I’ve shared with you several Robert Mondavi wines and they just keep getting better and better. This week I have three varieties that are perfect accompaniments to your Thanksgiving Table.
The 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay is a nice way to start the evening with some light fruits and cheese plates. This vintage has a unique combination of crisp and warm tones. My first reaction was the cool crisp of apple and melon followed by a warm vanilla, slightly spicy ending creamy and smooth. I had to test it over and over and it was always the same, a truly different Chardonnay than I have tasted before.
This blend of Chardonnay from different sources in Napa Valley along with the French Oak produce a wonderful rich wine.
Moving on to the Main Course, I would pick this 2012 Napa Valley Pinot Noir. This earthy wine carries flavors of berries, plums, brown sugar and spices. Perfectly matching all the garnishments in a traditional turkey dinner. I would really love this wine with a mushroom stuffing!
The Pinot Noir is 100% Napa Carneros region and is characteristic of wines of this region exhibiting a spicy berry fruit.
The last wine I tried was the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. I saved this one for dessert because we don’t always have the traditional pumpkin pie in my house since my hubby is not a pumpkin fan. Instead, I would choose to pair this with a rich dark chocolate cake topped with a black cherry sauce or raspberry sauce. I’m drooling a bit right now just thinking about it!
This Cab is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 3 % Petit Verdot. This combination from the Napa Valley produces a lush ripe blackberry and current flavor combined with a hint of mocha and black pepper. The fruitiness lingers from start to finish making this a perfect pairing more a rich decadent dessert.
These wines range from $19-28 a bottle and are appropriate for a nice sit down dinner with those you are thankful for. I can’t wait to share them with my family.
For more information visit the official Robert Mondavi Website.
I received this wine free as a sample to provide my full and honest opinion.