A few weeks ago I read an article concerning bill 1519 that was being considered in the Texas legislature. It could drastically change the way wine consumers view Texas wine. In short, a wine that indicates an appellation or geographical sub-division would need to be produced and bottled in Texas, with 100% of the grapes or fermented grape juices coming from Texas as well. I thought that was a really unique move, so I reached out to one of the bill’s key supporters. William Chris Vineyards is a premium Texas winery focused on leading the charge to help make Texas relevant as a serious wine producer. Bill and Chris agree that great wines are not made but grown. Below are my reviews.
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William Chris Vineyards Roussanne Texas High Plains 2017
In terms of aroma, this Roussanne offers up apricot, sliced melon, and floral notes. Moving into taste, the palate is filled with honeyed citrus, orange zest and yellow apple. The finish is ripe, showing green tea and pineapple combined with balanced acidity.
Suggested Retail: $25
Score: 92 Points
William Chris Petillant Naturel Rose Sparkling Wine 2018
This sparkling wine is as diverse as it is unique! Rising from it you’ll find aromas of toast and yeasty citrus. Caressing, artisanal bubbles hold together a palate filled with strawberry tart, white peach, nectarine, and pink grapefruit. What a delightfully fresh and flavorful sparkling wine! Interestingly, Methode Ancestry is a method that is not generally used because the outcome is much more uncertain than the Traditional Methode Champenoise, as no additional dosage or filtering occurs.
Suggested Retail: $25
Score: 91 Points
William Chris Mourvedre Texas High Plains 2017
Jumping from the glass of this Mourvedre are aromas of smoked herbs, sandalwood, wet leather and dark berry fruit. The palate follows with flavors of seasoned meat, dark plum and cherry. The finish is fleshy and complex with pepper and candied raspberry nuances.
Suggested Retail: $34
Score: 93 Points
Skeleton Key Proprietary Red NV
This is great young wine with plenty of aging potential. It offers aromas of slate and plum, along with black cherry, spiced herbs, dried meats and hints of melted wax notes. The palate is tightly focused with plenty of fruit and ripe full tannin. It should age very well!