I could not be more excited about Kuhlman Cellars‘ new spring wines. I spent the last day of my pre-quarantine life in the beautiful Texas hill country sampling these new wines with Kuhlman Cellars’ winemaker Bénédicte Rhyne and Kuhlman’s Assistant Vigneron Ollivier. It was a gorgeous spring day in March and we three sat in rocking chairs on Béné’s porch enjoying the wines, which were released to the Vina Vita Wine Club in April and just became available to the public.
“Wine is not just wine. It’s a story,” said Olli.
Maybe that’s why the 2019 Roussanne tastes so incredible, because I know its story; I walked amongst those vines in my trip to Fredericksburg last summer. The latest Roussanne was grown on the Kuhlman Cellars estate by master gardener Dianne Cobb (a modern day Pocahontas) and has the most incredible lemon tree blossom aroma. This Rousanne will knock you over with its sweet jasmine scent and tropical fruit flavors. I ordered a ton of bottles as soon as they became available to non-wine club members because I was so worried it would sell out immediately since only 140 cases were produced.
“You follow your child from birth to graduation. Our wines are our babies and we taste them all along the way.” – Béné told me
We enjoyed the Roussanne with hummus (made by Béné) and kalamata olives on cucumber slices – the perfect afternoon snack!
We then tried the 2019 Hensell Rosé, which is lighter in color than a classic Provencal-style rosé. It smells faintly of lavender with notes of hibiscus. Rosé is my preferred pour all summer long and this rosé is a lovely warm weather wine. The 2019 Hensell is 48% Cinsault 46% Grenache, and 6% Roussanne – a winning combination!
Kuhlman Cellars also just released their 2019 Estate Rosé made from Carignan and Mourvérde. Though the tasting room is now closed, Kuhlman is still open for pick-up and delivery and is offering $0.01 shipping for orders over $75. Kuhlman Cellars has also made national headlines for their virtual wine tastings, which are complimentary with select wine bundles. I did one with my friends Thi and Simon and absolutely relished in spending time virtually drinking wine with my friends in my garden.
Visit the website for more information on the latest bundles and virtual tastings. I leave you with a few photos of my visit in March in case you’re missing vineyard visits as much as I am!