Our production is very small, around 300 cases a year. We have not increased that production and have no plans to. We make only wines that carry the Texas Hill Country Appellation. That is where we are, and it is the place we want you to have a sense of when you taste the wines.
Of course it all depends on Mother nature, but each year we try to make the following wines:
- Pétard Blanc: a dry white made from 100% estate grown Blanc du Bois, a hybrid grape that has Muscat in its parentage. Pétard Blanc is our proprietary name. Pétard is French for “firecracker,” but in the context of wine tasting, it means explosive on the palate. Named for its hallmark natural acidity, vintages have consistently shown citrus zest in the nose, almost oily, lots of minerality, an unctuous texture and a zippy backbone.
- Rosés: Depending on the year, we make Du Petit Lait, a true rosé made by bleeding off the juice of various red wine fermentations. The wine is then fermented separately in small lots and later blended. Because of the slow, cool fermentations, the wine retains great acidity and thus, ages, evolves and holds up well in the bottle. In 2011, we made the LD3 Rosé. It is made with estate grown Black Spanish and Blanc du Bois hand-picked and fermented together. We also make Sang Du Lenoir, a 100% Black Spanish rosé pressed off of the grape skins immediately, the juice seeing little or no skin contact. Sang Du Lenoir is French for “blood of the Lenoir.” Lenoir is the grape more commonly known in the Texas Hill Country as Black Spanish. Black Spanish is a teinturier grape, meaning it has red colored juice. The resulting rich, natural color of the rosé is the color of the Black Spanish juice at picking.
- Cohete Rojo: a dry red blend consisting of different grapes, depending upon the year (usually Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah with some Black Spanish). Cohete Rojo is Spanish for “red rocket” in the sense of fireworks and is meant to point at the bright explosiveness of this wine on the palate. We have available bottlings of Cohete Rojo from 2003 to 2006 and 2010.
- En Parejas: a non-vintage, dry red blend. En Parejas means “in pairs” in Spanish or in Mexican wrestling jargon, “tag team.” En Parejas is 75% Merlot from 2008 and 25% Black Spanish from 2009. Mas En Parejas is 50% Syrah from 2010 and 50% Black Spanish from 2011. Once past the potential to snub a non-vintage wine, these wines demonstrate how one vintage can come to the aid of another and create a more complete wine. In short, blending can sometimes be the key to success.
- Troubadour: a savory red wine. Beginning with the 2011 vintage, it will be made from 100% estate grown Black Spanish. Older vintages are available: 2004 (67% Merlot, 33% Malbec); 2005 (80% Merlot, 18% Malbec & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon); and 2008 (47% Merlot, 41% Malbec & 12% Cabernet Sauvignon).
- Aprés: a fortified, white dessert wine made from 100% estate grown Blanc du Bois. It is our answer to a good Muscat Beaumes de Venise from the Southern Rhone or perhaps a Muscat de Rivesaltes from the Languedoc-Rousillon region of France.
- Quinta La Cruz: a fortified, red dessert wine made from 100% estate grown Black Spanish. Quinta is Portuguese for “coming from a single farm or vineyard.” If you like Banyuls and vintage Port, this could be the beginning of a long friendship.
- Falstaff’s Sack: In 2010, we began making a fortified wine that is similar to Sherry. We intend to add at least one new barrel of this wine every vintage. Named after Shakespeare’s notorious character Sir John Falstaff, one will be made from 100% Black Spanish and another from 100% Blanc du Bois. The first to be bottled will be the 100% Blanc du Bois Falstaff’s Sack. Nutty, roasted pecans and dried orange peel notes. You will not want to miss this one. Stay tuned…
- Older Vintages/ Rare Bottlings: We have the above offerings in numerous vintages. Additionally, we have a very limited inventory of some rare bottlings not listed here. For a complete list of wines available for online purchase, visit our online store (coming soon).