I can hardly recall the last time I came across a $9 wine as stylish as this. It's low price also helps makes the next wine, a French Champagne, affordable/includable.
The dark crimson 2010 Clos de Sixte is a classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape-type blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvèdre, aged for 14 months in 35% new oak barrels. Opens with a warm, ripe, perfumed bouquet of black cherry fruit and wild violets. On the palate, luminously fluid and supple, with bouncy, spicy blackberry and dark fruit notes seasoned by spice. Marvelously detailed finish of subtle minerality and warm, well resolved tannins.
Made from a blend of Gros Manseng and its country cousin, Petit Manseng, this delicious, moderately sweet white wine has turned out to be a favorite not only of our customers, but of our famously fussy wine staff! Bright flavors of apricot and lemon curd are precisely balanced by refreshing acidity and gentle sweetness on the finish.
Never content to rest on his laurels, Dominique has stepped up to the plate with this intriguing new red made from 100% Merlot. Aged for a year in new French oak barrels, Dominique's goal is to allow this wine the full expression of the Côte de Gascogne terroir. Deep in color, with a toasty bouquet of ripe fruit and plums, this wine offers a wealth of rich dark fruit flavors, with notes of damp forest, new earth, and Provençal herbs on the finish.