August 2010 Dirty Dozen

What is it about August that makes relaxation so welcome? We certainly wouldn’t stand in anyone’s way of relaxing. In fact, we’ve got something to help. Packed in this here case are twelve bottles, all different, all chosen for their versatility, coming from six different countries, for one awesome low price! Great for tasting parties, picnics, barbecues, trips to the beach, family reunions; well, you get the idea!

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NV Cava, Segura Viudas – $7.98 net price, $7.18 reorder
Our most popular sparkler, the Segura Viudas tips the quality-for-price meter completely over! Made from Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo, it has to be the best fizz in this price range. It has a pleasant creaminess, a hint of citrus blossom, and finishes fairly crisp. Best thing is, if someone wants to make mimosas, they can do it here … guilt free.

2009 Gruner Veltliner Liter, Weingut Berger – $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
What can be better than a full liter bottle with a bottle cap for a closure? We get the GV from Berger every year, and every year it sells out quickly. Why’s that? The answer, most likely, is that in summer there isn’t much that can beat the crisp, herbal quality of Veltliner. If a halibut crudo makes its way near your table, pop that bottle cap!

2009 Touraine Blanc, Domaine des Corbilieres – $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Speaking of perfect summer quaffers … Howzabout some Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc? This one has it all: bright, citrus-like fruit, a hint of herbs, a mineral backbone, and a crisp finish that’ll have you wishing for a bowl of mussels.

2009 Marsanne/Viognier, Vignobles Boudinaud – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Yep, we’ve latched on to a theme here, at least for the white wines. What better way to relax on a hot August night than with a white Rhone-style blend? Having worked at Domain Chandon in Napa, Thierry Boudinaud has a good sense of the American palate. Perfect as an aperitif, you can also get a lot of pleasure if you pair it with a chicken salad.

2009 Pinot Grigio, Riff – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Located in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains, the vineyards from where this wine originates are full of mineral-rich, alluvial soil. Alois Lageder is a fourth generation winemaker and winery owner, and his Riff Pinot Grigio represents not only great value, but its crisp, lipsmacking fruit make it the perfect summer sipper.

2009 Rueda Blanco, Pampano – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
60% Verdejo, 40% Viura; if we count back, that makes 10 different white grape varieties represented this month! Our 2nd offering from Spain this month, this Rueda has a round middle (think August Peach here), and a crisp finish. Its convenient screwcap makes it the perfect wine to grab on your way to the beach.

2006 Chateau Couronneau ‘Volte Face’ – $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder
Hailing from the northeastern corner of the Bordeaux AOC, Chateau Couronneau has been a favorite of ours for quite some time. This cuvee from 2006 is a juicy little number with a fine tannic structure. If you’re que-ing a steak, here ya go!

2007 Bergerac Rouge, Chateau Calabre – $12.99, $10.39 reorder
This one goes out to the non-fruit forward crowd. Blending a little Cabernet Franc with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon gives this wine a unique herbal essence. Winemaker Daniel Hecquet coaxes a mineral verve that harmonizes well with the flavor components. You’ll want to open this when it’s time for an herbal, dry-rubbed pork loin.

2007 Rouge de la Petite Cassagne – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
It has been over 10 years now since Diane Puymorin purchased the Domaine de la Petite Cassagne. Rumor has it that it was recommended to her that she uproot all of her Carignan in favor of other Rhone varieties. She said no. She knew what she could do with old vine Carignan. 40% goes into this blend. Bowl of olives and a baguette ought to do it.

2007 Grenache, Domaine Andre Brunel – $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Another from the vaunted 2007 vintage in the southern Rhone, this wine outclasses its price tag and then some. It is basically declassified Côtes du Rhone. The grapes are destemmed and fermented in tank to keep those lively, juicy fruit flavors vibrant and happy. Like Andre Brunel needs a legendary vintage to make great wine …

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Finca las Moras ‘Alma Mora’ – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Who says Argentina is all about Malbec? Not us, at least not after we tasted the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from Finca las Moras! The ‘Alma Mora’ translates as “the soul of our berries”, and it has all the bases covered. Fruit? Check. Structure? Check. Nice Price? Big check! The only thing it can’t do is get that grill going for you … or can it?

2008 Pinot Noir, Bola – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Here to make sure that the ‘Alma Mora’ doesn’t steal all the South American thunder, is a delectable Pinot Noir from Chile’s Central Valley. Some DD veterans may remember the last time we got a Pinot Noir in from Chile. Hmmm, if memory serves correctly, we sold out, reordered, sold out, reordered, sold out, tried to reorder, only to be told, “No mas.”

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