Dallas’ Inwood Estates Wine Wins Washington State Wine Competition

The 2005 is sold out, but 2007 is available.

Intrepid wine reporter Andrew Chalk files this report:

As you get your skis, scuba gear, parachutes, etc. together for the March 27th Dallas Wine Trail, make a note to taste one wine in particular. This is admittedly a limited sample but Washington Wine Enthusiasts, a Seattle group, held a blind tasting of 10 Tempranillo wines from around the world. Despite heavyweight competition from Spain, Oregon, and home state Washington.  the “landslide” winner, according to attendee Dr. Tim Kohler, was 2007 Inwood Estates ‘Cornelius’ which is made, in Dallas, from 100% Texas Tempranillo grapes. The field Note that the Inwood Estates has an ‘age disadvantage’, i.e. less maturity than several other wines:

* 2005 Bogegas Muga Rioja (Spain)
* 2007 Cayuse Vineyards Impulsivo (Washington)
* 2004 Bodegas Roda Reserva (Spain)
* 2007 Abacela Tempranillo Cuvee (Oregon)
* 2007 Inwood Cornelious (Texas)
* 2005 Seven Hills (Washington)
* 2006 Vina Zaco Rioja (Spain)
* 2005 Rioja Bordon Crianza (Spain)
* 2007 Walter Dacon Tempranillo (Washington)
* 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva Bodegas Montecillo

4 comments on “Dallas’ Inwood Estates Wine Wins Washington State Wine Competition

  1. That a Texas grown Tempranillo would beat a Washington Tempranillo comes as no surprise. Texas and Spain have similar climates. Washington has a decidedly different climate from Spain. Therefore it makes more sense to grow a Spanish grape varietal in Texas than Washington.

    It would be nice if when people write about Texas wines, they would always include information about where the fruit was grown. I notice from zooming in on the picture that this wine seems to be grown in Yoakum County, near the New Mexican border. I’m guessing this would be the Texas High Plains Viticultural Area, but I’m not sure. The label says something about ‘Great American Desert’, but I don’t know what that means as everything on that section of the label is capitalized.

  2. Andrew Chalk: Why do I have to click anything to get that information? Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I like my reporting to include all the important details. It seems to me that telling people to click the link and do your own fact finding is lazy reporting.

    I did click the link, and found a confusing, difficult to navigate website. Once there I had to work to find that information. It would be nice if, you know, you did that for me.