Three Wines for Your Thanksgiving

 

If you’re planning to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, you might be wondering which wines to serve with the meal. Here are three suggestions from Ernst Loosen’s collection: 

 

J. Christopher 2015 Basalte Pinot Noir

The J. Christopher winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is Ernst Loosen’s collaboration with famed winemaker Jay Somers.

J. Christopher Basalte Pinot Noir is a new bottling from vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, sourced from the winery’s own Appassionata estate vineyard, the Medici Vineyard (which J. Christopher farms) and the neighbors at Lia’s Vineyard.

The Chehalem Mountains are geologically complex and diverse, formed over millennia by lava flows, wind-blown silt (loess), and uplifted sedimentary seabeds. The vineyards have extremely rocky volcanic basalt soils that lend themselves to full-bodied, firmly structured wines.

Wine Spectator gives this wine 91 points: “Refined and well-knit, with black cherry and tart blueberry flavors accented by black tea and spice notes.

This wine will pair beautifully with both turkey and cranberry sauce.

 

Dr. Loosen 2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG

This dry, grand cru white wine comes from the famous “sundial” vineyard where the Mosel valley’s steep, south-facing slopes produce wines with racy minerality and endless charm.

The Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG exhibits the delicate style and penetrating floral/citrus intensity typical of the vineyard’s blue slate soil and vines that average 60 years of age. This wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts in a neutral oak cask and kept on the full lees for a year before bottling, which allows it to develop greater texture and find its natural harmony.

Wine Advocate gives this wine 94 points: “Offers a clear, refined and delicately flinty bouquet of ripe white fruits and crushed minerals with lovely purity. Round and lush, this is a full-bodied, intense and elegant Sonnenuhr with a powerful finish. Fine tannins here and good texture. The acidity is salty-piquant and perfectly integrated. This GG is clearly characterized by its long aging on the lees, which adds texture and finesse. Long and salty in the finish. A lovely wine—lush and vital and always piquant.” April 2016 – Issue 236 

Dry Rieslings are widely treasured for their ability to pair with savory foods and this wine is no exception. Pair it with anything on – or off – your Thanksgiving table.

 

Villa Wolf Pinot Gris

If you’re cooking for a crowd and looking for a white wine that will delight one and all without breaking your Thanksgiving budget, this is the wine for you.

From Ernst Loosen’s Villa Wolf winery in Germany’s warm and sunny Pfalz region, the Villa Wolf Pinot Gris is made from estate fruit supplemented with grapes from contracted growers.

Villa Wolf Pinot Gris is made in a full-bodied, dry style with fresh, unoaked fruit and a crisp texture. Half of each vintage is made in large, neutral oak casks for depth and complexity. The other half is done in stainless steel to preserve freshness and enhance the vibrant fruit.

Affordable and a real crowd pleaser, Villa Wolf Pinot Gris an excellent partner for poultry and a great party wine to serve with appetizers.