Top 10 Cabernet Sauvignon – 2017

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The panel tasted the Cabernet Sauvignon category on February 22nd and featured 24 wines from 16 producers and 11 single vineyards. The panel demonstrated an acute degree of consensus with average Panel Consensus score of 0.55, which means that on average the judges on the panel tastes within 2.20 points of each other on a 100 point scale.

The following judges participated in this tasting:

  1. Steve Alley
  2. Jesse Brantley
  3. Moxy Castro-League
  4. Daniela Dasuta
  5. Peter Gatti
  6. LaSaan Georgeson
  7. Miguel Lecuona
  8. Ron Weiss

*Learn more about Journal judges, rating methodology and 20-point evaluation form


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Top 10 Tempranillo- 2016

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Top 10 Tempranillo of 2016

The panel tasted the Tempranillo category on November 17th and featured 29 wines from 19 producers and 9 single vineyards with the category split between 45% being Texas High Plains wines, 45% being Texas and the remaining 10% consisting of Texas Hill Country and Texoma AVAs. The panel demonstrated an acute degree of consensus with average Panel Consensus score of 0.63, which means that on average the judges on the panel tastes within 2.52 points of each other on a 100 point scale.

The following judges participated in this tasting:

  1. Peter Gatti
  2. Sam Hovland
  3. Miguel Lecuona
  4. Nathan Prater
  5. Mark Rashap
  6. Ron Weiss
  7. Rae Wilson

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Top 10 Syrah/Shiraz – 2016

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Syrah is one of those categories that continues to show well, and not just for current vintages. Here is our Top 10 and Top 3 with reviews and ratings of the best Syrah/Shiraz we tasted in 2016.

 

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Top 10 Viognier – 2016

Texas vineyard

Here is our Top 10 list of the best Viognier starting with the Top 3 we tasted in 2016.   Below are also the panel reviews for the top 3.

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Here is the Texas Wine Journal’s top ten selections from the 2016 producer submissions of Viognier.

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Top 10 Roussanne of 2016

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Roussanne is showing some incredible promise in Texas. Here is our Top 10 list of the best Roussanne starting with the Top 3 we tasted in 2016.   Below are also the panel reviews for the

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Top 10 White Blends – 2016

Texas vineyard

The Texas Wine Journal announces the Top 10 and Top 3 White Blends out of the producer submissions from all over Texas.  While there are some familiar names on the list there are also many new producers making the top 10 list this year.  The judges panel will be tasting this category for 2017 in April.

TOP 3 White Blends …


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Top 10 Dry Rosé – 2016

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The Dry Rosé category featured 20 Texas wines from 17 producers, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; ten (43%) were appellated Texas, three (13%) were appellated Texas Hill Country, and seven (30%) were appellated Texas High Plains.  The 2015 vintage comprised of the largest percentage of total wines submitted at 83%, followed by 2014 at 17%.


Top 3 Rated Dry Rosé:

 

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Top 10 Other Red Varietals – 2016

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The Other Red Varietals category featured 45 Texas wines from 23 producers and 10 single vineyards, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; twenty-four (53%) were appellated Texas, ten (22%) were appellated Texas Hill Country, and eleven (24%) were appellated Texas High Plains.  The 2013 vintage comprised of the largest percentage of total wines submitted at 38%, followed by 2014 at 29% and 2012 at 24%.

The overall category was divided into two separate tastings, Other French Red varietals (including Norton and Black Spanish/Lenior) and Other Italian Red varietals, the data from each of these tastings were combined and analysed as a single category.


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Top Wines of 2015

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Syrah/Shiraz

Llano Estacado, Texas, Mont Sec Vineyard, Syrah, 2012 – 88 points, $20

Lost Oak Winery, Texas, Shiraz, NV – 92 points, $30

Perissos  Vineyard  & Winery, Texas Hill Country, Estate Syrah, 2013 – 91 points, $68

Salt Lick Cellars, Texas Hill Country, Maile’s Vineyard, Syrah, 2013 – 89 points, $55

White Blends

William Chris Vineyards, Texas, ‘Mary Ruth’ 2014 – 89 points, $28

McPherson Cellars, Texas, ‘Les Copains’ 2014 – 91 points, $14

Wedding Oak Winery, Texas, ‘Terre Blanc’ 2014 – 87 points, $23

Viognier

Blue Ostrich Winery, Texas, Viognier, 2014 – 91 points, $22

McPherson Cellars, Texas, Viognier, 2014 – 91 points, $16

Pedernales Cellars, Texas, Viognier, 2014 – 90 points, $20

Lost Oak Winery, Texas High Plains, Bingham Family Vineyard, Viognier, 2014 – 91 points, $21

Roussanne

Kuhlman Cellars, Texas High Plains, Roussanne, 2014 – 91 points, $32

McPherson Cellars, Texas High Plains, Roussanne Reserve, 2014 – 91 points, $22

Dry Rosé

Brennan Vineyards, Texas (Comanche County), Mourvedre Rosé, 2014 – 88 points, $20

Lewis Wines, Texas Hill Country, Parr Vineyards, Mourvedre Rosé, 2014 – 87 points, $30

Calais Winery, Texas, ‘Gaston’ 2014 – 87 points, $30

Lost Draw Vineyards, Texas High Plains, ‘Arroyo Rose’ 2014 – 86 points, $24

Blanc Du Bois

Haak Vineyards, Texas, Blanc Dubois Madeira, 2013 – 91 points, $40

Lewis Wines, Texas, ‘Swim Spot’ 2014 – 87 points, $14

Haak Vineyards, Texas, Estate Blanc Dubois, 2015 – 86 points, $19

Red Blends

Pedernales Cellars, Texas, GSM, 2013 – 91 points, $26

Llano Estacado, Texas High Plains,  Reddy Vineyards, ‘Due Compaesani’ 2013 – 91 points, $20

Fall Creek Vineyards, Texas Hill Country, GSM, 2013 – 91 points, $43

Becker Vineyards, Texas Hill Country, ‘Prairie Rotie’ 2013 – 90 points, $22

Flat Creek Estate, Texas High Plains, Reserve ‘Super Texan’ 2012 – 90 points, $35

William Chris Vineyards, Texas Hill Country, ‘Mandola  Estate Field Blend’ 2014 – 89 points, $38

McPherson Cellars, Texas High Plains, Lost Draw Vineyards, ‘Les Copains’ 2013 – 88 points, $16

Arche Wines, Texas (Montague County) ‘Chateau Rouge’ 2012 – 88 points, $29

Tempranillo

Flat Creek Estate, Texas High Plains, Lost Draw Vineyards, Tempranillo, 2011 – 91 points, $35

Times Ten Cellars, Texas, ‘Cathedral Mountain Vineyard’ Tempranillo, 2012 – 90 points, $29

Lewis Wines, Texas Hill Country, Parr Vineyard, Tempranillo, 2011 – 89 points, $32

Lewis Wines, Texas High Plains, Newsom Vineyard, Tempranillo, 2011 – 89 points, $35

Round Mountain Vineyards, Texas Hill Country, Estate Tempranillo, 2011 – 89 points, $45

Lost Oak Winery, Texas High Plains, Bingham Family Vineyard, Tempranillo, 2014 – 88 points, $26

Pemberton Cellars, Texas, Tempranillo, 2012 – 88 points, $28

Bar Z Winery, Texas High Plains, Tempranillo, ‘Enigmatic’ 2008 – 88 points, $26

William Chris Vineyards, Texas Hill Country, Parr Vineyards, Tempranillo, 2013 – 88 points, $46

Cabernet Sauvignon

Texas Legato, Texas, Hoover Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 – 93 points, $35

Flat Creek Estate,  Texas High Plains, Newsom Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 – 92 points, $50

Becker Vineyards, Texas, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve,  2012 – 90 points, $20

Llano Estacado, Texas, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 – 90 points, 2012

William Chris Vineyards, Texas Davis Mountains (Jeff Davis County), Dolores Mountain Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 – 90 points, $90

Messina Hof, Texas, Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Double Barrel,  2011 – 88 points, $22

Becker Vineyards, Texas High Plains, Canada Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2012 – 88 points, $45

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Cabernet Sauvignon | 2015

The Cabernet Sauvignon category featured 26 Texas wines from 17 producers and 7 single vineyards, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; eleven (42%) were appellated Texas, two (8%) were appellated Texas Hill Country, eleven (42%) were appellated Texas High Plains and two (8%) was from the Texas Davis Mountains AVA.   The average price of the wines submitted is $31.43, which ranged from $12 to $90 and included the following: 1 from 2002, 1 from 2007, 1 from 2008, 2 from 2009, 5 from 2010, 3 from 2011, 8 from 2012, 3 from 2013, 1 from 2014 and 1 non-vintage.

The Top 3 Rated Cabernet Sauvignon:

  1. Texas Legato, Texas, Hoover Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 – 93 points – Highly Recommended – $35

  2. Flat Creek Estate,  Texas High Plains, Newsom Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 – 92 points – Highly Recommended – $50

  3. Kiepersol Estates, Texas, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 – 91 points – Highly Recommended – Library

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