Perfect Thanksgiving Wines at Oxford Liquor Shoppe!

As we have done the last few years, we have some great recommendations for the Thanksgiving holiday. These selections won’t break the bank and will pair perfectly with the most famous meal of the year.

  1. Olivier Leflaive 2017 Bourgogne Les Setilles $25.99

This is a great entry level Burgundy that delivers a great Burgundy experience for the money. Sourced from vineyards Rully, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Hautes-Cotes, it sees some light oak so the fruit shines through. Shows hints of apples, lemons and a stony minerality. Will go great with the turkey!

2. Beringer 2016 Chardonnay Napa Valley $19.99

Some of you may be saying, two Chardonnay’s? But you have two wines here at the opposite ends of the spectrum. While the Leflaive is pure Burgundy, the Beringer is classic California. This is rich with notes of tropical fruit, spice and apple.

Wine Spectator 91 Points

” A juicy, full-bore style, with concentrated apple, mango and ripe pear flavors that are intensely spiced. The buttery finish is mouthfilling and quite rich-tasting. Drink now through 2022.”

3. Strub 2017 Soil to Soul Riesling $19.99

Classic German Riesling here. Riesling is perhaps the ultimate Thanksgiving wine because of how well it pairs with the overall meal.

Vinous 90 Points

” A classic nose and palate impression feature zesty orange and kumquat accompanied by smoky, stony traces. The palate is seductively silken. A buoyant, seriously sustained finish reveals unexpectedly tangy, juicy refreshment as well as transparency to further smoky and stony nuances. I would not be surprised to see this gain complexity with a bit of bottle age”

4. Purple Hands 2018 Pinot Noir Lone Oak Ranch $29.99

We’ve had the last two vintages of this wine and for the money they were phenomenal. Both scored 93 points with Wine Spectator and this vintage tastes just as good as those. Lone Oak Ranch is a blend of the 6 different vineyard sites, including the famed Shea Vineyard. You’ll find notes of black cherry, cola, pomegranate and black tea, among other things. Pick this up and you won’t be disappointed.

5. Cline 2016 Ancient Vines Zinfandel $15.99

Before you think this is a strange pairing let me explain. Zins are known for there big fruit flavors but typically have soft tannins. The big fruit in this acts similar to the cranberry sauce on the table, bringing that ying to the yang of the turkey. A cab would overpower it but this Zin cuts it just right!

Wine Spectator 91 points and #40 on the Top 100 Wines of 2018

“Lively and supple, with floral raspberry and fresh pepper aromas and sleekly appealing cherry and licorice flavors that glide lightly along the finish. Drink now through 2022.”

Tasting Notes on 6 Wines from our Fall Wine Club Meeting

SEYMOUR WINE CLUB MEETING 10/26/19 – Home of Lew Stanio (10/26/2019)

For our Fall tasting we had an open meeting, meaning we had no theme so everyone could bring whatever they wanted. The wines were all good and we also had some great food. Some BBQ chicken, tortellini with chicken sausage and truffle oil, pheasant piccata and a great assortment of desserts. Onto the wines.

  • 2016 Brotte Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    Decanted for 1.5 hours. Aromas of herbs, raspberry garnacha, cherry and smoked meats. Flavors of chocolate, herbs, smoked meats, iron and earth. Ends with a long iron infused finish of 25-30 seconds. Got just a slight bit of heat on this but nothing I was overly concerned about. This was my favorite wine of the night. I thought it was mine and turns out I was right although it did seem this had a bit more Syrah in there than I remember. That threw me off initially. This finished 3rd on the night. (93 pts.)
  • 2018 Gavalas Winery Santorini – Greece, Aegean, Cyclades, Santorini
    Tasted blind. Aromas of smoke, slate, flowers and a hint of citrus. Flavors of slate, lemon and a touch grapey. Nice acidity but ends with a shorter finish and a thinner palate than the rest of the wines this evening. This wine finished tied for 5th on the night. (88 pts.) Available
  • 2016 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis – USA, California, Napa Valley
    Tasted blind. Aromas of plum, blueberry, cherry, potpourri and vanilla. Flavors of vanilla, cherry and blackberry. Ends with a 20-25 second finish with cherry notes. This was quite a big wine and surprised when the bag came off. I had guessed a Cab from Washington but would not have guessed Napa Valley. Regardless, this was a easy drinking Cab that provided considerable pleasure. This was my second favorite wine of the night and it finished as the overall wine of the night. (92 pts.) Available
  • 2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville – USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
    Tasted blind. Aromas of dusty berry, blackberry, currant, mocha and earth. Flavors of blackberry, currant and cherry. Not wide range of flavors but the flavors that were there were persistent. Initially ended with a shorter 15 second finish. Upon re-tasting though this had opened up revealing a bigger palate and longer finish. I gave this 90 points and it finished second of the night. (90 pts.) Available
  • 2018 Invivo Sauvignon Blanc SJP Sarah Jessica Parker – New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
    Tasted blind. The nose on this was a dead giveaway for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Tons of grapefruit, passion fruit, cat pee and lemon. The palate though was quite interesting with flavors of gooseberry, lemon, wet stone and mineral. Ends with a 20 second finish and a nice acidity. I was pleasantly surprised when the bag came off. This finished 4th on the night. (90 pts.)
  • 2016 Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Campo de Borja Tres Picos – Spain, Aragón, Campo de Borja
    Tasted blind. Aromas of boysenberry, bacon fat, currant and raspberry. Flavors of raspberry, blueberry, cherry and beef stew. Ends with a cherry and blueberry finish of 20 seconds. Though for sure this was a Chateauneuf-du-pape but was surprised it was the Tres Picos. Been a while since I have had it. This finished tied for 5th on the night. (90 pts.) Available

Overall we had a very solid set of wines. The Stag’s Leap and the Brotte were neck and neck for my wine of the night although the group favored the Stag’s Leap overall. Always some interesting wines at wine club.