WINE REVIEW: Two Wines From One of Texas' Best Wineries
by Andrew Chalk
Bending Branch Winery 2017 Petite Sirah, 'Newsom Vineyards', Texas High Plains ($38)
Appearance: Totally opaque ruby;
Nose: Blackberry, mocha, coffee,
Palate: Very chewy tannins. Keep for a few years or serve with a fatty cut of steak (e.g. ribeye). Blackberry fruit gloriously open and effusive on the palate.
Bending Branch Winery 2018 Estate Tannat, Estate 'Lost Pirogue Vineyard', Texas Hill Country ($65)
Appearance: Opaque deep red/brown hue;
Nose: Blackberry, forest floor, licorice, 5-spice powder, cinnamon;
Palate: Full bodied, chewy, dark fruit aormas and taste. Ideal with steak, prime rib, or lamb.