The big formal spread is over…the in-laws have departed and you’ve got plenty of leftovers! You stuck with the safe wine pairings like Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, or Riesling to keep the peace. Now you can cut loose and experiment with some more adventurous fruit and spiciness on the palate to go with that peppery stuffing, spiked sugar sweet potato, and creamy pumpkin pie. I’m convinced that Thanksgiving leftovers are better with a couple days aging anyway, so dig in for the real feast…table manners optional!
Michel Torino’s Malbec Rose is the perfect wine to accompany the breadth of taste bud forays such as this. All grapes comprising this vintage are sourced entirely from estate owned vineyards along Argentina’s Cafayate Valleysituated within the range of 3,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level. The sun’s intensity at these elevations combined with very little
moisture produces wines of extreme purity and concentration. The fact that this Malbec Rose is only cellared 5 months before bottling reflects its newness.
After sipping, I found that it blossomed into a deeper berry…peppery along the palate…hinting at cranberry on the finish. It’s lofty enough not to bog down light and flavorful turkey like a Pinot or Cabernet would. You get a lively interplay with the vegetables on your plate as well…really like a unifying cranberry sauce. Mineral influences are defined while the tannins are noticeably refined. Let me know how it goes with the apple pie.
Photos courtesy of Steve Mirsky. Coverage made possible by participating in a complementary tasting.