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Pedernales Cellars

About Pedernales Cellars

Pedernales Cellars is the leading producer of Texas wines that focuses on traditional Spanish and Rhône varietals grown and produced in Texas.  Using 100% Texas-sourced fruit, including Tempranillo, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Albariño, and Touriga Nacional grown in our Hill Country estate vineyard, the winery has been producing award-winning wines since 2006.  The family has been growing grapes in Texas since 1995 and has helped usher in the era of high quality, Texas-terroir driven wines in the region.

Through the years, Pedernales has won numerous awards, including three Best of Texas awards at the HLSR Wine Competition in Houston for Viognier, as well as our High Plains Tempranillo.  Additionally, Pedernales Cellars made history being the first Texas wine to receive a grand gold in Europe with our 2012 Reserve Viognier at the Lyon International Wine Competition.  Over the years, countless Pedernales wines have scored gold and double gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the Jefferson Cup. 

Though many of our most exclusive wines are only sold at the tasting room or released exclusively to members of its wine club, several wines can be found at retailers and restaurants here in Texas.  These include the varietal Tempranillo and Viognier, as well as a Rhône blended red and rosé.  Select retailers such as HEB also carry the varietal Albariño and Malbec. 

 

About the Owners

Today, Pedernales Cellars is led by a sister and brother pair who have grown up amidst the Texas wine industry, thanks to their parents’ passion for growing grapes in the Texas Hill Country. 

David Kuhlken is a co-founder of Pedernales Cellars and has been the winemaker for the company since 2006.  His first experience with the Texas wine industry came when his parents, Larry and Jeanine planted the Kuhlken Vineyard north of Fredericksburg in 1995.  In 2005, David joined with Julie, his wife Heather, and Julie’s husband Fredrik Osterberg to start Pedernales Cellars.  He developed his winemaking style through collaboration with a number of local winemakers, as well as training through the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology certification program.  

Dr. Julie Kuhlken co-founded Pedernales Cellars and is both a WSET III certified sommelier and a professor of philosophy from the University of London.  Her experience started when she helped Larry and Jeanine plant the very first blocks at the estate vineyard back in 1995.  Drawing on her art and engineering background from Stanford, she additionally designs all of the labels at Pedernales Cellars, and for many others in the industry.  Today, she runs the marketing, tasting room, and wine club side of the business.

 

Wines in Distribution

Texas Viognier

Vintage:    2018
ABV:         14.0%
pH:            3.42

Tasting Notes:
The 2018 Viognier has subtle notes of caramel and vanilla, layered with green apple, pineapple, and floral notes. On the palate, this wine similarly tastes of apples, crisp pears, with a balanced minerality and salinity.

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Texas Dry Rose

Vintage:    2018
ABV:         14.8%
pH:            3.15

Tasting Notes:
This full-bodied wine is fruity and bright on the nose with notes of candied watermelon, guava, red delicious apples, and strawberries. On the palate, notes of cherry and strawberry carry through with a crisp acidity. 

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Texas Tempranillo

Vintage:    2017
ABV:         12.7%
pH:            3.65

Tasting Notes:
The 2017 Texas Tempranillo is beautifully bright and fruit forward on the nose and palate with notes of ripe red cherries,  strawberry jam, plum, blackberries, leather, and a slight smoke. A bit like the Pinot Noir of Tempranillos, this wine is light to medium body with soft tannins and a long and lovely finish.

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Texas GSM Mèlange

Vintage:    2017
ABV:         13.3%
pH:            5.80

Tasting Notes:
Always designed with food in mind, the 2017 GSM is  medium to medium plus in body with bright acidity and balanced tannin.  This complex blend has both fruity notes of strawberry, red cherries, kirsch, and blueberries but also floral, leather, cocoa, and smoky notes.

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Cuvee 1853

Vintage:    2017
ABV:         13.0%
pH:            3.55

Tasting Notes:
You’ll find this wine to be rich with aromas of red fruit. Strawberry and raspberry notes are prominent but complemented by savory dried sage and leather. The palate is full of bright fruit, good acidity, and a  medium body with soft tannins.

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Six Generations Albariño

Vintage:    2019
ABV:         11.9%
pH:            3.31

Tasting Notes:
The 2019 Six Generations Albariño is rich with notes of melon, honey, caramellized lemon and has hints of clove and dried pineapple. On the palate, you’ll find this a lighter body wine but rich with juicy fruit flavors of apple, pear, honeydew melon and cantaloupe. 

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Six Generations Malbec

Vintage:    2018
ABV:         13.1%
pH:            3.70

Tasting Notes:
The 2018 Six Generations Malbec has lovely black cherry, blackberry cobbler, and kirsch notes with hints of cocoa, graphite, and coffee.  The palate is juicy and tannins are soft and approachable on this food friendly wine. Expect jammy and baked dark fruit flavors to match the nose as well as subtle leather and chocolate notes on the finish.


Additional Information

For additional inquiries and information, please contact David Kuhlken at sales@pedernalescellars.com.