A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

Daven Lore Winery 2011 Lonesome Spring Ranch Grenache, Yakima Valley, $35

daven-lore-winery-logoProsser, Wash., scientist Gordon Taylor released his first commercial vintage in 2005, but he credits former apprentice Adrienne Mills for turning him onto Grenache. Here’s his second bottling of this Rhône variety, and he preserves its fruity and food-friendly nature with Colin Morrell’s Rattlesnake Hills site, which was picked Nov. 4. Its nose hints at fresh raspberry, strawberry-rhubarb compote, cherries and black pepper. The construction of flavors is dominated by cherries, boysenberry, strawberry and loganberry, backed by sandy tannins, juicy acidity and cinnamon bark in the farewell. Taylor suggests pairing this with bruschetta, cheese quiche or roasted pork tenderloin.

Rating: Excellent

Pairings: This will work with casserole, turkey and even sweet potatoes (savory, not candied).

Production: 75 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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