statesiders, we’ll settle for “White”. That works. If you think about Greece’s proximity to the sea, and their cuisine, this dry, nutty white works with a multitude of seafood!

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Limari Valley, In’Ka – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
In the Limari Valley of Chile, the average annual rainfall is four inches??!! Combine that with its proximity to the ocean, and you’ve got yourself some primo Sauv Blanc growing conditions. Rich and racy without being overbearing, this is unpretentious juice. Great on its own, or great with that cracked and cleaned Dungeness Crab!

2009 Pinot Grigio, Inacayal – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Not straying far, we stay in South America, and this time we’re in Argentina. Inacayal’s take on this grape variety is more Alsatian than Italian, making this an extremely versatile pairing wine. An aromatic depth and richness is met on the palate by a hint of honey and vibrant acidity which will work with anything from ceviche to a grilled pork chop.

2008 Marsanne/Viognier, Grange des Rouquette – $12.99, $10.39 reorder
Say what you want about white Rhone blends; we say they are a very underappreciated lot, and we all should be drinking more of them. This delightful blend epitomizes the true essence of harmony. A little this, a little that … brought together to make for something altogether different, yet spectacular. Hmmm … isn’t that what Valentine’s Day epitomizes as well?

2006 Chardonnay, Gournier – $7.95 sale price, $7.56 reorder
One of our favorite value producers, the Gournier wines spare us any kind of fancy labeling to just clearly state what’s in the bottle. It’s perfectly okay with us, as the wines are all true to their respective varieties, and come to us at more than a fair price. Take this Chardonnay; delightful, straight forward fruit, a hint of spice and well balanced acidity, c’est parfait!

2006 Syrah, Sonoma Coast, CL Wines – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
A Sonoma County Syrah for $10??!! We’re not kidding, and, more importantly, neither are the folks at CL Wines! How they manage to balance that rich, dark red fruit with a mineral verve that finishes with an herbal spice for such a low price defies the odds. If your big game party happens to include a grilled or roasted tri-tip, pair it with the CL Syrah!

2007 Zinfandel, Melanto Terrace – $7.98 net price, $7.18 reorder
Rich and memorable; that’s how the technical notes for this wine conclude. If they keep selling it at this price, nobody’s going to get rich … except we consumers! Almost 90% of the fruit comes from 50+ year old vines from Lodi! That makes for layers of concentration. If your Valentine insists on pairing something with their chocolate, you’ll do well here.

2007 Bergerac Rouge, Chateau Calabre – $12.99, $10.39 reorder
East of Bordeaux, farther up the Dordogne Valley lies the appellation of Bergerac. More sunshine and warmer temps give the fruit what it needs to develop and ripen fully. This 3 grape blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, and Merlot has all of that high-toned fruit, yet also has a rustic, farmer’s wine character to it. When the pizza arrives, break this out.

2004 Rasteau, Domaine Andre Brunel, $12.95 sale price, $12.31 reorder
Yes, it’s a Cotes du Rhone Villages wine. Yes, it is from a classic vintage. Yes, it is made by Andre Brunel. It’s on sale??!! Okay, what’s the catch? There is none. You all benefit. Actually, we all benefit. Tom’s been all over this since day one of the sale. It’s a great all-purpose red that will do the trick with anything you throw at it. Party wine … no brainer.

2007 Merlot Tradition, Montpezat – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Once upon a time, in a film that strangely dictated the future of California wine sales, Merlot was the whipping grape of an off color line by a character who would later pour a filled spit bucket onto his own face. Hmmm, why this resonated with so many people, we don’t understand. There’s lots to like about Merlot. We’ll pass on the spit bucket, pour us the Merlot!

2005 Cabernet/Syrah, Cuvee Alex, Chateau Guiot – $21.49, $17.19 reorder
The top cuvee from this property, it’s all about grape selection and new oak. This wine is the beneficiary of both. Combine that with a great vintage like 2005, and you’ve got a high-toned, opulent blend of these two textured grapes. Complementing each other in the Valentine’s Day style, they combine to make a super pairing for that rib roast!

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