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Picpoul Blanc Single Barrel 2011

This is a first... a wine review on a whisky blog.  On recent trip to Texas wine country (yes there is one) near San Antonio we visited Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, Texas. This annual special edition is a picpoul (french for lip stinger) based white that is finished in an ex-bourbon cask.  Apparently they do this one every year for their Kentucky Derby party.  I have come across lots of whisky finished in wine casks, but this was the first time I have seen a wine finished in a whisky cask.  The nose was at first crisp green apples, tart, but some sweetness as well (the bourbon influence).  The taste has the first same clean fresh and tart notes from the nose (the reason this grape variatel is called lip stinger).  As wine warms in the glass the sweetness comes through as creamy marshmallow and even taffy.  The finish has some vanilla, oak and even creme brulee.  Very interesting, I can't say for sure if I would have picked this as "whisky finished wine" if I don't know, but some very familiar elements were definately on display.

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  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Type: Other
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Nope

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