WINE REVIEW: Reddy Vineyards, 2019 TX-BDX, Texas High Plains ($50)
by Andrew Chalk
This is a Bordeaux blend made in Texas. The grape blend is 71% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, 7% cabernet sauvignon, 6% malbec, and 6% petit verdot, all from Reddy Vineyards. There are even block numbers on the label. So this wine could be labelled ‘Estate Grown’, rather than just ‘Produced and Bottled’.
Despite its youth the color is medium garnet. The aromatic nose exhibits very forward red fruit, subtle hints of smoke, and notes of French oak. In the mouth the fruit coats the mouth. The tannins are soft, helping make this wine ideal to drink now (in fact, best drunk now). Its softness makes it a good match for duck and pork, as well as red meat.
Reddy Vineyards has done a Sherman’s March on distribution over the last couple of years so this wine should be easy to find. If not, order from the web site.