Texas, Usa

Lightsome Wines

Touriga Nacional 2018

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

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Fall Creek Vineyards

Salt Lick Vineyard Tempranillo 2017

Best wine of the Austin Hill Country wine tour. Super smooth finish. Dark blackberry berry flavor — a month ago

West Sandy Creek Winery

Richards Sweet Blanc Du Bois

Very smooth, a sour apple taste, and full bodied! — 4 days ago

Day of the Red

Texas Red Blend

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

Winery on the Bay

POMEGRANATE ZINFANDEL

My fave from Rockport Tx Winery — a month ago

Narrow Path Winery

Texas Tempranillo 2015

Light to medium and very smooth — 13 days ago

Fiesta Winery

Skinny Dippin Sweet White Blend

Just the right amount of sweetness — a month ago

William Chris Vineyards

Timmons Estate Mourvèdre 2017

Earthy, lighter bodied Mourvèdre. Reminds me of an old school Châteauneuf-du-Pape, except this one is from Texas. — a month ago