McPherson Cellars, Texas, ‘Les Copains’ Viognier/Roussanne/Grenache Blanc, 2012

By on April 25, 2014 Texas Wine News

by Daniel Kelada, Wine Writer, Texas Wine and Trail; Founding Director of the Texas Wine Journal

The Texas Wine Review is a column that aims to provide insight and reviews of Texas wines using a professional evaluation approach while encouraging the discovery and enjoyment of wines from across the State of Texas.

Producer: Mcpherson Cellars
Appellation: Texas
Wine Type: Dry White
Varietal: 45% Voignier – 35% Roussanne – 16% Grenache – 4% Marsanne
Vintage: 2012
Bottled: February 2013
Total Production: 616 cases
pH: 3.76
Brix at Harvest:27.4¬į, 17.6¬į, 18.6¬į
pH: 3.4
Alcohol: 13.9%
Price $12.99

Date of Review: 04/24/2014       Time: 6:30pm                      Glassware: ISO
Quality of Style: 4.5                  Drinkability: 4                      DK 86/100

Les Copains Blanc 2012Not much to say about the wine visually except that it is a bright canary color, has a medium depth and has moderate viscosity.

The wine is highly aromatic giving off honeyed stone fruit aromas of canned peaches and over ripe nectarines. There are also some pleasant non-fruit aromas of thai basil, lemongrass and assorted white flowers. The big, ripe and honeyed aromas are typical of the varietals and of the climate.

The primary structural component that jumps out on the palate is this borderline unctuous mouth feel that is not overly round or oily but lengthens the entire in mouth profile. The glycerol levels are perfectly matched with the full flavor of the wine and the moderate to high alcohol. The palate is more exotic in the way of Indian spices but also more savory with a Dijon mustard quality leading to a slightly briny finish. There are similar fruit flavors on the palate as on the nose with added citrus notes of Meyer lemon. The wine is medium-full in body, round, balanced and has medium plus alcohol levels.

The wine needs food and is more like a red wine disguised as a white wine in terms of its body and full flavor. The mouthfeel is something of note, which contributes to a long finish. The wine is highly aromatic with savory and tropical qualities. It is a lot of wine for the price making it a really great value and an everyday drinker if you like to have a glass of wine with your meals.

Drink or Hold: Drink

McPherson Cellars, Texas Les CopainsComplete Evaluation (click here for attachment)

Daniel is a Executive Sommelier, Master Candidate and Senior Wine Instructor with the International Wine Guild and through the Guild teaches accredited wine certifications and seminars in Texas and around the country. He has a background in BioChemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and in 2008, he founded GUSTO Tastings, a wine education company with expertise in consulting and event curation. He is a founding partner in Vinovium Partners, a Texas négociant that specializes in premium wines on tap from Texas and abroad. Daniel is also the Tasting Director for the Texas Wine Journal, a subsidiary of the Texas Wine and Food Consortium.

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