The Winery at Bluff Dale Vineyards
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Half of every adventure is getting to your destination and our trip this year was no exception. We decided to take a different route to the Hill Country this time around to check out some places we have not had the time to see before. Our planned 3 ½ to 4 hour trip turned into a 6 1/2 hour scenic drive, but it could not have been planned any better if we tried because the first place we hit was by pure luck.
As we were hauling down the back roads between Granbury & Stephenville we see a sign that read “Ashley’s party”. At the same time we both said “Want to crash Ashley’s Party?” and then another smaller sign appears next to Ashley’s that read “Winery”. That is where we stumbled across Bluff Dale Vineyards. Three miles off the highway and a half mile past Ashley’s party we drive up. Thank goodness the party was not at the winery.
Bluff Dale mostly uses grapes from the Texas High Plains with some grapes brought in from Comanche, TX. Bluff Dale Vineyards also grows their own Black Spanish which they use for blending and for their very tasty 100% Black Spanish port-style wine.
We were kindly greeted by David Hayes, owner/winemaker, and later on by his wife, Theresa. We tasted 9 out of the 11 available wines and skipped on the Cream Sherry and the Champagne-style wine this trip. One of the things we did discover as we visited during the tasting is that all of Bluff Dale Vineyard’s wines are sold in our Dallas area at Super H Mart and Total Wine stores.
Note: * = What we purchased
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*Chardonnay – No vintage, but the grapes are from the Texas High Plains region. This Chardonnay is un-oaked. We pretty much got the same taste as described by the winemaker after we tasted it. What we both liked was the really nice pear we got along with a slight green apple in between. The finish on the wine was a very nice light citrus. This is a very good hot summer day patio sipping wine for sure. Price $14.97
White Cliff – Another wine with grapes from the Texas High Plains region, this wine also has a nice pear and green apple on the palate and a light citrus note on the finish. On the winemakers notes they suggest you might also taste apricot or white peach. Price $12.97
Dulcet – This one is a semi sweet wine using the Chenin Blanc grape. The palate is full with peach and apricot flavors. What a great wine for pairing up with Asian food or spicy pasta. Price $12.97
Sweet Carmella - If you like Muscat Canelli grapes this wine is for you. It is a full bodied sweet wine with a distinct floral bouquet coming from the grape. Its flavors of peaches and dried apricots are very defined, and contains the light floral notes of honeysuckle. Price $12.97
Paragon - A red blend that includes Black Spanish, Cab and Merlot. A light bodied red wine with a great light ruby color that is designed to be a balance between dry and sweet styles. This wine is sure to be a pleaser for almost any wine drinker. The nose resonates of raspberries and cherries. There is a nice hint of cinnamon on the palate with bold cherry and raspberry flavors. Price$12.97
Merlot – This wine brings to the nose light fruit and a distinctive aroma of sage. On the palate there is a distinct liquor of raspberry with the sage playing in the palate as well. Price $19.97
*Cabernet 2010 - We both agreed on this Cabernet which doesn’t happen often between out varied preferences. This wine exudes a brilliant ruby color and has a wonderful nose full of dark fruits. Light oak blends in the tasting with full fruits of dark cherries and plums. We found it to be a very nice Cabernet suitable for many occasions. Price $21.97
Nexus – Sweet! Yes a sweet red wine with blackberry and blueberry jam and the essence of rhubarb pie in a glass. Price $12.97
Vintage Port – This port-style wine is made from 100% estate grown Black Spanish grapes. We found this to be a soft port style wine with light tannins. In the flavors are hints of caramel and brown sugar that linger in the background with notes of raspberries and dark rich cherries in the forefront. $39.97