Summer's here and the July Dirty Dozen celebrates the occasion with wines from 7 different countries! It is packed full of bottles that pair perfectly with all the good things that come with summer: Picnics, parties, barbecues, trips to the beach, and eating al-fresco. Chosen for their versatility, the July DD represents an assortment of grape varieties - 13 in all! So stop on by, pick up a July Dirty Dozen, and enjoy your summer!
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2013 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, Raphael $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Verdicchio has been grown in Italy since Roman times, primarily in and around the scenic Marche region. And it is the Verdicchio grown in Castelli di Jesi that produces wines with structure and elegance. Think zippy, fresh acidity, a pinch of pulpy yellow fruit, and a lemon-lime hint on the finish. Cool and crisp. Enjoy by itself, or pair it with a light salad.
2013 Rkaciteli, Jordanov $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Now for a Macedonia stamp in that wine passport. Rkaciteli is the name of a grape which originated in Georgia (the one between the Black and Caspian Seas). Pronounced "Ree-kaht-say-TAY-lee", it makes for another perfect quaffer to pair with your summer. Aromas of apricots and peaches abound with minerality and a crisp finish. Great with a filet of sole.
2013 Chardonnay, Milou $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Staying in the Old World, and we do mean Old World, as they have been growing grapes in the Languedoc for over 2500 years, we bring you Milou Chardonnay. Grown in soils similar to those in Chablis, there is a distinct resemblance to those crisp, mineral driven, more expensive Chardonnays. Versatile as can be, drink the Milou by itself or with some crab cakes.
2011 Chenin Blanc, Vinum Africa $17.49, $13.99 reorder
Originating in France's Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc has found a home in South Africa. In fact, more Chenin Blanc is produced in South Africa than any other region. Why is that? Most of the South Africans vinify it dry. Known for having aromas of apples, pears, and peaches, the wines are gaining a big following. Alex Dale's 2011 Vinum Africa Chenin saw a little barrel before bottling lending hints of vanilla to the already complex juice. Drink this with roasted quail.
2011 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Hors Saison, Domaine la Hitaire $12.59, $10.07 reorder
"Hors Saison" means "outdoor season" in the local Gascogne dialect, and we trotted this wine out for that very reason. It's easy to drink, easy on the wallet, and with convenient screwcap, easy to open. The perfect white for a picnic.
2013 Syrah Rosé, Domaine Saint Antoine $11.49, $9.19 reorder
And what would summer be without Rosé? Fresh off the boat (literally), the 2013 Saint Antoine Rosé has everything we love in a Rosé. Smoky hints of red fruit in the aromas, a dry, crisp mouth feel, complexity, and a long satisfying finish. Versatile enough to go with everything from a hoagie to a carnitas taco to fried chicken or linguini with clams.
2013 Laya Old Vines, Atalaya $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Jumping to the reds and beginning in the Iberian peninsula, the folks at Atalaya blend 70% Garnacha Tintorera with 30% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) and the result is mind boggling good for the price. Big, bold flavors of lush purple and black fruit are met with lively acidity and fine tannins. A perfect wine to have around when that tri-tip comes off the grill.
2011 Corbières La Réserve, Domaine Sainte-Eugénie $16.95 sale price, $16.10 reorder
Our old pal Hervé Gauntier makes his top wine from all free-run juice. He ages it in oak barrel, 20% which is new, the rest 1 and 2 years old. The wine has depth, texture, and body. It's a blend of roughly equal parts Syrah, Grenache, and old-vine Carignan. Medium-full in body, this is a great all-purpose red. Great on its own; great with salumi and bread.
2013 Pinot Noir, Lomas del Valle $14.98 net, $13.48 reorder
From the Valparaiso region in Chile, we've got a New World Pinot Noir that stays true to the grape's Burgundian origins. It's medium bodied, and has terrific expression of brambly red and purple berry fruit. Pinot Noir made in this style has the ability to pair with an abundance of cuisine. We suggest you use the good glasses and pair it with duck breast.
2007 Côtes-du-Rhône Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Santa Duc $16.49, $13.19 reorder
Regular DD subscribers will find familiarity in this bottle, as Yves Gras' Côtes-du-Rhônes have depth, complexity, earthy minerals, and that cracked-black-pepper-thing. Côtes-du-Rhônes are an easy lot to pair with as they accompany pastas with tomato-based sauces or pizza nicely. They also have what it takes to stand up to a nice grilled t-bone steak.
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, R8 $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Speaking of steaks, sure, Cabernet Sauvignon is generally paired with them quite often. Why not? That full body and those tannins work great with a marbly, medium-rare rib eye or even a rack of lamb. Some food and wine pairings are traditional, yet logical. Here’s a generous Cab from California that gives without taking too much.
2012 Chianti Montalbano, Pierazzuoli $14.49, $11.59 reorder
Another of our winemaker pals, Enrico Pierazzuoli, manages two properties in Tuscany. A 30 minute train ride west of Florence gets you to his Tenuta Pierazzuoli which is a true working farm with olive groves, vegetables, and of course, grape vines. His 2012 Chianti Montalbano needs no fancy introduction, it's 100% Sangiovese. Just pop it for pleasure!
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