It was a normal night at home. Dinner was over and kid in bed and it was parents down time. The never ending question is which bottle to open. We have been drinking lately wines we purchased back in 2011 from our past yearly pilgrimages to the Texas Hill country. As a random pull from the wine rack I pulled the 2010 Duchman GSM. We always take notes on the wines we drink and in my normal tradition I stage my spot free glass and the bottle for a mini photo shoot.
The GSM produced a very nice clean dark garnet color and with a few swirls of our glasses the nose produced a pleasant aroma of pepper, dark plum, vanilla with a nice scent of tanned leather. This was one of a few wines I have smelled that in the back of my mind would make a nice candle scent.
On the palate this wine produced a very soft taste with a supple mouth feel that was robust full body. The dark cherries, plum, currants and cranberry hints gave a nice balance do black pepper, spice and once again soft leather with a slight hint of tobacco.
This wine is composed of 62% Grenache, 18% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre and all are 100% Texas fruit.
I posted a photo in the Texas Wine drinkers group on Facebook like others do in the group. It is nice to share experiences and get others take on the taste of the wines. After posting a comment came across from David Reilly winemaker for Duchman winery that read “You are drinking one of the last bottles in existence. Cheers”! Good gosh this can’t be true. With a short list of Texas blends that I personally like my delightful happiness turned to I do not have another to savor again.
It just so happens that our Goody Goody up the road had 9 bottles left. I went the following day to purchase them. As I looked around the area where they were I noticed a few cases below and one with the box label turned around. Jackpot I found a full case. Now with the last known bottles of GSM I am set for a while. I will for sure use the rule of 6 on wines I really and truly like. You should always have three in reserve three on backup. If by sure chance you find a bottle snag it quickly because you will surely not be disappointed in this wine when you do open it.
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