Prairie Rotie 2015

Prairie Rotie 2015
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The 2015 Prairie Rotie is as much a story as it is a wine. First, the label: a young Richard Becker and good friend Tony Bell, travelling home one weekend, stopped to get a haircut. During the haircut, Tony Bell sketched this depiction. This is one of many precious pieces of Tony Bell’s artwork we are proud to label our wine.

Second, the idea behind the wine: the Beckers recognized the comparable climates of the French Rhone region and Texas. So why not plant Rhone varietals? Not only did the Beckers plant Rhone varietals on their own vineyards, they encourage growers on the High Plains to do the same. Today, we have several varietals grown across Texas. While this particular wine’s composition may change with every vintage, the heart behind it stays the same.

2015 Prairie Rotie combines Texas High Plains and Texas Hill Country fruit. Blending Mourvedre and Carignan from Reddy Vineyards of Texas High Plains complements Texas Hill Country’s Merlot and Barbera from the vineyards of Drew Tallent (Mason County) and our own Becker Estate Vineyards and Peter’s Prairie Vineyards. The wines were aged in a mixture of French and American oak barrels, with a 40% of those barrels being new French oak. This allows the subtlety of the fruit to shine, while lending toasted vanilla notes and soft tannins.

Aromatics: Dried rose, coriander, earth and hints of toasted vanilla

On the Palate: Cranberry, dried Bing Cherries, clove and allspice with lingering tannins and coffee on the back palate

Enjoy now or hold 5-10 years

Decant this wine for a minimum of 30 minutes

Serve 58-65°F

Wine Specs
Harvest Date
July - September 2015
0.6 g/L
2 years in French and American oak barrels
Bottling Date
May, 2017
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
2019 Houston LSR Int'l Wine Competition - Gold Medal, Class Champion, & Texas Class Champion 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - Silver Medal 2019 Lone Star Int'l Wine Competition - Best in Category & GOLD medal
Vineyard Notes
Mourvedre, 25% and Carignan, 25% from Reddy Vineyards (Brownfield, TX) Merlot, 40% Becker Estate (Stonewall, TX) and Peter's Prairie Vineyards (Mason County, TX) Barbera, 10% Drew Tallent Vineyards (Mason County, TX)
Food Pairing Notes
Your favorite wild game, turkey or lamb. Thanksgiving, Triple creme cheese
Product Reviews
(Dec 5, 2019 at 9:23 AM)
My girlfriend loves Pinot noir , I am not a wine drinker . I asked if they had any Pinot , they did not but I was asked to try this one. I did not want to say I was not a wine drinker so I tasted it and I must say it was very good. Bought a bottle and took it to my girlfriend and she loved it. We buy this bottle often.

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Pamela Chesher
(Mar 23, 2020 at 8:29 AM)
One of my favorite wines! So happy to be able to order through the website.

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Etta Fanning
(Mar 23, 2020 at 12:52 PM)
Prairie Rotie is a favorite.

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Joanne K Hanifan
(May 10, 2020 at 4:07 PM)
Three of us sat on the patio and drank down the whole bottle. I knew it was great but the others had not previous tasted this wine. The both enjoyed it.

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suzanne keating
(Jun 30, 2020 at 9:38 AM)
One of our all time favorite reds!

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