Lubbock County, Texas

The Ojai Vineyard

Special Botrytis Bottling Kick On Riesling 2016

Exceptional! Great desert wine. Dark golden, with honeyed hint of ripe melon and crisp finish of Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit. Very smooth and elegant. — 6 days ago

Becker Vineyards

Iconoclast Texas Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Visiting Fredericksburg TX for a few days. This is TX hill country and has a big winery community. Never tried any TX wines before but found a few surprises here. We tasted at Becker earlier today but not this wine. $30 on the restaurant wine list. Becker wasn’t our favorite stop but it is the only local winery represented on their list. Overall local wines seemed overpriced compared to CA wines. Just realized we had an older vintage (2018) on our last trip from Houston to Anaheim. It’s interesting that most of the grapes used in the local wines come from Lubbock (panhandle) area. Don’t know where these grapes came from, or what varietals are present. — 2 years ago

A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Just a good wine. Grandfather collected Rafanelli from the mid 90’s till Mississippi cracked down on shipping wine to the state in 2010. Brought a couple bottles back for him from Texas. While I attribute the 1998 Terrace Select Cab as the wine that really got me into wine, I overall still lean towards their Zin’s. — 3 years ago

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Arden Barnett

Arden Barnett

@David L Their merlot is the one wine in their lineup that I have failed to try... the past year has been eye opening for me with regards to Cali Merlot. Before I just assumed for the most part they are just all big fruit bombs, but man I have never been more wrong. So many good options right now. Working on building up a little collection. Cheers!
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Paloma Vineyard- Sonama
Buccella Merlot - Something you must open . Cheers all!
Arden Barnett

Arden Barnett

@David L thanks for the recs! I’ve been keeping my eye out for some Buccella’s at auction. Hope to snag a few bottles soon.

Le Mistral Vineyards

Monterey County Red Rhone Blend 2002

Twenty one year old red Rhône blend from Monterey County, 56% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 7% Carignane, 3% Petite Syrah, and 2% Alicante Bouchet. Pale ruby. Red currant, plum, black cherry, pepper, game and dusty tobacco on the nose. The palate starts out weaker and less complex than the nose but calibrates after a couple of hours. It is dry, with medium acidity, dialed down alcohol, medium tannins, medium body, pronounced flavours of red fruits, plum and spice, some dark chocolate, a peculiar short earthy gamy finish. I would love to try this with Texas Style Brisket. — 8 months ago

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Dayum...someone opened a forgotten portal...


@vinokeeno 😂 There’ll be more coming through…
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

Love this post. Cheers 🍷


Indica Mendocino County Carignan 2018

Juicy, lip-smacking good; perfect pairing for tacos on a hot Texas afternoon. Ripe cherries, plums, sweet tobacco, cloves, nuanced licorice. — 3 years ago

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Ryan, What part of Texas?
David L

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Got it.

Peter Michael Winery

'La Carrière' Knights Valley Chardonnay 2012

Thank goodness for excellent Peter Michael chards! It is bloody hot and humid in Texas this week and the thought of a heavy red is unappealing but a great nuanced, non oaked, structured Chardonnay hits the spot! All smiles! — 3 years ago

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The Chardonnays hold up so nicely. Enjoy your 4th. 
Andy Hall

Andy Hall

David you are right, they really do age well!

Belle Glos

Dairyman Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2019. $50ish TW
Took to texas
I prefered to telphone pinot

Medium pinot.  Rich. Bold. Holiday spices
— 2 years ago

Ramey Wine Cellars

Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Texas wine school Chardonnay tasting. Petrol aroma, briny, butter, Oakes, straw, lots of body — 2 years ago

Red Car

Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018

Tangerine, peach, and watermelon. Nice bright acidity rounding out freshness. Enjoying this on the patio during a rare Texas August cool front. — 3 years ago

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E & K G

E & K G

Sounds like a great summer wine! Cheers 🥂

Pax Mahle Wines

Griffin's Lair Sonoma Coast Syrah 2002

Last week in Texas. Hosted a final dinner for close friends. Been a great 8 years! This was sublime. So cool tasting Pax’s transition from big wines like this (14.5% abv) to what he’s doing now. Damn I love Pax — 3 years ago

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