A list of the best Texas wines released this year, including the top ten reds and whites you should be tasting right now.
From earthy Tempranillo to fruity Mourvèdre and bright, lemony Roussanne, Texas wines are hitting some highs. To help you choose which ones are worth drinking, I’ve compiled a list of twenty of the finer Texas Wines of 2013.
For this year’s evaluation, more than 106 Texas wines were sampled from 34 wineries all over the state. (NOTE: While there are 275 bonded wineries of record, not all of them are operating as full scale wineries. This list was also narrowed down following extensive tasting throughout the state to reflect those wineries that are currently producing competive wines. Wineries were also selected based on their availability to the general public via retail or restaurant. In short, Texas still has a long way to go. See a full list of wineries here.) All wines were required to be Texas Appellation, meaning more than 75 percent of the wine had to be produced with grapes grown in Texas. To date, many Texas wineries produce wines with grapes from other states, which are not representative of Texas terroir.
The entire collection of wine was wrapped in tissue paper to hide each wine’s label and stored at appropriate temperatures for tasting. After each round of wine was poured, I evaluated them based on standard tasting criteria modeled from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Each wine could receive a maximum of 5 points per category of nose, palate, structure, balance, and finish for a potential total score of 25. (Some tasting volunteers helped, but their scores were not considered as part of this list.)
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