A Very Mediterranean Thanksgiving
Full Retail: $122.94
Sampler Price: $94.99
It’s November and there’s no avoiding it, Thanksgiving is on its way. If pressed I wouldn’t mind celebrating with a feast of chorizo, marcona almonds, and Mahon cheese on a Balearic Island somewhere, but I’ll probably be enjoying myself in New Jersey. To keep hopes high for a Balearic Island escape, we have six wines that I think are absolutely delicious to go with your undoubtedly diverse menu on Thanksgiving.
Andre Brunel 2013 Les Cailloux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ($44.99)
Wine Spectator - 92 points. Yes, they do make white Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This wine is 80% Roussanne, 10% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Clairette, aged in concrete tanks without the use of oak. The wine is full weight with almond, honeycomb, and apple-like flavors.
Chateau Maris 2013 Old School Blanc ($11.99)
60% Rolle (aka Vermentino), 30% Grenache Blanc, 10% Macabeu
Grapes from biodynamically farmed vineyards are used for this blend which comes from the La Liviniere region of southern France. The cliff notes on this wine: lime zest, wet stones, white peach.
Domaine Maestracci 2013 Clos Reginu ($15.99)
You don’t get much closer than Corsica to the Mediterranean. This island red is made up of 30% Niellucciu, 30% Grenache, 15% Sciaccarellu, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, and 5% Carignan. It’s pale color in the glass belies its abundance of flavor, and it is abundant. Bright red fruits and wild herbs are the high notes, but with tannin and acid to keep it on the straight and narrow.
Ch. d’Oupia 2012 Les Heretiques ($9.99)
We’ve liked this wine as a house red for some time. 90% old vine Carignan (some of which are older than 100) and 10% Syrah. This one is an easy bistro style house red to be passed about and shared with great enthusiasm.
Oenos 2011 Naoussa P.D.O. ($19.99)
The wines from Naoussa in Greece are made with the tough to pronounce Xinomavro grape. To give you an idea of what this wine is like, if you haven’t had a lot of Xinomavro this week, picture Nebbiolo. And if the juice in this bottle came from Barolo or Barbaresco, it would cost at least twice as much, so consider it a hell of a value.
Tenuta Rubbia al Colle 2010 Barricoccio ($19.99)
90% Sangiovese and 10% Cigliegiolo from coastal Tuscany. What makes this wine different from many other Tuscan Sangiovese is the use of concrete tank instead of oak. This method helps retain a bright, youthful and floral freshness.