I recently had the opportunity to taste some red wines soon to be bottled at Perissos Vineyard and Winery. The 2015 vintage has been much discussed within the Texas wine industry. Some say it is the biggest and best crop we have seen to date, while others claim it was a just a good vintage. My opinion is 2015 was indeed a big year for Texas wine, with a large amount of grapes being harvested. The quality, however, was in the hands of particular growers and producers. Quality is quality. Quantity is not necessarily quality. Anyhow, Perissos is getting ready to bottle many of their 2015 red wines and I’ll say this much; quality was not an issue at Perissos in 2015. I tasted through several wines, but I chose to highlight three wines for you all to look forward to. Let’s get to it!
2015 Roussanne: Oswald Vineyard, Texas High Plains AVA
Normally, Perissos produces whites that are unoaked, and without any malolactic fermentation. The complex, yet crisp and clean mouthfeel of stainless steel fermented and aged Texas Roussanne has become a staple at the winery. However, owner/winemaker Seth Martin decided to produce a separate batch of the 2015 Roussanne that was to be barrel fermented and aged for six months in French oak barrels, along with full malolactic fermentation. This is something new for the winery, and I really dig the different approach. The wine pours a deep gold in the glass, with aromas of peach, buttery caramel, bananas, and lime rind. The palate confirms the nose with the addition of spice on the back palate. This is a French styled white that is silky, buttery, and powerful all the same.
2015 Dolcetto: Diamante Doble Vineyard, Texas High Plains AVA
This Dolcetto really caught my attention because of its approachability. It is truly an everyday red wine, as it drinks oh-so smoothly. This baby has “summertime porch sipper” written all over it. The wine begs for the cork to be popped on a warm weekend off, curled up on the porch with a good book. Once the cork is removed, it pours garnet in the glass, and offers aromas of blackberry, candied cherries, black peppercorns, and baking spices. Hints of jammy strawberries and baking spices stand out on the palate. This wine offers a really supple mouthfeel and a spicy finish.
2015 Estate Tempranillo, Perissos Estate Vineyard, Texas Hill Country AVA
Of all the wines tasted, this one by far was the most interesting and complex for me. The wine is dirty, old world-like, and classic in style. The wine pours a deep ruby into the glass, while aromas of red cherries, baked fruit tart, stewed tomatoes, dried apricot, and campfire smoke tantalize the senses. The palate really brings out more of these notes along with strawberries, raspberry jam, figs, pepper, cinnamon, and clove. I love the dusty profile of this wine, and the complexity sort of took me by surprise for such a youngster.
Look for these wines along with several other 2015 reds to be hitting the tasting room floor in the not so distant future at Perissos Vineyard and Winery. The brand new building going up on the property is super exciting as well!
Sip, savor, and enjoy my fellow aficionados.