The SOMM Journal

August/September 2014

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{ texas } HAVING DEMONSTRATED WORLD-CLASS VINTAGES FOR MANY YEARS running, Texas is a fast-rising star in the world of wine—and The SOMM Journal isn't the only publication that has taken notice. Beginning this month, we're partnering with Texas Wine Journal to regularly publish results from its Texas wine tastings. Texas Wine Journal is a Texas-based publication focusing on the Texas wine industry, which has a $1.83 billion impact on that state's economy. Final scores are determined by the average rating produced by a panel of regular and guest judges, including Rob Moshein, wine consultant and National Brand Ambassador in the U.S. for the Bordeaux Wine Council; Rae Wilson, Certified Sommelier/ Certified WSET, wine consultant and one of the Austin Chronicle's "Ten of Austin's Top Sommeliers"; Master Sommelier Craig Collins, Beverage Director for ELM Restaurant Group, and Anthony Head, Texas Editor of THE TASTING PANEL and The Somm Journal. Texas Syrah (tasting occurred February 18, 2014) William Chris Vineyards 2012 Syrah, High Cross Vineyard, Texas 91 points Flat Creek Estate 2010 Reserve Syrah, Texas Hill Country 87 points Lost Oak Winery 2011 "Sheriff" Reserve Shiraz, Texas 87 points Lost Oak Winery 2012 Estate Shiraz, Texas 87 points Kiepersol Estates 2009 Syrah, Texas 86 points Texas White Blends (tasting occurred March, 18, 2014) Solaro Estate 2012 "Miscela Bianco" Reserve Texas High Plains 86 points Brennan Vineyards 2012 "Austin Street – Three White Chicks," Texas 84 points McPherson Cellars 2012 "Les Copains Blanc, Texas 84 points William Chris Vineyards and Winery 2013 "Mary Ruth," Texas 83 points Pedernales Cellars 2013 "Texas Cinco," Texas 83 points PHOTO: MIGUEL LECUONA, WINE MARKETING GUIDE LLC PHOTO: MIGUEL LECUONA, WINE MARKETING GUIDE LLC Ratings from the Range 95-100 Extraordinary. Superior charac- ter and style. 90-94 Excellent. Noteworthy character and highly recommended. 85-89 Very good. Wine with special qualities and potentially great value depending on price. 80-84 Good. Solid wine with above average character. 75-79 Average. Straightforward with little distinction beyond being soundly made. Texas Wine Journal is a publication created by the Texas Wine Consortium, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. For more information about the Journal, the judges, the methodol- ogy behind the ratings and expanded tasting notes, visit A REGULAR ROUNDUP OF TEXAS WINES

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