Ranger Hays 2018

Ranger Hays 2018
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Ranger John C. “Jack” Hays first surveyed what is now known as Becker Vineyards in the mid-1800's. Later, he made his profession as a Texas Ranger, renowned for his efforts settling the Texas frontier. The artwork depicts his famous stand-off against a Comanche War Party, at nearby Enchanted Rock. Malbec, Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot create the dark fruit backbone, creating a wine as captivating as its inspiration.

Aromatics of fresh tobacco, dried dates, plums and caramel greet you. Grippy tannins, dark fruits and brewed tea open the palate, further revealing a mid-palate of dark plums, prunes, racy acidity which carries through the finish with red fruit compote notes.

Aromatics: Dark plums, all-spice, eucalyptus, dried dates

On the Palate: Dark ripe plums, stewed mixed red fruits, bright acidity, medium tannins,

Enjoy now, age for 5 years

Decant 30 minutes

Serve 58-68ºF

Wine Specs
Harvest Date
August - October, 2018
25.0 - 26.5 Brix
42 months in American oak barrels (66%) and French oak (34%) oak barrels
Primary fermentation in Stainless Steel tank; malolactic fermentation and aging in oak barrels
Bottling Date
March, 2022
Residual Sugar
Dry - 0.9 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
2022 San Francisco International Wine Competition Silver Medal
Vineyard Notes
Tallent Vineyards 58% (Mason County, TX), Jet Wilmeth, Diamante Doble Vineyards 16% (Tokio, TX), Canada Family Vineyards 11% (Plains, TX), Farmhouse Vineyards 10% (Meadow, TX), Reddy Vineyards 5% (Brownfield, TX)
Production Notes
Malbec 50% (Tallent 23%, Diamante Doble 16%, Canada 11%); Mourvedre 20% (Tallent Vineyards); Petit Verdot 20% (Farmhouse Vineyards); Cabernet Franc 5% (Reddy Vineyards); Tannat 5% (Tallent Vineyards)
Food Pairing Notes
Rich beef dishes, roasted wild game, pork, veal, aged hard cheeses

Product Reviews

Wendell James Smith's Gravatar
Wendell James Smith
(Mar 12, 2023 at 9:49 AM)
I received this bottle in my Wine Club shipment; it's excellent, I give it an A+.

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Patricia Cavazos
(Oct 18, 2023 at 6:03 AM)
I enjoy the dryness of Ranger Hays. It definitely tastes better than any other Malbecs or other dryer reds I’ve had. Also love the story behind the label.

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Douglas Marthaler
(Nov 23, 2023 at 3:30 AM)
Excellent wine---we had this at the winery. Quite possibly the best wine I've ever had.

Summer's Gravatar
(Jan 24, 2024 at 12:37 AM)
This has become my favorite wine! We tried it during a tasting and bought a couple of bottles during our trip. I ordered 2 more bottles a month later and they arrived faster than I expected! Happily surprised! Can’t wait to enjoy more!

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