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April 12, 2021 | Carl Hudson

Wine Club Selections for Apr-2021

Carl’s Corner – Texas Wine Collective (4.0 Cellars)

Wine Club Selections for Apr-2021


All of us at Texas Wine Collective hope you are safe, in good health, and enjoying a more relaxed and open springtime than we experienced a year ago.  We are excited about the upcoming April 2021 Wine Club allocations and Member Pickup events scheduled for Sundays, 18-April and 25-April.  As a Wine Club Member, you should have received an email with details on these events, information on wines in the allocation, and how to reserve a spot.  Check the website for further details (www.fourpointwine.com).  We sincerely appreciate our wine club members, and wish to do everything we can to keep you safe, and amply supplied with wine from our owner-partners:  Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars.  We hope you will make reservations to join us for one of the wine club event sessions and enjoy the wines and beautiful facilities at Texas Wine Collective. 

Allocation Selection: R=Red, M=Mixed, W=White, S=Sweet

There are three very tasty red wines in the April-2021 Wine Club Allocation.  From Todd Webster at Brennan Vineyards comes the new vintage 2018 Super Nero.  From Lost Oak Winery we feature the new 2019 vintage of Cabernet Franc, a long-time favorite made by Jim Evans.  And, Kim McPherson is presenting a classic Tempranillo 2018 sourced from the Texas High Plains. 

Brennan Vineyards Super Nero 2018 Texas                                                                        R/M

Grape(s):  Nero d’Avola 28%, Newburg Vyd and Syrah 34%, Comanche Vyd, both from Comanche Cty, and Montepulciano 38%, Diamante Doble Vyds, Tokio, Terry Cty
Cuvées delestaged daily for 7 days; juice pressed from skins; fermented separately on D254 yeast in SS tanks for 7 days @ 68oF; aged 12-16 months in mostly used American & French oak barrels; blended & bottled at 14.1% ABV, 0% RS (DRY)
One of very few (2?) Texas vineyards growing Nero d’Avola, Newburg Vyd produces wonderful fruit for the base of this popular wine.  Deep garnet color; aromas of cherries, bramble berries, leather, tobacco, cedar, and cinnamon with hints of violets & black peppercorns; flavors of ripe, cooked blackberries, brioche, and hazelnuts; lovely balance with a slight tannic grip on the finish; pair with beef, game birds, pork tenderloins, and smoky Texas BBQ!

Lost Oak Winery Cabernet Franc 2019 Texas                                                                     R/M

Grape(s):  Cabernet Franc 81%, Burning Daylight Vyds, Rendon, TX, Tarrant County, Merlot 13%, Bingham Family Vyds, Meadow, TX, Terry Cty, and 6% Petit Verdot, Sprayberry Vyds, Midland, TX, Midland Cty
Fermented separately in SS tanks; cuvées aged on average 16 months in French and American oak barrels; blended & bottled at 13.0% ABV, 0.0% RS (DRY)
Dark berry red color; aromas of cherry and pipe tobacco; flavors of black currant, boysenberry, and mulberry lead to notes of white pepper with velvety tannins at the finish.  Pair with blue cheeses, Salisbury steak, stuffed mushrooms, grilled salmon, and chocolate-covered espresso beans. 

McPherson Cellars Tempranillo 2018 TX High Plains                                                          R

Grape(s):  Tempranillo 100%, Timmons Estate, Brownfield, Terry Cty, TX
Fermented 10 days in SS tank with overall 40-day skin contact; aged 13 months in French oak barrels (18% new); bottled @ 13.8% ABV, 0.2% RS (DRY)
Tempranillo grows well in warm, arid climates, and is a key grape in Spain and Texas.  Clinton “Doc” McPherson pioneered the Texas Wine Industry and made early plantings of Tempranillo on the Texas High Plains.  This is a smooth, easy-drinking, well-balanced red wine with bright cherry fruit aromas and flavors followed by pleasant, dusty tannins on the finish.  Enjoy with summer grilled favorites and picnic fare. 


Each of our owner-partners offers a selection for the white wine allocation.  A new vintage of Sauvignon Blanc from Burning Daylight Vineyards will be released from Lost Oak Winery.  From McPherson Cellars we feature a bright, refreshing Float Rosé 2019 produced from classic Rhône varieties.  And, Brennan Vineyards Roussanne 2018 will provide delicious spring and summer sipping for your enjoyment. 

Lost Oak Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Texas                                                                 W/M

Grape(s):  Sauvignon Blanc 100%, Burning Daylight Vyds, Rendon, TX, Tarrant County
Fermented cold and aged in SS tank; bottled @ 13.8% ABV, 0.0% RS (DRY)
A long-time favorite for TWC/4.0 Cellars from the special vineyard managed by Missy and Dave Gudal.  Pale straw color; bouquet of ripe grapefruit and wildflowers, crisp refreshing flavors of Asian pear, white peach, and a splash of zesty citrus.  Pair with baked brie and peach jam, shrimp scampi, King ranch chicken casserole, grilled pork, and poached pears. 

Float Rosé by McPherson Cellars 2019 TX High Plains                                                      W

Grape(s):  Cinsault 65%, Carignan 22%, and Grenache Blanc 13%, sourced from Castano Prado and Lahey Vineyards, Texas High Plains, Terry Cty
Fermented cold and then aged in stainless steel tanks; blended before bottling at 12.9% ABV, 0.4% RS (essentially DRY)
This watermelon-colored wine offers aromas of white rose petal, maraschino cherry, raspberry syrup, and white peach.  Flavors of fresh summer strawberry, red licorice, tangerine, and pomegranate candy follow.  The finish is bright and crisp.  A wonderful sipping wine for most any spring/summer occasion. 

Brennan Vineyards Roussanne 2018 Texas (High Plains)                                                 W

Grape(s):  Roussanne 100%, La Pradera Vyd, Brownfield, TX, Terry Cty
Mechanically harvested, pressed, fermented cold at 52oF; aged on the lees in SS tank with no malolactic transformation; 13.9% ABV, 0.0% RS (DRY)
Light golden straw color with green hues; tropical aromas of banana, honeydew melon, and pineapple with floral nuances of jasmine; fruit flavors of gala apple, papaya, dried mango & key lime with lingering notes of wild honey; sturdy finish with well-balanced acidity; great with turkey, ham, picnic fare & most seafood dishes


The three sweet wines in this allocation represent new versions of old favorites that should please our club members with a sweet tooth.  Three White Chicks 2018, at 2.5% residual sugar (RS), is offered from Brennan Vineyards.  Lost Oak Winery is releasing a Sweet Moscato 2019 with 3.5% RS.  And, also from Brennan Vineyards comes a new version of Mistelle, a higher alcohol dessert wine (16% ABV, 7% RS) designed to finish off any meal in grand style. 

Three White Chicks 2018 Texas (by Brennan Vyds)                                                                S

Grape(s):  Muscat Canelli 82%, Texas High Plains, and Muscat Alexandria 18%, Newburg Vyd, Comanche County, TX
Fermented cold and aged in stainless steel tanks (no M/L); blended, sweetened, stabilized, and bottled @ 11.6% ABV, 2.5% RS (medium sweet)
Light golden straw color; fruit aromas and flavors of gala apple, white peach, and apricot with notes of wildflower honey; refreshing acid-sweetness balance on the palate.  For spicy Mexican or Indian fare, sushi, and patio/poolside merriment. 

Lost Oak Winery Sweet Muscato 2019 TX High Plains                                                         S

Grape(s):  Muscat Canelli 100%, Krick Hill Vyds, Levelland, TX, Hockley County
Fermented cold and aged in SS tank; sweetened, stabilized, and bottled @ 14.0% ABV, 3.5% RS (sweet)
Pale straw color; delicate tropical fruit aromas and flavors of guava with notes of pear and apricot on a long, lingering finish.  Pair with spicy kimchi or brisket tacos, chicken enchiladas, smoked Gouda mac and cheese, and citrusy fruit salads. 

Brennan Vineyards Mistelle 2016 TX High Plains                                                                  S

Grape(s):  Roussanne 67% and Grenache Blanc 33%, Texas High Plains Vyds
Fermented cold & aged in SS tanks; blended, fortified to 16% ABV; sweetened to 7% R.S. (sweet); stabilized & bottled
Aromas of dried banana, honey, and candied apricots; fruit flavors of canned peach, lemon zest, and Rainer cherries with notes of jasmine and honeysuckle.  This is a true dessert wine to share with moderately sweet offerings or just by the glass to finish a meal. The previous Brennan Mistelle was made from Semillon, a Bordeaux variety.  Enjoy this delicious version produced from white Rhône varieties.    


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