I recently enjoyed a lovely evening at Pedernales Cellars, tasting their wines with a beautifully prepared, several-course dinner prepared by Ross Burtwell of Cabernet Grill. We arrived close to sundown and what a beautiful place!
Located in Stonewall along Highway 290, it is owned by the Kuhlken family. Winemaker David Kuhlken and his brother-in-law Fredrik run the winery and hosted us for the evening.
Here are the wines we tasted:
2010 Viognier: floral, apricot, peaches on the nose, with nice acid and beautifully balanced. Yes, I bought a bottle of this!
2010 Rose made with Grenache grapes - lovely wine with pears and apple on the nose
2009 GSM (Grenache, Syrah & Mouvedre blend) - strawberry fruit with notes of pepper, chocolate
2009 Texas Tempranillo made with High Plains fruit from Reddy and Bingham Vineyards — cherry, earthy, mineral notes. This wine is sold at East End Wines and at the new Austonian Urban Wines and Liquor store.
2009 Tempranillo Reserve - darker color with cherry, truffle notes
2009 Texas Hill Country Tempranillo - more tannic like a cherry sweet tart - love it! And yes - I bought a bottle of this, too!
2008 Family Reserve Tempranillo - Wow! Some Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have been added to this blend making it a super dark wine with soft tannins.
2008 Kuhklens Vineyard Estate wine - a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese. Notes of vanilla, dark fruit and soft tannins.
If you visit Fredericksburg, there is no need to eat at one of the tourist restaurants on Main Street when you have the Cabernet Grill. It is the only restaurant in Texas that has an all-Texas wine list, and Chef Burtwell is expert at pairing his foods with Texas wines.
Check out this prime strip of wagyu beef with wine-braised buffalo short rib on three-cheese grits.
The lamb with sauteed eggplant was amazing.
When you head out to the Hill Country to visit Texas wineries, don’t miss Pedernales Cellars for a lovely afternoon and tasting.