James Suckling Reviews Fall Creek Vineyards New ExTERRA Wines as “Outstanding American Wine”

31st Oct 2018 @ 14:32 by Lauren


We are incredibly excited to share that our three newly released ExTERRA wines have all received a score of 91 from renowned wine critic James Suckling in the tasting report, “American Wine Revolution”, a review excluding West Coast wineries. The new ExTERRA label was created as confirmation of the star quality of three single vineyard varieties deemed exceptional by the winemaking team. Fall Creek Vineyards wines were included in a tasting of more than 800 wines from some of the best wineries in 14 states that were evaluated by Suckling and contributing editors Nick Stock, William McIlhenny, and Stuart Pigott. In addition, Fall Creek Vineyards new ExTERRA Tempranillo, Salt Lick Vineyards, Texas Hill Country, 2016 received an “Outstanding American Wine,” evaluation from Suckling in an Instagram post.

Ed Auler, who is the co-owner of Fall Creek Vineyards along with his wife, Susan, had this to say, “We have always ignored the naysayers who purport that wine grapes such as Chardonnay and other noble varieties cannot grow in Texas because of the heat. Year after year we have won prestigious awards in international competitions which have fostered an ever-increasing strong following for our wines, and this has slowly fallen into the hands of people in the know. Now, James Suckling has brought the world’s attention to what we have known for more than forty years, that FALL CREEK crafts world-class wines grown in Texas.”



The five top-scoring Fall Creek Vineyards wines reviewed for American Wine Revolution on JamesSuckling.com include three new ExTERRA wines and two Terroir Reflection wines, Chardonnay and GSM:


Fall Creek Vineyards ExTERRA Mourvèdre Texas Hill Country, Salt Lick Vineyards 2016

Winemaker Notes: The Mourvèdre is quite elegant this vintage with lively fruit character reminiscent of red and black plum, and ripe tannins supporting the terrestrial flavors of farmland soil, sarsaparilla and morel mushroom.

Score 91


Fall Creek Vineyards ExTERRA Syrah Texas Hill Country Salt Lick Vineyards 2016

Winemaker Notes: This Syrah has haunting aromatics that recall violets, smoked rosemary, bacon and black cherry. This is a lively wine with a ripe mid-palate and elegant tannins. The finish is savory and juicy with a hint of black peppercorn and Gaeta olive.

Score 91


Fall Creek Vineyards ExTERRA Tempranillo Texas Hill Country Salt Lick Vineyards 2016

Winemaker Notes: This is a full-bodied wine with a muscular structure, firm tannin and ample fruit. It expresses punchy aromatics that suggest a rain-drenched fire pit, dark roast coffee and roasted black plum. The finish is complex and lingering with hints of red currant and sweet tobacco smoke.

Score 91


Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay Texas Hill Country Certenberg Vineyards 2015

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of peach skin, smoked pineapple and lemon Danish with flavors of yellow peach, pineapple pith, Meyer lemon, and a hint of brioche, finishing with a lively, stony minerality that lingers. A perfect balance of intensity and restraint are present in this charming wine. Score 91


Fall Creek Vineyards Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre Texas Hill Country GSM Salt Lick Vineyards 2016

Winemaker Notes: This GSM is perhaps the richest and most velvety expression we have experienced yet. With notes of clove cigarette, Chinese 5-spice, and black cherry cordial and hints of chocolate-covered purple olives and pepper dust, we are carried away by this wine's eternal finish. Score 90

We hope you will try these amazing wines and share your impressions with us.