October is a great month for so many reasons. Sports fans are rejoicing as it seems everything is on. All over the northern hemisphere, vintners are busy with their respective harvests. What better to celebrate than with 12 bottles, all different, all chosen for their versatility, packed in a box for one incredibly low price! The October Dirty Dozen!
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2012 Montravel Terrement, Château Puy-Servain $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Just beyond Bordeaux’s eastern frontier lies the appellation of Montravel. Proprietor Daniel Hecquet blends equal parts Sauvignon Blanc with Sauvignon Gris and the result is terrific. It’s a well-balanced, zippy white that will put a smile on your face while keeping some scoots in your wallet! Pair it up with a Tuna BLT and you’ll be set.
NV Vinho Verde, Broadbent $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
This Vinho Verde is light-bodied and kissed with a touch of effervescence. Bart Broadbent has made it a priority to bring in fresh, youthful wine transported in cold storage to ensure the wine tastes just like it does in Portugal! Low in alcohol, quaff it down after a long hike, or with your BFF while noshing on take-out Chinese and catching up with things.
2011 Viognier, Le Paradou $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Crisp and completely unoaked, this Viognier is grown in the high altitude mountain vineyards of the Luberon in the east of the Rhône River Valley. Showcasing the mineral side of this aromatic grape, it is taunt and lively. Serve this floral white with lemon-stuffed roasted chickie or with lime-drenched ceviche.
2012 Sauvignon Blanc, CMS Hedges $11.98 net price, 10.78 reorder
The Hedges family, instrumental in developing the wine region of Washington State’s Red Mountain, offers tremendous value at all levels. This (mostly) Sauvignon Blanc white, with trace amounts of Chardonnay and Marsanne, is citrusy and pungent. Not a bad choice for shellfish risotto or peppery salad greens topped with hazelnut-encrusted goat cheese.
2009 Fiefs Vendéens Les Clous, Domaine St. Nicolas $18.98 net, $17.08 reorder
Domaine St. Nicholas is at the forefront of quality in the tiny Loire Valley appellation of Fiefs Vendéens, south of Muscadet along the Atlantic Ocean. Mostly Chenin Blanc with some Chardonnay, this dried apricot, tangy, apple blossom-scented white is characterized by sleek, rocky acidity. Try with steamed clams, raw oysters or smoked trout.
2012 Rosé, Grange des Rouquette $10.79, $8.63 reorder
Thierry and Véronique Boudinaud produce a swath of wines from in and around the Rhône River Valley. Their Grange des Rouquette Rosé is made from 100% Syrah and is bright and crisp with red-fruity goodness. Try it with fish tacos.
2009 Refosco, Russolo $18.98 net price, $17.08 reorder
Refosco is an ancient grape variety with a somewhat mysterious origin. It’s known for making big hearty wines with considerable weight and power. Also known as Teran in Croatia, this is a rugged, rustic wine with black cherries and raspberries present on the palate. Earthy and leathery, try this with sausage and peppers … Long Island style!
2011 Casamatta Toscana, Bibi Graetz $9.98 net, $8.98 reorder
“Casamatta” means “crazy house”, and though the name is whimsical, proprietor Bibi Graetz’s intent is to produce an easy-to-like table wine and sell it for a more than fair price. This is 100% Sangiovese that is lively and fruit driven, with nuances of loamy soil, rich iron, cherries, and plums. They won’t send you to the casamatta if you pour this with a pizza!
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinum Africa $17.99, $14.39 reorder
Englishman Alex Dale has tapped into something special in South Africa. He and winemaker Edouard Labeye “stay out of the way” allowing the fruit and terroir exhibit themselves. This Cabernet Sauvignon benefited from an Indian summer, giving the wine perfect levels of fruit and tannin. Deft oak treatment gives it that cigar box aroma. Rack of lamb?
2010 Syrah, Domaine de Saint-Antoine $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Showcasing the sauvage side of the south of France comes Jean-Louis Emmanuel’s 2010 Syrah. Jean-Louis de-stems all of his fruit to lend an air of ripeness to his brawny, ripe, Provençal Syrah. Think smoky, earthy Syrah bursting with red and black berries. Kind of makes you want to pour the bottle in a carafe, set the table with tumblers, and serve cassoulet.
2011 Rouge de Domaine de la Petite Cassagne $12.99, $10.39 reorder
100% Gamay, this is a light-bodied, charming red, laden with red cherries and perfumed with notes of violets and roses. Dynamo winemaker Thierry Michon has been farming biodynamically since 1995 and has championed Fiefs Vendéens, a little known region of the Loire where Atlantic winds whip through vines grown on mostly slate and some silex. Roast chicken!
2010 Vinsobres, Tour de l’Isle $17.99, $14.39 reorder
Grippy and succulent, this soft-edged Grenache-based Rhône red is heavily accented with dried herbs. Vinsobres was given AOC status in late 2005. The Tour de L’Isle wines are crafted by Robert Rocchi, a successful restaurateur who took his impeccable palate to the next level. Enjoy late summer’s harvest by serving this delicious red with ratatouille, sliced tomatoes or stuffed zucchini.
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