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: Solaro Estate
Appellation: Texas High Plains
Wine Type: Medium Dry White
Varietal: 61% Voignier – 39% Orange Muscat
Bottled: April 2013
Total Production: 362 cases
Brix at Harvest: N/A
Date of Review: 04/22/2014 Time: 1:35pm Glassware: ISO
Quality of Style: 4.5 Drinkability: 5 DK 89/100
The wine is a bright medium canary color with greenish undertones around the rim and sides. The liveliness and reflectivity of the wine is something to appreciate. The wine also shows moderate to high viscosity levels, which is expected considering the varietals in the blend.
The aromas coming off the wine are pleasant with classic Viognier smells of acacia and other wine florals and classic Orange Muscat smells of orange blossom and honeysuckle. There are secondary notes that come through reminiscent of spearmint, pine and evergreen. The alcohol is noticeable but in balance with the intensity of the aromas.
On the palate the wine is balanced, medium dry (noticeable sweetness), medium bodied, has lively acidity, generous alcohol and is round. The wine is incredibly fruit forward in a tropical way with canned peaches, pears, apricots and fleshy mango jumping out. There is also a applesauce quality and a tartness of red apple skin. The finish is a bit less fruity and more floral with some marked minerality.
The wine is super enjoyable with a great mouthfeel, pleasing aromatics and enough acidity and alcohol to balance out the ripe tropical fruit flavors and the lesser than dry style. All in all the wine is a winner.
Drink or Hold: Drink – 2016
Complete Evaluation (click here for .pdf 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.