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August 2011 Dirty Dozen

Summertime and the livin’ is easy … At least for a few more weeks. But we’ll take what we can get! The naked ladies are out (Belladonna Lilies, silly!), the peaches are perfect, and you’ve got nothing to do but sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the summer season with your latest Dirty Dozen. Life really doesn’t get any better than this, does it? From Greece to Gascogne, Cali to the Cotes du Rhone, the DD’s got it all going this month. Aloha August and bon santé!

2010 Rosé “l’Instant”, Domaine Fondreche – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Every year this Rosé from Ventoux flies off our shelves as those searching for the “palest Rosé you have” have found what they’re looking for in Sebastien Vincenti’s l’Instant. It’s made from 50% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, and 20% Grenache, and when you get a load of its crisp herbal profile, if you close your eyes, you can magically transport yourself to the south of France. Goes great with Salmon.

2010 Domaine de Pouy – $9.49, $7.59 reorder
One of the original components of the very first DD, this blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard from the Gascogne region in southwestern France has been pleasing TWH customers for over a decade. One would be hard pressed to find a better value in a white wine. It’s bright, it’s crisp, it has hints of citrus, and get this, it comes in at a mere 11.5% alcohol. Screwcap makes it great for picnics.

2009 Macon “les Tilles”, J.M. Chaland – $19.99, $15.99 reorder
Get the white tablecloth, we’re dressing up the Dozen this month with a taste of White Burgundy! That’s right, David tasted Jean-Marie Chaland’s wines the last time he was in France and loved them enough to direct import them. Chaland’s Macon “les Tilles” is pure Chardonnay with no oak interference. It’s bright and precise, and it’s single and on the prowl. Perhaps we should set it up with a lobster?

2010 Roditis-Moscofilero, Skouras – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Not exactly household names here in California, Roditis and Moscofilero come from a land where winemaking has been going on for millennia, Greece. The bright and lean profile of the Roditis balance the floral Moscofilero and together they shine. Let’s see… a hot August night, a bottle of cool crisp Skouras white, some mesquite grilled trout and the company of your choosing… perfect.

2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Crave – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
We’re not allowed to divulge our source for the Crave Sauvignon Blanc, but let’s just say this is a huuuge domestic value! It’s made by a well-known producer whose estate wines sell for at least twice as much. It has a rich citrus profile and a hint of herb garden.

2010 Gavi, Ernesto Picollo – $10.49 net price, $8.39 reorder
Speaking of values, just off the boat is the newest vintage of Ernesto Picollo’s Gavi! He’s got a couple of fancier, more serious bottlings, but for the sake of value, you cannot beat the Gavi DOCG. Fleshy fruit and minerals dominate the aromatic profile, the wine has great weight and freshness on the palate and the finish is clean and crisp. This is the wine to pour with that halibut crudo.

2007 Touraine Cabernet, Domaine des Corbillieres – $14.99 net price, $11.99 reorder
Loire Valley Cabernet Franc that is. We’re proud to say we’ve been selling Dominique Barbou’s Domaine des Corbillieres wines for over 15 years and still feel like we’re in the honeymoon phase! Violets and rose petals on the nose, vibrant mineral snap on the finish, and a gentle touch of dried herbs. Sooo pretty and versatile, we bet you’ll be smitten too.

2009 Ecuyer de Château Couronneau – $12.79, $10.23 reorder
We love this wine for so many reasons, not the least of which is its ability to show off the impressive quality & structure of the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux without needing 25+ years of cellaring to open up. Rearing and ready to drink, this Merlot is rich, full of character, and as an Agricole Biologique certified wine, the Ecuyer is good for your belly and the environment- Score!

2009 Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Guicharde – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Mostly Grenache, this peppery red is medium-bodied, has hints of black olive and flavors of juicy wild plum. Versatile and bursting with fruit, try pairing it with lamb kebabs and a tian of aubergine. A stunning value from a great vintage!

NV Owl House Red – $7.48 net price, $6.73 reorder
What a marvelous go-to red for your next pizza party! This inventive blend of several red varieties has a good smattering of Counoise, a little known grape that is an integral, though small, component for the famed Chateau de Beaucastel’s Chateauneuf du Pape. It is supple and juicy, low on tannins and high on the yum meter!

2009 Petite Sirah, Shannon Ridge – $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Prepare your teeth whitening strips cause this is one massive, chewy Petite Sirah from an undervalued, yet overachieving region of California, Lake County. Fermented in steel and aged in French and American oak, this wine is truly bang-for-your-buck goodness. Pair with your favorite bbq or grill specialty. Meaty baby-back ribs perhaps? Oh yeah!

2009 Veritable Quandry Red, Odisea – $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder
Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo, Alvarelhao (huh?), its all in there and then some. Winemaker Adam Webb has masterfully crafted a velvety, jammy red that wallops a punch of flavor and intensity. Serving suggestions include paella, chicken under a brick or a grilled portabello mushroom burger with a smear of goat cheese. A best-seller from California!


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Albarino from Odisea

2009 Odisea Dream Albarino Lodi
White Wine; other white varietal; Other California;
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From the team that brought you Unusual Suspects, comes another unique and Spanish-centric wine made from 100% Albarino called Dream. It is zippy and charged with citrus fruit aromas, displaying generous amounts of minerality. It just reeks of springtime and provokes thoughts of time spent in the garden sipping and noshing while admiring the flowering bulbs pushing up through the ground. I can’t seem to shake sounding corny and romantic about this wine. I just can’t. More commonly grown in Galicia in northwest Spain, Albarino is a fragrant grape which has grown quite popular here in the States. It is easy to understand its gaining popularity as it is a wine that at its best combines aromatics with vibrant acidity and minerality. Odisea’s Albarino follows this tradition with pungent white grapefruit notes, a trace of lime and a clean dry finish. Winemaker Adam Webb sources most of the fruit from a vineyard in Lodi. The vineyard, aptly named Sueno (or dream in Spanish), was planted with cuttings brought over from Galicia’s Rias Baixas, a denominacion de Origen famous for Albarino. The vineyard is located in Clements Hills a relatively new appellation within Lodi. With the combination of well drained gravely loam and decomposed granite soils, Sueno Vineyard provides the ideal environment for growing quality Albarino. The wine is almost entirely vinified in stainless steel tank, with a small portion of the wine put into neutral French oak and put through secondary fermentation before being blending back.
Odisea is a small operation, evident by the fact that Adam delivers his own wine and most of his wines are produced with fewer than 200 cases made. The other day when Adam delivered us the Albarino, and a few other tasty wines that are listed below, I interrogated him about his favorite food and Albarino pairing. He was quick to answer, “Oysters, and anything else from the sea”. Oysters, makes sense. At the Ferry Building, Hog Island Oyster Bar is serving the Odisea Albarino by the glass. My recommendation would be to reserve a picnic table at Hog Island Oyster’s farm up the coast and take along a few bottles— now that’s a brilliant idea! Until that day comes, I’ll have to settle for something else. At the moment I’ve got mussels on the brain. In fact, I’m planning on steaming a few with some citrus juice, wine and fennel over the weekend. I’m banking on a stellar match. Of course right now I’m thinking mussels because my good friend and colleague Pete is in Bordeaux and just shot me an email describing briefly a few impressions of the ’09s and signed off declaring he was off “to eat some moules frites”. Ce qu’une grande idée –Anya Balistreri
2009 Odisea Dream Albarino Lodi
White Wine; other white varietal; Other California;
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Here is a list of other wines from Odisea that are in stock.
2008 Odisea Unusual Suspects Red Wine Clement Hills
Red Wine; other red varietal; Other California;
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55% Old Vine Field Blend (90 year old head pruned vines from Mendocino), 25% Grenache, 20% Tempranillo. Only 190 cases produced!
2008 Odisea The Temp Clement Hills
Red Wine; Tempranillo; Other California;
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100% Tempranillo from vines planted to a clone from Ribera del Duero. Only 125 cases produced.
2009 Odisea Cochon Grenache Blanc Clement Hills
White Wine; other white varietal; Other California;
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80% Grenache Blanc, 10% Marsanne, 10% Roussanne. Absolutely delicious: impressive effort. Only 90 cases produced.

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