by Fred McMillin
"How about an article on the up and coming wine producing state of-----Texas!"
...Readers Misty and John Wales
OK. Let's get it on. Today's winery is the state's first to be set up after Prohibition... Llano Estacado (yah-noh). How's it doing when compared to other Texas producers?
This Dallas Morning News piece has the answer.
We covered the Chardonnay in the WineDay article titled "The Vines of Texas Are Upon You."
It put Texas on the American wine map when the Chardonnay won a DOUBLE GOLD at Anthony Dias Blue's prestigious San Francisco International Wine Fair. So today, we'll examine the red.
Llano's Signature Red
Winemaker Greg Bruni has made "the first Texas wine to be accepted into the prestigious Meritage Society." I've just tasted the '96, a three-variety blend of Merlot and the two Cabernets, Franc and Sauvignon. When do we harvest them?
In general, winemakers like weather that lets the grape mature slowly. Does the warm Texas climate ripen Greg's red-wine grapes earlier than on the West Coast? Here are some 1996 picking dates for Cabernet Sauvignon.
So Greg had a few less weeks of hang time, but he successfully
compensated by adding complexity with 10 months in medium-toast
American oak (see photo). If you like to learn about wine,
then you MUST try a bottle of this Llano, since it is only
NINE BUCKS. You can't learn about Meritage blends for any less,
according to my price lists.
Texas has lots of braggin' rights in the world
of wine. Here are two.
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