Hidden near St. Jo, Texas – Arché Winery & Vineyard (website) offers great views and atmosphere in which to taste their wines, or enjoy the patio. All of the whites are estate grown.
Their Notes: Estate blend of Roussanne, Chardonnay, Moscato Giallo, Viognier and Marsanne.
My Notes: This is “very much a blend” according to my notes. It’s simple, but complex – although it does need food. It has a Tuesday rating, because it was good, but there are other white blends I’d probably pick first.
Texas Rosé 2021
Their Notes: Dry rosé produced by the saignée method
My Notes: This is not made with estate grapes, and my notes say “the merlot makes it.” Which means I’m guessing it is made with merlot grapes but I have no other notes on the wine composition. It’s a pool/porch wine – but one that is for a Thursday night, hanging out before a Friday day off. It has flavors of peach, citrus and spice.
Their Notes: Grapes sourced from Gillmore Brothers Vineyard located in the Texas High Plains AVA
My Notes: This is a deep red with a slightly brown edge. It has a slight spice scent and has the typical petroleum flavor I notice in Texas High Plains reds. It’s good, but dry, so it really needs food to go with it. We gave it a Tuesday rating – a good solid, almost everyday red.
Their Notes: Fortified estate syrah, port… and the picture is cut off
My Notes: There are no notes on their website and since I didn’t get a good picture of the menu, I can only tell you this one got a star and a bottle came home with us. It has a nice bouquet according to one of our group (aka nice nose) and it takes like a port. The only probably was that to some in our group it smelled like weeds. However, we all agreed that it would go amazingly well with Momma Deb’s apricot glazed pork roast. It’s a Friday night wine. Sip and Enjoy.
Unfortunately, some of the other wines I’d like to try were not on the tasting menu this round and we had a fairly tight schedule on Saturday during our trip – so I’ll have to go back for the Tempranillo, Syrah and Apex (a blend made with Syrah with Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo).
If you missed the Flight 1 write up – you can find it here.