by Andrew Chalk, Senior Writer, Texas Wine and Trail
Order another medal cabinet. Texas wines picked up more golds at the 2014 Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition. The list, which has shades of “the usual suspects”, is:
2011 Duchman Family Winery, Reddy Vineyard, Sangiovese, Texas.
2011 Duchman Family Winery, Martin Vineyard, Sangiovese, Texas.
2011 Brennan Vineyards, Tempranillo, Texas
2012 Spicewood Vineyards, Estate Tempranillo, Texas Hill Country
Other Varietal Reds
2011 Bending Branch, Tannat, Texas
NV Messina Hof, GSM, Texas
2012 The Ranch Wines, Reserve “The Grey Ghost” Pinot Grigio, Texas High Plains
2012 Lewis Wines, Viognier, Texas High Plains.
Other Varietal Whites
2012 Haak Vineyards and Winery, Semi-Sweet Blanc du Bois, Texas
There are several things I see from these results. First: Only one winery in the country won a gold for Sangiovese. It was from Texas. Congratulations to Duchman Family Winery. Second: Half the gold medals for Tempranillo went to Texas wineries. This is another indicator of the state’s dominance with this grape on the national scene. Congratulations to Brennan Vineyards and Spicewood Vineyards. Third, congratulations to the ‘new boys’, in a relative sense, Lewis Wines with their Viognier, and The Ranch Wines for their Pinot Grigio. Judges awarded 227 gold medals to 2,700 wines so we still have a way to go (Texas won about 4% of the awarded golds)..
A full list of medal winners (including the bronze and silver winners) is available here.
Since my earlier article (above) about Texas wines winning gold medals I have been informed that I omitted Eden Hill Vineyard and their 2012 Roussanne, Texas ($22). This is a double crime as they served this very wine last Thursday at Savor Dallas. I described it as ‘super concentrated’, unaware of its pending fame.
Details, from the winery web site, are:
» Gold Medal, Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
Grapes for our Roussanne (roo-SAHN) wine come from the Oswald Vineyard in Brownfield, Texas, where the warm days and cool nights of the high desert intensify the wines’ flavors of pear, pineapple and honey. This rich, full-bodied dry wine was cold-fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain its fresh fruit aromas, and was bottled without oak to preserve it’s varietal flavors. Complex and layered, our Roussanne wine is delicious when served young and will also age well for years to come.
Finish: Dry and luxurious with a mouth-filling full body.
Food Pairings: Serve with seafood, roasted chicken or lemon piccata with pasta.
Label Art: Artwork created by Wendy Dooldeniya, sister of our winemaker, Chris Hornbaker.
Vineyards: Oswald Vineyard, Brownfield, Texas, High Plains AVA
Varietals: 100% Roussanne
Aging: 6 months in stainless steel tanks. No oak.
Volume: 750 ml, Bordeaux Bottle