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 for Wedding Oak Winery
Appellation: Texas High Plains
Wine Type: Dry Red
Bottled: August 2010
Total Production: 589 cases
Brix at Harvest: 23.8
Date of Review: 04/01/2014 Time: 10:45pm Glassware: ISO
Quality of Style: 4.0 Drinkability:4.5 DK 87/100
The wine is showing signs of complexity and age with several color gradients and the onset of extraction fall out. There is not yet any colorization change due to maturity in terms of brick red or red brown showing through but the cherry to garnet color has a medium depth and is slightly faded.
The aromas of the wine are what you would expect from Sangiovese but with a more ripe presence. It gives off aromas of tomato leaf, black tea, ripe cherries and plums on the nose. It has a warm core of herbs, particular oregano and worn leather. The use of neutral oak adds a level of complexity while allowing the fruit to take center stage.
On the palate the wine is medium bodied, balanced, round and developed. It is a notch below dry, has supple acid, sufficient alcohol and a soft integrated tannin profile. The flavors are common with raspberries, sour cherries and mixed herbs, particularly lavender showing through. There is also a lift to the wine, which comes of as anise or caraway that can be attributed to the alcohol. The wines finishes with a herbaceous floral stem quality; again in the direction of lavender.
The wine is a step up from being considered a simple wine. It does show complexity, length and balance. It is a lighter wine being medium bodied with very light extract but does have a soft and consistent mouth feel along with integrated tannins. The wine is developed and Mediterranean in style with a ripe profile.
Drink: Now – 2016
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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.