March 2010 Dirty Dozen

March 2010 Dirty Dozen – Mixed Case Sampler
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Old man winter has packed it up and headed for the hills. Springtime is right behind, and whether you’re busy moving your clocks ahead an hour, gearing up for the NCAA tourney, rolling out the corned beef ‘n’ cabbage, or just re-acquainting yourself with the great outdoors, we’ve got just the thing for you! The March Dirty Dozen. Twelve bottles, all chosen for their versatility, packed into one box, for an incredible price. Enjoy!

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2008 Rose, Domaine de Sainte-Antoine – $6.95 sale price, $6.60 reorder
To us, it’s unimaginable, but some folks only drink Rosé in the summertime. Rosé just goes with everything! Spring, summer, winter, fall, it is ALWAYS appropriate. Take it from us, it’s great with bbq, a bowl o’mussels, or just hangin’ in the kitchen.

2007 Chardonnay IGT, Isola d’Oro – $8.98 net price, $8.08 reorder
From Sicily with love, this all stainless steel tank fermented Chardonnay is a boon for all of us that love a quality quaffer for under $10. How do they do it? We don’t know, and we don’t ask. Tee it up with that rotisserie chicken with herbs.

2008 Apremont, Le Cellier du Palais – $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
We had no idea what we were getting into when we first got this wine in. Comprised of 100% Jacquere, it IS wine-geek wine, that’s for sure. So we brought some in, and guess what? It’s not just for wine-geeks anymore, as it has become one of the most popular white wines in our shop. It’s lean, crisp, and alive … goes great with shellfish, thinking oysters here.

2008 Fernao Pires, Quinta do Alqueve – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Speaking of popular white wines, the Fernao Pires is a fresh, aromatic walk in the orchard. Full of aromas of white and yellow stone fruit, it has a floral/blossomy component that sings and sings. This one makes for a great aperitif.

2007 Quincy, Philippe Portier – $20.99, $16.79 reorder
Wow, a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc in the Dirty Dozen? Doesn’t happen too often, but this heavy hitter sure packs a wallop. Bright, crisp acidity meets up with an herbal, citrusy mouthfeel and the result is sublime. Thinking it would work well with a fillet of sole. Everyone should be able to pronounce this one correctly … Quincy rhymes with fancy.

2008 G3, Resonance Vineyard – $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
What a deal we got on this one. It’s a 3 grape blend of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and a kiss of Muller-Thurgau from Oregon. The vineyards are biodynamically farmed, and this is a great example of a New World take on these grape varieties. If you’re looking for a wine to pair with your corned beef and cabbage, this is the one!

2008 Tannat, Pueblo del Sol – $8.98 net price, $8.08 reorder
A brand new addition to our “Other Lands” section, TWH has now opened up its Uruguay account! We’ve been hearing good things coming from there, and here’s some proof. This big, chewy red is popular in blends in the Pyrenean foothills of France, but, lo and behold, here it is in the New World. Will it be Uruguay’s answer to Argentinian Malbec?

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Grayson Cellars – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Another big red here, no your eyes don’t deceive, it is California Cabernet Sauvignon for less than $10. Is necessity the mother of invention? We don’t know either, but when we get a chance to taste something this palatable for this price …

2008 Malbec, Alberto Furque – $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Yo, I’m Malbec from Argentina. Somebody talking about me? Actually, I come from grapes grown at elevations of 3000 feet in the Uco Valley in Mendoza. The cool nights give me the proper acidity to balance mouthfuls of delicious, ripe, blueberry-like fruit. Yes I’m big. Yes, I’m bold. You better have something big on your plate if I’m in your glass!

2004 Grenache/Syrah, Chateau Grande Cassagne – $6.95 sale price, $6.60 reorder
These little G/S blends from the south of France always tip the scales when it comes to quality for a price. Fully mature now, it’s ready to be popped and enjoyed. This is one of those wines you just have to have handy in case a pizza arrives.

2007 Syrah de Fayel, Domaine des Cantarelles – $10.99, $8.79 reorder
By now, you’ve all heard about how special the 2007 vintage was in the Southern Rhone. The stellar weather affected the surrounding regions as well. We recognized this the moment we tasted our first ‘country reds’ from this great vintage. Full of life, full of fruit, full of mineral, full, full, full. It’s a great example of the kind of wine one would encounter when traveling the south of France. A glass of this, a bowl of olives, a baguette, maybe an accordion? We’ll pass on the Mistral.

2006 Zinfandel, Fritz Winery – $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder
We’ll close out this month’s installment with a California Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley! Hints of violets dance around the aromatics, as the mouthfeel is full and complex. One of my favorite pizza combos is Italian sausage, black olives, green onions, and garlic. I always find Zinfandel to be perfectly suitable and harmonious with that panoply of flavor.

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