a farmer, a point in time, and a place
indigenous yeasts and spontaneous fermentations
time and patience
In Texas, Winemakers Find Room to Roam
"Mr. McLaughlin is now one of very few Texas growers trying to farm organically. On grassy, sandstone fields amid chickens and geese, he tends grenache, barbera, chardonnay, mourvèdre and viognier, along with other varieties.
Essence of the vineyard in a glass...
"Robert Clay Vineyards captures the essence of the vineyard in a glass. The 2015 Merlot expresses ripe red fruit, but is not overly fruit forward. The fresh acidity, fleshy fruit notes and integrated oak pay homage to both new and old world wine styles. A walk through the vineyard will reveal a great attention to vine balance."
"They strive to be pesticide-free, free of added sulfites, additive-free and use natural wild yeasts for fermentation."
Inside Wild World, The Great New Texas Natural Wine Festival
"If there was any winemaker to encapsulate natural wine in Texas right now, it’s Dan McLaughlin at Robert Clay Vineyards."