Wine Club September, 2019
4.0 Cellars Wine Club Release – Sep-2019
4.0 Cellars Merlot 2017 TX High Plains (by Lost Oak Winery)
Grape(s): Merlot 100%, Bingham Family Vineyards, Meadow, TX, Terry County
Harvested in Aug-2017; fermented in SS tank; barrel aged 11 mo. in French & American oak; bottled at 14.2% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Dark ruby color; black cherry & ripe persimmon fruit mingle with vanilla, tobacco, & peppery notes; hints of smoke on the well-balanced finish with sturdy, ripe tannins; pairs well with Texas steaks & most grilled meats
McPherson Cellars Les Copains Red 2016 Texas High Plains
Grape(s): Mourvèdre 30%, Cinsault 30%, Syrah 19%, Carignan 14%, & Grenache 7%, all from Texas High Plains vineyards
Fermented in SS tank for 10 days (27 days skin contact); aged 13 mo in French oak barrels (20% new), 13.9% ABV, 0.2% RS (DRY)
Les Copains means “partners or buddies.” Five Rhone varieties are partnered to create this lovely blend that is medium bodied & fruit forward; luscious ripe flavors of wild strawberry & red cherry with plenty of spice & soft green herbal notes; soft tannins & balanced acidity carry to a gentle finish; enjoy Les Copains on its own or with a succulent pork chop & rice pilaf.
Brennan Vineyards Super Nero 2017 Texas
Grape(s): Nero d’Avola 58%, Newburg Vyd, Comanche County, TX; 25% Carmenere, Lahey Vyd, Brownfield, TX, Terry County; Cabernet Sauvignon 8.5%, Soleado Vyd, Seagraves, TX, Gaines County; & Alicante Bouschet 8.5%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry County
Fermented cold at 52oF over 3-5 weeks in SS tanks; Nero, Carmenere, & Cab aged 14 mo. in used American & French oak barrels (50:50), Alicante aged 3 mo. in similar barrels; wines blended & bottled at 14.5% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Deep garnet red hue with fuschia rim; ripe cherry & dark berry aromas with hints of leather, cedar, cinnamon, violets, & black peppercorns; flavors of ripe, cooked blackberries with notes of brioche & toasted hazelnuts, great balance & lush mouthfeel with a slight tannic grip on the finish; serve with beef, pork, game birds, & rich pasta dishes. This wine also goes great with TX BBQ!
Lost Oak Winery Viognier 2018 Texas High Plains
Grape(s): Viognier 100%, Bingham Family Vineyards, Meadow, TX, Terry County
Fermented cold; aged 8 mo. on its lees in SS tank; 15.4% ABV, <0.1% RS (DRY)
Aromas of ripe pear & peach; flavors of Anjou pear & sweet white peach coupled with a gentle touch of Meyer lemon; bold wine with a rich mouthfeel; lingering finish; pairs well with grilled chicken or savory pork tenderloin, and can even blend with pear or apple tartlet. Yet another really good Viognier from Jim Evans & Lost Oak Winery.
McPherson Cellars Chenin Blanc 2017 Texas High Plains
Grape(s): Chenin Blanc 100%, Lepard Vineyard, Brownfield, TX, Terry County
Fermented 27 days at 56oF; aged in SS tank; 13.0% ABV, 0.2% RS (DRY)
It’s a thrill to have McPherson Cellars Chenin Blanc back at 4.0 Cellars. This delightful wine offers inviting apple, melon, & floral aromas that lead to crisp golden delicious apple & Asian pear fruit flavors with mineral undertones & crisp acidity on the jazzy, bright finish; enjoy this alone or with shrimp or oysters, grilled fish or chicken, turkey (think Thanksgiving), & white-sauced pasta dishes. A 4.0 Cellars favorite.
Brennan Vineyards Reserve Dry Rosé 2018 Texas
Grape(s): Mourvèdre 65%, Newburg Vyd, & Malbec 35%, Comanche Vyd, Comanche County, TX
Fermented 5 weeks at 42oF; aged in SS tank; 12.2% ABV, 0.05% RS (DRY)
Beautiful pink watermelon color – and the label color matches; aromas of strawberry, rhubarb, honeysuckle, & jasmine; flavors of tart strawberry, pomegranate, & watermelon rind with hints of honey & lime; well-balanced finish with bright acidity that pairs well with many food options, especially cheeses, quiche, shrimp pastas, & Mediterranean salads.
Lost Oak Winery Dolce Rouge N.V. Texas High Plains
Grape(s): Ruby Cabernet 77%, Krick Hill Vyd, Levelland, TX, Hockley County, & Merlot 23%, Bingham Family Vyds, Meadow, TX, Terry County
Fermented cold & aged 12 months in SS tanks; blended, sweetened, & stabilized before bottling; 13.0% ABV, 4% RS (sweet)
Fruity, sweet, & smooth medium-bodied red with lots of spice for the holidays; red fruit aromas with black cherry & plum notes; drink chilled or mix in fruit/juice to make a delicious sangria. Dolce Rouge pairs well with cherry pie, plum tart, & most chocolates. Goes great with spicy Texas BBQ sauce, too.
Vintage Lane Sweet Moscato 2017 TX High Plains (by Lost Oak Winery)
Grape(s): Muscat Canelli 100%, Diamante Doble Vyd, Tokio, TX, Terry County
Fermented cold in SS tanks; sweetened & stabilized before bottling; 12.6% ABV
Aromas of wild flowers, white roses, & lychee fruit; flavors of ripe pineapple, mango, & green grapes with hints of lychee & Granny Smith apple; gentle finish with a touch of balancing acidity that dances across the tongue; wonderful wine for those with a sweet tooth for an afternoon by the pool or an evening on the deck.
Austin Street Three White Chicks 2018 Texas (by Brennan Vineyards)
Grape(s): 82% Muscat Canelli, Texas High Plains vineyards, & 18% Muscat Alexandria, Newburg Vyd, Comanche, TX, Comanche County
Fermented cold; aged 8 mo. on its lees in SS tank; 13.8% ABV, 2.5% RS (semi-sweet)
A light, golden straw color; aromas of cantaloupe & honeydew melon with jasmine floral notes; this is light & refreshing on the palate with flavors of gala apple, white peach, & apricot; good balancing acidity; enjoy for poolside merriment; pair with Thai or Indian cuisine, spicy shrimp or pork fajitas, & sushi.