Our goal at Frio Canyon Vineyard is diligence in growing the most superior estate grown grapes, to create the highest quality wines, produced and bottled in Texas. We use only grapes grown in our private vineyards on the property. As a result, quantities are extremely limited. We don’t distribute our wines through third parties or retailers. Please contact the winery to purchase wines directly from the vineyard.
2012 Frio Canyon Vineyard – HILLSIDE
91% Ruby Cabernet – 9% Syrah
The color is a dense, inky dark violet-red, indicating a high degree of extraction and phenol development.
The nose opens with classic cool-climate Cab aromas of dark cherry, toasted brioche and a hint of Cola. Since Texas is far from a “cool” climate, this speaks to the unique quantities of the vineyard site and how the soil can influence the resulting wine.
The initial nose is supported by highly integrated oak aromas presented as subtle cocoa and vanilla with a pleasant touch of garrigue in the background. Over time, herbal-roasted wild game with undertones of black pepper and blackberry compote are joined by cherry wood and antique cigar box.
On the palate, there’s an initial explosive entry of dark cherry, forest grown blueberry and fresh cut brambles.
The broad midpalate is defined by fine-grained, grippy tannins with flavors of forest loam and rich earth.
The long barrel aging regime extends the long finish, leaving ghostly impressions of Texas cedar and limestone rich soils.
We recommend waiting until 2018 before trying a bottle, with 2020-2030 being the anticipated optimal drinking age. However, assuming it is stored properly, it would be well worth the wait to hold a bottle for even longer, if you have the will power!
2012 Frio Canyon Vineyard- SYRAH
92.4% Syrah – 7.6% Ruby Cabernet
This elegant, highly-extracted midnight colored wine tends a touch more into the blue spectrum than the HILLSIDE, which is to be expected from Syrah.
Clean aromas of fresh, late season, blueberries, blackberries and Madagascar vanilla bean leap out of the glass before revealing a teasing scent of black anise.
The wine enters the mouth with a lean and lithe dance of restrained and elegant flavors that presented on the nose with silky tannins that caress and cleanse the palate for the next sip.
The mouth is full across the mid-palate with a long finish that offers additional flavors of plum, Red Delicious apple skin and an intriguing hint of crushed spearmint.
Our Syrah is tight with suppressed tension and minerality. As such, it should be decanted and allowed to breathe for at least an hour or two. Then it really starts to open, delivering the shine it deserves.
For those who like the wildness of Syrah, this wine can be enjoyed now with appropriate decanting. However, we recommend waiting a couple of years for the Syrah to realize it’s potential. Ultimately, 2020 and beyond is where this beauty will come into its own.