On our way back from a mini getaway to the Llano River Bed & Breakfast in Mason, Texas, we were in a wine tasting mood, as I usually am. The particular corner of Hill Country we were in doesn’t have many wineries, but we took our chances, and a slight detour, and visited Perissos Vineyard and Winery outside of Burnet. We had never heard of Perissos (I’ll get to that), but on their website they explain the meaning of their name and that was all it took to get us there. Perissos is a Greek term meaning “exceeding abundantly, beyond what is expected, imagined, or hoped for” found in the Bible. The family’s story (also on the site and worth a read, too) explains that their little winemaking experiment, which started in their backyard as a hobby, has been blessed, you guessed it, exceeding abundantly, beyond what they expected, imagined, or hoped for, so they appropriately named their wine after the term from Ephesians 3.
Perissos exudes peace, it fairly drips from the oak trees and vines that surround a beautiful Tuscan-style farmhouse that serves as the tasting room and operations nerve center. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque setting. Picnic tables sit under mature trees against the backdrop of vineyards rolling as far as the eye can see. The rows of vines are all labeled and Joel and I wandered through them comparing size and color of fruit and leaves. But first, we had our tasting…
In my opinion, there is a delicate balance to serving a flight of tastes. Maybe I’m persnickety, but I like to know a little about what I’m tasting—where it came from, how it was aged, any interesting notes about its crafting—then I want to be left alone to draw my own conclusions. Do NOT under any circumstances tell me what I taste, or say “It’s really dry, fruity, citrusy, spicy, plummy, fill-in-the-blank, etc., isn’t it?” Our tasting experience at Perissos was perfect. Our hostess was attentive, but didn’t hover, was well-informed and informative, but not obnoxious or pushy.
As for the wine… Perissos is simply unexpected. The reason I hadn’t heard of them is that their wines aren’t found on local wine lists or carried by local retailers, save one shop in Fredericksburg, The Vintage Cellar. Nonetheless, Perissos’ wines have racked up awards. Most recently they acquired gold for each of their 2013 Estate Aglianico, 2013 Estate Syrah and 2013 Estate Tempranillo from the 2015 Texsom International Wine Competition. Perissos’ wines are carried on the lists of some posh restaurants in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, as well, according to our hostess.
After our tasting, we purchased glasses of our respective favorites, joined their club, and found a shady spot on the lawn to relish the last bit of our weekend away. I sipped on the 2012 Racker’s Blend, a silver winner at the 2015 Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition, and Joel, in a rare twist, selected a white, the 2014 Viognier.
We took home bottles of each. You should, too. Other favorites included the 2012 Petite Sirah, 2012 Roussanne and 2013 Aglianico. Also the 2013 Tempranillo…and the…kidding, sort of.