August 2011 Dirty Dozen

Summertime and the livin’ is easy … At least for a few more weeks. But we’ll take what we can get! The naked ladies are out (Belladonna Lilies, silly!), the peaches are perfect, and you’ve got nothing to do but sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the summer season with your latest Dirty Dozen. Life really doesn’t get any better than this, does it? From Greece to Gascogne, Cali to the Cotes du Rhone, the DD’s got it all going this month. Aloha August and bon santé!


2010 Rosé “l’Instant”, Domaine Fondreche – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Every year this Rosé from Ventoux flies off our shelves as those searching for the “palest Rosé you have” have found what they’re looking for in Sebastien Vincenti’s l’Instant. It’s made from 50% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, and 20% Grenache, and when you get a load of its crisp herbal profile, if you close your eyes, you can magically transport yourself to the south of France. Goes great with Salmon.

2010 Domaine de Pouy – $9.49, $7.59 reorder
One of the original components of the very first DD, this blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard from the Gascogne region in southwestern France has been pleasing TWH customers for over a decade. One would be hard pressed to find a better value in a white wine. It’s bright, it’s crisp, it has hints of citrus, and get this, it comes in at a mere 11.5% alcohol. Screwcap makes it great for picnics.

2009 Macon “les Tilles”, J.M. Chaland – $19.99, $15.99 reorder
Get the white tablecloth, we’re dressing up the Dozen this month with a taste of White Burgundy! That’s right, David tasted Jean-Marie Chaland’s wines the last time he was in France and loved them enough to direct import them. Chaland’s Macon “les Tilles” is pure Chardonnay with no oak interference. It’s bright and precise, and it’s single and on the prowl. Perhaps we should set it up with a lobster?

2010 Roditis-Moscofilero, Skouras – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Not exactly household names here in California, Roditis and Moscofilero come from a land where winemaking has been going on for millennia, Greece. The bright and lean profile of the Roditis balance the floral Moscofilero and together they shine. Let’s see… a hot August night, a bottle of cool crisp Skouras white, some mesquite grilled trout and the company of your choosing… perfect.

2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Crave – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
We’re not allowed to divulge our source for the Crave Sauvignon Blanc, but let’s just say this is a huuuge domestic value! It’s made by a well-known producer whose estate wines sell for at least twice as much. It has a rich citrus profile and a hint of herb garden.

2010 Gavi, Ernesto Picollo – $10.49 net price, $8.39 reorder
Speaking of values, just off the boat is the newest vintage of Ernesto Picollo’s Gavi! He’s got a couple of fancier, more serious bottlings, but for the sake of value, you cannot beat the Gavi DOCG. Fleshy fruit and minerals dominate the aromatic profile, the wine has great weight and freshness on the palate and the finish is clean and crisp. This is the wine to pour with that halibut crudo.

2007 Touraine Cabernet, Domaine des Corbillieres – $14.99 net price, $11.99 reorder
Loire Valley Cabernet Franc that is. We’re proud to say we’ve been selling Dominique Barbou’s Domaine des Corbillieres wines for over 15 years and still feel like we’re in the honeymoon phase! Violets and rose petals on the nose, vibrant mineral snap on the finish, and a gentle touch of dried herbs. Sooo pretty and versatile, we bet you’ll be smitten too.

2009 Ecuyer de Château Couronneau – $12.79, $10.23 reorder
We love this wine for so many reasons, not the least of which is its ability to show off the impressive quality & structure of the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux without needing 25+ years of cellaring to open up. Rearing and ready to drink, this Merlot is rich, full of character, and as an Agricole Biologique certified wine, the Ecuyer is good for your belly and the environment- Score!

2009 Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Guicharde – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Mostly Grenache, this peppery red is medium-bodied, has hints of black olive and flavors of juicy wild plum. Versatile and bursting with fruit, try pairing it with lamb kebabs and a tian of aubergine. A stunning value from a great vintage!

NV Owl House Red – $7.48 net price, $6.73 reorder
What a marvelous go-to red for your next pizza party! This inventive blend of several red varieties has a good smattering of Counoise, a little known grape that is an integral, though small, component for the famed Chateau de Beaucastel’s Chateauneuf du Pape. It is supple and juicy, low on tannins and high on the yum meter!

2009 Petite Sirah, Shannon Ridge – $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Prepare your teeth whitening strips cause this is one massive, chewy Petite Sirah from an undervalued, yet overachieving region of California, Lake County. Fermented in steel and aged in French and American oak, this wine is truly bang-for-your-buck goodness. Pair with your favorite bbq or grill specialty. Meaty baby-back ribs perhaps? Oh yeah!

2009 Veritable Quandry Red, Odisea – $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder
Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo, Alvarelhao (huh?), its all in there and then some. Winemaker Adam Webb has masterfully crafted a velvety, jammy red that wallops a punch of flavor and intensity. Serving suggestions include paella, chicken under a brick or a grilled portabello mushroom burger with a smear of goat cheese. A best-seller from California!

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