August 2014 Dirty Dozen

How lucky the calendar makers decided to give summer not one, but two months with 31 days in them. Welcome to August! ‘Tis the month of leisure, holiday, and relaxation. Ah, but there are also picnics, trips to the beach, and what would August be like without a barbecue or two? The Farmers’ Markets are bursting with summer’s bounty, so in order to enjoy it to its fullest, come on by TWH in Dogpatch and pick up a Dirty Dozen.

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2013 Vinho Verde, Arca Nova $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
This could be the tallest bottle to appear in a Dirty Dozen. Ever. We just love Vinho Verde. Why? It’s fresh, has fruity aromas, is harmonious on the palate and finish, and is only 10.5% alcohol! Talk about the perfect wine for the August DD!! Extremely versatile, you can have it on its own, with a light salad, or with small plates of hand bites.

2011 Chardonnay Trumpeter, Rutini Wines $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Usually, when one thinks of Chardonnay, they think of California … or Burgundy … probably not Argentina. But here we indeed have a charming Argentine Chardonnay. As a matter of fact, it is one of three Argentinian wines in this month’s DD. Fleshy, tropical fruity aromas comingle with a hint of vanilla spice to suggest this will pair well with shellfish.

2013 Ercavio Blanco, Más Que Vinos $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Research shows that Airen is the third most planted wine grape in the world. Just like its relative Trebbiano, it’s known for its light, crisp white wines that are easy to drink and easy to pair with food. Decidedly citrus on the nose, those aromas give way to more of a stone fruit profile on the palate. Drink it with a chicken Caesar salad.

2012 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Tour de l’Isle $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Not only are white Côtes-du-Rhônes fairly priced, some of them are outstanding; like this one! We directly import Robert Rocchi’s Tour de l’Isle blanc for its seamless expression of four grape varietals. Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Clairet are the grapes, and the wine has plenty of fleshy fruit, mineral undertones, and a crisp finish.

2013 Pinot Grigio, Inacayal $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Inacayal was the name of a 19th century Patagonian chief, and when Adriano Senetier founded his winery in 1997, he decided to name the wines after the legendary chief. This Pinot Grigio is made more in the Alsace style: earthy, mushroomy aromas, medium yellow fruit on the palate, hints of citrus, and the finish is fuller and long. A great wine for rich dishes with cream sauces.

2012 Touraine Blanc, Domaine des Corbillières $15.49, $12.39 reorder
Touraine is an appellation smack in the middle of the Loire Valley. From this point and eastward, Sauvignon is the white grape of choice. Proprietors Véronique and Dominique Barbou make some terrific wines that speak of a place and deliver plenty of pleasure. Drink this 100% Sauvignon Blanc with oysters and other shellfish, or with a Greek salad with Feta.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mercedes Eguren $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
A Cabernet Sauvignon from Spain? Well, that’s the DD for you! We taste a lot of wines, and it takes a lot of samples to find a wine like this one. Bodegas Eguren is located in Basque country in northern Spain. The wine’s got plenty of dark fruit, wood spice, and grip; it tastes fancy. The price is more than fair. It’s the wine to pour at that summer bbq.

2012 Malbec, Bodega Armonía $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Rising some 4400 feet into the foothills of the Andes Mountains (really, at what elevation does it cease being a foothill and become a mountain?) are the Malbec vineyards belonging to Armonía. The elevation is key for the fruit to develop the proper acidity to keep the wine in proper balance. It works here, the wine is brighter than you would expect.

2012 Les Fruitières La Closerie des Lys, Domaines Collovray et Terrier $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Outside the fortified city of Carcassone in France’s Languedoc region; Limoux to be exact, are the sun baked vineyards belonging to Domaines Collovray et Terrier (no, NOT the dog …). For their entry-level Closerie label, they blend equal parts Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, and Merlot. The result is amazing. A great all-purpose red, perfect with pizza!

2013 Merlot, Domaine de St. Antoine $11.49, $9.19 reorder
Under the watchful eye of Jean-Louis Emmanuel, the wines from Domaine de St. Antoine continue to satisfy TWH customers looking for values from the south of France. Jean-Louis de-stems 100% of his fruit, allowing the pure fruity flavors to express themselves. The screwcap says, “Take me to a picnic.” Pair it with a French Dip sandwich.

2009 Tempranillo, Alberto Furque $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Named Bodega Aconquija in Argentina’s Uco Valley, it is Alberto’s daughter, Carolina who makes the wine now. One doesn’t come upon Tempranillo much outside of Spain, but this unfiltered, tank-fermented juice is all about fresh red and purple berries. A little bottle age lends complexity to a wine that would be great with roasted eggplant and tomatoes.

2011 Chiroubles, Château de Raousset $17.99, $14.39 reorder
Dismiss the wines of Beaujolais at your own peril! Seriously, it’s summer. It’s warm. Looking for a red wine that’s light, fruity, complex, and NOT a big, brooding, tannic monster? Look no further than Raousset’s Chiroubles. Light bodied, with aromas of forest floor and a cherry on top; put a light chill on this and enjoy it on a warm evening with a bowl of olives.

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