Long noted as the champion grape of the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc exhibits floral melon and tropical fruit characteristics which provide a springboard for seductive fruit forward wines that exhibit rich, mineral-driven undertones of crisp acidity. Chenin Blanc is a delightful alternative to other white wines on the market and we believe it is time to reveal what Texas Chenin Blanc is all about. Introducing McPherson Cellars' first Dry Chenin Blanc: Discover a new world with this old world variety.
This is truly a unique Muscat. Unlike the typical Muscat which is on the sweet side this Muscat is bone dry. Aromas of tangerine, peach and melon lead to a crisp acidity and fine minerality that gives this wine an elegant, clean mouth feel. Pair this wine with your next seafood dish.
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The term Reserve only to those distinct wines which are limited in production and exemplify the Winemaker's vision of quality.
Roussanne is a variety that is not well known outside the Rhone Valley in France, seemingly defined by obscurity. Upstaged by other wines, Roussanne is typically relegated to blends where it adds that extra dimension, or "boost" of flavor. Roussanne is most celebrated for its unique candy lemon drop flavors and delicate hebaceous, tea-like aromas; coupled with a long rich finish it is without a doubt a wine that deserves more attention. McPherson Cellars 2012 Reserve Roussanne has captured that finesse, its aromas leap from the glass. The flavors linger on the palate, proving a great potential for aging. Truly a wine of distinction.
Gewurztraminer is somewhat unusual and esoteric. With its exotic aromas it is certainly different from the usual, dry and crisp white wines out there. Commonly known for the powerfully aromatic and rich sweet wines it produces in Alsace, it prefers a cooler climate than Texas. After the disastrous spring freezes in 2013 (cutting our normal yields by 90%), we reached out to our friend Paolo D’Andrea in New Mexico. The fruit of this wine comes from the higher elevation and cooler climate New Mexico Vineyards in Deming, New Mexico— we call it our "desert Gewurtz." Fermented to dryness in stainless steel, you'll note lychee fruit, bubblegum, and rose petals on the nose, and citrus zest and peach on the palate. Pair it with grilled pork, or your favorite charcuterie and cheeses.
This bright and exuberant Les Copains fills the glass with pungent guava and mango aromas, highlighting the individual character of each variety and coming together for a harmonious balance. The 2013 vintage blends Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Roussanne. The wine is bright upon entry with flavors of lemony citrus, honeysuckle, and marjoram with a clean and refreshing finish. Nowhere else can you get an affordable little white blend as great as our Les Copains.
Not very well known outside of the Rhone Valley in France, Roussanne is variety that is seemingly defined by a history of obscurity. Roussanne is typically relegated to Rhone-style blends in order to give that extra dimension, or "boost" of flavor. Celebrated for its unique candy lemon drop flavors and delicate, herbaceous, tea-like aromas, it is without a doubt a wine that deserves more attention. McPherson Cellars would like to introduce you a wine of distinction, a wine that truly should be in the limelight. Enjoy this wine with seafood, poultry, light salads, or on its own.
The 2013 vintage in the Texas High Plains began precariously cold and erratic with four late spring freezes (even snow!). Most of our white grape varietals and many of the reds were thinned out or altogether lost. Luckily I could call upon my brother, Jon, an award-winning winemaker in Temecula, CA for help sourcing fruit. By working together and blending his efforts with mine we produced a Viognier keeping with the quality expected from McPherson Cellars. Our Viognier exhibits beautifully focused citrus, apricot, grapefruit and floral notes with balanced acidity. A lovely "anytime wine" but so well suited to Asian cuisine, grilled seafood and chicken, fresh fruit and light cheeses. We hope you enjoy it. With Mother Nature's help we'll be back to 100% Texas grapes next year and I can proudly put "Texas" back on the label where it belongs. - Kim McPherson, Winemaker