Red Wines of Summer: Kiepersol 2018 POWER Red Blend – Big and Bold and Ready for Summer!

Marnell Durrett Co-owner of Kiepersol Estate Winery.

Some of you may recall what I did during the hot heavy heat in the Summer of 2023. I stayed inside, set the AC at between 74F and 76F (just like a nice October day in Houston), and started opening my red wines. This year, we have already had our first 98F day earlier this week. So here we go again…. Let’s open some red wine for the first installment of VintageTexas’s Red Wines of Summer Series – 2024 Edition.

Well, today I’ve got something special and it might even be a little unexpected. The wine is called POWER – a 2018 Proprietary Red Blend, released by Kiepersol Estate Winery near Tyler, Texas. It’s a 100% estate-grown, single vineyard wine made from European Vitis vinifera wine grapes grown in East Texas.

This wine definitely packs a powerful statement. For starters, it has the power of 15 % alcohol that is expertly balanced, enveloped by juicy, dark fruit aromas, deep rich flavors, palate heft and well-structured tannins from extended oak aging. The character of the wine brings together jammy blackberry, boysenberry, plum, lavender, vanilla and pepper. Its bold presence comes through in spicy plum on the palate with strong tannins, and a toasty oak finish. This wine takes the Kiepersol reputation for making quality red wines and amps it up a notch, or maybe two.

Perhaps, if my AC wasn’t working as well as it is (and, unfortunately, after the recent storms, some people between Houston and Dallas are still without it), I might not have went ahead and opened this wine. I served it tonight with a dry aged prime New York Strip Steak. In my house, my mind is in a state of comfortable October coolness that also pairs well with this exceptional, full-bodied proprietary red blend.

An earlier photo of Marnelle Durrett and Velmay Power with their father Pierre de Wet, founder of Kiepersol Estates.

There is another reason for calling this wine POWER. You may know that Kiepersol is operated by two Sisters Marnell Durrett and Velmay Power – Marnell runs the wine part of the business and Velmay handles the finances. This wine was created to honor the Power family of Kiepersol, the label boldly expresses their mission in life:

People being loved
Others first
Wine to share
Entertaining and laughter
Ready to give

The following note from husband and wife, Chris & Velmay Power, shares the essence of this wine: “From the rows of vines to the artful process of winemaking, we are honored to share with you a 100% Texas red blend, generous in lush flavors and magical in its bold, fruit-forward approach. It is only for the wise and wild, the abundant, and outspoken in you.”

Photo credit: Kiepersol Estate Winery

3933 FM 344 E
Tyler, TX 75703


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