January 2011 Dirty Dozen

Happy New Year, all! Not only are we ushering in a new year, it’s a new decade as well! So, in order to set the precedent of always having interesting flavors and good cheer throughout the next ten years, may we recommend the Dirty Dozen? Twelve bottles, all different, chosen for their versatility, for one low price … start the teens off right!

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2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Bola $9.98 net, $8.98 reorder
Fresh and bright citrus fruit jump out of the glass when you swirl this Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. We look far and wide for the best deals from all over the world, and we seem to keep striking gold in South America! The mouth feel is light and crisp, suggesting that this would pair perfectly with a variety of lighter fared dishes … like halibut?

2009 Chardonnay, Apaltagua $9.98 net, $8.98 reorder
Another tasty little number from the South American gold mine, also hailing from Chile, this un-oaked Chardonnay is just so dang friendly and full of flavor that you’ll shake your head wondering how it can be so reasonably priced! Bursting with hints of citrus, orchard, and tropical fruits (dare we call that a trifructa?), it’s perfect for your cracked crab.

NV Vouvray Brut, Domaine d’Orfeuilles $16.98 net, $15.28 reorder
What would a new decade be without some bubbly? From France’s Loire Valley, made from 100% Chenin Blanc, comes one of our favorite fizzes. It’s light and festive, has hints of lemon peel and stony minerals on the aromatics, and sings with pomp and harmony. Sparkling wine can and should be served with your meal, try this with pork chops and chutney.

2009 White X, X Winery $11.98 net, $10.78 reorder
Who said California doesn’t have an exotic side? Some Albarino and Muscat are blended with Sauvignon Blanc and a kiss of Chardonnay here, resulting in an amazingly aromatic white wine. Perfect for a citrusy ceviche and a sunny day.

2006 Riesling, Isabel $7.98 net, $7.18 reorder
Wow. In a word, WOW! When this one was poured for us, we just about lost it. Dry Riesling from New Zealand here. Okay, we got a super good deal on it, so we’re passing that along to you. It’s got that complex, petrol-like aroma that you get from Alsatian Rieslings, a dry mouth feel and a complex finish. THIS IS A STEAL! Perfect with Hoppin’ John.

2009 Domaine de Pouy $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Over ten years ago, when The Dirty Dozen was just a toddler, the Domaine de Pouy was a mainstay. Why you ask? Huge on quality, short on price. What a great concept. Take grapes that would otherwise be headed for the distillery, and make wine out of them. Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Gros Manseng. Household names? They should be.

2008 Minervois, Chateau de Paraza $10.98 net, $9.88 reorder
Moving over to the red side, first up is a blend of Syrah (40%), Grenache (40%) and Mourvedre (20%) from one of our favorite southern French appellations. The wine is an amalgam of brambly berries, exotic spices and sturdy structure. Another one that’s huge on value, tee up a Paraza Minvervois with a visit to the hof brau in your kitchen.

2009 Rioja, Palacio de Verano $11.98 net, $10.78 reorder
Another brick in our ever-growing Spanish wall, we just can’t get enough Rioja. Talk about value. These wines (both white and red) are so well made, tasty and food oriented that we were on board well before we saw the price. This one is medium in body, with dark red fruit and hints of herbs. Perfectly structured for a pizza margherita.

2004 Cotes du Rhone Villages, Domaine de la Janasse $15.99, $12.79 reorder
What do you get when you blend a little Cinsault and Carignan with your southern Rhone Grenache? Combine that with a little bottle age, and poof, we’ve got some world-class red wine here. Plenty of fresh, ripe purple fruit, a hint of herbs and sturdy structure make this versatile red suitable with a panoply of fare like pasta, cheeseburgers or stew.

2005 Tempranillo, Alberto Furque $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Aha, a New World version of Tempranillo. Carolina Furque makes the wine here now. Rich and ripe, this baby is bursting with fruit … but that’s not all. It’s got plenty of backbone and complexity too. Sourced from vineyards that average 3000 ft in elevation, the cool nights provide the fruit with the proper acidity to make Furque’s Tempranillo just right.

2005 Palombieres, Montpezat $13.99, $11.19 reorder
There seems to be a friendly theme going on throughout this month’s DD, and here’s another. Take 80% Grenache and blend it with 20% Mourvedre, and you’ve got a fruit-driven, easy to drink wine with a backbone. Easy to drink as a cocktail wine, you can pair it with anything unpretentious, such as a grilled Gruyere sandwich with tarragon aioli 😉

2009 Beaujolais Lantignie, Chateau du Basty $13.99, $11.19 reorder
It looks as if 2009 has become the new 2005 in France. Stellar wines are appearing from all corners of the country, and if you love Gamay (we do), 2009 provided some fantastic wines from Beaujolais. Sure the Crus shined in this perfect vintage, but the Village wines did as well. Basty’s Beaujolais-Lantignie is bursting with crushed red fruit and a lively palate with light tannins. Show your friends and family what REAL Beaujolais tastes like.

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