There are a number of wines that really stand out and exclaim their exceptional quality and balance. This prompted a new series from Texas Wine Lover called “Rockstar of Wine Road 290.” Wines that make the cut for this monthly series are of an elevated status, and unlike a Texas Wine Lover review, this column is more of an abbreviated highlight of a particular wine, rather than a full analysis. Without further adieu, welcome to the inaugural launch of Rockstar of Wine Road 290, September 2015.
Coming out on top for the inaugural story, it is no surprise that William Chris Vineyards happens to be on the label. They recently released their 2013 Tempranillo, which I was fortunate to taste last week. At first sip, this wine is clearly a softer rendition of the bold Spanish grape, offering a medium bodied profile on the palate. What is so very distinct about this wine that sets it apart from the crowd for me, is the rich/dusty mouthfeel which makes the wine feel much bolder than it actually is. The nose is prominently black fruit driven with nuances of cigar box and leather. The palate confirms the nose bringing into play a powerful earthy texture as well as youthful gripping tannins. The finish is long and supple. After a cold soak and fermentation, this Tempranillo spent 22 months in neutral oak barrels.
- The Rockstar: William Chris Vineyards Tempranillo, 2013 vintage
- The Vines: 100% Parr Vineyards Tempranillo, Texas Hill Country AVA
- The Cost: $46.00 per bottle; there are approximately 50 cases left at the time of this writing. This is a wine club release, which is a great reason to get penciled in on the waiting list to join the William Chris Vineyards wine club.
Jeremy’s thoughts: This wine is a “drink it now” for the tannin lovers out there, or a “hold for next year” for a bit more complexity and softening of the phenolic tannins. I feel this is a stellar example of correct winemaking producing yet another head turning Tempranillo from Texas dirt.