White and rose wines make me smile, but sometimes a girl needs some red wines to balance things out.
Here are some beauties I have recently tasted:
2012 Duchman Dolcetto — This is a Texas winner! Lush black plum with a hint of raspberry and cocoa. A smooth, medium-bodied dry red to enjoy just slightly chilled. (A Texas Fine Wine made from grapes from the Bingham Family Vineyards)
2010 McPherson Cellars Sangiovese
Made from some of the oldest vines in Texas, this light-bodied red has terrific cherry and cola notes with a hint of violet flower.
2010 Primus from Veramonte
This Carménère (member of the Cabernet family) does not disappoint! Dark cherry, plum, cocoa and black pepper notes. Lush and full-bodied.
One of my favorite Texas wines that you will find frequently in my fridge is the Duchman Family Winery Vermentino. Lots of citrus, underripe white peach, and mineral notes. Nice acidity makes this such a refreshing wine. Whole Foods Market for about $17.
I have heard that winemaker Dave Reilly thinks this is their best Vermentino ever. We can also thank the Bingham Family for providing these terrific grapes from their High Plains vineyard.
I nearly finished this bottle of Duchman Family Winery Trebbiano before I remembered to snap a photo and write a short note about it. It’s so refreshing — with a hint of banana (in a good, tropical way) and citrus. Love the crisp, dry finish. An easy-drinking, refreshing summer wine.
Cheers! (And yes, the grapes are from the Bingham Family Vineyards! One of Texas’ best grape-growing families.)
This Montecucco Bianco 2009 is a blend of Trebbiano (60%) and Vermentino (40%) — it offers a nice dry wine, with a floral, fruity nose, and is crisp and snappy on the finish.
Trebbanio is the second most widely planted grape in the world (who knew?!). It is called Ugni Blanc in France.
There is some Trebbiano in Texas — Duchman Family Winery has a 2009 Trebbiano that is offered at Dolce Vita in Houston. They use grapes from the Bingham Family Vineyards.