Two Northeast Texas Wines Make Best of 2014 List
Two out of the 20 Texas wines selected recently by Texas Monthly's Jessica Dupuy as the best in the state in 2014 come from Northeast Texas wineries. Trying more than 150 Texas wines from more than 50 wineries, Dupuy named Landon Winery's Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2012, and Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards' Rosato, 2013, as two of her favorites.
Landon Winery is located in Greenville with another location in McKinney. Dupuy said, "A pleasant surprise in the blind tasting, this opulent Cabernet with its grippy tannins and hints of green pepper reminded me of a classic California Cab. It’s even more giving on the palate than on the nose, making it a pleasure to drink. It seems this Reserve Cab was a hit among others too; it’s currently sold out. But owner Bob Landon plans to release another vintage soon. "
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards in Pittsburg won with their Rosato, just one out of five winners in the Best Dry Roses category. Dupuy sited, "A happy find, this Rosato comes from a lesser known winery out of Pittsburg, Texas. Dry yet fruity, the wine is a blend of Zinfandel and Dolcetto from the Texas High Plains. It offers notes of black cherry and cranberry, with a floral on the nose and a crisp finish on the palate. Though not as widely distributed as some of the larger Texas producers, it’s a worthy companion to the stalwarts of the scene."
Congratulations to these winners. Learn more about Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards from our archives, http://www.countylinemagazine.com/March-2013/Los-Pinos-Ranch-Vineyards/