When I think of Thanksgiving pairings, my thoughts immediately go to Burgundy and Italy; food-friendly wines with grip and substantial acid to provide lift. This year I thought, if I wanted to go outside the turkey box, what wine would I choose? I thought of the poor, forlorn rosé-lovers who are mourning the end of summer and aren’t quite ready to dive into the bolder reds.
The Jura is a region in France regarded for their unique reds that are light and delicate – comparable to rosé but also exhibit savory fragrances of herbs and wild game. This 2015 Cotes du Jura is a blend of plousard, trousseau, and pinot noir all co-fermented in equal parts and then aged in barrel for at least a year. What struck us upon trying it was its aromatic berry profile breaking through herbs in a lovely balance of fruit and earth. It has a long finish with great salinity and an iron edge.
This bottle can be served either chilled or slightly above cellar temperature, and would make a great companion to turkey.