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 — 23 days ago
Loved the feeling of the texture. Feels great in the mouth. Loved the luciousness of the wine. — 6 days ago
2015 vintage. Deep red. Berries. Chocolate. High acid. Dry. Some tannins that aren’t overly aggressive but are definitely present. Initially, I’m not going to lie, it smelled like snow crab legs in the best way (I friggen love snow crab legs). — 2 days ago
Well-balanced—spice and red fruit — 9 days ago
One of my favorites and also Renee’s Thanksgiving pick — 10 days ago
Phenomenal. Bold and rich with the smoothest mouthfeel. Really a dark brooding drink that needs to be tried. — 12 days ago
Nice on the nose, complex yet light but full of flavor — 2 days ago