Texas Heritage Vineyard can be found in the wine-soaked reinvention of Fredericksburg, Texas, where I’m told they have a dazzling tasting room. I haven’t seen it, but I have tried a couple of their wines, though none of their most renowned bottlings, which revolve around Italian grape varietals.
2019 Texas Heritage Vineyard Petite Sirah Paka Vineyards – Made from dense, extracted Texas High Plains petite sirah, this wine takes its time to open up, initially leaning hard on earthy, brambly elements. Notes of blackberry and baking spice slowly come into focus, the wine developing a cabernet-like quality that’s ringed with notes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and cherry gastrique. The wine settles down with time in glass, though the bold, slightly sweet body doesn’t ever like to give up much in the way of acidity or subtlety. If you like your wines bold and steak-friendly, this bruiser’s worth a look. B+ / $36
2018 Texas Heritage Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Whoa, the attack here leaves little to the imagination: It’s an assault from the get-go that features dark black currants, overripe cherries, and lots and lots of wood. I struggled to make it through more than a few sips of this wine, which is thick with sweet treacle and tarry fruit leather, before culminating with a dense layer of oily leather smeared with strawberry jam. Where am I? D / $46