CV, the Wine Guy, Talks Turkey: A Review
For the last two weeks, CV has been giving us the scoop on unique, interesting, undoubtedly drinkable white wines for your Thanksgiving table. Next week, we’ll start on a thorough review of gift-worthy reds for December. Until then, here’s the complete list of CV’s Turkey Wines:
Happy Thanksgiving, dear Co-opers!
Cune — Monopole Rioja 2013
Region / Country: Rioja, Spain
This is 100% high-altitude Viura from the Rioja Alta subzone, in North-Central Spain. It’s going to be dry, with marvelous notes of white peach, Meyer lemon, and mineral accents. The texture is quite rich, but crisp, citrusy acid keeps it lively. This bottle of wine is perfect for someone who knows wine, someone who wants to have something really fun on their Thanksgiving table.
Tomero — Torrontes 2012
Region / Country:
Varietal: Torrontes Riojano
Torrontes Riojano is very aromatic — a lot of floral aromas will come off the nose. This is a supple, fruity white, with flavors of pineapple and pear. The flavors of Torrontes should be a perfect, unusual pick for Thanksgiving.
Montinore Estate — Borealis White Table Wine 2013
Region / State: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietals: 39% Gewurztraminer, 37% Muller-Thurgau, 19% Riesling, 5% Pinot Gris
BIODYNAMIC! This is a lovely blend of Gewurztraminer, Muller-Thurgau, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. What a wonderful and unique blend: each of these individual wines would make for a great turkey wine. Together, it will be delightful. With notes of peach, yellow apple, pineapple and bright citrus, it has the acidity to balance out and contrast with the fruitiness.
Albet i Noya — Xarel·lo 2013
Region / Country: Catalonia, Spain
ORGANIC! This is a fun, unusual wine. Xarel·lo produces highly textural wines, with a lemon-like acidity and stonefruit flavors. This is less fruit-forward than the other wines we’re featuring this week, but features a well-balanced, crisp minerality that will add some refreshment to your Thanksgiving table.
Château Grande Cassagne — 2011 Costières de Nimes Rosé
Region / Country: Rhone, France
Varietals: 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
This is a lovely Rosé — flavors of raspberry, watermelon, rose petals, which are classic flavors and aromas of a well-made Rose. The electric pink color of this wine is really quite fantastic. You can easily imagine how great this bottle of wine will look on your holiday table. It would sparkle next to the turkey.
Gilbert Cellars — 2013 The Grower
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Varietals: 61% Chardonnay & 39% Riesling
This bottle of wine was built to go with turkey. It has that bit of sweetness that goes well with turkey, but in a classier style. It’s a style of wine that will suit a number of palettes. People who drink (good) wine will recognize the weight of the Chardonnay and the creaminess that comes with it, and the beautiful lift that comes off of a Riesling.
Foris Vineyards — 2012 Moscato
Region / Country: Rogue Valley, Oregon / United States
This Moscato has been a Co-op favorite for a long time. In a frizzante (instead of fully sparkling) style, this wine is lightly effervescent, with tiny bubbles that balance out the juicy sweetness of the grape. Peachy-floral aromas with a light and lively palette.
Bouza — Albariño 2012
Region / Country: Montevideo, Uruguay
This is a very sophisticated, special bottle of wine. This is a really fun wine. It is full of minerals, full of expression. It is made by a terrific winery that is getting much-deserved accolades and attention.
Klostor Pinot Grigio 2013
Region / Country: Rheinhessen, Germany
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
With strong flavors of citrus and minerals, this tangy wine will go perfectly with turkey for people who want a traditional food wine. This wine comes in once a year, and then it’s gone. Try it while we have it!
+Red Blends for Thanksgiving
And, to wrap things up, two turkey-worthy reds for you:
Gilbert Cellars’ Uncle Cragg’s — 2012 The Pilgrim, $14.99
Red blend from Columbia Valley, Washington.
Maison Richard Côtes du Rhône — 2010 La Petite Fontaine, $9.99
Red blend from Rhone, France.
Part of the Chateau la Nerthe family of wines, which has been producing wine throughout the southern Rhone Valle for 800 years. And is famous for it. A friendly, everyday, earthy wine with notes of black cherry and raspberry. It finishes clean, with a highlight of cedar and spice. All-in-all, perfect.