13 Feast-Worthy Holiday Reds

It's time to stock up for all of the upcoming holiday gatherings and special meals, including Thanksgiving! We've rounded up 13 red wines that pair well with holiday feasts and will be sure to please everyone at the table.

1. Albet i Noya “La Milana” (Caladoc/Tempranillo/Merlot) - Penedès DO -

2014

92 points - James Suckling; 90 points - Wine Enthusiast

"Cherry, mint and chocolate aromas are cool and calm and raise hopes for good things to come. A saturated, juicy palate is loaded with fruit and pulp, while toasty blackberry and dark plum flavors simmer with peppery spice on a full, grapy finish. Drink this Catalan blend of Caladoc, Tempranillo and Merlot through 2028." —Wine Enthusiast


2. Albet i Noya “Reserva Martí” (Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo/Merlot/

Syrah) - Penedès DO - 2011 - 6/750ml

92 points - James Suckling

The finest selection of Albet i Noya's Cabernet and Ull de llebre vineyards from Can Vendrell, with Syrah from Can Simó and Merlot from Can Milà, chasing the chimera of making the perfect wine. Reserva Martí is our finest wine for cellaring. Two years in new French oak barrels from the finest barrel makers in the world and four years repose in the bottle are the foundations of a process that will bring it gradually to its peak, ready to be served. A wine with character and fine aromas from its ageing. Hints of crushed and preserved fruit, creamy oak, fine cacao and aromatic coffee with mineral and balsamic notes. In the mouth it is full-bodied, well structured with ripe tannins and a long finish.


3. Casa Marrone Appassimento (Negroamaro/Malvasia/Merlot) - Puglia

IGT - 2018

97 points - Luca Maroni “Best Italian Wines”

This wine is powerful & concentrated. It has a smooth & pleasant flavor with hints of ripe cherries, plums, chocolate & vanilla. Made with certified organic grapes.


4. Casina di Cornia Chianti Sangiovese - Chianti Classico DOCG - 2015

Aromas of red fruits, cherry, prunes, spice & light violet. This fruity, fresh, slighty tannic wine has good structure and a lingering finish. Made with certified organic grapes.


5. Chacewater Malbec - Red Hills Lake County - 2015

91 points - California State Fair Wine Competition

Very ripe & dense, giving layers of fig, blueberry and currant. Spicy French oak core with ample toast integrated with richness that emerges into a lengthy fresh finish.


6. Chacewater Merlot - Sierra Foothills AVA - 2014

93 points & Best of Class of Varietal - Calfornia State Fair Wine Competition

Wonderful aromas of plum, black olive and green tea introduce this smooth, juicy Merlot. It's soft & round with good depth to the mouth feel. There are layers of black cherry, vanilla and notable earth tones. Persistent in its finish of toasty oak, lush tannins and ripe fruit. Made with certified organic grapes.


7. Chacewater Petite Sirah - Lake County - 2014

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

This powerhouse showcases amazingly concentrated dark fruits & savory notes of mocha & toasty oak. Hints of pepper and earth add complexity and balance to this classic Petite Sirah with gripping tannins and a finish that goes on and on.


8. Domaine Pierre André Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Grenache/Mourvèdre/

Syrah/Cinsault/Counoise/Picpoul/Muscardin) - Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC - 2015

Wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape are made from a blend of up to thirteen grape varieties. The André wine blends major elements of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre with smaller amounts of Cinsault, Counoise, Picpoul and Muscardin. Their vines average 60 years old with some parcels

exceeding 100 years! Diverse soil types and a southern exposure give these vines excellent conditions for production of balanced, healthy wines that will develop for many years after the harvest. This wine would be an excellent accompaniment to a hearty meal of meat or a strong cheese course.


9. Frey Cabernet Sauvignon - Columbia Valley AVA - 2018

Silver - Sunset International Wine Competition

This Cabernet is rich and earthy with flavors of plum and chocolate, a graceful tannic structure, and a robust finish. Best paired with bold, flavorful foods that match its depth of flavor and aroma. Enjoy with wild mushroom ragout, roasted rack of lamb, or flourless chocolate cake. USDA certified organic wine. No sulfites added.


10. Frey Sangiovese - Redwood Valley AVA - 2016

Bronze - California State Fair Wine Competition

Delicate aromas of violets and berries are followed by cherry and strawberry flavors. Medium bodied with lingering hints of butterscotch and black cherry. USDA certified organic wine. No sulfites added.


11. Frey Syrah - California - 2018

Bronze - California State Fair Wine Competition

Syrah is rich and full-bodied with a deep garnet hue. Lush, round tannins give the wine a solid structure that is softened by notes of plum and cocoa. Enjoy with dark chocolate, blue cheese, or roasted meats. USDA certified organic wine. No sulfites added.


12. Inkarri Estate Petit Verdot - Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza - 2017 - Limited Edition

Red fruits and black berries, liquorice and pepper notes. Well structured and textured wine. Enjoy with roasted meats & mature cheese. Certified Biodynamic.


13. Viluko Cabernet Sauvignon Estate - Sonoma County - 2013

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Deep aromatics of brown spice, cinnamon and clove open to mouthfuls of dark berries and deep red cranberries. A core of minerality supports notes of red raspberries and cocoa powder. A balanced wine, and taut, with ripe fruit and supple texture; its youth is expressed with abundant tannins that soften when decanted. Worthy of aging for 8–10 years.

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