Today, the Newsom family can etch another accomplishment into the proverbial stick by creating their own wine label, and setting up shop in Comfort, Texas with the Newsom Vineyards at Comfort tasting room to sell the wines. At the time of this review, they are waiting on their TABC permit to begin selling their wine. The Newsoms will be partnering with five of the top winemakers in Texas to produce around 18 different wines. To start, they will be selling four wines; Merlot, Inception, Pinot Grigio, and Orange Muscat.
We were fortunate enough to receive a bottle of their new, soon to be released, Texas Merlot. It is of course, Newsom Vineyards fruit, and is another shining example of what the Texas High Plains AVA, and Bordeaux grapes can accomplish together. The permeable soils, and high altitude combine to make for extracted, round fruit which shows itself well once in the hands of a competent winemaker. The fruit sourced for this wine comes from the old Merlot vines planted in 1993, with the wine named after Laverne, Neal’s mother. This bottle of wine comes sealed in a Bordeaux bottle, with a handy Newsom logo gripping the bottles curves, bound with a leather strap.
- Newsom Vineyards Lavern’s Merlot, 2014 vintage
- Winemaker: Greg Bruni
- Appellation: Texas, Texas High Plains AVA, Newsom Vineyards
- Grape Varieties: Merlot
- Clarity/brightness: Clear/bright with no detectable flaws, and no evidence of gas or sediment
- Tannins: Medium plus
- Acidity: Medium plus
- Alcohol: Medium
- Finish: Long
- Alcohol by volume: 12.6%
Read article here: https://txwinelover.com/2016/09/review-newsom-vineyards-laverns-merlot-2014/