My flight out of DFW this evening was delayed which gave me the opportunity to spend some time at the La Bodega Wine Bar in the D international terminal (there is also a La Bodega location in terminal A).
I started with the ‘house’ white, La Bodega Reserve Chardonnay 2005. 13% alcohol. Pale straw color. The nose was filled with fresh tropical fruit aromas and butter. In the mouth I tasted wet straw which is consistent with a similar taste I’ve experienced with a Texas Sauvignon Blanc I had here at La Bodega a few months ago. I liked the tropical fruit finish on this one.
I finished my visit to La Bodega with two reds recommended by Harrison, the Wineologist on duty (seriously, that was the title on his name tag).
14.4% alcohol. Ruby purple color. On the nose I found baked blackberry, dark currant and plum aromas. This wine really made me want a blackberry or blueberry pie. More dark fruits in the mouth as well as some cedar. The finish was a bit ‘hot’ which leads me to believe that this wine is north of the 14.4% alcohol stated on the label. Not much else on the finish. ~ $24.95/bottle.
Viviano Superiore Rosso
This win is made by Llano Estacado winery located near Lubbock, TX. Texas version of the ‘Super Tuscan.’ 13.5% alcohol. Ruby/brackish color. A blend of 71% cabernet sauvignon and 29% sangiovese. On the nose I immediately picked up a metallic component almost like rusty nail as well as slight herbal and sour cherry aromas. The sour cherry component was prominent in the mouth with weak tannins. ~ $39.99/bottle.
On my next trip to Texas in December I plan on visiting several wineries to learn more about Texas wines. If you’ve never tried Texas wines, pick one up at to expand your tasting experiences.