December 2011 Dirty Dozen

Brrr! That chill in the air makes it so easy to imagine logs on the fire, the room full of friends and family, the smells of home cooking, and the sound of corks being pulled. However and with whomever you spend the Holidays, just know there is a case of wine all different, all chosen for their versatility, for one incredibly low price, The Dirty Dozen! Bring one of these to a party, and they’ll be cheering you, for sure!

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2010 Chenin Blanc Clarksburg, Blue Plate – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
We were pleasantly surprised when we were poured an unassuming sample recently by one of our regular wine reps. Quality California Chenin Blanc at a super-friendly price. Think round melon-like aromas and flavors with a dry mouth feel and a crisp, layered finish. A brilliant kick-off to the last DD of the year! Great with your Chinese Chicken salad.

2010 Chardonnay, Mirth – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Hailing from the Owen Roe folks up in Oregon, this 100% steel-tank fermented Chardonnay goes a long way in the quality-for-price category. It has crisp, lively acidity that marries the fruity combo of apples and citrus blossoms in friendly harmony. This one will get your party started in proper fashion. Enjoy with shrimp scampi with pasta.

2010 Les Tours, Domaine la Hitaire – $10.39, $8.31 reorder
Is Ugni Blanc the most widely planted grape in France? (Across the border in Italy, it is known as Trebbiano.) The majority of it is used in spirits, but leave it to our héros de Gascogne, Yves Grassa to make tasty wine from it. It’s crisp and clean, again all tank fermented, with lively acidity that suggests it makes a great match with a breaded filet of sole.

2010 Touraine Rosé, Domaine des Corbillières – $14.99, $11.99 reorder
One of our Loire Valley superstars, Dominique Barbou of Domaine des Corbillières makes his ever-popular Rosé from Pinot Noir grown among his 50 acres of vineyards. He steeps this wine for 12 hours before transferring the juice to a settling vat for fermentation. That’s how he coaxes out the lovely salmon meets pink color; hints of spice and citrus are present.

2010 Blanc de Château Couronneau – $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder
Proud practitioners of the Agricole Biologique process, Christophe and Bénédicte Piat blend 50% Sauvignon Gris with 50% Sauvignon Blanc for their Bordeaux Blanc. In this day and age of scarce and expensive White Bordeaux, it’s nice to know that winemakers like Christophe are keeping it real for us. Enjoy with a Crab Louie.

2009 Bourgogne Aligoté, Domaine Paul Pernot – $18.99, $15.19 reorder
Come on! Burgundy’s other white grape, Aligoté is quite the delight for, ahem, a fraction of the price of conventional White Burgundy. Monsieur Pernot needs no introduction as he is among a handful of superstars from the village of Puligny. This Aligoté is fresh and crisp with just the right nerve to sit cozy along side that bowl of mussels.

2009 Calatayud Niño Jesús, Tinto Figaro – $10.48 net price, $9.43 reorder
From España, this 100% old-vine Garnacha is yet another astounding value coming from the Iberian peninsula. The aromatics scream of black cherries and dark berries with a touch of spice; on the palate, the fruit explodes with hints of raspberries and boysenberries. Smooth and balanced, this could be a cocktail wine as well as a great pizza wine.

2009 CMS Columbia Valley, Hedges Family Estate – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
We have become very intrigued with the entire line of goods coming from the Hedges Family. This blend of 39% Cab Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 16% Syrah, all sourced from Washington State’s Columbia Valley tips the scale of quality/price yet again. Medium to full body, the CMS has great balance yet will shine with a grilled porterhouse.

2009 Valdubón Cosecha – $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
The last vintage of Valdubón made our Top 10 Wines of the Year in 2010, and we are happy to be carrying the latest release as well. 100% Tempranillo from the Ribera del Duero goes a long way in the delectability department. Round medium-bodied fruit is framed by an herbal component that makes it a cinch to go with pasta arabiatta.

2009 Bergerac Rouge, Château Calabre – $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Daniel Hecquet’s Château Calabre lies just beyond the Bordeaux AOC near St. Foy la Grande. You will hear about the 2009 Bordeaux vintage for many years to come, and this Bergerac will offer you a hint of what all the commotion is about. A blend of Merlot and the two Cabs, it is rich and lively, yet priced where it can be enjoyed on a Tuesday evening.

2007 Tradicional, Quinta do Alqueve – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Portuguese workhorse Touriga Nacional is blended here with Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Trincadeira, and Perquita to make for this ever-popular red quaffer. A kiss of oak spice wraps the package up and makes it perfect for lamb shanks.

2009 Chianti Montalbano, Tenuta Pierazzuoli – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Here at TWH, we’ve been importing Enrico Pierazzuoli’s wines from just west of Firenze for well over a decade! Why? Quality, of course. Not your grandmother’s Chianti (straw bottle, etc.), this 100% Sangiovese is teeming with vibrant fruit and has the depth and texture of wines in a much fancier category. Pop the cork with that Pappardelle Toscana.

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