Tasting Notes: Texas doesn’t need to grow chardonnay when they grow viognier this great. Robert and Dilek have supplied great fruit to top Texas wineries (William & Chris and Lewis, to name just a few) and have made the transition to producing their own estate-sourced wines. Floral and fresh, with a smooth clean finish. Hints of banana and kiwi. Their 20-acre vineyard is in the heart of the newest Texas AVA: Hickory Sands (pending TTB final approval).
Tasting Notes: Rich ruby color in the glass, this is quintessential Willamette pinot noir. Complementary notes of tart cherries, red currant and dried herbs fill the nose and carry into the palate. A burst of acidity in the mid-palate keeps this complex wine fresh and light on its feet.
Tasting Notes: This lovely, 100% chardonnay sparkling wine reveals lots of bright apple citrus fruit, with subtle floral hints. In the mouth, the wine's energy is apparent, with lovely effervescence and plenty of fruit. The finish is quite lengthy, with excellent balance.
Tasting Notes: This full-bodied pinot noir is a saturated deep red in the glass, with lots of red fruit on the nose, with a hint of spice to add to its complexity. The lengthy, well-balanced finish showcases its quality.
Tasting Notes: Nearly all chardonnay, with a balancing dollop of pinot noir added, the wine is brilliant gold in the glass, with a touch of green. The nose is dominated by bright tropical and citrus fruit, with hints of spice. In the mouth, the elegant sparkling wine is refreshing and delicious. A versatile, lovely wine.
Tasting Notes: Inviting aromas of red cherries and caramel with tons of red fruit to seduce the palate. A gentle kiss of dark, powdery chocolate wrapped in silky tannins shows wonderfully on the long, generous finish. Another Nick Goldschmidt creation, this one surely over delivers for its modest price.
Tasting Notes: Another great vintage for the Ramey folks. A cuvee of juice, some from 1978, produces toasty nuances with a creamy finish. A palate of lemon, green apple, oak, spice and blood orange make this wine perfect for baked chicken with lemon cream sauce.
Tasting Notes: Grape sourcing is critical in Texas winemaking, and it doesn’t get any better than Newsom fruit. Dr. Young takes full advantage, utilizing his next-level scientific approach coupled with a specific aging program of 32 months in French and American oak. Rich and full-bodied with beautiful color extraction. Dark fruit notes, and touches of black pepper, anise and Texas cedar. Try this with grilled pork tenderloin with a red wine reduction!
Tasting Notes: Nolan Newsom . . . no, not that Newsom fella in California. This is the 8th-generation Texan, 3rd-generation grower who took the seed of growing grapes, not cotton, in the High Plains (3700 ft. elevation) from the first two acres of cab ever grown in 1986 to the 160 acres today, with over 19 varietals. This is their flagship and the only blend in his portfolio, Nolan’s version of the classic Bordeaux style. This vintage highlights syrah (48%) and sangiovese/tannat (40%) with small amounts of seven other varietals for complexity. Rich and full bodied, it starts out lush and finishes bone-dry. 30 months of oak aging helps smooth things out with a fruit-forward style. An end cut of prime rib, double baked potato, and a bottle of Inception — perfection!
Tasting Notes: Parr is one of the newer growers and started selling their grapes to top Texas wineries. They are transitioning to making their own wine from the 20-acre estate vineyard. Their Mourvèdre rosé is done in the classic Provence style, with beautiful color, rich fruit notes of strawberry and watermelon. Located in the newly recognized Hickory Sand AVA, the iron-rich red soil imparts great minerality. The details matter, from early-morning harvesting to cold fermentation, and specific rosé-type yeasts to produce a wonderful Texas rosé!
Tasting Notes: A wonderful representation of Texas Hill country winemaking. Sourced from the Bear vineyard, this 100% sangiovese has a substantial backbone with great minerality, intriguing complexity and wonderful fruit notes of raspberries and peaches. Chill it icy cold and enjoy with a chicken Caesar salad!