Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Here are a number of highly rated wines to serve at your table this year that everyone will love and would pair perfectly with your feast.
Bouché 2004 Champagne
Its a celebration! This Thanksgiving pop open a bottle of 96 Point-rated Champagne directly imported from France. The 2004 Bouché Père & Fils Champagne offers soft, complex aromas of candied fruit, brioche, and honey which complement the full, lively, and finely carbonated palate. Flavors of spiced apples, lemon and almond cookie, with a hint of sweet cream on the finish. This is the perfect choice to start the celebration!
Albertina 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2014 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Albertina Wine Cellars was produced with sustainably farmed mountain fruit from the Mendocino AVA. The high elevations of this site produce grapes of intense flavors and colors, giving this Cab rich aromas and flavors of plums, blackberries, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. This would be a great choice to enjoy with your whole meal.
Windstream Cellars' 2013 Chardonnay
Uncork the 2013 "Fog Queen Block" Chardonnay made from two Estate vineyards in Northern Monterey County. This Chardonnay is luscious and well-structured with aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, vanilla and spice, which would pair wonderfully with appetizers such as a cheese platter, charcuterie, or dried fruits.
Goldeneye Winery's 2012 Pinot Noir
The Goldeneye 2012 Pinot Noir fruit comes from the heart of the Anderson Valley which yields grapes with a wide range of expressive flavors and characteristics. This Pinot Noir has great complexity with a hearty fruit core of plum, raspberry and red currant which is rounded out by cardamom, cinnamon and anise flavors and aromas that linger on the finish. Pair it with the main course or with a slice of pumpkin pie.
Gamba 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
The Gamba 2012 Old Vine Zin was awarded 94 Points, 2 Gold Medals and Best of Class! Its delicious, vibrant, and beautifully structured. This Zinfandel is dark ruby-purple in color and has aromas of blackberry bramble, cherry, vanilla, cider spice and nutmeg. The palate has intense layers of juicy dark fruits and roasted fig with hints of cocoa, caramel and spice. The Gamba Old Vine Zin would pair beautifully with a number of dishes such has sweet potatoes, apples with cinnamon and turkey.
Carlucci 2013 Roussanne
This bright Roussanne comes from the infamous Zaca Mesa Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, one of the oldest and most well-known vineyards on the Central Coast. Carlucci's 2013 Roussanne is very aromatic and flavorful with notes of honeysuckle, clementine, jasmine and pear which are a nice compliment to the creamy finish. This Roussanne would pair well with appetizers, cranberry bread and apple pie just to name a few.
Bevela 2013 Syrah
The Bevela 2013 "Old Fashioned Superstition" Syrah is from Santa Barbara County and is Bevela Wines' first vintage of Syrah...setting the bar impressively high for their future vintages! This graceful wine is ruby red in color and has a subtle spice to it with notes of elderberry, crushed violets, black tea and cranberry. Well-integrated tannins linger on the finish and would be a very nice compliment to your entire Thanksgiving feast - particularly your turkey.
Spell 2012 Pinot Noir
This outstanding 100% Pinot Noir was awarded 94 Points + Cellar Selection by Wine Enthusiast. It opens with aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry, smoke, and freshly ground sage. The palate is full of berry flavors mixed with toasted grains, early, bay leaf, and juniper. The mountain fruit comes from an elevation between 1,700 - 1,900 feet, which adds a rich tannin structure. This Pinot Noir would pair best with a number of casseroles, green beans and roasts.
Domaine Debray 2013 Pinot Noir
The Domaine Debray 2013 Pinot Noir is a Gold Medal Wine Club Exclusive Import from Burgundy, France! The fruit for this wine was handpicked and carefully sorted to ensure only the best fruit made it into the final blend. Its a classic Pinot Noir with a fruity bouquet and a round, powerful palate that will go particularly well with strong cheeses and roasted meats.
Blackbird 2012 Red Blend
Blackbird Vineyard's "Paramour" Red Blend earned a stunning 94 Points and possesses both sensuality and commanding structure. This wine is a passionate blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley. The 2012 vintage offers exquisite aromas of blackberry, plumb and textured layers of chocolate and nutmeg which are complimented by fine-grained tannins. The finish is round and balanced giving the wine length of flavor. This Red Blend can be enjoyed this Thanksgiving or any other Thanksgiving within the next decade! An outstanding wine such as this will pair beautifully with your entire meal.
Jansen 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
The Janzen 2012 Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded an unheard of 99 Points by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate and two other 95 Point ratings. It is perhaps the most timeless and classic Cabernets from Oakville in Napa Valley. Intensely concentrated with cassis, black cherry fruit, mocha, earth, and caramelized oak giving this Cab incredibly complex and beautifully seamless qualities. Robert Parker declares the wine is, "virtually perfect...". This special feature Cabernet Sauvignon would pair well with your Thanksgiving main course, or savor each sip with some homemade desserts.
Pinna Fidelis 2014 Verdejo
Another amazing wine Exclusively Imported from Spain! Verdejo is a white wine grape that originated in Northern Africa. The Verdejo grape creates wines of great freshness, rich body, and notes of citrus and minerality. The 2014 vintage has aromas of exotic fruits, white flowers, and subtle notes of fresh herbs. The palate is full, fresh, and balanced with flavors of fennel and apple. Enjoy this wine with cheeses, light appetizers, or fruit desserts.