TIME TO START THINKING TURKEY AND SIDES!
Raymond Dupont-Fahn "Les Vireux" Auxey-Duresses AOC 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: AUXEY-DURESSES AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Raymond Dupont-Fahn is a fifth generation winemaker who has worked with his father and grandfather from an early age, absorbing every aspect of the winemaking process and traditions. After earning his degree in oenology at 21, he started managing five hectares of his own vines in 2001. In his brief career he has already produced some wines of stunning quality from the lesser-known appellation Auxey-Duresses (off the beaten path in the Côte d'Or in a small valley just above Meursault). Raymond avoids using pesticides in his vineyards, and usually chooses to harvest on the earlier side to achieve wines with greater acidity and lower alcohol. Most élévage for the wines is 20% in new oak and all his barrels are under 3 years of age. This is a gorgeous example of the results that approach can yield! Pale yellow in hue, with crystalline clarity, this delights the senses with apple, pear, and baking spice aromas. In the mouth, the happy surprises continue, with a luxurious texture revealing juicy fresh pear flavors that generously linger. Accessible, but with elegance to spare, this is a lovely companion to warm shellfish dishes or roasted chicken (or, ahem, turkey.)
Arnot-Roberts Trousseau North Coast 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NORTH COAST/ Varietal(s): TROUSSEAU --- An iconic grape of the Jura (also grown in Portugal, where it is named bastardo), trousseau is little known elsewhere, but was once a part of California's viticultural traditions. Widely planted in the Sierra Foothills pre-Prohibition, it is now experiencing a delicious renaissance. Arnot-Roberts Wines is a collaboration of school friends, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Since founding their winery in 2001, they have gained a reputation as among the most progressive producers on the California scene. Among the first to experiment with California-grown trousseau, this cuvée is mostly comprised of grapes from the Luchsinger Vineyard (named for Bernie Luchsinger, who first planted it in 2001 with the idea of Port in mind), with additional cool climate Sonoma fruit included. A deceptively pale hue belies the complex aromas and flavors within! Its fluidity and dark perfumed floral aromas are reminiscent of pinot noir, but trousseau has a captivating character all its own of a more bucolic, outdoorsy nature. Bright and savory, and possessed of a lightness that contrasts deliciously with its backbone of firm tannin, this is a delicious match with chai-rubbed turkey breast.
Romanelli Montefalco Rosso DOC 2012 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: MONTEFALCO ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+SAGRANTINO+MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Tuscany's next door neighbor, Umbria, finally gets its chance in the spotlight! The two regions share not only a border, but a long history of growing the same grapes. The Romanelli family has produced acclaimed wines and olive oils in the Montefalco DOCG region for generations. The winery prides itself on an eco-friendly approach, using sustainable agricultural practices such as bird boxes to eliminate the need for pesticides, and also avoiding chemical fertilizers. This new arrival is a blend of 60% sangiovese, 15% sagrantino (an intense, dark-skinned grape native to the region often described as "nebbiolo on steroids"!), and equal remaining parts merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Fuller bodied, but still table-friendly, this delights with aromas and flavors of black cherry, vanilla, licorice, leather, and a touch of incense! A long, structured finish is balanced by bright, food-friendly acidity, making this just scream for roast pork tenderloin with sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto, sage, and cream!
Château Massereau Bordeaux Supérieur AOC 2006 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+ CABERNET SAUVIGNON+PETIT VERDOT
--- Château Massereau, situated in Barsac approximately 30km from Bordeaux, was built in the 16th century. The estate was acquired by the Chaigneau family in 2000 and brothers Jean-François and Philippe quickly set about to farming organically. They remain fully committed to natural winemaking; ploughing with horses, pressing using an old wooden press, fermenting with native yeast, and limiting SO2 (sometimes to none at all) at bottling. A delicious blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot, this ferments in concrete vats and spends 18 months in neutral barrique before a 10-year elevage in bottle before release. The result is stunning: full of dark, plummy fruit character elegantly accented by wisps of cedar, tobacco, violet, and smoke. Precise and savory on the palate, lovely dark berry and dried green herbs meld beautifully with a hint of blood orange peel. Classically styled and a great value to boot, this is fabulous with roast beef or with mushroom risotto.