It's always great having a chance to enjoy one of the first wines from a new Texas winery. 1851 Vineyards' Grace Vineyards Cabernet gives a glimpse of how this new winery is coming together. 1851's winemaker, John Rivenburgh, has sourced the fruit from California's Sierra Foothills, and he happens to be well versed at making wines with the very ripe fruit that this region is capable of producing. This wine is vinted and bottled at Bending Branch Winery. It is fairly common to see the first wines from a new Texas winery vinted and bottled at one of the more established wineries. This is a fine example of the "we're all in this together" spirit among Texas wineries and how established Texas wineries help the new guys get off the ground. 1851 Vineyards has quite a bit of fruit growing on their estate, so we'll start seeing estate wines before too long.
The Grace Vineyards Cabernet starts with lots of blackberry and spice on the nose, followed on the palate with rich blackberry preserves, oakiness, an herbal/eucalyptus note, and spice through a long finish. There's a bit of heat from the 16.3% ABV. Full body, medium plus tannins, medium acidity. At 28 bucks it's an excellent value.
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Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon from Grace Vineyards in the California Sierra Foothills
Price: $28 at 1851 Vineyards in Fredericksburg, TX