We spend Thanksgiving at home usually. This is due to the fact that the Winey Son (aka Winey West Point Cadet) rarely makes it home these days, and when he does, he wants to stay (translate: sleep) here. And the Winey Daughter plays on the high school basketball team, which opens its season every Thanksgiving weekend. So it is to our house that anyone who is around makes their way. This year, I found myself in a bit of an odd situation though: the family gathered around me included only ONE other wine drinker. (Only 5 of us were legally old enough to drink wine, actually. And of those we had one beer person, two soft drink sippers and the two of us winos.) So the Pinot Noir I had opened and fully expected to be gone by dinner time was still rather full (I don't actually use that much in the gravy) when the turkey was ready and the table loaded up.
Not that I'm complaining, but I had planned on uncorking a bottle of Kidder Family Wines Duet (2010, 14.9%, Lodi, CA) for the main course. I had just participated in an on-line wine tasting with the wonderful folks from the Lodi Winegrape Commission (actually, due to a late shipment, I just listened to the tasting..but still...) And this wine came up as one that would be a good one for the upcoming holiday. Cool! Since I didn't get to sip with everyone during the tasting, I'd have my own holiday sip. But alas, the bottle remained unopened. (As chief cook, I had to keep my wits about me and the other wine drinker was 80+ years old and I wasn't about to force her to drink.)
|We're a close family, really|
|Never underestimate |
the strength of a
West Point Cadet
It was at this exhausted point that I decided Kidder Family Duet would do very nicely the day AFTER Thanksgiving as a reward for all that hard work. Not to mention that fact that every year, once piece of glitter glues itself to my cheek and bugs me the rest of the day. I needed a little treat.
Duet is a blend of two Spanish grapes that seem to grow so well in the Lodi area. It's 57% Graciano and 43% Tempranillo. It's extremely dark purple in color and gives off a nose of cinnamon and tobacco. Wow - big nose here. The taste is full of spiced fruits, bitter chocolate, cinnamon and a hint of that tobacco. It finished of warm berries and the tannins were just right. Bold enough to finish off the strong nose and flavors, but overwhelmingly so. The warmth in the finish was greatly appreciated too, since our rather balmy 50 degree Thanksgiving had turned into a windy, snowy day after.
I really enjoyed this one. And again I have to say how much I learn from these on line tastings that I am honored to participate in. I probably never would have thought to try a Spanish red blend if the Lodi folks hadn't sent one my way. A great way to celebrate a wonderful family day. (Oh, and although this isn't a quality you'd probably look for often in a wine, it paired very nicely with the scent of fresh cut Fraser Fir!)
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