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.

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  • Quarles Harris Port Blend Porto Vintage 1977


    Beautiful port in superb balance and still with at least a decade of life left to it. Quite tannic at first, but opens up after a while in the glass. Full, still with some primary fruit showing (can you believe it) followed by rich sweetness of figs and raisins. finishing the bottle on day 2 was even better, where it was completely composed and ... Read More

    Wine review by erniex

  • Long Meadow Ranch Red Blend Napa Valley Ranch House Red 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by hamiltonzg1

  • We're having some friends over and plan on opening a few different reds and trying to pair them appropriately.  Do you have any suggestions for pairings with a lenoir?Thank you. Read More

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  • Long Neck Shiraz Red South Africa 2005


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    Wine review by danakin

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


    Very good wine for being made from Lenoir grapes (Black Spanish) Plenty of flavor and amazing color for this type of grape.The only issue I had was the price. This grape grows abundantly in Texas and is fairly easy to maintain. Why a 20-25.00 price tag? Its good but not THAT good. I look to see more wines made from this grape in Texas. One thi... Read More

    Wine review by Jzak

  • Palmer Select White Reserve NV


    Floral, lychee fruit with white peaches, lovely mouthfeel Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • While discussing pruning techniques with a chap in Texas he told me he has just planted a small vineyard with LeNoir and Blanc du Bois.  I have absolutely no idea what type of wine these grapes might produce.  I presume they are hybrid, developed for disease resistance?  Can anyone shed some light on this - can they make quality wine?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic LeNoir & Blanc du Bois

  • Two Winemakers, One Texas Winery and Two Texas Wines: Torre di Pietra Blanc Du Bois & Black SpanishI recently stopped by Torre di Pietra Winery (www.texashillcountrywine.com) in Fredericksburg, Texas and had two wines presented to me for tasting. One was a white wine and one a red. The white wine was near straw in color with perceptible aromatic... Read More

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  • Long Meadow Ranch Red Blend Napa Valley Ranch House Red 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by hamiltonzg1

  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Long Haul 2006


    Great wine, have sampled quite often. Read More

    Wine review by Steve Valimaki

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