||The January Dirty Dozen
Happy New Year! It’s 2016, and let’s hit the ground running! January is always a month of optimism, as we plot out our respective game plans for the year. One thing we are always excited about each January is the prospect of discovering new wine. That’s what The Dirty Dozen is all about! Twelve great bottles of wine, each one different, all versatile, and all for one inflation-proof price. The January 2016 Dirty Dozen!
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2014 Rosé Les Cimels, Château d’Or et de Gueules $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Winter weather got you missing the warm sunny days sipping Rosé? Fret no more. Grab a friend or two, pull up to a heater or fireplace and pop the cork on a 2014 Les Cimels Rosé. It’s made in the Provençal style: 30% Cinsault, 30% Mourvèdre, and 40% Grenache – Clean and crisp with just the right hint of red fruit and citrus. A salumi plate works.
2014 Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Tour de l’Isle $14.59, $11.67 reorder
Just like their red counterparts, the white wines from the southern Rhône offer some of the finest values in the wine world. This 4 grape blend (Clairette, Grenache Blance, Marsanne, and Roussanne) has expressive aromas and a fine, round mouth feel. The feisty finish marks it as a great partner for some pan seared scallops with beurre blanc sauce.
2014 Beaujolais Blanc Cuvée Marquise de Robien, Château de Raousset $15.99, $12.79 reorder
White wine from Beaujolais is a rare bird. Only 1% of production is of white wine, Chardonnay and Aligoté being the only two white varieties allowed to grow there. This blanc is 100% Chardonnay; no popcorn, no butter, just pure white nectarine-like fruit with a racy finish. Pour this with a shrimp scampi or save it for whenever crab season starts.
2012 Grüner Veltliner, Weingut Hebenstreit $19.98 net price, $17.98 reorder
It wasn’t long ago when Veltliner was all the rage and hip somms around town were slinging it to pair with dishes ranging from halibut crudo to a breaded pheasant nugget. Maybe it’s lost its place among the trendy, but Grüner Veltliner continues to please palates with its unmistakable white pepper aromas, sleek palate, and mineral force.
2014 Chardonnay Le Versant, Vignobles Foncalieu $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
We taste many wines each month as we seek out our Dirty Dozen roster. When a wine like this one comes along that sings like a new world Chardonnay, yet maintains its humble Pays d’Oc price and profile, we jump quickly. It’s ripe and fleshy with oak spice notes and a complex finish. It’s great on its own, and even better with roasted quail and the fixings.
2014 Heus Blanc, La Vinyeta $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
Originating from Empordà, which is Catalonia’s northeastern border, 5 grapes are blended to make this wine (Macabeu, Xarel-lo, Garnatxa, Malvasia, and Moscat). The wine is raised in tank to preserve its freshness. It sports a saline-like mineral mouth feel along with hints of snappy green apple and lemon-lime. Serve it with crunchy baked flounder.
2012 Agrippa, Grange des Rouquette $18.99, $15.19 reorder
Named for Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, who some credit for the construction of the Pont du Gard, this 100% Syrah is only made in the best vintages. Thierry Boudinaud channels the northern Rhône with this dark berry juice and its aromas of black pepper and fine leather. This is a perfect match for a nice piece of smoked tri-tip cooked low and slow.
2010 Château La Gorre, Médoc $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder
The first of two Bordeaux wines in the DD (talk about starting the year off right!), the 2010 La Gorre is teeming with black cherries and purple berry fruit. The palate is seamless, the fruit intertwined and locked in an earthy mineral frame. A 2010 red Bordeaux that you can drink now, it has the nuance and the stuffing to stand up to a rack of lamb.
2012 Ventoux Fayard, Domaine Fondrèche $16.99, $13.59 reorder
The Côte du Ventoux lies in the east of the southern Rhône River Valley beneath the majestic Mont Ventoux. Winemaker Sébastien Vincenti, once a protégé of André Brunel, blends 20% Mourvèdre with Grenache and Syrah to give his Fayard a bit of a gamey backbone. Rich and ripe, this is best served with hearty fare like oxtail stew.
2012 Pinot Noir, Coopers Creek $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Coopers Creek was founded in Hawkes Bay on New Zealand’s north island in 1980. Since then, owners Andrew and Cynthia Hendry have acquired several vineyards, yet haven’t compromised their quality. This Pinot Noir comes from a single block vineyard 200 feet above sea level. Full of berry fruit and spice this versatile red is a great pizza/pasta wine.
2012 Château Grimard, Bordeaux $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Located just west of Bordeaux’s Fronsac appellation, Château Grimard is regularly one of the region’s best bang-for-your-buck wines. For the 2012, one gets a solid core of dark purple fruit with a cocoa powder belly. The structure is medium-full with lingering tannins. A nice, hearty rib-eye grilled à point will make for a good sidekick to this wine.
2013 Languedoc Les Darons, By Jeff Carrel $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder
Grown in clay/limestone vineyards outside Minervois near Carcassonne, the breakdown is 60% Grenache, 25% Carignan, and 15% Syrah. Don’t let its modest price fool you! The old vine Carignan gives this Rhône-styled blend a funky, herbal complexity as well as character. Another versatile red, you can pour this with barbecue chicken, ribs, or pulled pork.