As we motor along through 2012, we’re down to 3 weeks of summer left before it’s time to start thinking about raking leaves, post season baseball, and persimmons. Let’s not go there just yet. Our Indian summer is about to begin, so there will be plenty more chances to picnic and barbecue. Need some wine? The September Dirty Dozen should do the trick!
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2011 Vino Blanco, Bodegas Castano $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
The Castano family is one of the most respected wine producing families in southeastern Spain. For their Vino Blanco, they blend 50/50 Macabeo and Chardonnay, and the result will put a smile on your face. Hints of white and tropical fruits are present in the aromas and the palate is round and structured. The perfect wine to pour with that ceviche.
2011 Cercius, Philippe Cambie/Michel Gassier/Eric Solomon $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Eric Solomon, one of America’s finest small importers, teamed up with consultant Philippe Cambie and winemaker Michel Gassier to launch the Cercius label. A blend of mostly Grenache Blanc with Sauvignon Blanc, the wine plays a bigger role than the sum of its parts. Fleshy, yet crisp, this will pair mightily with pan-seared scallops over leafy greens.
2010 Chardonnay, Novellum $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Languedoc Chardonnay isn’t something that we hear about too often, but when we tasted the Novellum, we were impressed. The wine is bright and lively with tropical hints and a kiss of spice. Pair it with a clam and garlic pasta.
2010 Grenache Blanc/Chardonnay/Marsanne, Cote EST $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Lovers of Rhone-inspired crisp white wines will feel at home with a glass of the Cote EST from France’s Cotes Catalanes. It has a bright, lively mouth feel, a fleshy fruit presence, and medium bodied weight. Another wine to enjoy here in the waning warmth of summer 2012, it can be served on its own, at a picnic, or with a shrimp salad.
2011 Gavi di Gavi Rovereto, Ernesto Picollo $15.99, $12.79 reorder
Mama mia! Our scouting missions to various Italian wine tastings have paid off big-time here! Regular DD subscribers, no doubt, have tasted Picollo’s super bargain Gavi DOCG, but the Gavi di Gavi Rovereto is a whole ‘nother animal. Richness, purity, and precision present themselves in dapper manner, as this wine exudes class. A great one for a bowl of mussels.
2009 Pinot Gris Im Berg, Domaine Ehrhart $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Ehrhart. As in Corinne and Philippe from Wettolsheim. Their family has only been making wine in Alsace since the early 18th century. They make opulent wines with excellent balance and verve. This single vineyard Pinot Gris has earthy, mushroomy aromas and a wide, fleshy presence on your palate. A great wine with a bacon wrapped chicken breast.
2009 Baron Des Chartrons $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
At this point, you must have heard about the success of the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux. If not, just know that the weather was perfect for the region’s red wines – everybody got good grapes AND you don’t have to take out a second mortgage to enjoy it. Check out this more than reasonably priced quaffer from the Moueix family. Think juicy steak.
2010 Syrah, Porcupine Ridge $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
South Africa’s Porcupine Ridge has delighted our palates for several vintages now, as we can’t help but love those smoky aromas that surround the spicy, dark red fruit. The palate is medium to fuller bodied, and the smoky, spicy framework holds through to the finish. If you’ve got a beef brisket cooking low and slow on the smoker, you’ve found your pairing!
2009 Montravel Vieilles Vignes, Chateau Puy-Servain $21.59, $17.27 reorder
The success of the 2009 vintage was not confined to Bordeaux, but if your vineyard sits just across the Dordogne from the Bordeaux AOC, you pretty much got great grapes too. TWH friend Daniel Hecquet’s Montravel Vieilles Vignes is very special in 2009. So good mind you, that you could sneak this into a blind St. Emilion tasting and get away with it.
2009 Montsant Old Vines, Celler De Capcanes $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Old Vines is an understatement here, as the Grenache vines are over 80 years old. The Montsant mountains and vines surround the more well known Priorat appellation, though stylistically, the wines are different. This blend of mostly Grenache with a soupcon of Syrah is another great deal coming from Espana. Grilled meat skewers will work well here.
2010 Syrah, Saint Antoine $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Red wine lovers on a budget know all about the virtues of Jean-Louis Emmanuel’s Saint Antoine from the Costieres de Nimes. Jean-Louis now de-stems all of his grapes and vinifies in steel tank resulting in wines that are pure and fresh. Bright cherry flavors with Cassis and spice make up the flavor profile. Another great wine for the outdoor grill.
2010 Chianti Montalbano, Pierazzuoli $13.49, $10.79 reorder
You can argue that Chianti is a rustic, simple quaffer meant to be served by the glass next to a bowl of cappellini with fresh tomato sauce. That’s before you taste Enrico Pierazzuoli’s Chianti Montalbano. Not your grandfather’s Chianti, Enrico’s is 100% Sangiovese grown just west of Firenze in the Tuscan countryside. Robust dark cherry flavors with earthy undertones burst forth from the glass suggesting the wine be paired with something a little more serious.
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