Friday, November 24, 2017

Viognier – 2010; Driftwood Winery; Driftwood, Texas

Oh man!  This white Viognier tastes amazing after all these years beyond its release. Color aging…almost nil!  Aromas.…very fragrant.  And the flavors…bold with some spice and mango.  The finish is even still quite long and overall this wine remains very refreshing.  Who is up for another?  Hats off to Driftwood for this excellent Viognier.  Double cheers that it lasted so long via cellaring and retained its beauty!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Southold Farm + Cellar – Fredericksburg, Texas

Perched up high on the hills of the Texas Hill Country is a great new Texas winery and vineyard for your viewing and tasting pleasures.  Originally from New York, owners Regan and Carey Meador are not only resident transplants, but have transplanted their winery to Texas as well.  They’ve picked one of the best Hill Country locations and views for their new adventures in Texas wines.  They have been opened since August and the interest in this brand-new place has grown.  While plans are in the works for their own Texas wine making, you can enjoy many of their great wines they produced from their former New York location.  The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is well rounded and crisp for these never-ending Texas summer days. The 2015 Sparkling Lagrein is nice and we enjoyed this while celebrating their new opening in Texas. The 2015 Lagrein (non-sparkling) is another great comparison of this red varietal.  The “Devil Makes Three” is their Bordeaux style red.  It is a blend of Cabernet Franc 69%, Malbec 20%, Merlot 11%.  Keep holding on to this bottle and it will be even more delightful.  There are many more great options on their tasting menu, so it’s a good excuse to return!  The owner’s plan for an estate vineyard is to do hill side plots on the north side with low yielding vines.  This should bode well for their future Rhone style wine plans, minimal touching of grapes, and concrete tank fermentation.  What’s not to like about this place?  With their intuition and experience, they should do quite well on the 20-acre estate. Take a jog north of the busy HWY 290 wine trail sometime and check them out.  You’ll love the fantastic 360 views of the Pedernales Valley, the great company, and some great wine.  Enjoy, our wine friends!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Touriga Nacional – 2008; Spicewood Vineyards; Spicewood, Texas

A little aging and a lot of patience does lead to great surprises!  This lovely inky red wine still has some very nice robust structure. We enjoyed pouring this wine into the glass and watching the colors unfold.  It’s part of the dedicated wine lover mission to enjoy our research and how the wine tantalizes the senses. We discerned some tobacco and leather on the entry, which tapered off quickly followed by hints of spice and nutmeg. The finish lingers with a cross between mint and bittersweet cocoa.  It is slightly acidic, so bring on those nice fatty dishes.  This wine is probably at the end of its peak.  Savor now and bid this fine classic from Spicewood “adieu”. Cheers!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

South African Pinotage – NV; Water 2 Wine

You just never know what you may find in your cellar that surprises you.  This signature South Africa varietal still expresses some nice fruit.  The berry notes are quite favorable and still has a bit of earthiness to it.  It hinges on being medium bodied and has retained some of the tannins, which have softened over time.  This wine balances well with spicy cuisines and likewise can stand on its own.  Serve chilled and enjoy this tasty fruitful treat.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Viviana – 2009; Llano Estacado; Lubbock, Texas

This lovely white blend makes a great summer time option to enjoy alone or as a beautiful white for pairing with dinner.  The elegant aging color of this wine only adds to the visual experience. The notes are still holding up well and one can detect hints of floral aromas on the nose. Tasting notes include melons and citrus still present along with some honeysuckle. The acidity is bright and overall this white wine still has a nice finish.  This one pairs well with that fresh salmon, mild fish dishes and vegetable dishes. Though you may no longer be able to find this vintage, newer ones should be relatively easy to find and we think white wine lovers will enjoy this one.

Monday, September 4, 2017

2010 Red Table Wine 228 – Arche’ Wines; Saint Jo, Texas

Behold! This blend of Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot reveals some delightful signs of life after several years in the cellar. The acids are good and it still holds a nice balance.  This wine also has a nice finish that tapers off quickly.  Some of the fruit notes are hard to discern in the nose, but this one still has a pleasant sensation overall when you sip and savor.  The color is showing signs of aging and is getting lighter.  If preserved well in the cellar, this could hold for another year.  We don’t recommend aging this one too much longer though and suggest if you have any bottles lingering in your cellar to pop the cork and enjoy them now. Cheers!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon – 2004; Unionville Winery; Ringoes, New Jersey

A well-aged Cabernet is one of those great treats to have and enjoy. This 13- year old bottle of wine has held up well.  It’s just beginning to turn, but still drinkable.  Do let it sit for an hour to enjoy the best that this wine has to offer.  There are good notes of flavorful blackberries and cranberries to be enjoyed, followed by a touch of cherry that comes afterwards. There is a sense of light herbaceousness and green pepper as well. Some mild tannins still linger, but overall it has smoothed out quite nicely.  A great wine to repeat again if you have another.  Enjoy well our wine friends!