June 2013 Dirty Dozen

And just like that, we’re on to the month that begins the summer. You don’t need to be a dad, grad, or June bride to appreciate this month (but it doesn’t hurt if you are!), there’s plenty of fun stuff to do with the long days and the warmer weather. For your vinous needs, please allow us to help. The June Dirty Dozen is chock full of interesting, versatile wines all packed up for one low price. Viva la Dirty Dozen! Be a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines
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2009 Chardonnay, Pezzi King $17.98 net, $16.18 reorder
Kicking things off this month is a delectable Russian River Valley Chardonnay from the folks at Pezzi King. Sourcing fruit from two well regarded vineyards (Bacigalupi and Windsor Oaks) whose coastal influence makes for deep flavors of apricots and nectarines with proper balancing acidity. This is one to pop with your sushi or spicy tuna tartare.

2010 Fernão Pires, Quinta do Alqueve $11.49, $9.19 reorder
Fernão Pires is an ancient Mediterranean grape variety produced in the Ribatejo, approximately 40 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal. Proprietor Paulo Saturnino Cunha blends in 10% barrel fermented Arinto to give the wine depth and complexity. Think orchard fruit here. Apples, pears, peaches, and nectarines come to mind; serve it with a fresh mixed green salad.

2010 Roeoro Arneis, La Brenta d’Oro $13.98 net, $12.58 reorder
From Roeoro in Italy’s Piemonte region comes a bright, food friendly Arneis. Known by some as Barolo Bianco, the grape has had a huge resurgence since it received DOC status in 1989. It shows hints of herbs, pears, and almonds on the aromas; the palate is clean and refreshing with the pear-like fruit braced by zippy acidity. Pair it with a chicken sando.

NV Törley Gála Sec $11.98 net, $10.78 reorder
A nice, dry sparkler from … Hungary? Yes, it’s true! The folks at Törley blend Grüner Veltliner, Müller Thurgau, and Királyleányka, and the result is a dazzling, affordable bubbly that will make you say “yum.” Perfect at brunch!

2009 Vernaccia Tradizionale, Montenidoli $17.99, $14.39 reorder
Nurse of the vines, Elisabetta Fagiuoli’s vineyards lie on the hillsides above the medieval village of San Gimignano in Tuscany. These vineyards are actually ancient seabeds, and it is common to find seashells among the soil. This lends a particular degree of saline mineral to the finished wine. Extended skin contact gives the wine strength and complexity.

2012 Rosé Ventoux, Domaine Fondreche $13.99, $11.19 reorder
When a customer walks in looking for “your driest Rosé”, this is undoubtedly where we’ll point them. Made from 50% Cinsault, with the balance of Syrah and Grenache, the Fondreche Rosé is bright, dry, and crisp. It truly has the personality of a Provençal Rosé at a fraction of the price. Great on a sunny day at the beach, or next to fresh salmon.

2011 Tempranillo, El Cortijillo $9.98 net, $8.98 reorder
We just love Tempranillo, especially when it comes from Spain. It consistently delivers complexity in a medium bodied frame, and in this case, the price is right. Seriously, we don’t know how they can make this for such a low price, but we’re asking no questions. Tempranillo is versatile and can be paired with a multitude of dishes. A great wine for tapas.

2007 Bacco In Toscana, Guado al Melo $14.98 net, $13.48 reorder
Made from 80% Sangiovese from Tuscany, the Bacco delivers a one-two punch of fruit flavors and freshness. It’s blended with Syrah which gives it a spicy, smoky quality. This will shine when paired alongside most marinated meats.

2010 Touraine les Demoiselles, Domaine des Corbillières $14.99, $11.99 reorder
What if you were to combine the expressive aromas of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc with the elegant mouth feel of Pinot Noir and prop it up with the backbone of Côt (Malbec)? That’s what we have here. We’re happy and proud to have been working with Veronique and Dominique Barbou for close to 20 years now, as their wines are a big hit with staff and customers alike. The quality you get for the price you pay here is in your favor big time. Great with grilled sausage.

2010 Galatina Rosso, Valle dell’Asso $12.98 net, $11.68 reorder
In the Italian region of Puglia (in the southeast), Negroamaro and Primitivo thrive, and our friends at Valle dell’Asso blend them (70% of the former, 30% the latter) to craft this lively, spicy juice. It has a smoky profile with hints of cigar box, leather, and allspice on the nose. The palate is medium and complex. It’s a great wine to pair with spicy red sauces.

2010 Merlot, Domaine Saint Antoine $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Domaine Saint Antoine’s Jean-Louis Emmanuel toils over 20 hectares of vineyard among the stony limestone soils of the Costières de Nîmes. He de-stems his fruit and vinifies his Merlot in stainless steel tanks, giving the wine freshness and purity. Now sporting a screwcap, this is an ideal picnic wine, as it will shine when paired with a roast beef sandwich.

2009 Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Santa Duc $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Yves Gras blends Rhône stalwarts Grenache and Syrah with a little old-vine Mourvèdre and the result is splendid. It has dark brooding fruit, an earthy mineral core, the quintessential Santa Duc black pepper thing, and a complex, balanced finish. It’s a great all-purpose red, it goes with barbecue, or roasted pork loin, or a pizza with the works.

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