Wines for Thanksgiving!
Unsure what wine to pair with your upcoming Thanksgiving feast? We're here to help! Our team at Michael's Wine Cellar has hand-picked bottles that will compliment your entire meal, not just the turkey. Each of the Thanksgiving wines are ON SALE for a limited time! Order online for curbside pickup or delivery!
Rosé “Esprit”, Chateau Gassier, Cotes de Provence, FR, 2019 – Was $21.95 Now $18.95
“Esprit Gassier” is the “Gassier Spirit” that combines the exceptional terroir of the Sainte-Victoire region with Côtes de Provence varietals to produce a wine that expresses the family’s passion, expertise and creativity. The beautiful label, designed by a local artist, is silk-screened on the bottle to create a striking package.
Wine & Spirits - 90 Points
“Esprit comes from the vineyards at the foot of Mount Sainte Victoire. A blend of grenache, cinsault, syrah and rolle, it offers more flavor than the pale pink color predicts: Bright, limey acidity, and wild-strawberry notes are underlined by the savor of wet stone and garrigue. It’s ready to pair with an herb omelet.”
Rose of Sangiovese “Dry”, Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2017 – Was $18.95, Now $14.95
The Wetzel Family Estate now spans over 700 acres, straddling Highway 128 with vineyards on both sides of the Russian River to the west and bordered by the Mayacamas mountains to the east. In between there is a wide range of microclimates, elevations, exposures and soil types. Most importantly, there is water. Premium vineyards were virtually unknown in the Alexander Valley in the 1960s. Unencumbered by local tradition, the Wetzels were pioneers, planting classic grape varieties and implementing innovative vineyard techniques.
Pinot Noir "Route 116" RouteStock Cellars, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2018 – Was $24.95 Now $21.95
RouteStock creates wines from classic grape varieties grown along well-known routes in the world’s most respected wine regions. Tried, trusted and true to their routes, these wines are handcrafted by our Winemaker to be approachable and a reliable favorite. Route 116 meanders through the Sonoma Coast appellation. Originating near the town of Sonoma and ending at Hwy 1 near Jenner, a drive on Route 116 will show you many of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in this area.
Wine Enthusiast - 90 Points
A wealth of savory earthiness is met by layers of balanced black cherry, wood and sage in this well-made, attractively priced wine. The oak and tannin are well mannered and integrated, allowing room for the acidity and subtle baking spice to linger.
Pinot Noir, Ken Wright, Willamette Valley, OR, 2018 – Was $26.95 Now $21.95
Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to showcasing the inherent quality of selected vineyard sites. With a clarity and breadth that is unequaled by other varieties, we believe Pinot noir best expresses the character of these sites. Rather than stamping wine with a varietal trademark, Pinot noir is the ultimate vehicle for conveying the aroma, flavor and texture of the location in which it is grown. Ken Wright Cellars produces a single vineyard Pinot Noir from 13 different vineyard sites in the Northern Willamette Valley.
Wine Enthusiast - 91 Points
Production of the 2016 single-vineyard cuvées has been cut sharply, which suggests that an awful lot of really good juice has gone into this value-priced blend. Supple raspberry, blackberry, and plum fruit is smoothly mixed together, with seams of cola and chocolate. Lighter details of Italian herbs add further complexity.
Pinot Noir "Las Alturas", Belle Glos, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, 2018 – Was $45.95 Now $32.94
The Spanish term ‘Las Alturas’ means ‘the heights’, a fitting name for this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA up to 1200 feet. At this elevation, the sunny but very cool climate creates a wine bearing all the hallmarks of this coastal region: robust, expressive, full-bodied, and balanced by a firm acidity. Nestled between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the western side of Salinas Valley, Las Alturas benefits from early morning fog which rolls in most days from Monterey Bay then burns off within a few hours. Gusty winds funnel in from the bay throughout the afternoon, moderating the overall temperature and contributing to one of the longest growing seasons in California.
Wine Enthusiast - 94 Points
This powerful Pinot Noir offers intense aromas of black plum, purple flowers, and toasty melted caramel. The palate is loaded with herbs and spice, from tarragon, sage and bay leaf to cardamom and anise, as well as a rich boysenberry-jam core.
Pinot Noir, Hamilton Russell Vineyards, ZA, 2018 – Was $48.95 Now $42.95
Hamilton Russell Vineyards – one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea – pioneered viticulture and winemaking in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. Tim Hamilton Russell purchased the undeveloped 425 acre property in 1975, after an exhaustive search. The low-vigor, stony, clay-rich soil and cool maritime mesoclimate naturally produces tiny yields of well under 3 tons per acre, and the winery’s philosophy of expressing the terroir gives rise to a certain tightness, tannin line, and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of the Pinot Noir.
Wine Magazine, New Zealand - 90 Points
Matured for 10 months in French oak, 37% new, the 2017 comes across as light, clean and fresh. On the nose, red and black fruit plus a pronounced herbal, almost minty note to go with a little musk and spice while the palate is pure with crunchy tannins, the finish particularly dry.