Appearance: Deep brick red. More brownish in color than most red wines (at least young ones), due to the honey.
Nose: Aromas of cherry, plum, honey, and toffee.
Palate: Dry, with barely a hint of sweetness, but not enough to be called off-dry. Flavors of ripe red fruits, honey, and a nice earthy quality. Moderate acid and surprisingly strong tannin. 13.8% abv
On one hand, Texas Two-Step is a unique experience. On the other hand, it might not taste as unusual as you'd expect, given the ingredients. Despite being made from 60% honey, it still tastes mostly like red wine, and is well balanced. The honey in the mix accomplishes 3 main things: adds flavor, adds a touch of sweetness, and makes the red wine ultra smooth. I think the combination is pretty successful and easy to drink. Make sure you chill it for a few minutes.
Mead is an occasional thing for me, so I can't see myself drinking this on a regular basis. However, I think it's a must-try for wine geeks. And anyone who finds many red wines too harsh and wants one that is super, ultra smooth, could fall in love with this.
As far as I know, the only place in Houston to buy this at the moment is at the downtown Spec's, where it costs about $16.