Chardonnays for me fall into one of two categories for me; crisp, clean almost Sauvignon Blanc-like and the creamy buttery style. The Schug 2009 Chardonnay Carneros falls into that later style and is one that I recommend to people looking for a good, buttery Chardonnay for this Thanksgiving, or anytime for that matter.
The Schug Chardonnay grapes are grown in the cool-climate Carneros Estate vineyard, and the Schug 2009 Chardonnay Carneros underwent the traditional European winemaking practices of barrel fermentation and aging on the lees (“sur-lie”). Additional complexity was contributed by Chardonnay grown on the Sangiacomo, Ricci, Iund and Cornerstones vineyards. The resulting wine has a ripe, spicy tropical bouquet with flavors that suggest citrus, pear and apple-butter. Well-balanced acidity gives it a crisp, clean finish, making it an excellent wine with food. Your Price $21.98
I love a good Pinot Noir with my turkey or ham. An excellent , fruit-driven Pinot Noir that is ready for prime-time this Thanksgiving is the Todd Hollow 2006 Pinot Noir ‘Rods Pride’. The result of the amazing fruit from Goldie’s Vineyard coupled with the finest French cooperage, a world-class winemaking facility and the expertise of Toad Hollow’s award-winning consulting winemaker, Ray Coursen of Elyse Winery is the “best of the best” of Toad Hollow’s Russian River Pinot Noir. Rich, Thick, well-balanced, smoky, earthy, cherry, cassis, vanilla, black cherry, and raspberry, this wine is ready-to-drink and one heck of a deal! Your Price $13.98 for one, $11.98 for six!
If you need help with your wine selections this holiday season, give me a call. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!