I probably don’t have to tell you that doing a cleanse is NOT conducive to wine writing. Three weeks without wine means that I was not the only thing drying out. My apologies for being quiet as of late. Just when I was ready to open some wine and dine on grains, I was delayed even further with bronchitis. Needless to say, five weeks without wine meant that I was more than ready when Friday rolled around. And seeing that it was 90 degrees out, I was ready to go pink.
Josh Fritsche of William Chris has his own label, Tatum Cellars, which is super small in production and big in demand with those in the know. He made 30 cases this year but rumor has it that may increase.
The wine is 60% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre. History has shown that this combo is one of my favorites. This wine is no exception. A beautiful rosy pink, it dances in the light. Floral and fruit on the nose, some minerality to add dimension. Every sip made me happy. And made me wish I had bought more than one bottle! This is one of the best roses I have had and would rival any domestic and many French. Very well done.
Did I mention I was excited to drink wine? A little too excited. Once we emptied the pink (there were 3 of us) we opened another gem from Hye, Hye Meadow’s Trebbiano. We made a brief stop there after hitting William Chris on the day I caved and since I was trying to be “good” I didn’t want to do a full tasting. I asked for two favorites and that is what we bought, the Trebbiano and the Tempranillo, both Texas grapes.
The Trebbiano was straw in color, citrus and tropical fruit, zesty and great acid. It is a great summer wine. If you aren’t familiar with Trebbiano, this Italian grape is known as Ugni Blanc in France. Still not familiar? If you like Sauvignon Blanc, try this wine. Trust me.
The problem with doing a cleanse? If you aren’t careful, your body can get too clean, thus greatly reducing your tolerance. The headache began before I even went to bed. Word to the wise.
On Saturday, we decided to stay with the Hye (Hye Meadow Winery, that is) and opened the Tempranillo. We loved this wine. Great classic cherry-cola notes, the spice and acid I’ve come to expect from a lot of Texas wines. Since the weather was screaming “summer” we complied. We started with bruschetta with tomato and basil and made NY Strips on the grill, sliced them thin over arugula with lemon and Parmesan. Simple and tasty every time. It paired perfectly.
I know I have been (begrudgingly) quiet during Texas Wine Month, despite my hopes to highlight all of the great work that is happening here. But I began with a great example in the William Chris Enchante and am ending with three more. And the end of October doesn’t mean I’ll stop singing its praises.
It does, however mean that my to-do list of costumes, my daughter’s school carnival, and prepping for Gobble Gobble Give may take precedence. That and my super-old laptop not allowing me to access WordPress anymore may slow me down (thanks, Mom, for letting me borrow your’s). I take suggestions from all of you tech-wise-wine-loving-blog-writing friends for replacements. In the meantime, be safe this weekend and post pics of your costumes! Cheers!