Food & Drink

November 16, 2014

10 Glasses; Moderate to Pricey California Wines For Thanksgiving

Ten recommended California wines ranging in price from $22-$98 for Thanksgiving.

California Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for Thanksgiving

2012 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay ($48 SRP) rich, lush full bodied Chardonnay; long, rich and elegant finish. Appealing to both the lean style Chardonnay drinkers, as well as the classic California rich and intense style Chardonnay drinkers.

2011 Cambria Chardonnay Katherine’s Vineyard ($22 SRP) Subtle tropical and citrus aromas with pineapple, stonefruit and apple flavors. Oak and vanilla balance out the favors on the palate with weight on the mid-palate leading into a crisp, fresh finish.

2013 Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc ($22 SRP) Expressive and bursting with aromas of white grapefruit, nectarine, and lemon thyme. Crisp in texture with bright acidity.

Five California Cabernet Sauvignons for Thanksgiving

2011 Cade ‘Napa Valley’ Cabernet Sauvignon ($60 SRP) [displays] stunningly magnificent aromas of cherry, raspberry, dried sage, vanilla extract, and brambles. The density on the palate is thick and weight is luxuriously velvety. The tannins are elegant, smooth, and rich, resulting in a magnificent wine.

2011 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($98 SRP) is expressive with dark fruits, layered with vanilla, cinnamon, sage and fresh herbs. Dark, nuanced, and beautiful; this wine demonstrates an impressive balance and structure resulting in a truly fine wine.

2010 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($35 SRP) classic California Cabernet with aromas of dark cherry, ripe plums, and black currant are interwoven with the spicy sweetness of oak, cedar, cinnamon, and clove.

2010 Monument Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon ($45 SRP) elegant and sophisticated, Monument Ridge delivers a cornucopia of aromas and flavors, dried blackberry leaves, juniper, cardamom, and black pepper. Firm, graceful tannins lead to an earthy, dark chocolate finish.

2009 B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon Olive Hill Estate ($50 SRP) is aromatic with its bouquet of rich ripe fruit; cherries, black currant, and plum enveloped with oak and spicy anise for a long dreamy finish.

California Pinot Noir and Merlot for Thanksgiving

2012 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir ($22 SRP) fruit-forward, with flavors of raspberries, cherries, mulberries, cranberries, and pomegranates integrated with spices and oak. Its racy acidity shows off what makes it a classic Monterey, California wine.

2011 Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot ($28 SRP) is dark and soulful showing off its deep rich fruit and roasted herbs. The distinctive terrior of Matanzas’ Sonoma County land highlights what is defined as classic.

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