Four months ago I visited the exciting newcomer to Texas and our first serious natural wine shop - Southold Cellars. Our spring allocation tasting was led by Adrienne Ballou, assistance winemaker. After I left, I learned Adrienne was just about to release her second vintage under her personal side project, Lightsome. I didn’t give it much thought but recently was persuaded to try her Tourigo Nacional.
I’m really stunned. This is easily the best Texas wine I’ve tried. It’s not even close really. And I’d be surprised if Adrienne recognized how good this is.
The aromatics are stunning and elegant. What you get from the best Cru Beaujolais. Sour wild blueberries, macerated raspberries, and iodine. Significant stem inclusion - it’s the flesh of Gamay and personality of cool climate Syrah. I can’t wait for what’s next from Adrienne.
Side note: I since learned Eric Texier went bananas for this wine at our WildWorld Fest in Austin this year. I’m not crazy — 21 days ago
Gorgeous Unfiltered Seductive — a month ago
Best wine of the Austin Hill Country wine tour. Super smooth finish. Dark blackberry berry flavor — a month ago
Very smooth, a sour apple taste, and full bodied! — 4 days ago
This wine is only released once a year for purchase, on the Day of the Dead. A perfectly dry, not too tannic red blend that reminds of of all the things you love most about all the best reds. Fruit forward like a cab, mellow like a noir, and delightful as a true Italian tempranillo. Drink this, you won't be sorry. — a month ago
My fave from Rockport Tx Winery — a month ago
Light to medium and very smooth — 13 days ago
Just the right amount of sweetness — a month ago
Earthy, lighter bodied Mourvèdre. Reminds me of an old school Châteauneuf-du-Pape, except this one is from Texas. — a month ago