Great Affordable Thanksgiving Wine

| November 15, 2012

wine pressSpaniemilio-morosh wines have grown in popularity throughout the last decade, primarily because of the fruit forward Tempranillo grape, which with rising popularity is pleasing to many palates. With that in mind, my first pick for affordable Thanksgiving wines is Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2008. This well balanced wine offers black cherry, plum and blackberry notes with medium tannins and excellent depth. It’s dark ruby color embodies the perfumed nose of its fruitiness and is enhanced by hints of violet, leather and vanilla. With a Robert Parker 90 points and a price point of under $14, this is a must for your Thanksgiving table.

My second pick from Washington’s Columbia Valley is Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 which proudly wears its Wine Spectator 90+ rating.  Hailing from the northern growing area of Washington State, and from a producer of consistently high quality ripe fruit wines, it has rich color and flavor.  This well balanced wine with seductive blueberry, currant and dark cherry notes, is polished off with hints of leather, vanilla and tobacco, concluding in a long finish. Your thanksgiving guests will enjoy every sip and you will enjoy the price point of under $14.

Finally, I recommend from the Loire Valley of France, the Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon les Chiens-Chiens 2004, which is a stunner at under $15. Boasting 93 points from Wine & Spirits Top 100 values of the year, this cab franc is both fruity and smoky with a textchinon les chien-chiensure that has an elegant balance and is produced from old cabernet franc vines. The prominent notes are cherry and blackberry with hints of tobacco and clove. A delicious steal!


Happy Thanksgiving and Enjoy!

Charlotte Goldblatt