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McPherson Cellars – Round-up Review

Texas wineries have been doing quite well with both spanish and rhone grape varieties for awhile now and have vastly been under-the-radar for most of the greater wine-drinking community at large. While there are cleary some wines in Texas that show the immaturity of that region, yet others which provide a glimpse of promise and hope to how great it can be as well.

Kim McPherson, winemaker and owner, of McPherson Cellars in Lubbock Texas has been making wine in Texas for 20 years and learned his chops in Napa and from UC Davis. He’s no stranger to what it takes to make great wines and seems to be doing a good job of producing quality wines at price points which should do well – even in today’s economy.

2006 Rose of Syrah-Grenache – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data: 

  • Grape Variety: 77% Syrah, 23% Grenache
  • Appellation: Texas
  • Production: 1000 Cases
  • pH: 3.51
  • Total Acid: 6.4 gm/L
  • Alcohol: 13.1%
  • Residual Sugar: 4.0 gm/L
  • Aging: Stainless Steel
  • Price: $12

Nose: Dirty strawberries with some rosepedal, socks, laundry-detergent and some cherry pop-rocks.

Taste: Rubarb, cherries and strawberries for days – it has an insanely long finish which I find very pleasing.  A little bit on the hot side for me but chilling the wine would help take some of that out. Also get some red-clay action.

2005 Grenache Mourvedre – W.E.P. Rating: 92%

Technical Data:

  • Grape Variety: 51% Grenache, 49% Mourvédre
  • Appellation: Texas
  • Production: 357 Cases
  • pH: 3.67
  • Total Acid: 6.4 gm/L
  • Alcohol: 13.1%
  • Residual Sugar: 5.2 gm/L
  • Aging: 100% in 2 year old American and French barrels for 14 months.
  • Price: $18
Nose: Bright cherries, wool socks, leather bits, rose pedal, lavender soap.

Taste:  Good berry component going down the hatch which does an admirable job of coating the mouth with some smooth velvet action. If you took some spicey, cherry jam and coated it with dirt shoe-laces and fresh flowers – that’s what you’d have with this wine. 

It’s very pinot-esk in its approach and it’s not going to be geared towards the lovers of Cabs and Merlot’s. The finish lingers quite nicely and overall I’d easily hit this with a bowl of taco soup, spicey italian sausage-pasta or other heavily seasoned foods.

2006 Tre Colore – W.E.P. Rating: 50%

Technical Data: 
  • Grape Variety: 56% Carignan, 35 % Mourvédre, 9 % Viognier
  • Appellation: Texas
  • Production: 477 Cases
  • pH: 3.67
  • Total Acid: 6.8 gm/L
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Residual Sugar: 7.0 gm/L
  • Aging: Stainless Steel
  • $14

Nose: Bright cherries, raspberries, hints of straw and sandstone – smells like vegas air. I’m also picking up some cherry-cola action as well on the nose.

Taste: Very kool-aid-like in its fruit-forward approach – the finish is rather weak and doesn’t leave much on the palate very long. This wine seems rather disjointed to me as if it doesn’t know who or what it’s trying to be. 

Winery website: http://mcphersoncellars.com