|It’s February, and for the first time since 2012, we get 29 days instead of 28! That means one extra day to taste some great wine. February comes with plenty of occasion to do such a thing; you know, Presidents’ Day, Valentines’ Day, and winer break are all very good reasons to open something nice … Oh yeah, then there’s that big pigskin game going on. All great reasons to grab a February Dirty Dozen today!
Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines
2014 Rosé, Domaine Saint Antoine $11.49, $9.19 reorder
True-blue Rosé lovers do not need a special season to enjoy the pleasures and versatility it offers us. This one from Saint Antoine is made from 100% Syrah and exhibits a red candied fruit nose. The palate is fruity and lively suggesting that one may enjoy this with a wide array of pairing partners. A warm bowl of chili or a spicy burrito will work well here.
2014 Costières de Nîmes Blanc Les Cimels, Château d’Or et de Gueules $15.99, $12.79 reorder
Comprised of 70% Grenache Blanc and equal parts Roussanne and Rolle (Vermentino), Les Cimels blanc lives up to its name which translates to “bouquet of fruit” in the old Occitan dialect. Orchard fruit, stone fruit, and citrus fruit nuances can all be picked up on the nose, and the palate is dry and crisp. Try it with seared scallops with an herb butter sauce.
2013 Pinot Grigio, Inacayal $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Pinot Grigio from 3000ft high vineyards in Argentina! The elevation keeps things cool at night, which is very important for white grapes to develop their acidity. Made more in the Alsatian style rather than that of Italian Pinot Grigios, the Inacayal has weight, displays a hint of earthy, mushroomy character, and finishes in balance. Fish tacos, anybody?
2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Bodhi Cellars $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
George Yount was the first white settler in the Napa Valley and the first to plant grape vines. The town of Yountville, home to The French Laundry, is named after him. Grapes are still grown here and this Sauvignon Blanc proves how delicious wines from this lesser-known Napa Valley sub-appellation can taste. Grassy, citrusy, and melon-like.
2014 “Free Run”, Upside Wines $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
A clever 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, the emphasis is on the fruit, so imagine flavors of ripe pear and peach with a touch of honeysuckle. Unbaked and vibrant, this soft-spoken wine would be perfect with roast chicken, braised winter greens, or Thai fish cakes.
2014 Chardonnay, Milou $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Milou made its DD debut over a year ago and ever since has been a staple, offering high quality at a value price. Grown on the plateau of Aspères in the Languedoc on soils similar to those found in Chablis, this wine is perfectly balanced between zippy citrus flavors and riper tropical notes like pineapple. Yummy with Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic.
2009 Pinot Nero, Isidoro Polencic $19.98 net price, $17.98 reorder
Italian Pinot Noir?? You betcha! This soft, elegant red has a delicate perfume and lovely fruity, earthy flavors. From Collio, a region that borders Slovenia which was annexed to Italy in 1918; wines from here are known for their pronounced aromatics and purity of fruit. Try it with risotto, prosciutto, or a long-braised goulash.
2014 Pinot Noir Le Versant, Foncalieu $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
This delicate and fruity French Pinot Noir is ideally suited for casual dining and simple fare. Fermented in steel tank, this Pinot Noir shows off the berry essence of the grape without any oak influence. The grapes are grown in Maraussan, a small village in the Languedoc, on chalky soils. Try with empanadas, dosas, steamed pork buns, or pirozhki.
2014 Heus Negre, La Vinyeta $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
This rugged, old-vine Spanish red is composed of Samsó (aka Carignan), Syrah, Garnaxta, and a smidgeon of Merlot. The vines for the Sansó and Garnaxta are over 50 years old! The grapes are hand picked and fermented in tank. Dark, tangy, and bitter cherry flavors dominate with pleasant cracked pepper and herb notes. Serve with Korean short ribs or bbq.
2012 Bergerac, Château Calabre $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Beyond Bordeaux’s eastern border, in the Dordogne, lie the communes of Montravel and Bergerac. TWH pal Daniel Hecquet farms Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon in his Bergerac vineyards and bottles this lovely three grape blend as a charming bistro wine. It has old-school character, so prepare for the herbal expression from the Cabernet Franc.
2012 Côtes-du-Rhône Les Boissières, Domaine Boudinaud $13.49, $10.79 reorder
The Côtes-du-Rhône has to be on a very short list of best red wine values the world over! They keep churning out delicious juice for a moderate price and we keep sippin’! Thierry Boudinaud’s CdR continues to charm us with its fruitiness, yet encourages us to pause and contemplate the complexity and weight. It’s the perfect meatball/pasta/pizza wine.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinum Africa $17.99, $14.39 reorder
Going all the way to South Africa for wine #12. UK expat Alex Dale is in charge of a few labels down there, and his Vinum Africa Cabernet Sauvignon is a quality-price leader. Sturdy and fuller bodied, the aromas have layers of earth and leather as well as the spicy Cabernet fruit. This would be great with a marinated skirt steak, frites, and the fixings.