I write all the time about quality to price ratio (QPR) in the other 46 states. Quality is improving, but prices remain high, especially when compared with the selection available from Spain, South America, and Australia (to only name a few). My latest wine from Texas, a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Llano Estacado Winery, marches to the beat of a different drummer. Retailing for $14.00, the wine easily competes with similarly priced California Cabs. Located in Lubbock, Texas, Llano Estacado is the largest premium winery in the state of Texas producing between 100,000 to 120,000 cases of wine annually.
Coming in at 13.3% alcohol, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Sangiovese and 1% Petite Verdot. Unfortunately, I didn’t take detailed notes on this wine, but do remember the wine being surprisingly balanced with good fruit. A delicious wine that proves Texas can produce Cabernet. Cheers!
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