Friday, May 29, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Varieties: 100% Godello
Vineyards: Both estate vineyards plus some fruit purchased from local growers
Altitude: Between 600 and 700 meters
Soils: Sandy (caused by the degradation of the granite sub-stratum)
Age of Vines: 12-32 year old vineyards
Aging: 8 months in foudre
92 points, IWC 90 points, WA
Find it from your favorite Texas wine retailer for $15.99 or so...Cheers - Ali
Sunday, May 17, 2009
($20) Pale gold. Vibrant, pure aromas of citrus fruit, flowers and herbs. Juicy lime and lemongrass flavors are complemented by notes of anise and honeysuckle. Gains power on the finish, which strongly repeats the anise note and offers good mineral cut. This is an outstanding value.
($35) Light yellow. Intensely perfumed aromas of pear, apple, anise and smoky minerals. Firm, finely etched citrus and orchard fruit flavors are given body by a subtle floral honey quality. The anise and smoke notes repeat on the long, sappy finish. Packs a solid punch but is far from fat. These old vine Wente clones were picked at 23.2o Brix and this wine was bottled with extremely low residual sugar.
($45) Yellow-gold. Powerful scents of poached pear, mango and brown butter, with lemongrass, lees and peach pit notes adding complexity. A wild ride from citrus to pit fruit and orange marmalade on the palate, with dusty minerals adding grip. The minerality builds on the back and extends through the impressively long, spicy finish. This comes off as drier than its siblings, with more obvious energy, spice and cut.
($45) Light yellow-gold. A complex bouquet displays pineapple, passion fruit, sweet butter and floral honey. Broad and very rich, with powerful tropical and pit fruit flavors given focus by sneaky minerality. Offers an interesting blend of opulence and energy, with excellent finishing thrust and lingering minerality. I'd serve this with a rich, creamy fish or shellfish dish, or maybe with strong cheeses. None of these chardonnays ever see any oak.
($35) Vivid red. Smoky red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by pungent herbal and floral notes. Mineral-driven red fruit flavors are refreshingly tangy, with a bite of cherry skin adding grip. Becomes deeper and chewier with air and finishes with excellent clarity and sweet persistence. Give this some decanter time.
($45) Light, bright red. Tightly wound red berry and rose scents loosen with air, picking up deeper cherry and blackcurrant qualities. Zesty strawberry and black raspberry flavors stain the palate, with a strong mineral quality contributing spine. Finishes with excellent clarity, leaving white pepper and Asian spice notes behind.
($45) Hazy red. Redcurrant, strawberry and raspberry on the nose. Light in body but potent, offering sweet red berry and bitter orange favors and an exotic note of rose pastille. The mineral-driven finish leaves zesty strawberry and floral notes in its wake. All of these pinots are light and transparent, which aren't qualities that will appeal to those who insist on weight and thickness.
($20; a blend of carignane, petit sirah, grenache and mourvedre) Bright red. Flamboyant aromas of raspberry, cherry preserves and incense. Lively but supple red berry flavors are given depth by anise and cherry pit qualities. Reminds me of an open-knit 2007 southern
Thursday, May 14, 2009
COLOR: Deep ruby with a purple edge NOSE: Ripe brambleberries — raspberry, loganberry and boysenberry — with accents of black pepper and vanilla. MOUTH: Quite full-bodied, with a very supple palate. You'll again encounter the rich brambleberry notes especially boysenberry complemented by soft vanilla owing to long-term aging in small oak cooperage
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Ginjo Sake is on FIRE in Texas.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
PS: Check out the Calendar on www.texacaliwine.com, many events this week that include the Japanese Sake Brewers, Guy Davis of Davis Family Vineyards and Steven Storrs of Storrs Winery.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Ok you wine lovers, here's one of the best winemaker dinner's you'll have a chance to experience in Texas - ever. My home town of Fort Worth is all a buzz about the arrival of Guy Davis, of Davis Family Vineyards at the new spectacular fine-dining spot - GRACE! Here's the line-up, seating is limited (my Mom's even going!) give Ryan a call to reserve a seat or two. This is going to be a BLAAAASSSSTTTT!!!
Davis Family Wine Dinner
Hosted by Guy Davis at GRACE
Friday, May 15th, 2009
Meet and greet reception at 6:30pm
Schramsberg, Blanc de Blancs, California, 2004
Seated Dinner at 7:00pm
Summer Melon and Cucumber Soup
heirloom tomatoes, avocado, and king crab
Gusto by Davis, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2007
Tuna and Scallop
edamame puree and yuzu caviar
Davis Family, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, 2006
Davis Family Vineyards extra virgin olive oil,
preserved lemon, harissa, and Israeli couscous
Davis Family, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 2006
caramelized fennel risotto and duck jus
Davis Family, Zinfandel, Old Vine, Russian River Valley, 2006
caramelized potato gnocchi, braised leg, and blackberry gastrique
Davis Family, Barn D’Or, Cabernet/Syrah Blend, Sonoma, 2005
Tasting of Valrohna Chocolate
Davis Family, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2004
Cost: $145 per person (Tax & Gratuity Included)
Reserve now: Tel. 817-877-3388, email@example.com
Executive Chef: Blaine Staniford
Wine Director: Ryan Tedder