So many locals recommend Lewis Grace Winery (AKA Grace Patriot Wines), my curiosity alone drove me there. The minute my feet hit the ground, I encountered the red dirt that gave their bold wines character and intensity. Each wine in the line up was bright, bold, and memorable with long velvety finish.
Their rose of Tempranillo had big ripe luscious strawberry flavors but none of the sweetness. It could go with any food pairing. Theirs is the first Pinot Noir found in this region as many have said its one of the few that cannot grow here. Theirs was a wonderful holiday wine with spice and fruit of cherry, strawberry, and pomegranate yet restrained earth. Then, their Tempriano was a creative blend of Tempranillo and Graciano! Wow, the lux dark cocoa and leather from Graciano stand up to the plum and dark cherry of the Tempranillo. This is a biggie and matches up to your biggest richest meal. Finally, the Cabernet Sauvignon blend with Syrah was also a meaty well rounded combo. Its tannins were present and slightly chewy but did not overpower. These two grapes were like a warm friendly couple. The backbone of the cab needed the body and fruit of Syrah and the Syrah’s blue velvety texture needed the structure of the cab. Well done!