In our monthly wine club, we’ve been working through the suggested tastings in Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier. But this month, we decided to go off-book and take our tasting on the road… specifically Highway 290 near Fredericksburg (also known as Wine Road 290). There, we visited three tasting rooms to try some of the best local wines Texas has to offer.
2012 McPherson Cellars Vermentino
Straw-colored, with a floral nose. Light-bodied and crisp, with a short finish. Overall, 3/5. Would drink again.
2011 Lost Oak Winery Quartet
A clear blend of Viognier, Roussane, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonell. Light-bodied, and tremendously over-sweet and unbalanced, with a long, cloying finish. Overall, 1/5, and this was unanimously agreed as the worst wine we tasted. Would not drink again.
2012 Brennan Vineyards Lily
A clear blend of Roussane, Viognier, and Grenach. A peach and floral nose. Medium-bodied, and well-balanced, with a short finish. Overall, a 3/5. The best of the whites we tried. Would drink again.
2010 Brennan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet, with a cherry nose. Medium-bodied, tannic, and oaky, with a medium finish. Overall, a 3/5. Would drink again.
2010 McPherson Cellars Sangiovese
Garnet, with licorice and red fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied, tannic, and peppery, with a medium finish. Overall, 3/5. Probably wouldn’t drink again.
Lost Oak Winery Red Roan
A ruby blend of Paso Robles Merlot and West Texas Tempranillo. Cherry on the nose. Bold, full-bodied, and tannic with notes of pepper and earth. Medium finish. Overall a 4/5, and definitely the best wine we tasted at 4.0 Cellars. Would drink again.