Driftwood Vineyards Alamo Red, Driftwood, Texas
The Rib and I popped and poured this non-vintage red blend (57% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah).
On the nose, I got some mixed dark berry and cherry along with some cola and a hint of cocoa.
That hint of cocoa really powered through to the palate. The Alamo Red hit me like a chocolate coke with a splash of cherry. This medium-bodied wine showed some tannins, but they were somewhat indistinguishable. The mid-long finish had some nice cocoa notes.
The Rib and I both liked this wine a good bit, although, as a proud native Texan, I’m not sure it 100% lives up to its name. The Alamo Red is a good enough bottle, even at $25. I would pair it with a grilled steak or smoked beef brisket in a heartbeat. However, this is not a “Texas” wine per say, as the label lists the appellation as “American,” meaning that the grapes used to make this solid blend were grown in the U.S. (not necessarily Texas). The wine was made in Texas, to be sure, but this is not the “Texas-iest” of “Texas” wine.
Cheers From CorkEnvy’s Dallas Campus