Turkey Wine Time

I’m on a red wine kick for the holidays and have picked out an interesting Napa blend to pair with a big roasted bird on a holiday plate.

Turkey with a variety of side dishes presents a moving target that’s hard to hit with any single wine — red, white or rose.

My wife and I are dining out with neighbors on Thanksgiving at the Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley and I picked an interesting bottle from my cellar to mark the occasion.

The wine is called Chaos Theory and it’s a proprietary blend from Brown Estate

A visit to Brown’s off-the-beaten-path Chiles Valley property — where they excel at zinfandel — is a treat. It’s also hard to arrange unless you’re a wine club member (which I used to be).

I picked the 2007 Chaos Theory for several reasons. I’ve enjoyed the wine in the past; the name always inspires discussion; and I want to see how a little time in the cellar has affected the flavors.

The wine is a blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Brown Estate vineyards. The current vintage, 2009, retails for $40.

The zin-cab combo is not something you see every day, but it works great at Brown. There’s just enough of the brambly zin features that I like to go with a moderating influence of the cabernet that smooths things out.

And, besides, the oddball name will give us something to talk about in between bites of turkey with all the fixings.

Siblings Deneen, Coral and David Brown from Brown Estate


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