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.
- 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.”