Good things come to those who wait. I’ve always thought that was an inane cliché. An excuse to procrastinate. And procrastinate I do. Hell, I didn’t even get a birthmark until I was 12.
Sometimes good things do come in time. I recently visited the tasting room at Duchman Family Winery and its stand-out white wine, Vermentino, was sold out. I couldn’t buy any to take home and taste at my leisure and had to go to Bar Lamar in Whole Foods to get a glass to review. Oh the trials and tribulations of being a wine blogger. Fortunately Duchman has just released the 2010 vintage to end the horrible dry spell.
It turns out it’s not just me who has been waiting for the release. I spent a lovely evening at TRIO in the Austin Four Seasons tasting the new vintage of Duchman Vermentino with wine aficionados Jeremy Parzen (@DoBianchi), Nicole Carbon (@FabulousDrinks) and Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie (@dbrogues). We were doted upon by the brilliant Four Seasons sommelier, Mark Devin Sayre (@MarkDevinSayre). Apparently it’s true that good things come to those who wait. The 2010 Vermentino was worth the wait.
Duchman Family Winery Vermentino 2010
Duchman Vermentino is a well-received Texas wine, receiving accolades from national wine reviewers and getting the stamp of approval from local taste-makers Devon Broglie and Mark Sayre who both serve it by the glass at Whole Foods and TRIO respectively. The 2010 is true to its reputation. Duchman winemaker, Dave Riley, says 2010 is a great vintage for Texas wines. The relatively lower summer heat and lack of spring frost lead to a great harvest in the Bingham Family Vineyard with quality yields. Quality fruit leads to quality wine.
|Look||Very light yellow with shimmering clarity.|
|Smell||Duchman Vermentino has bright lemon, sea breeze and honeysuckle scent.|
|Taste||Crisp acidity, peach, and a hint of vanilla with a lingering bitterness of lemon zest on the pleasant finish. It has good balance of acidity and fruit. This is a phone call from your college roommate. A spirited conversation peppered with jokes, making the minutes melt into boisterous laughter. It’s light, enjoyable and worth another.|
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