Texas Wine

May 202014
Hye Meadow Winery Tempranillo 2012Hye Meadow Winery Tempranillo 2012, Red Wine, Texas High Plains, TX, $30 (S) – Rating 90

Another excellent example of Texas Tempranillo coming of age. Perfect red wine for a evening under the Hill Country oaks or complimenting the grill. Aromas of smokey cherry with just a hint of raspberry. A round mouth-feel with balanced acidity and soft tannins. On the palate, light to medium bodied with flavors of red cherry, smoke, ripe strawberry, ripe raspberry and dark spice. Dark chocolate on the finish. Buy This 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!