Texas Wine

May 082013
 
2012 William Chris Vineyards Trebbiano Toscano, Texas Hill Country, Texas, $30 (S) – Rating 89

This quaint winery in Hye, Texas continues to impress. Think warm sun-drenched afternoon under the Hill Country oaks with a refreshingly chilled  glass of local wine….you get the picture. A subtle nose of Meyer lemon with distinctive floral notes is the prelude to this crisp white wine. The palate is tempted with a blend of Meyer lemon and honeysuckle with notes of orange zest on the finish. Buy This Wine

May 082013
 
2012 Solaro Estate Reserve Tempranillo , Texas High Plains, Texas, $38 (S) – Rating 90

An excellent example of Texas Tempranillo. Medium-bodied with mouth-watering acidity. I’m talkin’ BBQ food pairing. An impressive nose of dark cherry and camp smoke with notes of tobacco. Flavors of dark cherry, ripe raspberry with hints of dark cola and tobacco box. Soft tannins with black cherry on the long finish. Buy This Wine

Apr 152012
 
2011 Pedernales Cellars Texas Dry Rosé, Texas, $16 – Rating 90

This dry Rosé blend of Tempranillo, Grenache, and Sangiovese (all Texas fruit) from Pedernales Cellars near Fredericksburg, offers up a nose of strawberry jam. Flavors of strawberry, rhubarb, black cherry, ripe red apple plus a hint of earthiness combined with balanced acidity, make for a excellent wine by any standards.

Feb 182012
 
2009 Salt Lick Cellars Sangiovese Reserve, Samor Vineyards, Driftwood, TX, $35   – Rating 89

Another example of the ever improving wines from Texas. Winemaker Kim McPherson of McPherson Cellars and winegrower/winemaker Jay Knepp of Salt Lick Cellars (Famous Salt Lick BBQ-Austin) worked together to create this beauty. Well-balanced acidity and flavors of smoky cherry, plum, strawberry, spice and vanilla. A very Texas version of this Italian standard. And yes, it pairs quite well with Salt Lick BBQ!

May 032011
 
2010 McPherson Cellars Viognier, Texas, $15 – Rating 4.1

McPherson Cellars Viognier is a stellar example of why Viognier is the perfect dry white wine grape for Texas. Think warm Texas evening under the oaks with a chilled wine stem  brimming with flavors of citrus, honeysuckle and orange blossom with a touch of oak with a light Hill Country peach finish. This Viognier pairs wonderfully with spicy Thai food.

Apr 142011
 
2009 Fall Creek Vineyards Tempranillo, “Salt Lick Vineyards”, Texas Hill Country, $30 – Rating 4.0

An excellent example of what will someday prove to be the red wine grape of Texas, Tempranillo. We loved the Fall Creek Vineyards  ’08 but the’09 Tempranillo is even better. Grapes from the Salt Lick Vineyard behind the famed Austin Salt Lick BBQ  restaurant consistently perform. Great flavors of rich dark cherry with a hint of smokey richness and soft tannins make this a delicious food friendly wine. The soft tannins create an approachable wine from the moment the cork is popped. Limited production, this Tempranillo is available from Fall Creek Vineyards and will be in a few selected Austi and San Antonio eateries.

Apr 142011
 
2010 William & Chris Vineyards Sémillon, Texas High Plains, TX, $26 – Rating 4.0

William & Chris, a Texas Hill Country winery, is best known for their red wines but this crisp, golden and utterly dry Sémillon proves they can create great white wines, too. Think of a hot summer afternoon under shady Texas oaks or overlooking the lake while sipping a chilled glass filled with flavors of lemon grass and honeydew complimented by a lush mouth-feel. Now that’s a pretty Texas picture.

Solaro Estate Tempranillo

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Apr 092011
 
2009 Solaro Estate Tempranillo, Single Vineyard, Unfiltered, Dripping Srings, TX, $38 – Rating 90

I tasted this wine shortly after it was bottled and again recently. It has aged into an excellent example to Texas Tempranillo. Good dark fruit flavors with supple tannins but gentle enough to be very food friendly. Tempranillo is a great red grape for Texas and Solaro Estate does it very well.