Welcome newcomers to Austin - Subject to Change. They introduced two levels, an entry and a still reasonably priced higher tier. Chill Pill is the crispy sour lemon drop side of Chenin Blanc for under $25. Spends a few days on skin and some time in neutral barrels so it has a back - it’s not watery. 11.2 % ABV — 18 hours ago
Virtual tasting with Texture Wines and winemaker Erich Bradley. Big thanks to @Joe Lucca for setting it up.
Anderson Valley fruit. A blend of Ferrington Vineyard and Deer Meadows. Somewhat surprising is that this is 100% destemmed. Based on how the Lucky Well chardonnay was so old world in style, I’d assume some whole cluster or stem inclusion, but based on vineyard location, they feel like the tannin can be easier to achieve and there is no need to increase.
I only gave this about a 30min bottle decant and while it was approachable, it was significantly better at the 3+hr mark. Initially, it was driven by a slightly syrupy/maple richness that seemed out of place. It dominated the other aspects (candied black cherries, potpourri, baking spices) but eventually yielded to a more lifted profile and added black pepper spice. Day two picked up where day one ended showing a more elegant and spice driven profile. I’d say this probably won’t get much better, but definitely give it some air. — 14 days ago
Let some of these age to see what would happen and this did not disappoint. So complex. Nose of cherries, leather, a bit of spice, honestly seems more like merlot on the nose. The palate is clearly Vladimir with a ton of acidity, bright fruits, cherries, plums, currant, but an underlying herbal quality that is wonderful. — 9 days ago