A warm welcome to a top quality winery in Texas!  Owners Chris and Jennifer Cobb have staked out their claim on the growing Texas wine industry with focus on quality and experience.  And trust us, after you’ve visited this place you’ll be talking about it to your friends, family, neighbors, third and fourth cousins as well as your uncle that only drinks beer.  Chris and Jennifer got their start by experimenting at home with grape vines.  They also have a test plot of one acre vines just north of Fredericksburg.   Long story short, their experiment has now grown into their own winery and soon to be planted vineyard estate in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  The fifteen acre estate is located in Stonewall and is named after the Kuhlman Creek, which runs nearby and has a great view of LBJ State Park.  Pedernales Cellars has been helping them with the initial batches of wine production. The focus on quality not only comes from the owners but by the winemaker, Bénédicte Rhyne, as well.  For Kuhlman Cellars, Bénédicte focuses on French style wines.  And from what we can tell, she takes the ‘Q’ in quality quite serious.  If there aren’t available grapes for what she wants to make or the grapes aren’t up to high standards, then the wine won’t be made.  No sense in making something unless the fruit meets the criteria. You’ll notice the persistent focus on quality in the wines you taste here.  Everything from the whites to the reds is just excellent!  The experience really kicks it up with the chef prepared food pairings that have been carefully created and hand crafted for each wine.  The right food with the right wine during the right season makes all the difference in the world in wine tasting.  This just isn’t a cheese and cracker plate pairing, but carefully selected items from a professional Chef such as strawberry with goat cheese, pumpkin mousse with a cranberry sea salt, and smoked salmon with cucumber just to name a few.  The food pairings puts the ‘B’ and ‘C’ in balance and compliment.  It likewise helps individuals realize the accessibility in how to potentially work with the wines to pair them with dishes and allows you to really see the difference when tasting a wine and then pairing it with the accompanying item to see how it showcases and enhances the experience. During your wine tasting session, your Sommelier will talk with you about each wine’s character and food pairing.  This kind of wine tasting really is an exceptional way to enjoy the wines.  If you can, ask for Jeremy Wilson.  He really knows his wine stuff, plus he’s a pretty cool guy to talk with too. There are currently five wines for tasting; three whites and two reds.  For whites, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is strongly aromatic with lovely apple notes.  The 2013 Calcaria is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc.  It has a honey-suckle aroma with a bit of a mint flavor.   The 2012 Roussanne has a great golden color, apricot notes, and just taste really, really good!  For reds, you’ll enjoy the 2012 Alluve.  Sourced from Sonoma, it’s a blend of 59% Carignan, 22% Petite Sirah, and 19% Grenache.  The Carignan was sourced from 100 year old vines….yes 100 years old!  This is one of those quality dry reds with good depth and a fine velvety finish that puts that big smile on your face. Last, is the 2012 Texas Red.  It is a blend of five grapes, with most being Merlot (49%).  Tart, rose petals, floral, and earthy……just to name a few sensory notes you’ll get from this wine that you just have to come and taste.  These wines are definitely a cut above the rest!  Everything is enjoyable and nothing will be discarded.  You’ll notice as you drive up to the winery that they have a trellis system in place on the estate.  The property is divided into five blocks for planting with about seven acres all together.  Plans are to plant Mourvedre, Aglianico, Carignan , Roussanne and Marsanne.  There are additional wines currently in the barrels and new releases planned for 2015, with four being Barranca, Kankar (Malbec/Perire Sirah blend), Merlot, and a Zinfandel.  We got to try the Barranca and it shows great promise as a superb red and can hardly wait for that to be released.  Wine releases may change a bit, so stay tuned to their website for updates. Next time you find yourself out this way, call Kuhlman Cellars to reserve your spectacular wine tasting session.  They have set a new standard and raised the bar in wine tasting for Texas wineries.  You’ll be a super happy wine camper after visiting this place.  Cheers!

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