Thursday is the beginning of the Holiday Season in the United States as we celebrate Thanksgiving. A grand Thanksgiving feasts of brings us all comfort and joy as we gather with our friends and family, but don’t forget every great meal must have great wine. Enjoy the wines below and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.
Jura : Arbois : 2009
It’s not a secret that out of all French wines, Jura wines are my favorite. Jura is located between Burgundy and Switzerland and produces very distinctive and becoming wines. 30% Trousseau, 40% Poulsard and 30% Pinot Noir this red has a lot of depth for being so light bodied. It is delicate and floral on the nose with soft berry red notes of cranberry and rose. The palate is dry, low in tannins, alive and expressing bright red cranberries. Decant and let breath a solid 30 minutes before you nosh.
France : Alsace : 2012
Proof that natural wines can age, and age well, Binner has a lingering aroma of boysenberry and fresh blackberry with a delicious smoky finish. It is reminiscent of hayrides and bonfires. This wine is aged for 11 months in 100 year old old barrels. It is certified organic, biodynamic, and contains no extra added sulfites. Binner has been around since 1770 and had holdings in two of the most valuable growing areas in Alsace. Over 40% of their vines are over 60 years old and many are reaching 100. The grapes are hand harvested in early to mid October, which is not uncommon for Alsacian wines, and is considered what wine professionals call “late harvest.” Most Alsacian wines yield very fresh, ripe fruit because of this late harvesting. This wine can be decanted, but I also recommend serving it slightly chilled.
France : Loire Valley : Sancerre
100% Pinot Noir from Sancerre has very nice blueberry, cassis and black cherry aromas. It’s absolutely divine and such a treat for your nose. A slight herbal palate give this wine a tannic structure, but it is still a light to medium bodied red. A lingering finish of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon will have you asking for more, or craving pumpkin pie.
France : Burgundy : Beaujolais : Fleurie
Exciting and bursting with character! This wine is fresh with aromas of black tea, violets, and warm baking spices. This is a must have accompaniment to your dinner table. The young winemaker named Yann Bertrand is making very serious wines from 30 year old plus vines, and is bringing a new perspective to Beaujolais. He is well worth keeping an eye on. Fleurie may be the trendiest cru in Beaujolais these days, but Bertrand’s wine has an extra something special that will keep you filling your glasses. The palate is very savory and clean with vinosity.
All the wines mentioned can be purchased at Eastside Cellars in NYC @eastsidecellars