WINE REVIEW: Bar Z Tempranillo ‘Newsom Vineyards’, 2011, Texas High Plains, TX ($30)
by Andrew Chalk
Bar Z Winery is one of the most remote wineries in Texas, located just south of Amarillo in Canyon. It is closer to Albuquerque than Dallas. This is the Texas High Plains, a massive grape growing area where the altitude is over 3,000 feet, the temperature varies wildly from night to day, and humidity is low.
This is where Monty Dixon, Bar Z owner and Formula One fanatic, makes expressive wines from grapes grown in some of the best vineyards in the Texas High Plains AVA.
This wine is a case in point. Newsom Vineyard is probably the best known vineyard in Texas and Tempranillo is the grape that put it, and the High Plains, on the map.
Appearance: Opaque garnet with brown edge;
Nose: Plummy, raisins, sultanas;
Palate: Medium plus acid, molasses, chocolate, woody tannins, coiled up fruit bursts out in the mouth;
Soft enough to drink now with, e.g. lamb. Or may be kept for about 5 years.