When you think about drinks from Texas what first comes to mind might be Lone Star beer or Tito’s Vodka. But for the wine lover, look to Texas Hill Country. Here lies a burgeoning wine industry. The arid land and gently rolling hills there brings to mind the south of Spain. It’s in the hill country just outside of Austin that William Chris Vineyards is located. The Chris of William Chris, is Chris Brundrett, the native Texas winemaker winemaker who studied at Texas A&M. Brundrett is making some really delicious and intriguing wines that express the terroir of the lone star state.
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Chris Brundrett (Left, front) and Bill Blackmon (Right front)
2016 William Chris Vineyards, Hye Estate Vineyard Malbec Rose
Pale peach in color. Nose of orange cream and wet stones. Bright on the palate with super-fun mandarin flavor combined with solid acidity and strong minerality.
2015 William and Chris Vineyards, High Cross Vineyard Tempranillo
Super bright garnet color. Nose of red fruit, spices, and cola notes. On the palate flavors of red cherry and mixed red berries are backed up by silky tannin and medium acid all building to a long finish.
2014 William Chris Vineyard, La Pradera Vineyard Petit Verdot
Deep, brooding color. Very floral nose of violets backed up with a good hit of limestone. Flavors of dried dark fruit, a bi candied but balanced by spiciness with bold tannins and complex acidity. Give 3 to 5 years for optimal drinking.
2014 William ChrisVineyards, Hye Estate Vineyard Tannat
An earthy nose of light purple flowers. Plum and cherry flavor predominate backed by hints of cocoa, cola and good minerality backed by bright acidity and grippy tannins.