One of the great things and tough things about choosing wine for Thanksgiving is pairing a meal with diverse flavors and having the wine match them. Sweet, salty, sour flavors mingling with aromas from the food set on the table that have your mouth watering before your first taste of goodness.
A well-structured wine is in order, some up front fruit to blend with the sweet side dishes. Full mouths feel to match the richness of a country ham or bronzed turkey. Crisp acidity to cut through the rich gravy. Just enough tannin to create a long finish and leaving your palate wanting more without overwhelming anything on you plate.
A go to grape? Tempranillo from Spain’s Ribera del Duero is that grape; hearty but not overwhelming, bright flavors that pair well with New World cuisine is the perfect choice. Of course that leaves about 1,000 wines to choose from, so the choice has to be just right.
Emilio Moro, Ribera Del Duero, 2014 is deep opaque purple. It has aromas of violets, dark berries, earth and minerals. The rich palate is lush with wild strawberry, black berry, red delicious apple, baking spices and toasted oak. Emilio Moro achieves such great wine by hand selecting grapes from vines between 12-25 years old. The wine also is aged for at least 12 months in French and American oak.
Emilio Moro, 2014 deserves a place on your Thanksgiving table.