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Russ Kane makes his top choices of 2009 Texas wines

Russ Kane has posted his top 10 Texas wine choices for 2009. You can read about his ideas about Texas 2000 wines here on his blog.

Two of the wines that ranked in his top 10 picks are from High Plains wine trail wineries.

Llano Estacado,  Viviana (White Blend) 2008 (www.llanowine.com)
A inspired blend of Gewurztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Viognier, Riesling and Chardonnay. Aromas of honeysuckle, tropical fruits and hint of musk followed by a lemon-lime, just a modest hint of sweetness, silky feel and long finish.

McPherson Cellars, Grenache Mourvedre 2007 (www.mcphersoncellars.com)
A blend of Mediterranean red grapes commonly found in Chatauneuf du Pape in southern Rhone.  It yields black cherry, raspberry, currants

There are also several wines mentioned that are made with grapes grown in the Texas High plains.

Inwood Estate Vineyards, Tempranillo-Cabernet 2005 (www.inwoodwines.com)
This wine continues to impress all that taste it with its opaque, purple color and rich dark berry flavors carrying vanilla and smoke. A marriage of Texas High Plains legacy (Cabernet) and future (Tempranillo).

Grapes for this wine came from Newsom Vineyard on the Texas High Plains.

Mandola Estate Winery, Vermentino 2008 (www.mandolaestatewinery.com
Golden straw colored and lightly aromatic white from the grape of the same name native to Italy, mostly in the regions of Liguria and Tuscany and on the island of Sardinia. It makes for a bright, golden-colored white wine, with fruity aromas and bright acidity

Grapes for this wine came from Bingham Family Vineyards on the Texas High Plains.

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