LD3 RANCH

Our wines are made only from Texas Hill Country grapes.  In addition to estate grown grapes from the LD3 Ranch Vineyard, small amounts of fruit have occasionally been sourced  from two other notable Texas Hill Country vineyards: Granite Hill Vineyards, just north of Fredericksburg, and Wendy & Sam Jordan’s Vineyard in Mason County. The LD3 Ranch Vineyard is very small, approximately three acres.  It is planted with Blanc du Bois and Black Spanish, which is also known as Lenoir and Jacquez. The soil is loamy clay, ranging from brun to more reddish. Layers of caliche and limestone rock lie beneath.  It is reminiscent of the Languedoc-Rousillon region of France. Blanc du Bois is a hybrid grape that has Muscat in its parentage.  Its spicy citrus varietal characteristic bodes well with the minerality imparted by our limestone-laden soil. Some say Black Spanish was brought to Texas by the Spanish in the late 1500’s.  Others theorize it was brought by French immigrants who settled in Georgia.  Like Alicante Bouchet, it is a teinturier grape, meaning it has red colored juice.  Depending on how it is processed, Black Spanish can make a beautiful rosé, a savory red, or a deeply brooding Banyuls-Port style wine.  Its rosé can also make an interesting sherry-like, fortified wine.

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