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Today, we’re continuing our tour of Texas wine, with a selection from the Messina Hof Winery, whom you can visit over at http://www.messinahof.com/.
I received three bottles from Messina Hof, a 2017 Texas High Plains Sagrantino Reserve, a 2017 Sofia Marie Rosé, and their 2018 Texas High Plains Sauvignon Blanc.
Let’s begin with the Sofia Marie Rosé, which opens with tart red fruit aromatics, particularly sliced raspberry, carrying a pleasant mist of ‘fruit rinds,’ perhaps crushed pomegranate or maybe peeled apricot. On the palate, the first phrase to come to mind was “dry fruit,” such as guava or perhaps some of the raspberry essences from the aromatics.
For pairing, I would suggest a tapenade paired with a quality crusty bread, alongside hard to medium bodied cheeses – think a classic ‘bistro style’ spread. A spicy paella would also pair excellently, preferably served outdoors.
Next, we have their 2017 Sagrantino Reserva.
For those who might be unfamiliar, Sagrantino is grown almost exclusively in Italy, with only about three percent of the total global yield coming from outside of the Italian peninsula, the remaining three percent is currently grown primarily in Australia, with about one percent being grown in the US. In Italy, Sagrantino is found largely in Umbria, and in particular the areas outside of Montefalco. This is no accident, nor is it a matter of ‘cultural agricultural.’ Instead, Sagrantino responds excellently to soil rich in clay and limestone – which Montefalco has. The resulting wine is rich in tannins, almost strikingly so, and is typified by a dense body flush with dark berry notes, earthen qualities, herbal essences, oak, and spice. It’s not uncommon for imbibers of a good Sagrantino to be unable to describe the wine itself as something between ‘intensely dry’ and ‘mildly sweet’ due to this complex, and sometimes ‘palate overpowering’ profile. And that’s not bad a thing, in fact, that’s the beauty of it.
Today’s Sagrantino opens with a largely red fruit profile, think sliced dark cherries and blackberries, with hints of spice and oak perforating throughout, and intensifying deeper into the glass, alongside hints of herbal essences and a sharp acidity further down. On the palate, the wine is sturdy and dense, carrying the red fruit and dark cherries from the aromatics, laced in vanilla, with oak largely taking the place of any spice or earthy tones.
For pairing, the typical range of Sagrantino favorites will do the job quite nicely. Think beef roasts, steaks that aren’t overly lean, wood-grilled pheasant, and hardy red sauces with sausage set over your favorite pasta. Conversely, you could go for a more relaxed approach and prepare an artisan burger, something ‘relaxed yet elegant.’
Today’s Meatball and Basil burger, topped with fresh mozzarella and grilled cherry tomatoes and peppers, would pair excellently, perfectly complimenting the dry dark cherries and red fruit essences of the Sagrantino, while playing to the oak and vanilla notes, yet without being overpowered by the wine’s sturdy structure and mouthfeel.
Finally, we come to the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc. The wine opens up with a pleasant floral arrangement that evokes images of spring or early summer. Think white flowers, freshly cut grass, and just a hint of citrus somewhere in the background. On the palate, this is a light bodied white wine, with an acidic and citrus-forward profile.
For pairing, think light summer starters, grilled chicken, light bodied fish, citrus fruit, grilled fruit, and mild cheeses.
That said, I was very happy with what I received from the Messina Hof Winery, and would readily recommend them to anyone looking for a great example of Texas wines.