The Sound is a new dining venue in the Cypress Waters development that is technically in the city of Dallas (because it sits on land that used to be a part of a regional power plant), but is nestled between the north side of Las Colinas and the south end of Coppell. Among the dining locations situated along the shores of North Lake are two compelling wine options for those who reside in the area or those who find themselves passing by.
Half Price Bottles at Ascension Coffee
Ascension Coffee features breakfast and lunch/dinner food options, a top-notch coffee bar and beer and wine. The wines are available both by the glass and the bottle, and right now between the hours of 4:00 pm and close all bottles are half-price, making for some fantastic values. They currently feature eleven reds, six whites, 2 bubbles and three rosés, plenty of options for any palate. The view from the patio is outstanding and both the service and food are fantastic. Of the list, one of the whites and one red stand out as the best values:
Texas Wines at Landon Winery
- Walt Chardonnay. Walt is the Sonoma Pinot Noir and Chardonnay label for Napa-based Hall, owned by Dallas real estate developers Craig and Katherine Hall. This Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is packed with rich tropical fruit, creme and a hint of minerality, and it has receive a series of 90+ scores from Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator, including a 94 for the 2015 vintage. The half-price bottle price works out to about $6 per glass…an amazing value for such a high quality wine.
- Two Hands Hopes and Dreams. The road that leads to the Two Hands winery in South Australia is Avenue of Hopes and Dreams. This is a wonderful wine to break out of the same-old and experience something new yet utterly delicious. A blend of five grapes led by Grenache and Shiraz and including Cabernet Sauvignon, this wide exudes juicy blackberry and current, with spicy notes of sandalwood, cracked pepper and a whiff of lavender. Vivino users rate this as a top 5% wine in the world and Robert Parker gives it a 90 rating. At $38 a bottle after 4:00 pm, this is a steal.
I often struggle to find Texas wines worth writing about, but found a number of really nice bottles while tasting the selections at Landon Winery. Based in Greenville, Texas and with fruit grown primarily in the Texas High Plains, Landon now has four tasting locations, including their newest at The Sound. The setting is perfect for tasting some of their offerings on the patio while gazing out at the playground, fountains and North Lake. The fun of a tasting room like this is the ability to run through several offerings to find what you like. Of the varietals we sampled, two stood out to me as the can’t-miss best options:
- Tempranillo. The primary grape in Rioja wines from Spain, Landon’s Texas Tempranillo is amazingly soft and savory. Medium garnet in color, this wine features black cherry, dried fig, and cedar flavors with hints of warm spice, bay leaf and tobacco. Landon also produces a Tempranillo that is aged in a Rye barrel and it’s fun to try them side-by-side. I preferred the regular version, but both are worthy of a taste.
- Viognier. This wine is a paradox. The light color in the glass belies the rich fruit and sturdy weight in the mouth. Pale gold in color, the slightly sweet fruit reveals clementines, peaches and nectarines, with aromas of fragrant honeysuckle. The touch of residual sweetness adds viscosity to the traditionally oily texture of the Viognier and provides for a slightly lower alcohol content (labelled at 12%).
Landon Winery features half price bottles all day on Wednesdays, but the intrigue at this location is tasting across the wide variety of options.
The Sound is located at 3111 Olympus Boulevard in Coppell / Dallas, just north of 635 and east of Beltline Road.
Photo courtesy of The Sound at Cypress Waters.