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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

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2004 Lightcatcher Reserve Merlot – Review

It’s been a lot of personal fun over the past few years to watch Texas grow its wine industry – it is now the 5th-largest wine-producing state in the Union. Its vast landsapes have been doing a good job with certain grapes varieties and more recently we’ve started to see some bordeaux grapes popping up, but can Texas do them justice?

Lightcatcher Winery is located in the famous “Grapevine” area just outside of Dallas/Ft. Worth which is now home to scores of wineries – most of which are bringing Texas-pride to their products.

Technical Data:

  • Alcohol: 14.9%
  • Oak: Aged for 35 months
  • Price: $32

Nose: Massive amounts of oak here – I’m still pulling the splinters out of my nose hairs. I saw that this wine was aged 35months on oak and that immediately worried me as being over-oaked and so far, the nose confirms that. In fact, the nose is so strong of oak that I barely pick up the blackberries, tobacco and road-tar elements.

Taste: Like the nose, there is so much freakin’ oak going on here that everything else is blown out the window. Menthol, medicince cabinet action with some plum and black cherry. The finish is cluttered with the splinters of oak I have to pick out of my teeth and is too hot.  I guess “they” aren’t joking when they say “everything is bigger in Texas” – in this case it clearly applies to the oak – maybe 35months is a bit too long eh?

Bottom Line: I’m sure there are merlot’s in Texas that are good, however – to me – this is not one of them and at $32 dollars, I’m gonna give it a major pass. This wine will cater to those who might work in the lumber industry or those who appreciate the fact they won’t have to look for a toothpick after dinner since they already have a mouth-full of them from drinking this wine.

W.E.P. Rating: 20%

Winery website: www.lightcatcher.com

This wine gets our new “oak bomb” logo:

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