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2016 Blanc du Bois Texas

Blanc du Bois is a hybrid white grape varietal that has found a home in Texas. We express our Blanc du Bois as a dry-style wine with distinctive floral notes, and tastes of rich tropical fruit, apricot, and citrus on the finish. Our grapes come from Tara Vineyard, just outside of Athens, Texas.

Texas is one of the oldest wine growing states in the US, with vines planted here more than a hundred years before they were planted in California or Virginia. In the 1650s, Franciscan priests planted Mission vines in West Texas, near modern day El Paso. The vines were a necessity in the production of sacramental wine used in the Eucharist. The horticulturist Thomas Munson used Texas vines to create hundreds of hybrid grapes and conducted significant research in finding root stock immune to the Phylloxera epidemic, which saved the French wine industry from total ruin. The advent of Prohibition in the United States virtually eliminated Texas' wine industry, which didn't experience a revival until the 1970s, beginning with the founding of Llano Estacado and Pheasant Ridge wineries in the Texas High Plains appellation near Lubbock and the La Buena Vida winery in Springtown. According to the Texas Grape and Wine Growers Association (txwines.org), Texas now has eight AVAs although many vineyards exist outside the specified AVAs.

$24.00 per Bottle
$259.00 per Case

Technical Details

Vintage 2016
Wine Style White Wine
Varietal Blanc Du Bois
Appellation Texas
Acid 0.6
PH 3.70
Bottling Date 2/24/2017
Alcohol % 13.1
Size 750 ml

Vineyard Designation

Tara Vineyard

Winemaker Notes

Blanc du Bois is an interesting, somewhat difficult grape to get right. High acidity and moderate sugars can produce a sharply acidic wine, thus we use new American oak and perform a full malolactic fermentation to soften the wine and enhance mouthfeel.

Recommended Food Pairings

Stuffed bell peppers, seafood, shellfish, creamy pasta dishes and light meat all pair well with Blanc du Bois.