These are some of my favorite Texas wines I’ve tasted, edition 2021 – part 1

So we’re at the end of next year. Looking back over the past 12 months, I close my eyes and summon my inner taster with a special request. It’s like asking Seri to answer a question. but without a computer, only with my mind in action. The question for my inner taster was, “Please remember the strangest and most memorable Texas wines I’ve had this year.” The list that came back during this session was longer than usual, probably due to the year-on-year increase in Texas wine quality. So I created a list and split it into two lists, the first list is listed here.

Texas Heritage Vineyards 2018 Souzao Paka Vineyards

This wine is a bold, fruity and tooth-staining red wine made from Portuguese Souzao grapes. I thought he was so true to his roots and true to the variety that I said it was like having an Iberian Atlantic coast in a bottle. The wine I’m talking about here is Billy and Susan Johnson’s Texas Heritage Vineyard, 2018 Souzao, Paka Vineyard, Texas High Plains, and comes with some high awards: Double Gold Medal Winner – 2021 San Francisco Chronicle and Gold Medal Winner – San Wine Competition Antonio Rodeo 2021. Souzao Texas Heritage Vineyard 2018 offers all the great attributes that my mind remembers about my wine tasting experience in Portugal from the very beginning: Opaque, black-and-purple color in the glass, which offers macerated blueberry cans (all juicy and jams ) followed by a high cocoa content, bittersweet chocolate and a little white pepper at the end, held it all together with a fine tannin grip.

Rivenburgh 2016 and Kerrville Hills Winery 2017 Sagrantino

I put these two wines together because they were both made by John Rivenburgh and both are so good, I just couldn’t decide which ones to list and which ones to exclude. I just couldn’t do it, so after a long inner deliberation, I decided to keep them both on my list – here:

Rivenburgh Wine, Texas High Plains, Sagrantino, Narra, Vineyards 2016

Rivenburgh Sagrantino from 2016 offered a pleasant feeling of grainy tannins on the palate with the taste of black cherries interrupted by herbal tones of baking spices and mint. It had an amazing “drink me now” quality that could be paired with grilled game or quail.

Kerrville Hills Winery 2017, Texas High Plains, Sagrantino, Narra Vineyards, 2017

Kerrville Hills Sagrantino from 2017 (younger) was still charged for pouring, indicating the ability to age. When it opened about an hour later, it showed a Bordeaux character with blackberry to blackcurrant flavors combined with moist earthy and truffle tones followed by a warm feeling of vanilla extract. With a more comprehensive experience with this wine, my ideas for pairing dishes move up to stew, or steak or lamb steak.

Wedding Oak Winery Reserve 2019 Sangiovese (s)

These wines, both exceptional examples of top Sangiovese literally from anywhere to look at, highlight the pinnacle in the tasting experience that this grape can achieve, and how variations in the Texas terroir can affect the nuances of the wine. See. below:

Wedding Oak Winery, 2019 Reserve Sangiovese, Texas Hill Country (THC), Hye Top Vineyard

The grapes for this wine were grown on sloping limestone soils, which make this vineyard an extremely low-yielding place that produces concentrated fruit. The grapes were harvested by hand and gently processed in the cellar and left to ferment in small batches in collection containers with minimal processing. After fermentation, the fruit was hand-pressed and the wine matured in 25% new French oak for 18 months. The finished wine had a dark ruby ​​color and the characteristics of fresh black cherries on the aroma and palate with sharp tones followed by tobacco and baking spices, combined with granulated and firm tannins.

Wedding Oak Winery, 2019 Sangiovese Reserve, Texas High Plains (THP), Buena Suerte Vineyard.

These grapes were grown on THP typical aluminous-sandy soils with a porous calyx layer below them, on soils where the vines thrive, which allows higher yields of grapes. The fruit was mechanically harvested and fermented in a stainless steel tank with wine aged in 50% new Hungarian oak to add spice and depth. The wine has a lighter ruby ​​color with the characteristic refreshing red cherries, cola and dry soil along with light tannins. www.weddingoakwinery.com

Fall Creek Vineyards, 2017 Exterior Tempranillo – Salt Lick Vineyards, Texas Hill Country

This second year of the wine radiates ripe dark berries highlighting blackberries and black cherries along with the typical taste of Iberian blueberries in a chewy mouthfeel that combines with mocha, dry soil, aromatic cedar and nose skin. It was made from hand-picked grapes from Salt Lick Vineyards aged for 18 months in 64% American oak, 27% French and 9% Hungarian oak, of which 64% were new oak barrels. This wine loudly accompanies grilled meats in almost any form: venison (even quail), beef or lamb. This wine offers a lot, but it expresses itself with subtlety, but it comes with a price that is worth it, especially for this special occasion. www.fcv.com

Selection for the Houston Chronicle for Texas Wine Month

My first list of popular wine tastings for 2021 ends with the five wines I selected for Wine Month in Texas, which was highlighted in October for the Houston Chronicle. These were wines either available locally at retail or those that could be purchased from Texas wineries, which were sent directly to consumers. This recommended list included:

William Chris Vineyards, 2020 Roussanne, La Pradera Vineyards, Texas High Plains

Roussanne was more resistant than most white grapes in the state. After freezing in 2020, this wine shows tones of lemon drop, apricot and ripe green melon, which accompany the structure and depth of maturation in French oak and concrete and have a secondary fermentation that brings waxy silk to a refreshing finish. It was the jury’s medal for the best white in Texas at the TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2021. Serve with salty dishes with salmon or tamed or game. Price: $ 30 at the winery or online at www.williamchriswines.com. I later found out that it is also available at the Houston Wine Merchant (www.houstonwines.com)

Messina Hof Winery, 2019 Viognier Private Reserve, Texas High Plains

The elegant complexity of this wine won Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2021. Viognier was grown in Buena Suerte Vineyards with Texas Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay dolls and maturing in oak to the touch brought a balanced charm with dry tones of white peach, honeysuckle and vanilla. . Incredibly gentle to eat, serve with a lighter meal such as Gulf Red Snapper or Herb Roast Chicken. Price $ 19 at Messina Hof wineries or online at www.messinahof.com.

Grower Project, 2019 Syrah Extended Maceration, Alta Loma Vineyards, Terry County

Rae Wilson (Wine for the People) and Andrew Sides (Lost Draw Cellars) joined forces to form a local Texas terroir. This single Syrah vineyard in the Texas High Plains was slowly soaked on the skins and matured in neutral French oak. The wine is characterized by mature black raspberries and minerals on the middle body, balanced acidity and tannins with nuances of white pepper. Serve with casoulet or hearty stew. Price: $ 33 at Houston wine merchant’s store and online at www.houstonwines.com.

Llano Estacado, 2018 Tempranillo Cellar Reserve, Texas

This 100% Texas wine is easy to find in the Houston area and is a blend of West Texas: 76% Tempranillo, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah and 1% Merlot. It offers a bouquet with red berries, skin, vanilla, spicy toasted oak and rich but delicate tannins until the end. Serve with grilled pork, beef or lamb. Price: $ 16-20 at Total Wine, Specs and Kroger or online at www.llanowine.com.

Haak Vineyards and Winery, 2017 Madeira Blanc Du Bois, Texas.

This classic fortified wine “Estufagen” (oven) made from Austin County Blanc Du Bois grapes brings a captivating green, amber gold color with the properties of caramel, dried apricots / citrus fruits and balanced acidity controlled by honey. Complete. A wonderfully versatile wine drunk as an aperitif or served with hard cheeses, duck pate, mixed vegetables or crème brûlée as a dessert. Price: $ 49 at the winery or online at www.haakwine.com.

Haak Vineyards and Winery, 2017 Madeira Blanc Du Bois, Texas.

This classic fortified wine “Estufagen” (oven) made from Austin County Blanc Du Bois grapes brings a captivating green, amber gold color with the properties of caramel, dried apricots / citrus fruits and balanced acidity controlled by honey. Complete. A wonderfully versatile wine drunk as an aperitif or served with hard cheeses, duck pate, mixed vegetables or crème brûlée as a dessert. Price: $ 49 at the winery or online at www.haakwine.com.

My Tips for the Houston Chronicle – October 2021

Look forward to another part of my favorite flavors of 2021, coming soon.

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