What are Two Native Texans and TCU Alums doing in the Wine Business?
Trey Crawford (TCU class of 2002 and four year letterman on the TCU baseball team) and Michael Farris’s (TCU class of 2003) obsession with wine began more as an obsession with Napa Valley itself. “Spring Break for grown-ups” is how you will often hear them describe Napa Valley – a place they often visit with their friends and now fiancées. A long weekend trip during the harvest of 2010 was quite different from the previous trips they had taken to Napa Valley and was one that they will never forget.
2010 Horned Toad Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A cooler than expected spring got the 2010 growing season off to a late start. Some moderate frost put the growth development back even further and also brought an uneven period of fruit set. The summer months continued to be mild with only a few exceptional days of triple digit heat. The key to our success was to decide to thin the already short crop to achieve consistency and balance within the fruit. This was extreme is some cases but it was the only way to achieve optimal ripeness with the quality of flavors and textures to represent Horned Toad wines.
The aromas are plentiful, leading with bright ripe blackberry, cola, spice and sweet leather. The mid-palate is dense and firm with core flavors of currant, kirsch, rich cherry, and cedar. There is a pencil lead minerality that mingles with creamy oak and wildflower notes in the finish. The texture is juicy and velvety with layers of soft tannins that finish long.