by Andrew Chalk
We are just hundreds of days away from what, for many Americans, is the biggest family get-together of the year - Thanksgiving. Turkeys all over the country may be taking cover and using fake IDs so as not to get cooked but, regardless of how you prep. yours, one of the best things about the Thanksgiving meal is that it can go with so many types of wine.
With that excuse, over the next few days I will post some suggestions for Texas wines based on wines that I have been sent by the wineries. All are 100% Texas grapes. These two are not so much late harvest, as late delivery. But can be enjoyed nonetheless.
WEDDING OAK WINERY 2021 TERRE BLANC, TEXAS ($30)
A northern Rhône style white of 51% roussanne and 49% marsanne from Texas Hill Country and Texas High Plains grapes.. Aged 9 months in neutral French oak.
Appearance: Deep gold;
Nose: Pie crust, peach, lemon, baking apples;
Palate: Pleasant heavy weight in the mouth. Ripe peach and apricot, ripe apple, and lemon fruit. Medium acid. Lengthy, fruit-driven finish.
Perfect with the Thanksgiving turkey or with pork chops or seafood. From the warm tones of wine in the glass to the ripe fruits on the palate this is a likable wine.
WEDDING OAK WINERY 2020 TANNAT, HYE TOP VINEYARDS, TEXAS HILL COUNTRY ($40)
Tannat can now consider itself firmly established in Texas. It is not only being made by several wineries, but those wineries are leaders in quality. Wedding Oak Winery brings out most of its formative characteristics.
Appearance: Totally opaque, blackcurrant hues;
Nose: Blackcurrant fruit, licorice, cardamom, oak. The character is powerful, forward and complex.
Palate: Expansive fruit of boysenberries and blackberries. Medium-plus acid, grippy tannins, spicy notes, licorice. The tannins suggest a life of several years.
Either keep for a decade and then re-test, or drink now with fatty steak like ribeye, strip or t-bone. Barbecue brisket or pork. Lamb or venison.