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Vineyard: Messina Hof Vineyards, Bryan, TX
Type of wine: red blend (syrah, merlot)
Nose: bold oak, spice
Palate: acidic, cherry, medium oak, light spice
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
I picked up this bottle of Messina Hof Texas Hold’em at a local Spec’s Liquor Store (Jones Rd @ 290 in Houston) to unwind with this evening. I have seen this bottle several times over the years as well as the large tanks of it at the Messina Hof Vineyards in Bryan yet I never picked up a bottle until tonight. Texas Hold’em is a red blend consisting of 50% Syrah / 50% Merlot. The nose of the wine is that of a bold, oaky and spicy red, with light alcohol. The first taste of the wine is a bit acidic up front with supple cherry flavor. There is a hint of vanilla or another baking spice I can’t quite place. The wine finishes with a nice medium oak. This wine definitely has a Messina Hof footprint. The aroma and taste of the wine instantly takes me to their vineyards. If you’ve had a few of their wines you know exactly what I mean. This is a very enjoyable red table wine. At this extremely low price I would definitely recommend picking up a few bottles to have on hand for casual dinner parties or for those nights where you just want a nice, simple bold glass of wine to enjoy.
Messina Hof Texas Holdem in the bottle
Messina Hof Texas Holdem in the glass
Vineyard: Peach Creek Vineyards, College Station, Texas
Type of wine: dry red, ruby cab
Nose: peppery, spicy, dark fruit
Palate: soft, spicy, cherry, grape
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
We first tasted this wine on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail at the beautiful Peach Creek Vineyards estate. By far one of the most aesthetically pleasing wineries i’ve been to in Texas, it had the perfect outdoor patio area to relax and taste this wine. I was offered this wine in lieu of a sweet white wine (as they are not my preference). This wine is made from Ruby Cabernet grapes which is a varietal I had no prior experience with. It pours a deep ruby color in the glass. Inviting aromas of peppery spice and dark fruit are on the inhale. The first sip of this wine it was immediately noticed how soft and velvety it is. It is a medium body wine with light to medium oak present. Fruits in the wine include cherry and a unique grape flavor which is most likely lent by the ruby cab grape. Notes of pepper and other spices are also experienced. The wine is slightly acidic and has a pleasant dry finish. I would recommend pairing this wine with a spicy Italian meal. At $16 a bottle it’s definitely unique and a very enjoyable red wine that I will be sure to have again. I highly recommend visiting the Peach Creek Vineyards estate and giving this and some of their other wines (which I will review later) a try. If you aren’t able to make it out to College Station you can take my word for it and order directly from their website at http://blog.peachcreekvineyards.com
Peach Creek Vineyards Red Rooster
Peach Creek Vineyards Red Rooster in glass
Vineyard: Bernhardt Winery, Plantersville, TX
Type of wine: pinot grigio
Nose: pear, light alcohol
Palate: tart citrus, clove, semi-dry
Rating: 3 out of 5
The Bernhardt 2012 Pinot Grigio was one of several wines we tasted at the Bernhardt Winery tasting room while on the recent Bluebonnet Wine Trail. This pinot grigio pours a somewhat cloudy yet faint straw color. The nose of the wine has aromas of pear and light alcohol consistent with many pinot grigios. The first thing I noticed about this wine when tasting it is the tart citrus bite up front. Flavors of grapefruit and other tropical fruits are present. There is also a spice element that I identified as clove. Like other pinot grigios this wine is crisp at first and semi-dry to dry on the finish. The finish is also somewhat bitter and could be smoother but not unpleasantly so. The wine was paired with meat and cheese which took some of the bitter bite out of the finish after eating some and resuming tasting. I would recommend dry white wine drinkers give this one a try if they make a stop at the Bernhardt Winery to have a tasting. At this price point it’s on par with other pinot grigios i’ve had from other regions.
Bernhardt Winery Pinot Grigio 2012 bottle
Bernhardt Winery Pinot Grigio 2012 in glass