I recently sipped and tweeted along with other local wine fans for the Taste Texas event hosted by friend and fellow wine blogger Ben Simons of Vinotology. Ben focuses on his home state’s wines and is helping to spread the word about the quality of Texas wines. I’ve highlighted some of the states offerings in the past and was happy I could participate. Located in Driftwood, Texas, Mandola Estate Winery is in the Texas Hill Country AVA, southwest of Austin. Growing native Italian varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Moscato, Mandola Winery is bringing a taste of Italy to Texas.
I wasn’t able to participate in the full tasting which included 4 wines, I was however able to sample 2 of their Italian varieties, Sangiovese and Dolcetto. First up included the 2008 Mandola Estate Sangiovese. I’m a big fan of the variety and love the fact Mandola is giving it a go in Texas. Retailing for $24, red fruit dominates both the nose and palate. Cherries, strawberries and plum abound with a touch of cinnamon. Light to medium-bodied.
The second pour and my wine of the night featured the 2008 Mandola Estate Dolcetto. Retailing for $26, this is an easy drinking, everyday wine. The medium-bodied wine displayed notes of dark fruit, black licorice, blueberries and sweet tobacco. Price was the only negative on my tasting sheet. Kudos to Ben and Mandola Estate for an evening of great wine and great conversation. Cheers!
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