February 2011 Dirty Dozen

We have many reasons to be festive in the month of February: Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, just to name a few. Nevermind all the other things that come up, like birthdays and anniversaries. How do you hang with all that? Why with the Dirty Dozen, of course! 12 different wines, chosen for their versatility, all packed in a box for one low price; that’ll keep ’em happy all month long.

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2009 Marsanne/Viognier, Grange des Rouquette – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Kicking things off this month, we begin with a bright, cheerful, dare we say cherubic white Rhone blend. The Viognier provides for floral aromatics, latching onto the nuttiness of the Marsanne and the result is like fireworks. On the palate, the wine has a lively mouthfeel which makes it a perfect complement for seared Bay Scallops.

2009 Gavi, Ernesto Picollo – $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Piemonte may be a popular destination for lovers of red wines, with Barolo and Barbaresco being the two most famous. With the port city of Genoa nearby, one may wonder what white wine the locals quaff with the multitude of fare pulled out of the Mediterranean. This Gavi is crisp and clean, has plenty of zip, and pairs perfectly with octopus salad.

2008 Pinot Gris, Balletto Vineyards – $10.98 net, $9.88 reorder
Talk about a grape with many faces. Depending on where you go, you can get a light, bone-dry version or a deep, rich, slightly off-dry example. This homegrown (Russian River Valley) PG, has depth and intensity, yet is made in the dry style … the best of both worlds. How they do it for this price? Exactly what you need to sip with your Henry’s Harvest Pork.

2009 Chenin Blanc, Winery Of Good Hope – $11.69, $9.35 reorder
Well, the Vuvuzela may have been a less than optimal South African invention, and though they didn’t invent winemaking, they’ve been at it since the 1650s. This Chenin comes from the Heldenberg area of Stellenbosch. The vines are planted in decomposed granite and they’re exposed to maritime breezes. Great on its own, or with a Baja Burrito.

2009 Bourgogne Aligote, Domaine Paul Pernot – $17.99, $14.39 reorder
Burgundy’s “other” white grape, Aligote is more tolerant of the cold, which of course, means it has bright acidity. Zesty lemon peel and Granny Smith apple nuances tag along with the crisp, lipsmacking, mineral drive. Paul Pernot is a bonus.

2008 Sancerre, Domaine des Buissonnes – $22.49, $17.99 reorder
It doesn’t happen very often. But every once in while, the Dirty Dozen has a ringer. Ding! Ding! Here it is. This Sancerre is everything you want in a Sancerre: crisp, mineral driven, revealing hints of white fruit and herbs with everything in perfect harmony. Pure Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc here, pour it with a crab salad.

2008 Esencia de Monte, Vinos de Terrunos – $11.98 net, $10.78 reorder
Wow, talk about value! This 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre) from Spain rocks the planet. Think briary aromas of blackberries and herbs, a full bodied red with fine tannins and a lush finish. Kinda makes you want a meatloaf cupcake.

2008 Monasterio de Corias, Joven Seleccion – $13.98 net, $12.58 reorder
More value from Espana, from Asturias, this wine is a blend of Carrasquin, Verdejo Negro and Mencia. Showing off its cool climate origins, this medium bodied red is bright and zippy. A hearty stew will make this wine sing.

2008 Zweigelt, Weingut Ecker – $10.98 net, $9.88 reorder
In full liter, no less. Zweigelt is a fruit driven (think cherries), herbal red from Austria. It is food friendly and medium weighted, has nuances of pepper and sage with a happy finish that will leave a smile on your face. It’s tough not to break into cliche when suggesting a pairing, but a savory goulash will definitely do the trick here.

2007 Touraine Rouge, Domaine des Corbillieres – $14.99, $11.99 reorder
We are happy and proud to have represented these fab wines from the Barbou family. This Loire Valley Cabernet Franc is full of character! Tobacco and forest floor nuances jump from the glass harmonizing with the rich red fruit.

2009 L’Ecuyer de Couronneau, Chateau Couronneau – $12.79, $10.23 reorder
2009 was a stellar vintage in Bordeaux, and as the Cru Classe wines need time, the entry-level wines are beginning to show up stateside. The 2009 Ecuyer is our first from this fabulous vintage; and if you want a primer as to the structure which will be the hallmark of this vintage, here you go. Big and rich, full-on Merlot here. Serve it with a rib-eye.

2007 Rouge de la Domaine de la Petite Cassagne – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Superstar winemaker Diane Puymorin bought this property in 1998 and, according to legend, was strongly advised to rip out her then 50 year old Carignan vines. Well, she shunned that advice in favor of keeping those vines to make incredible wines of distinction. 40% Carignan is blended with equal parts Syrah and Grenache to give this wine that southern French je ne sais quoi. Long on character, short on price, this is an all-purpose red that goes with everything.

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