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On Texas Wine: Do They Age? Part 15: Bending Branch Winery 2014 Estate Souzão, Texas Hill Country


by Andrew Chalk


Souzão, now increasingly called Sezão, is an unfamous Portuguese blending grape used in the production of port. For Dr Bob Young, principal of Bending Branch Winery, it was something of a personal project to raise it to prominence in the Texas wine portfolio. On the basis of this impressive effort, judged by quality, he has succeeded. It remains to be seen whether other producers latch on and turn it into a significant product.


If you can find any Texas Souzão, aged or current vintage, buy it. Some to keep, some to enjoy now. It is where Tannat was in the state a decade ago. The quality is there, The reputation is still to come.


TASTING NOTES

NAME:

Bending Branch Winery 2014 Estate Souzão, Texas Hill Country

APPEARANCE

COMMENTS

Clarity

clear

Intensity

deep

Color

purple rim, garnet core

Other observations




NOSE


Condition

clean

Intensity

medium plus

Aroma characteristics

black plum, blueberry, licorice, cinnamon, cloves, bread, leather



PALATE


Sweetness

dry

Acidity


Tannin

medium/ chewy

Alcohol

medium plus

Body

full

Flavor intensity

pronounced

Flavor characteristics

confirms nose, molasses, dried fruit.

Other observations


Finish

long



CONCLUSION


Quality assessment

Very good. Much younger than its ten years auger. Will improve for years with the level of tannin and the effusive fruit.

Bottle aging

Suitable


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