– 10-25-13 – 4pm-8pm
The mission of Pontotoc Vineyard is to make savory, concentrated, and complex wines of exceptional quality from grapes grown in and well-suited to Texas. All of the wines are made with at least a portion of the grapes grown at Pontotoc Vineyard and are named after historic locations and geological formations in the Northern Hill Country. The grapes are hand harvested and hand selected to ensure the wines are made with only premium quality fruit. All of the wines are made by well-known Texas winemaker, Don Pullum, who is considered an honorary member of the Money Family, with the assistance of Carl, who gained practical winemaking experience while working in Spain and Croatia, and Frances, who has an exceptional palate and is developing pastry pairings for Pontotoc Vineyard wines.
2011 Pontotoc San Fernando Academy – 25.57 (7 bottles) – 27% Cabernet Franc, 26% Sangiovese, 15% Mourvedre, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Carignane, 6% Tempranillo, 3% Grenache, 1% Syrah). Bouquet – Cherry, cream, candied strawberry, raspberry, and light toast. Palate – medium/light body with a crisp mouth feel and bright flavors of tart cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, cream, and vanilla, with a lengthy finish of red fruit. Sold out at the winery.
2012 Pontotoc San Fernando Academy – 25.57 – 65% Tempranillo (Pontotoc Estate, Mason County), 15% Mourvedre (Brennan), 15% Alicante Bouschet (Carlton Turner), 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (Doss). All TX Hill Country. Grip from Mourvedre is high for the 15%, cocoa powder / milk chocolate. Has some Bandol like spice.
2012 Pontotoc Smoothing Iron Mountain – 30.57 – 75% Estate Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (Doss, picked early, 5-6 mo. oak), 5% Alicante Bouschet (Carlton Turner). Pie cherry flavors from Cab, dusty tannins from Tempranillo, juicy, lengthy. Fruit forward vintage. Mason County, Texas.
2012 Pontotoc Estate Tempranillo – 30.57 – 100% Esatate Tempranillo. More American oak, 5-6 months. Different yeasts, oak vs. tank – Classic cherry, tart plum. Clean. Mason County, Texas.