There’s always something magical about the sixth month of the year … It’s a time for new beginnings; June brides, graduations, and the summer solstice. This year, the world’s biggest sporting tournament kicks (intended) off in far away South Africa. Know who Clint Dempsey is? You will by the time next month’s DD is available! Whatever you’re doing this June, be sure to include the Dirty Dozen!
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2009 Rose, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Okey dokes … if there is an optimal time to drink Rose, it’s now. This dry, crisp, and fruity quaffer suits the long warm days so well. Just one sip will transport you to a tranquil state daydreaming about beaches and holidays. Amazingly versatile, you can pair Rose with just about anything. This one is long on character and short on the pocketbook.
2008 Inzolia IGT, Isola d’Oro – $7.98 net price, $7.18 reorder
From far western Sicily, this Inzolia packs a wallop in the quality for price arena. No oak, no malo, no magic tricks; you will get hints of apricots, citrus, and sliced almonds. Pour it along side your grilled seafood brochettes.
2009 Pedro Ximenez, Vina Falernia – $7.98 net price, $7.18 reorder
According to legend, in the 1500’s a German named Peter Siemens brought this grape to Spain and they paid him hommage by naming it after him. Long been used in the production of Sherry and other fortified wines, you can find small amounts of dry table wine from Chile made from it. Rich and complex, it will pair nicely with roasted chicken or pork.
2009 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Vallevo – $8.98 net price, $7.63 reorder
Back to central Italy for this lively little price-buster. This wine is crisp and bone dry. Pale straw in color, it shows hints of almonds, citrus fruit, and herbs on the nose. The palate is marked by a tart apply note. The perfect aperitif.
2008 Chardonnay, Grayson Cellars – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
You’re not seeing things; this is California Chardonnay for a song! We’ve been so happy with the quality the folks at Grayson Cellars put into the bottle for such low prices. Aged in French oak, it shows aromatics of apples, apricots, and spice. It’s vibrant acidity holds all the fruit together leading to a rich finish. Fly in some Maine lobster and serve this!
2009 Chateau Couronneau Blanc – $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder
We’ve been importing the wines from Chateau Couronneau for over 10 years now, but this is just our 2nd vintage of their white. We loved the 2008 and it sold out quickly. Equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris go into this super-duper dry white Bordeaux. The Piats farm organically and have been bio-certified since 2001. Grab one while you can!
2008 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Farnese – $8.48 net price, $7.63 reorder
Founded by Princess Marguerite of Austria, Farnese has been producing wine for over four centuries! The Montepulciano grape is known for having lower acidity and sweeter tannins than its Tuscan cousins. Distinctly Old World in style, it shows smoke and cherries on the aroma and has plump purple fruit on the palate. Think salumi, bread, and olives here.
2008 Bardolino Classico, Valetti – $8.98 net price, $8.08 reorder
On the southeast shore of Lake Garda near Verona, lies the appellation of Bardolino. I think we should all get to go on a field trip there to learn more about this wine! The blend is 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% Sangiovese; it’s a light-weight blend that’s very versatile and pairs well with red sauce based pastas and pizzas.
2008 Syrah, Porcupine Ridge – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
June is the month where the eyes of the world are on South Africa; so we had to include at least one of their wines in the DD. The Porcupine Ridge Shiraz has that dense, dark fruit profile with that classic South African smokiness. So while you’re watching the World Cup thinking about South Africa, pour a little South Africa in your glass and smile.
2007 Les Cimels, Chateau d’Or et des Gueles – $14.59, $11.67 reorder
There’s nothing “dirty” about this wine. Beginning with the 2007 vintage, our favorite superstar winemaker began calling her former ‘Rouge Select’ ‘Les Cimels’. From the highly vaunted 2007 Rhone vintage, this wine is an absolute screaming bargain. Earthy minerals, forest floor, and savory olive-like fruit sing perfect harmony out of your glass.
2003 Syrah, Domaine des Cantarelles – $6.95 sale price, $6.60 reorder
From the unusually hot, arid vintage of 2003 comes this terroir-driven offering from the south of France. A few years have done this wine a service, as its intensity has been calmed by a little bottle age. Full of smoky Syrah fruit and a healthy dose of earth, we just love these country wines! Bring this one to any event involving a grill and a tri tip.
2005 Tempranillo, Alberto Furque – $14.99 net price, $11.99 reorder
Carolina Furque makes the wine here sourced from vineyards which are grown at elevations of 3000 ft. The altitude helps keep things cool at night thereby allowing the fruit to have the proper acidity levels to make for a delectable wine. This New World Tempranillo has the stuffing to make one think good things about Argentina … despite Messi and Maradona.
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