Hello and Happy Friday!
Welcome to the “Turkey Day Edition” of the Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature!
With less than two weeks before everyone’s favorite turkey-a-thon, it was time that I gave you additional selections for wines that pair well with your holiday meal.
For those trying to quench the thirst of a large group, this month’s 6 for $60-Something offers the perfect solution.
Today’s feature offers wines for those looking for more complexity over quantity.
I’ve kept the descriptions short, as some of these have been featured before, and those that haven’t, I am happy to provide additional information as requested.
Keep in mind, the next couple weeks will be very busy for all of us. I urge you to order ahead, even call me with your billing information so that you can simply pick up with great speed and convenience. Give me a call from your cell phone while you are in your car – we even provide curbside service!
Have a great weekend and Go Ducks!
2010 Charles Baur Pinot Blanc
A beautifully defined, 100% Pinot Blanc from Charles Baur. This small producer is located in the village of Eguisheim (Alsace, France). The wines of Alsace are classic pairings with Thanksgiving, and this unoaked, crisp white wine has the requisite intensity of fruit to stand up to lots of flavors. It is a great value.
$13.99 BTL. / $167.88 CASE
2011 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett
This stunning off-dry German Riesling is truly a great match for Thanksgiving. This is a seriously complex bottle of Riesling coming from the famed Schlossberg vineyard of the Mosel Valley. It sits on a very steep slope, and its slate soil produces a wine of pronounced minerality with a pure fruit expression. $23.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2005 Domaine de la Bongran Viré-Clessé “Cuvée E.J. Thévenet”
One of three producers in the Mâconnais district of Burgundy, France who notably produce a Chardonnay with some botrytis-affected grapes. A truly world-class example of White Burgundy, with complex stone fruit and honeyed notes. This wows almost everyone that tastes it.
$35.99 BTL. / $431.88 CASE
2010 Hirsch Grüner Veltliner “Lamm”
Austrian Grüner Veltliner doesn’t get much better than this example from Johannes Hirsch of the Kamptal region of Austria. Lamm is noted as one of the great vineyards in Austria. With its chalk-rich loess and loam soil it produces Grüner Veltliner of great intensity. 2010 marks a spectacular vintage for this wine, and if you are looking for a dry white wine with the body and power, yet requisite freshness and drinkability to match with turkey day, this is worth the splurge!
$52.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 Pascal Grange Chénas
Beaujolais is a classic match for Thanksgiving dinner, and I couldn’t recommend this absolutely gorgeous Cru Beaujolais more! The Granger family are masters with the Gamay Noir grape varietal. Chénas is the smallest of the 10 Crus in Beaujolais. Aromatically complex with lots of red fruit notes and hints at mineral. If you are a Beaujolais non-believer, this is the wine to try!
$21.99 BTL. / $263.88 CASE
2010 Edmunds St. John “Bone Jolly”
Quite simply one of the “coolest” wines in my store! It’s Gamay Noir from the Witters Vineyard and Barsotti Ranch in El Dorado County in California! Steve Edmunds produces some of California’s most exciting and drinkable wines. His interpretation of Gamay is so thirst-quenching and true to the grape that I feel it is a must for those that want a lighter-bodied red at Thanksgiving as well as support the home team!
$19.99 BTL. / $239.88 CASE
2007 Forlorn Hope “Mil Amores”
Speaking of supporting the home team, here is a fantastic oddball. A Portuguese red blend from the DeWitt Vineyard in Amador County, California. Proprietor Matthew Rorick makes just 97 cases of this blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinto Roriz. The result is a medium-bodied, blue and black fruit-scented red that has a foot in Portugal, a foot in Zinfandel and a foot in deliciousness!
$26.99 BTL. / $323.88 CASE
2009 Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge
A truly stunning Red Burgundy value from rising star Benjamin Leroux. Not only does Benjamin make wine for famed producer Domaine Comte Armand, he also makes his own wine from fruit purchased from growers and sharing a facility with Dominique Lafon in the village of Beaune. The grapes for this Bourgogne Rouge come from declassified 1er Cru vines in the village of Santenay. He only makes 250 cases of the Bourgogne Rouge. Just a beautiful bottle of Pinot Noir from Burgundy!
$28.99 BTL. / $347.88 CASE
2006 Weingut Mayr-Nusserhof Lagrein Riserva
One of my truly favorite wines in the store. Coming from the Alto Adige region of Northeast Italy, Lagrein is one of the most delicious, food friendly grape varietals that we have in the wine world. The Mayr family are icons in the region, owning only 2.5 hectares of vines. Their beautiful Lagrein Riserva is an aromatic gem, with woodsy, blackberry and spice notes. For those tired of the same Thanksgiving combinations, give this Lagrein a try.
$29.99 BTL. / $359.88 CASE
2010 Domaine de la Bastide Côtes du Rhône Rouge
I’m a big fan of Rhône varietals and they often work their way into my turkey day celebration. Here is an exciting Côtes du Rhône value from the Boyer family of Domaine de la Bastide that is located in Visan. This Côtes du Rhône is a blend of 60% Syrah and 20% each Grenache and Carignan. Average vine age is 35 years old. It is a juicy, bright and fruit-forward style, with good complexity. It is a tremendous value, and one I recommend stocking up on for everyday drinking!
$14.99 BTL. / $179.88 CASE
2007 Domaine du Grand Crès Corbières “Cuvée Majeure”
The Languedoc is producing Rhône varietal wines that are on par with their Northern and Southern Rhône Valley counterparts. Want proof? Try this amazing blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache from the Corbières region of the Western Languedoc. This is such an aromatic wine, with hints at blackberry, flowers, white pepper and herbs. Probably the most full-bodied of what I’m offering on this newsletter. A beautiful wine!
$26.99 BTL. / ONLY 32 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 Prieler Blaufränkisch “Leithaberg”
Austria’s answer to Pinot Noir (and yes, they have Pinot Noir too) – Blaufränkisch is a noble grape varietal, able to age, with great complexity and mineral and earth notes. Prieler is one of Austria’s most highly regarded wine producers, especially noted for their Blaufränkisch. “Leithaberg” is a wine-growing area that produces mineral-driven wines from its mica-schist and marine limestone soils. This is the perfect red for those looking for a wine that is more acid- and mineral-driven than fruit-driven. Loire Valley red wine fans would naturally love this Blaufränkisch. I do.$65.99 PER MAGNUM / ONLY AVAILABLE IN MAGNUMS