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Texas, the offended & defended…

Tifanie Reid (Cork & Demon) recently let me try a blind sample of the ‘04 Woodrose Winery Cigale and I was impressed and re-ignited with the hope for a brighter future for Texas wines. Previously, there had truly only been four wines that sparked anything, the ‘99 Alamosa Guapo (I think it was ‘99, anyway), the ‘00 Alamosa Syrah, the ‘00 Alamosa Palette, & the ‘03 Lone Oaks Merlot. Tifanie led me on a Texas High Plains pep-rally tour and now I’m ready for the crawl.

In my crosshairs are Barking Rocks Winery, Bar Z Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Lone Oaks Vineyards, and Woodrose Winery. I want the Texas wine industry to produce some gems and succeed, but if you combine the prices along with the fact that so many of the folks sit around, comfort and lie to each other about how great the Texas wines are that it can be frustrating and hope-losing. Thank you, Tifanie…

A few days later, I hit a few wineries in the area, on my way to Woodrose.

In order preference.

1. ‘04 Woodrose Cigale $17 A- -4 *** 062206

—my favorite Texas wine, so far/Mourvedre,Syrah,Tempranillo

2. ‘05 Woodrose Chenin Blanc $15 B+ -6 *

—partially Virginia-oak aged?/struggling for crisp, diluted pear & honey

3. ‘05 Becker Fume Blanc $10 A- = *

—new style-very different than before!/60% stainless/honeysuckle & spiced green apple

4. ‘05 Woodrose White Merlot $15 A- -6

—easy-drinking, non-pretentious, decent-fruit

5. ‘nv Torre di Pietra Chiaro di Luna Malvasia Bianco $19 B -10

—light nothings for the back patio

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drop off.

6. ‘04 Becker Grenache Tallent Vyd $17 B -10

—very light body/slight herbed spice, stewed plums

7. ‘04 Becker Cab/Syrah $25 B -17

—a typical ‘who knows’/light-med body

8. ‘nv Torre di Pietra Chenin Blanc $19 B -13

—another light ‘who knows’/non-vintage never hurt nobody

9. ‘05 Becker Viognier $15 B- -6

—better than past years/peach, tangerine, mango in a stained box

10. ‘05 Becker Provencal Tallent Vyd $10 B -4

—extremely light bodied/distant diluted strawberry

11. ‘04 Messina Hof Shiraz Barrel Rsv $12 B -4 062306

—Very fruit-forward for Texas wine/would assume inexpensive CaliSyrah

12. ‘05 Grape Creek Cab Blc (semi-swt) $15 B -7

—on a camping adventure, out by the water/it’s hot outside

13. ‘nv Torre di Pietra Red Flirt $20 B -11

—The Frill is Gone/easy-drinking, seemless, typical Texas floater

14.‘nv Torre di Pietra Classico $20 B -13

—Welcome to Texas. Have you been had, I mean helped?
15. ‘05 Grape Creek Muscat Canelli $15 B- -8

—dime-a-dozen Canelli/light & drinkable

16. ‘04 Grape Creek Bellissimo $23 B -15

—45 Merlot,37 Sangiovese,18 Cab Sauv/cherry vanilla wafers..hmmm.
17. ‘04 Becker Barbera Peter’s Prairie $17 B- -11

—backporch nothings in the ear/acid lives down the road

18. ‘04 Becker Cab Sauv Iconoclast $11 B -4

—easy-drinking lightness/That’s about it, folks

19. ‘05 Torre di Pietra Sangiovese $35 C+ -29

—the pricing-laughs continue for the non-Texan winery tourists

20. ‘04 Becker Texas Claret $17 C+ -11

—40Cab Sauv,10Cab Franc,37Merl,3Petite V,10Malbec/15 months French & American oak

21. ‘04 Becker Merlot $16 C+ -10—15 months in French oak/extremely dimly lit, dripping from a tree

22. ‘05 Torre di Pietra Primitivo Tx Hill Ctry $40 C -34

—after looking ‘again’ at the prices, tasters look once more for the cameras

23. ‘05 Woodrose Sauv Blanc $15 C+ -10

24. ‘05 Woodrose Ruby Rose $15 C- -12

25. ‘02 Grape Creek Fume Blanc $13 C+ -6

26. ‘04 Grape Creek Cab Trois $17 C -10

27. ‘04 Alamosa Chenin Blc Jacques Lapin Martin Vyd $9 C -3 062306

28. ‘03 Grape Creek Cab Sauv Salut $25 C -21Tex

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