Lenoir Grape

(aka. Black Spanish)

This red-fleshed grape is a popular variety in Texas, where it is sometimes blended with Ruby Cabernet to make red table wine. It is highly resistant to Pierce’s disease, which makes it a good match for the hot and often humid Texas climate. It thrives best in deep, sandy soils. Originally, Black Spanish was used as a wine at Communion. At one time, along with Mission, Lenoir was one of Texas’s most planted varietals. Acreage in the state is now on the decline, although it still maintains a presence in the state, particularly in the few wineries located near the Gulf of Mexico.

You arrived in the ‘Lone Star State’ to work on a mission. Your duty in life has been simple – to offer your services at Communion. Unknown to you, you possessed a rare and powerful gift. Your dark color was exquisite and your beauty seemed to ooze from under your skin. Though you were not one to focus on such secular obsessions, your missionary fathers were convinced that your beauty had the power Read more »

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  • La Mission Haut Brion Premier 2005

    Snoothrank:

    Smoky and a bit twiggy and stoney on the nose with red fruit and rust. This is curiously a touch sweet almost on entry the this turns firm and a bit mean for a moment before showing the ripe fruit of the nose again, vacillates between ripe fruit and fairly aggressive mineral notes, and while this is a touch lacking in substance it does promise t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Our friend, Outthere, has made us aware of the Historic Vineyard Society, and I, personally, have enjoyed reading about his experiences with the society, and his interactions with some of the producers who source from these vineyards.  Yesterday, Mrs. Emark handed me an article entitled "The Battle for America's Oldest Vines" that she had clippe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines


  • Dry Comal Creek Black Spanish 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jmc7777


  • Being a cab lover I am hesitant to stray from what I like. On a recent occasion I had the opportunity to try a Zinfandel and to my amazement, it had some of the same attributes of the cabernets I love so well. I perused Snooth and stopped on a particular zin from Bogle vineyards. Gregory Dal Piaz gave it a nice rating and being a member of Snoot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New on the block with Zinfandel


  • Symington's Quinta Do Vesuvio Vintage Port 1994

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    AMAZING.FYI, they go for around $70-$90, but I picked up a few at Trader Joe's in San Diego for $39. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Chisholm Trail Winery Red Blend Texas Hill Country Lone Wolf Lenoir 2007

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    awesome Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • During the Rose virtual tasting, some folks started talking about the various ways to make rose.  (Bleed off wine early from red maceration, shorten contact between skins and wine, mix red and white, which is banned some places).  But someone said that all grapes have white flesh.  Almost perfectly true, but there is a very small group of grapes... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Red Grapes, with red flesh.


  • Had the pleasure of atending the 2nd annual Historic Vineyard Society Vineyard Tour and Dinner hosted by Joel and Morgan Peterson of Bedrock Vineyard. Was an all day affair that included walking tours of 4 historic Old Vine site planted in the late 1800's in Sonoma Valley.Started the day out at Old Hill Ranch. Planted in 1885 it is a classic fie... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Zinfandel / Historic...


  • Pindar Summer Blush Long Island United States New York Sweet

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    Beautiful and fruity a great wine to sip while laying by the pool or down at the beach Read More

    Wine review by mandamayhem


  • Pelissero Langhe Rosso Long Now 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


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