Talking Turkey: Two Wines for Thanksgiving from Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Many people prefer a red wine with their holiday turkey, and happily for them there are any number of good wines that would nicely complement a Thanksgiving banquet. One of my recommendations this year is Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($56). When I first tasted this richly complex wine several months ago, I paired it with turkey, and so readers can trust me when I state that it complemented the meal splendidly, though it would also go well with roast beef, pork tenderloin, or duck. Made from 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in oak for 18 months, this Cabernet Sauvignon has seductive plum, dark berry, and spice aromas that lead to generous, perfectly balanced blackberry, plum, oak, and cocoa flavors that are joined by notes of vanilla and spice on its long, polished finish.

Nothing brings a good meal to better closure than a glass of dessert wine, and one of the best is Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2010 Eiserebe ($50 – 375ml). Made from 100% Scheurebe grown on the winery’s home ranch outside St. Helena, this exquisitely delicious amber wine has enticing aromas of apricot, fig, and pineapple that precede luscious mango, apple, stone fruit, and caramel flavors that close in a long, honeyed finish.

Since Thanksgiving is traditionally spent in the company of family and friends, I know that everyone wishes to make the occasion as wonderful as possible, and I promise if either or both of the Joseph Phelps Vineyards wines that I have described in this posting are served at your holiday table, you and your guests will have even more than usual to be thankful for.

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