Sometimes it's easy to overlook the things that are too familiar. As a wine drinker, I sometimes get so involved in looking to other regions for good wines, that I forget about the four wineries that are less than 15 minutes from my own house. I have to be honest; I have rarely bought Llano Estacado wines in the past, despite the fact, or possibly due to the fact, that they are probably the most well known winery in the High Plains region of Texas. I grew up with Llano wines being a ubiquitous commodity, showing up at every function or event where wine was present. I think that this has driven me away from Llano wines recently, in the same way that growing up with country music blaring from every pickup truck drove me to despise it. Recently I have been hearing some great things about the 2008 Llano Viviana white blend, and I decided that it was time for me to give it a try.
Llano Viviana is a blend of Gewurztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Viognier, Reisling, and Chardonay. There is a great post on the VintageTexas blog that compares this wine to some well known wines that are similar in style. This wine has a touch of residual sugar (.9 %), but is still fairly dry. The alcohol comes in at 12.7%. I paid about $17 for this wine at a local shop.
The nose on this wine is a luscious mix of tropical aromas and honeysuckle, with a touch of apricot in the mix. This is a really enjoyable wine to just sit and sniff for a while. The flavors of the wine are more tropical fruits, a nice honeyed citrus flavor, with more apricots and some honeydew mellon. This wine has a really velvety coating mouthfeel, and the finish has some endurance to it.
I love this wine! This is a real gem from West Texas, right in my backyard. This was a very limited run wine, and there isn't a whole lot of it left. You can still find it at some places locally, but I would advise keeping my eyes open for the 2009 release, as I've heard that it might be even better than the 2008. I think that $16-18 for this wine is a great value, and I'm getting ready to stock up on some before it's all gone. Definitely a recommended buy if you live somewhere that still has some in stock.