By Melba Allen of the Wine Profilers for Texas Wine and Trail Magazine
While at Bending Branch Winery Robert Young was kind enough to give a Tour of the Estate and taste some wines with us. He believes that educating the public about wine is essential to developing trust and loyalty with the consumer. Learning about the different vintages is just one part of that education.
Of the wines that Bending Branch has made, Mr. Young feels that the 2010 vintage is one the best produced in Texas yet. So this is the reason why we tasted most of the wine coming from this vintage.
- The Picpoul Estate wine first state release was only twenty four cases by where 18 are already sold. This wine has a pale yellow color that is slightly green. The aromas are discrete, yet fresh. Mostly floral and fresh pears with a hint of spices. In the mouth, the wine is crisp and lively and well balanced. With a really nice mouth feel, the Picpoul goes well with many dishes. Such as Fresh oysters, fresh Salmon or a Tuna steak.
- 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon matured in good Missouri new oak. This wine has a dark ruby red color. Very aromatic with notes of berries and plum flavors in the mouth and on the nose. Nice palate, and not herbaceous as the Cabernet can sometimes be. Good balance in flavor and alcohol. Nice! This wine calls for meat, regardless if it is grilled, broiled or baked.
- 2010 Texas Tannat from Redding vineyards in Brownfield. As the Tannat is there signature grape variety, these vines are 8-9 years old now. The wine got a gold medal in the Lone Star International Competition and the Dallas Morning News Festival. The first vintage Bending Branch made of this particular wine was sold out in three months in their own tasting room. A dark purplish-red color wine that is almost opaque. It has very expressive aromas of licorice, violets, and plums on the nose and a palate that is full-bodied, rich in flavors, solid and intense tannins. This is a big, bold, flavorful wine that can be matched up to game meats like duck, pheasant, quail, etc.
- 2010 Tempranillo was matured in four-year old American oak barrels. The Cooperage is thirty miles from Mr. Young’s home Town. A Dark red wine that is slightly clear. Aromas of dark cherries, violets and some spice such as a bit of nutmeg comes to mind. On the palate, the tannins are not aggressive but nice and firm making the structure of this wine solid and pleasant to drink.
Bending Branch Winery
142 Lindner Branch Trail
Comfort, Tx 78013
Tasting Room: 830-995-2948
Tasting Room Hours:
Thurs: 11-5, Fri and Sat: 11-6
Tours are available by appointment only.
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