Cellar Rat 2019 Estoy Aqui

Out of all the wines that came with the Texas Wine Club (more here) shipment, this was the one I was most looking forward to trying.

Texas Wine Club Notes:

“Estoy Aqui” is Spanish for “Here I Am,” an appropriate statement serving to introduce this great, 100% Texas wine. Coming from the boutique Cellar Rat winery, this is an easy-drinking red wine blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah, and zinfandel grapes.

My Notes:

“I think my nose is broken”

This is a light garnet wine that needs decanting. It’s from the Texas High Plains AVA, an area where I quite like the unique flavors to the grapes. It’s 60% Mourvèdre, 20% Timmons Estate Vineyard zinfandel, 20% Hoss Fly Vineyard Syrah.

Final Thoughts

I really wanted to love this wine because I’m a sucker for cute labels. Unfortunately, for me it smelled like hot salt on tin foil in an aluminum pan that you left in the gas oven too long. The taste wasn’t much better. In fact, I had to wonder if the wine had gone bad. Even after decanting I couldn’t get rid of the acidic scent and taste. I expected with it being mostly Mourvèdre that it would have some dark fruit/florals but all I got was hot dirt. Now, I let it sit a bit while watching a British mystery show and the dregs of the glass had a very mineral salt scent, with a tinge of floral – like a nice bath salt.

So, my overall thoughts – I’m not going to rate it this time. I think either my nose/palate was off, or the wine was off. I need to try this one again before I can make a judgement. Stay Tuned….

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