The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and Texas Monthly Announce Brennan Vineyards 4.0 Cellars Mourvedre 2013 "Texas Wine of the Year"

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The best Texas wine honor was appointed to the 2013 vintage by Texas Monthly wine editor and Certified Sommelier Jessica Dupuy and presented by The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Board President Michael Russell. Dupuy, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as Certified Specialist of Wine and Spirits through the Society of Wine Educators, has been tasting Texas wines with a team of sommeliers for four years to create Texas Monthly's “Best Texas Wines” list.

Brennan Vineyards 4.0 Cellars Mourvedre 2013

We are proud to represent the state’s thriving viticulture industry and thank The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and Texas Monthly for spotlighting wines and winemakers of The Texas Hill Country.

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and Texas Monthly have announced Brennan Vineyards 4.0 Cellars Mourvedre 2013 as Texas Wine of the Year for 2015. The honor was appointed to the 2013 vintage by Texas Monthly wine editor and Certified Sommelier Jessica Dupuy and presented by WFFT Board President Michael Russell at the Foundation's annual Toast & Roast event, held Sunday, February 28 at Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood, Texas.

The 4.0 Cellars Mourvedre 2013 is the creation of Brennan Cellars winemaker Todd Webster, who joined Brennan Vineyards in 2007. A blend of 78 percent Mourvèdre and 22 percent Ruby Cabernet, this wine is a perfect match for braised short ribs or roasted prime rib. Alluring notes of sarsaparilla, smoked meats, and rich raspberries and blackberries dance, revealing a deeply structured wine with ripe fruit and a kiss of earthiness.The wine has a youthful, light intensity displaying fruit flavors of sour cherries, red currants and under-ripe strawberries. Non-fruit flavors present are worn leather, humus and hay. Subtle floral notes of violet appear once the wine has opened up.

"We are honored to receive this award for the 2015 Texas Wine of the Year," said Rebecca Conley, Director of Marketing for Brennan Vineyards. "We are proud to represent the state’s thriving viticulture industry and thank The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and Texas Monthly for spotlighting wines and winemakers of The Texas Hill Country."

Texas Monthly writer Jessica Dupuy, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as Certified Specialist of Wine and Spirits through the Society of Wine Educators, has been tasting Texas wines with a team of sommeliers for four years to create the “Best Texas Wines” list. For this year’s evaluation, Jessica, along with Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and June Rodil, sampled more than 120 Texas wines in a blind tasting.

The sampled wines, all of which are required to be Texas appellation, a distinction that requires more than 75 percent of the wine is produced using grapes grown in-state, were wrapped in tissue paper to hide the labels and poured by volunteers. Wines were stored at appropriate temperatures before tasting. After each round of wine was poured, they were evaluated based on standard tasting criteria modeled from the Court of Master Sommeliers: five points per category of nose, palate, structure, balance, and finish for a potential total score of 25. The 4.0 Cellars Mourvedre 2013 was a unanimous favorite from the entire tasting.

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About The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (WFFT) is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses the public’s passion for wine and food to better the community’s education, health and well-being by funding vineyard research, educational grants and scholarships and other deserving causes. Since its inception in 1985, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas has donated approximately $2 million to other charitable and nonprofit organizations by hosting public wine and food events, including the giving of more than $100,000 to Texas nonprofits in 2014. Beneficiaries include Austin Food for Life, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, The Sustainable Food Center, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture & Fruit Lab and the Texas Sommelier Association (TEXSOM). WFFT hosts large, public wine and food events, educational opportunities, and the annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction, one of the nation’s premier wine auctions. Please visit WineandFoodFoundation.org for more information.

About Texas Monthly

Since 1973, TEXAS MONTHLY has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry, and education. As a leisure guide, TEXAS MONTHLY continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations. Recognized for its editorial excellence and outstanding design, TEXAS MONTHLY is one of the most respected publications in the nation and has won 13 National Magazine Awards, the industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer prize. With a total readership of more than 2.7 million, TEXAS MONTHLY delivers the state’s largest and most affluent print audience.

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