Food – Chef Ross Burtwell – Texas Hill Country Cuisine – Flavors from the Cabernet Grill – Texas Wine Country Restaurant – 34.95 – Ross Burtwell is the owner and executive chef at the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas and one of the chefs most associated with the growing Texas wine industry. “Texas Hill Country Cuisine: Flavors from the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant,” highlights a number of the dishes that have helped Burtwell define Texas Hill Country Cuisine.
D. Russel Smith – Barcelona Blanco 2012 – 10.97 – Becker Winemaker for 13 years. Garnacha Blanca & Chardonnay. Tropical fruit, apple, stone fruit. Dry, with interesting aromatics. Montsant.
Duchman Vermentino 2011 – 14.57 – More aromatic from hot drought year. Lemon and flowers, tropical citrus, some mineral poking through. Smooth and ripe. Bingham Family Vineyards fruit.
D. Russel Smith – Barcelona Rosado 2012 – 10.97 – Garnacha, Tempranillo, Carignan, Syrah. Saignée method, orange skin, mineral, pretty color, light on its feet. Black cherry, supple fruit.
D. Russel Smith – Barcelona Tinto 2012 – Garnacha / Cariñena – 10.97 – Garnacha, Carignan. 25% American oak. Medium weight, dark plum, fresh cherry, smoky pepper. High altitude.
Cellar D. Russel Smith Samso 2012 – (Carignan) – 19.57 – 60 Samso, 40 Garnaxta (Garnacha, or Grenache) – Jammy blackberry, baking spice, rock. Old vines. Tasty. Sunny mountain fruit.
Duchman Tempranillo 2011 – 20.57 – Bayer Family Vineyards fruit, great concentration in a hot year. First vintage. A grape from Spain that does great here. Ample red fruit, juicy acid, smoky.
Duchman Aglianico 2010 – 17.57 – Spice and very ripe fruit over a dense tannin structure. Floral aromatics. Neutral oak, bright & juicy acids. From the High Plains. Earth and oak & cocoa.
Stone House – Claros Norton Reserve 2012 – 28.57 – Ripe, with nice spicy notes that make Norton famous, one of the only indigenous grapes that makes quality wine. Texas fruit.