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Prior to their partnership, both Bill and Chris had numerous years of experience growing grapes in Texas. Since the two established the William Chris Vineyards brand, a beautiful story continues to be written. Not only driven by the passion of our founders but also the community they continue to build as the business grows. Our vineyard partners, winemakers, and team members make Bill and Chris's vision a reality.

Wine is KEY!

Posted by Rachael Theberge on February 27, 2015

Wine is KEYWe are pleased to announce the newest addition to the William Chris wine family! Next weekend we will be releaseing the new Skeleton Key!

This new wine is the perfect blend. Featuring grapes from all over Texas, we used a multitude of varietals in this unique wine. We used Aglianico, Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah (from 3 vineyards), Cabernet Sauvignon, Ruby Cabernet, and Tannat. We are really excited to be using some varietals in this blend that we have not used in the past. 

When creating this blend, Chris just could not get it right. Every time he thought he had come up with the perfect combination, it just wasn't right. Chris woke up in the middle of the night one night and had a sort of "Ah Ha!" moment. He drove to the winery and put together the final blend, finishing around 6 in the morning. Now THAT'S dedication!

This wine has a rich garnet tint. It delivers delivers aromas of baked plum, black cherry and pomegranate, lifted at the palate's edges by lighter floral notes. Lush and nearly opulent with ripeness, its texture is expressive with moderately high tannins exhibiting flavors of roasted coffee and chocolate melting into a mocha-like finish. 

The label of this wine has a really cool story, too! When Bill and Chris first purchashed the property, almost five years ago, they were walking through the old Deike house. As they were passing through, they noticed something on the wall across the way. They walked over, and on a nail, there hung a key. They discovered that this key opened all of the doors in the house. Bill took the key and kept it, hoping that there would come a time that we could use it. When the idea of the Skeleton Key wine came about, it was the perfect opportunity.

The photo of the key pictured on the label is a photograph of the actual skeleton key found in our historic tasting room so many years ago. 

We hope that you make it in soon to taste this incredible new wine. To view a review of the Skeleton Key by Texas Wine Lovers, CLICK HERE. If you would like to purchase some Skeleton Key, CLICK HERE!

Topics: Wines