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2016 Merlot Texas

Palacios Vineyards, south of Brenham, Texas, has a rich history of growing Vinifera in the difficult Texas climate.  Texas Merlot is an example of the hand-tended care that Merlot requires to bring out the best in this varietal.  Smooth with integrated oak, a hint of smoke, plum and dark fruit, you will find this Merlot to be both light and refreshing.

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 for the production of sacramental wine used in the Eucharist. The horticulturist Thomas Munson used Texas vines to create hundreds of hybrid grapes.  He conducted significant research to find root stock immune to the Phylloxera epidemic, thereby saving the French wine industry from total ruin. The advent of Prohibition in the United States virtually eliminated Texas' wine industry.  A revival began in the 1970s, 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 Wine and Grape Growers Association (txwines.org), Texas now has eight AVAs, although many vineyards exist outside the specified AVAs.

$25.00 per Bottle
$270.00 per Case

Technical Details

Vintage 2016
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Merlot
Appellation Texas
Acid 0.67
PH 3.81
Bottling Date 4/22/2017
Alcohol % 12.9
Size 750 ml

Tasting Notes

Smooth with integrated oak, a hint of smoke, plum and dark fruit.

Vineyard Designation

Palacios Vineyards

Winemaker Notes

Our Merlot was fermented with Rockpile yeast and spent three weeks on skins to extract as much tannin as the Texas climate will allow. Post-fermentation, our Merlot spent nine months in a combination of new and older French Oak barrels to bring about its smooth, leathery character.

Recommended Food Pairings

Pizza, pasta with tomato-based sauces, grilled chicken, and charcuterie all work well with Bent Oak Winery’s 2016 Texas Merlot.