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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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Tempranillo | 2015

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The Tempranillo category featured 31 Texas wines from 27 producers and 11 single vineyards, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; eleven (33%) were appellated Texas, six (18%) were appellated Texas Hill Country, fifteen (45%) were appellated Texas High Plains and one (3%) was from the Texoma AVA.   The average price of the wines submitted is $29.25, which ranged from $14 to $46 and included the following: 1 from 2008, 1 from 2009, 6 from 2011, 17 from 2012, 4 from 2013 and 4 from 2014.

The Top 3 Rated Tempranillos:

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

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

  3. Lewis Wines, Texas Hill Country, Parr Vineyard, Tempranillo, 2011 – 89 points – Highly Recommended – $32

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Red Blends | 2015

The Red Blends category featured 35 Texas wines from 21 producers and 9 single vineyards, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; Thirteen (37%) were appellated Texas, eleven (31%) were appellated Texas Hill Country and eleven (31%) were appellated Texas High Plains.   The average price of the wines submitted is $29, which ranged from $14 to $46 and included the following: 1 from 2010, 3 from 2011, 9 from 2012, 13 from 2013, 6 from 2014 and 3 non vintage.

The Top 3 Rated Red Blends:

  1. Pedernales Cellars, Texas, GSM, 2013 – 91 points – Highly Recommended – $26

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

  3. Fall Creek Vineyards, Texas Hill Country, GSM, 2013 – 91 points – Highly Recommended – $46

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Blanc Du Bois | 2015

The Blanc Du Bois category featured 27 Texas wines from 15 producers and 5 single vineyards, that came from grapes sourced from across the state; twenty-six (96%) were appellated Texas and one (4%) was appellated Texas Hill Country.   The average price of the wines submitted is $23, which ranged from $14 to $45 and included the following: 1 from 2010, 8 from 2012, 6 from 2013, 9 from 2014, 1 from 2015 and and 2 non vintage.

The Top 3 Rated Blanc Du Bois:

  1. Haak Vineyards, Texas, Blanc Du Bois Madeira, 2013 – Highly Recommended – $40

  2. Lewis Wines, Texas, ‘Swim Spot’ 2014 – Recommended – $14

  3. Haak Vineyards, Texas, Estate Blanc Du Bois, 2015 –Recommended – $19

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Dry Rosé | 2015

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The Dry Rosé category featured 20 Texas wines (from 15 producers and 6 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; Ten (50%) were appellated Texas, Four (20%) from the Texas Hill Country and Six (30%) from the Texas High Plains.  The average prices of the wines submitted was $17, which ranged from $11 to $30 and included the following: 1 from 2013, and 19 from 2014.

The Top 3 Rated Dry Rosés:

  1. Brennan Vineyards, Texas (Comanche County),Mourvèdre Rosé, 2014- Highly Recommended – $20
  2. Calais Winery, Texas,‘La Cuvée De Gaston’ (Mourvèdre based rosé) 2014 – Recommended – $30
  3. Lewis Wines, Texas Hill Country, Parr Vineyards, Mourvèdre Rosé, 2014 – Recommended – $30

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Roussanne | 2015

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The Roussanne category featured 8 wines, from 7 producers.  Three (38%) were appellated Texas and the remaining five (62%) from the Texas High Plains.  The average prices of the wines submitted was $25.43, which ranged from $16 to $42 and included the following: 3 from 2012, 1 from 2013 and 4 from 2014.

The Top 3 Rated Roussanne:

  1. Kuhlman Cellars, Texas High Plains, Roussanne, 2014 – Highly Recommended – $32

  2. McPherson Cellars, Texas High Plains, Roussanne Reserve, 2014 – Highly Recommended – $22

  3. McPherson Cellars, Texas, Roussanne, 2014 – Recommended – $21

 

Scores

There were not enough wines submitted into this category to warrant a report or a Top 10 list. The scores and tasting notes for the three wines above are on the scores page.

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Viognier | 2015

The Viognier category featured 20 wines (from 15 producers and 5 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; Ten (50%) were appellated Texas, two (10%) from the Texas Hill Country and eight (40%) from the Texas High Plains.  The average prices of the wines submitted was $22, which ranged from $12 to $30 and included the following: 1 from 2011, 9 from 2012, 1 from 2013 and 9 from 2014.

The Top 3 Rated Viognier:

  1. McPherson Cellars, Texas Viognier, 2014 – Highly Recommended – $16

  2. Blue Ostrich Winery, Texas, Viognier, 2014 – Highly Recommended – $22

  3. Lost Oak Winery, Texas High Plains, Bingham Family Vineyard, Viognier, 2014 – Highly Recommended – $21

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White Blends | 2015

The White Blends category featured 25 wines (from 20 producers) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; nineteen (76%) were appellated Texas, three (12%) from the Texas Hill Country and three (12%) from the Texas High Plains.  The average prices of the wines submitted was $22, which ranged from $12 to $30 and included the following: 10 from 2012, 5 from 2013, 8 from 2014 and 2 non-vintage.

The Top 3 Rated White Blends:

  1. McPherson Cellars, Texas, ‘les Copains’ 2014- Highly Recommended – $14
  2. William Chris Vineyards, Texas, ‘Mary Ruth’ 2014 – Highly Recommended – $28
  3. Wedding Oak Winery, Texas, ‘Terre Blanc’ 2014 – Recommended – $23

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Syrah | 2015

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The Syrah category featured 18 wines (11 producers and 6 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; twelve (67%) were appellated Texas, five (28%) from the Texas Hill Country and one (6%) from the Escondido Valley.  The average prices of the wines submitted was $31, which ranged from $14 to $68 and included the following: 1 from the 2009 vintage, 4 from 2010, 3 from 2011, 5 from 2012, 5 from 2013 and 1 non-vintage.

The Top 3 Rated Syrahs:

  1. Lost Oak Winery, Texas, Shiraz, NV- Highly Recommended – $30 (Sold out)
  2. Perissos Vineyard and Winery, Texas Hill Country, Estate Syrah, 2013 – Highly Recommended – $68
  3. Salt Lick Cellars, Texas Hill Country, Mailes Vineyard, Syrah, 2013 – Highly Recommended – NYR

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