Becker Vineyards, however, has been getting pretty good reviews lately, so it was impossible to resist a highly rated wine marked down more than half-price. ($7, down from $17.) Seemed a small price to give Texas another try.
My long-standing opinion about Texas vintners is that they attempt to squeeze California wines from a decidedly un-California climate. We used to be a country, for crying out loud. The least we can do is develop our own unique, non-Californian wines! *end rant*
But Becker seems to have done just that. This wine tastes like Texas: brash, forward, and amusing. The pungent herbal fragrance precedes a minerally, cedar-infused wine with flavors of blackberries, licorice, tobacco and leather. I don’t think you could make this wine anywhere else in the world, so strong are the juniper and limestone. Complex and well-balanced. Powerful, like Texas.
We’re cooking burgers on the grill, but it would work even better with venison or cabrito or even Hawaiian kalua pork.