On April 29th I experienced another journey into the Caves of the Cellars. An impromptu day of randomness inspired a trip to the winery in the Texas Hill Country to be able to taste wine from the region. Invited by propriétaires Margaret and Allan Fetty, a good colleague, Copper Anderson, and myself went to see the operations, and got a good oportunity to sample a wide viriety of Texan wine. More than half of the wines we sampled were unbottled, still young. But we sampled some bottled wine and overall it is a great effort and it shows and induces you to enjoy! We couldn’t be more anxious to be back yet again.
Below is what we had to sample:
Westcave Cellars Winery,
Texas Hill Country, Viognier, 2010
This medium-full body viognier is vinified
off-dry. It is bright straw green color, and it has adequate aroma
characteristics of citrus and tropical fruit and more complex aromas of candied
peach and crystallized ginger that finishes with a hint of vanilla. It has
smooth crisp acidity with a pleasant very long finish.
Winery, Texas High Plains, Viognier, 2010
Medium-full body and medium-dry Viogner. Clear
medium straw color. It has powerful and complex aromas of white peach, lychee
fruit, citrus, pear and apple, floral notes, herbal tones, and grassy accents.
It has supple and lively acidity, and it fills the mouth with flavors of green
apple, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Pleasant long finish.
Winery, Texas High Plains, Muscat Blanc, 2010
Grown in the Texas High Plains, this white
Muscat is clear straw to yellow canary hue. Simple aromas of ripe peach,
honeysuckle and pineapple, and more developed aromas of lily, kiwi and wet
stone. A pleasant quality of white peach, pear and apple flavors. Medium –dry
and velvety to the tongue, medium-full body with a lively smooth acidity and a pleasant
Winery, Texas High Plains, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
The Cabernet grown in the Panhandle is clear and
it has a dark cherry to garnet color. Aromas of red chili pepper, red apple,
blackberry dominated and it showcased graceful accents of cedar and wet stone.
Flavors of dark cherry, mature red apple, and tamarind with a lingering spicy
finish. Rounded full body with rich tannins and a pleasant long finish.
Winery, Texas Hill Country, Estate Cuvée, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
A proprietor’s select blend of Cabernet grown on
the Estate. A clear, medium garnet to brick red hue. It has aromas of red
berries, dark plum, and clove with a hint of toasted coffee. Fills the tongue
with flavors of dark cherry, raspberry and spice. Supple full body with soft
tannins and a pleasant long finish.
Winery, Texas High Plains, Merlot Noir, 2010
This High Plains Merlot has a dark ruby to
cherry color. Aromas of black berries, dark cherry and spice. Flavors of dark
cherry, plum, and earthy accents of cedar. Rounded and supple full body, with
rich soft tannins and a pleasant very long finish.
Winery, Texas Hill Country, Estate Tannat, 2010
This estate grown Tannat is clear, with a dark
opaque purple to red violet colors. Releases aromas of plum and black currant,
and dark cherry. It brings flavors of black cherry, blueberry, dark plum and a
nice anise or licorice finish. Smooth full body with balanced tannins and a
pleasant very long finish.
Winery, Texas High Plains, Blanc de Merlot Noir, 2010
A clear orange-red rosé made with Merlot from
the Panhandle of Texas. It has a nose showcasing aromas of rose petals,
strawberry, cranberry and a lemon zest. Flavors of raspberry, cherry, ripe
strawberry, apricot and orange zest fill the mouth. It is finished medium-sweet
balanced with a smooth yet lively acidity in this medium-full body wine with a
pleasant long finish.
Winery, Texas, Blanc de Zinfandel, 2010
This Zinfandel grown in Eastern Texas has a
bright light-medium salmon color. Cranberry on the nose, and noticeable aromas
of white rose blossom with hints of mountain rain and alpine springs.
Showcasing flavors of cranberry, cherry, raspberry and a clove finish. This
medium-full body Zin is balanced with velvety sweetness and a very pleasant
soft long finish.
Winery, Texas, Cabernet Sauvignon, “Sweet Red Wine” 2010
This proprietary blend of Cabernet and Muscat
has a medium cherry color. Pleasant aromas of watermelon and tamarind on the
nose. Brings flavors of cherry and watermelon. A smoothly balanced sweet wine
with a medium body and a straightforward medium finish.