A lovely Thanksgiving meal with Laura, my parents and our annual guest, Salil. The turkey came out perfectly, and defied those who claim that turkey is boring/has no flavor. No weird dishes meant a wine friendly dinner. Even the butternut squash (seasoned with nothing more than salt & pepper) was reasonably friendly to the sparkler and the Riesling.
2002 Huet Petillant
The original release, not the supposedly "better" late release, or the supposedly "even more better" late, late release, nor the supposedly "even better than all the other releases" late, late, late reserve release. This was lovely, elegant, white fruited and slightly toasty. A wonderful way to start the meal, and also (because there was a glass left) to finish it.
2011 Domaine Tempier Rosé
Refined, pretty yet powerful. Sweet berry fruit that was a fine partner to the food.
2011 Donnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg 'Felsenturmchen' Riesling Spatlese
Powerful, minerally, loads of ripe peach and cherry. This is supremely well balanced auslese that is labeled spatlese.
2009 Baudry Chinon Franc de Pied
The myth, the legend. Initially its rather straightforward with loads of dark fruit, but air brings out a cedary element on the front end, and a tobacco element on the back end. Long, long finish. Tons of promise here, though I would let it rest for the time being.
1987 Lopez de Heredia vina Bosconia Gran Reserva
So elegant, so balanced. Cedar, red fruit, spice, warm earth & soft tannins all wrapped up with a bow. With a more "complicated" Thanksgiving table this could have been lost, but simple dishes (no crispy onions or marshmallows on this table!) were a perfect partner.
Somehow the Geyserville that was standing up in the cellar never got opened. Go figure.
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