Our Thanksgiving Wine

Our Thanksgiving WineThis year, we chose our Thanksgiving wine from the list we shared a few days ago: one white, two Pinots, and the rest of the tawny port we previously opened. Subsequently, the wines that graced our table: L’Ecole 41 2022 Luminesce; Domaine Serene 2017 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir; Lenné Estate Vineyard 2018 cinq élus Pinot Noir; and Warre’s Otima 10-Year-Old Tawny Port. And then we decided we craved Two Vintners Alice Merlot, too! Read on for details.

Our Thanksgiving Wine

Our Thanksgiving turkeyCertainly, it was a tough choice. Consequently, we opened four bottles of wine and finished the evening with some port we started a few days earlier. Most importantly, our good friends joined us for these wines, this turkey, and the rest of our Thanksgiving feast. In other words, we did not drink all that wine in one night ourselves! Here are the four wines and port that graced our table (and some with leftovers the next day).

L’Ecole 41 2022 Luminesce, Estate Seven Hills Vineyard ($25)

L'Ecole Luminesce Our Thanksgiving WineFirst, L’Ecole 2022 Luminesce is a delicious, award-winning, Sémillon (60%)-Sauvignon Blanc (40%) blend. This is a very unique wine for L’Ecole since it’s produced exclusively with fruit from their acclaimed Estate Seven Hills Vineyard. As always, Sauvignon Blanc’s crisp, floral, mineral notes accent Sémillon’s creamy, textured richness. L’Ecole 41 has generated national and international accolades for producing superior quality wines. Best in class!

Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2017 ($75)

Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2017 Next, Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir is a flagship wine at the magnificent Domaine Serene, which means “it’s the standard by which everything else is measured.” This beauty has been a benchmark for Oregon Pinot Noir since its initial vintage. This 2017 vintage drew critical acclaim, with 96 points from James Suckling. It’s a powerful, complex Pinot, with a nose of spices, blackberries and cherries, and flavors of spice, mushrooms, dark fruit and a hint of chocolate. After several hours of decanting, we found Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir smooth, velvety and elegant.

Lenné cinq élus Pinot Noir 2018 ($85)

Lenné cinq elus Pinot Noir 2018 Further, we decided to open cinq élus 2018, which Lenné co-owner and winemaker Steve Lutz calls a blend of the best barrel of all five of his Pinot Noir clones. Cinq élus means “five select” in French. This Pinot offers layers of richness, flavors and textures from all five clones. Steve recommends at least six years of aging to let the five personalities merge into one. We opened it a year early, but still found it impressive.

Our Thanksgiving Wine: Two Vintners Alice 2019 ($80)

Two Vintners Alice 2019At last minute, we decided we just had to open the first vintage of rockstar winemaker Morgan Lee’s Alice Merlot, as well. It’s a stunning “wow factor” wine that hits all the right notes. We loved it. Aromas of oranges and plums lead into flavors of dark fruit, spices, black currants and black pepper. Morgan says, “Merlot is special in WA and should be celebrated.” Morgan named this beautiful blend after his sweet Black Labrador, Alice. This wine sings. Go ask Alice. I think she’ll know.

Warre’s Otima 10-Year-Old Tawny Port ($34)

Warre’s Otima 10-Year-Old Tawny PortFinally, we wrapped up the excellent evening with Otima 10-year-old Tawny Port, which we had opened a few days earlier. It was even better this time. Otima Tawny Port is rich, smooth and layered, with notes of caramel and toffee, dried fruits, plums, spices and honey. We paired it with incredible Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and butter tarts, provided by our wonderful friends and guests.

Summary: Our Thanksgiving Wine

In conclusion, Thanksgiving is a special occasion, so we pulled out a few of our holiday wines to share with dear friends. We hope you also had a fantastic Thanksgiving.

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Margot and Dave