Russ Kane: 2010 Vermentino is a “Grand Slam”
Above: Top Texas wine authority Russ Kane discusses the finer points of chef Brandi Key’s superb meatballs at Coppa Ristorante (Houston), where Duchman wines are featured on the restaurant’s acclaimed list.
Not only is Russ Kane considered the leading authority on Texas wines today, he’s also the author of The Wine Slinger Chronicles, the first definitive guide to the wines of Texas (Texas Tech University Press, February, 2012).
Russ and his lovely wife Delia recently caught up with Drs. Lisa and Stan Duchman at Coppa in Houston, where they tasted the 2010 Vermentino paired with chef Brandi Key’s superb Italian meatballs.
Here’s what Russ had to say about the wine…
To make an understatement is to say that the 2009 Duchman Vermentino was a good wine and that it received some notoriety. Actually, it racked in praises from nearly everyone that tasted it in Texas and many from the far corners of the planet. Even top of the line Aussie wine writer and critic, Oz Clarke, gave it his praise as an example of where Texas should seek its future in the global wine club. Well, how do you beat that, particularly after the winery sold out of its limited 2009 Vermentino production!
Well, from my first taste of the 2010 Duchman Vermentino, I can say that it’s not a mere home run. No, it’s the wine equivalent of a grand slam. It simply had more to give than the 2009: more aroma and flavor, richer on the palate and longer finish.
Above, from left: Lisa and Stan Duchman, Russ and Delia Kane.