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American wines for an American meal

December 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Inspired by my Thanksgiving wine research I decided to serve American wines for our Thanksgiving meal.  I opened up a pair of bubbles, a pair of whites, and a pair of red wines.  While this allowed us to match the variety of dishes and account for personal preferences, my real motive was to allow comparison amongst the wines.  Judging by the amount of wine left in the bottles the NV Thibaut-Janisson Winery, Blanc de Chardonnay Brut, Monticello and 2010 Keswick Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Reserve, Monticello tied for favorite wines.  The Thibaut-Janisson was refreshing and so easy to drink while snacking on shrimp and cheese as we finished up the meal.  The 2007 Trump Winery, SP Reserve Brut, Monticello is not without its merits, the biggest one is that this is a mature sparkling wine.  It might be more of an acquired taste.  No one paid much heed to the white wines but I did.  For me there was too much of the sweet tropical notes to the 2013 The Vineyards at Dodon, Sauvignon Blanc, Anne Arundel County.  I preferred it several days later at room temperature.  I tasted the 2013 Linden, Chardonnay, Hardscrabble over four days.  It remained fairly tight, just losing its creamy start, so I would cellar this another year before trying again.  I had everyone taste the 2010 Keswick Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Reserve, Monticello first due to its younger flavors.  This was a big hit with people taking big pours.  It was easy to see why for the dense fruit overlay everything providing a seductive drink.  I would try this again next year so that it can shake off some baby fat. The 2009 Weese Family Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockpile, Sonoma County was too old-school for most people which meant there was more to me to drink.  This was my favorite wine of the night and the next night and even the next night.  The wine proved young on each night but the flavors were spot on for their complexity transcended fruit descriptors.  If you try a bottle this winter be sure to accompany it with some food, otherwise cellar it for a few years.  The Trump and Keswick wines were purchased at the estates, everything else came from MacArthur Beverages.


NV Thibaut-Janisson Winery, Blanc de Chardonnay Brut, Monticello – $25
This wine is 100% Chardonnay.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The color was a light white straw.  The nose had a delicate toast which eventually took on yeasty aromas of apple cider.  There was an immediately, bubbly mousse in the mouth followed by white fruit and a tangy finish.  The wine became rounder with air with a pleasing balance between apple flavors and some spices.  This solid wine had a lot of presence on the tongue and proved generally refreshing.  *** Now-2016.


2007 Trump Winery, SP Reserve Brut, Monticello – $45
This wine is 100% Chardonnay that was aged on the lees for four years in a combination of French oak and stainless steel.  Alcohol 12%.  The medium golden-yellow color was a prelude to the rich aromas of spices and yeast.  In the mouth were robust flavors with very fine, bursting bubbles.  The flavors were clearly mature with a biscuit note.  With air there were fallen orchard fruit and a smoky hint.  ** Now.


2013 The Vineyards at Dodon, Sauvignon Blanc, Anne Arundel County – $22
This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc aged for five months on the lees in stainless steel. Alcohol 12.6%.  The color was a very light, green straw.  The nose bore sweet, tropical flowers.  In the mouth the good, up front acidity made way to tropical fruit.  There was some ripe fruit, a rounded feel, some stones, and salivating acidity in the aftertaste.  Not really my style.  * Now.


2013 Linden, Chardonnay, Hardscrabble – $30
Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose revealed gently toasty white fruit.  The wine was round, almost creamy in the mouth with tart, green apple fruit and a good mouth feel.  The good acidity outlived the creamy mouthfeel.  With air a slight hint of oak came out.  **(*) 2016-2022.


2010 Keswick Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Reserve, Monticello – $75
This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged for 22 months in French and American oak.  Alcohol 14%.  There was a rather dark color of black cherry. There were fresh herbs on the nose that preceded the dense, fresh, young fruit in the mouth.  The wine was seamless with savory hints, cranberry and black fruit, and a tart, almost puckering finish.  This was a very fruity wine with lots of supporting oak, acidity on the sides of the tongue and a salivating finish.  **(*) Now-2020.


2009 Weese Family Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockpile, Sonoma County – $44
This wine is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot that was aged for 24 months in 50% new American and French oak. Alcohol 14.5%.  The color was a medium plus black cherry.  In the mouth were old-school flavors from the very first glass.  The red fruit had some riper flavor before black fruit and drying tannins came out.  There was a good balance of cocoa, some vanilla, and extract.  This should clearly develop well in the cellar but was quite enjoyable with food.  ***(*) Now-2022.