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Blanc du Bois – 2014

The Blanc du Bois category featured 19 wines (10 producers and 2 estate vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; 19 (100%) were appellated Texas. The prices of the wines submitted ranged from $15 to $45 ($24 category average) and included the following: 1 from the 2011 vintage, 7 from the 2012 vintage and 11 from 2013 vintage.

 

The Top 5 Rated Blanc du Bois’:

  1. William Chris Vineyards, Texas, Blanc du Bois, Brut, 2013 – Highly Recommended – $35

  2. Lost Oak Winery, Texas, Blanc du Bois, 2012 – Recommended – $17

  3. The Vineyard at Florence, Texas (Estate – Williamson County), ‘Aurelia’ 2012  Recommended – $35

  4. Haak Vineyard & Winery, Texas, Blanc du Bois, Semi-Sweet, 2012 – Recommended – $15

  5. Tres 10 Solutions, Texas, Blanc du Bois, ‘Stache’ 2013 Recommended –  $30

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Cabernet Sauvignon – 2014

The Cabernet Sauvignon category featured 26 wines (17 producers and 11 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; Ten (38%) were appellated Texas, five (19%) from the Texas Hill Country, ten (38%) from the Texas High Plains and one (4%) from the Texas Davis Mountains. The prices of the wines submitted ranged from $13 to $55 and included the following: 3 from the 2008 vintage, 1 from 2009, 3 from 2010, 2 from 2011, 15 from 2012 and 1 was from multiple vintages.

 

The Top 5 Rated Cabernet Sauvignons:

  1. Pilot Knob Vineyard, Texas Hill Country, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 – Highly Recommended, $45

  2. Becker Vineyards, Texas High Plains, Canada Family Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, 2012 – Highly Recommended, $45

  3. Fall Creek Vineyards, Texas Hill Country, ‘Meritus’ 2010 – Highly Recommended, $40

  4. Landon Winery, Texas High Plains, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, 2008 – Highly Recommended, $24/Library

  5. Westcave Cellars Winery, Texas Hill Country, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 – Highly Recommended, $50

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Merlot – 2014

The Merlot category featured 12 wines (10 producers and 4 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; six (57%) were appellated Texas, two (25%) from the Texas Hill Country and four (18%) from the Texas High Plains. The prices of the wines submitted ranged from $17 to $38 and included the following: 1 from the 2009 vintage, 2 from the 2011 vintage and 9 from 2012 vintage.

The Top 5 Rated Merlots:

  1. William Chris Vineyards, Texas High Plains, ‘Hunter’ 2012, Recommended, $38

  2. Becker Vineyards, Texas, Reserve Merlot, 2012, Recommended, $19

  3. Messina Hof, Texas, Reserve Merlot, ‘Double Barrel’ 2011, Recommended, $22

  4. Kiepersol Estates, Texas, Merlot, 2009, Recommended, $17

  5. Lewis Wines, Texas, Merlot, 2011, Recommended, $27

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