From the SAHMmelier: Visit to Hye Meadow

In case you missed it, the SAHMmelier (Texas Wine Journal contributor Alissa Leenher) visited Hye Meadow Winery a couple of weeks back, and posted this fun column on her site last week. She highlighted some of the varietals and blends that gives Hye Meadow one of the 290 Wine Road’s more surprising rosters — including a Chenin/Reisling sparkling blend, a Trebbiano, an Aglianico, and a Montepulciano.

Alissa said, regarding this post, “The Texas wine industry continues to grow in both quality and breadth.  With the expansion, we are also seeing an increase in attention and accolades.  As growers and winemakers continue to refine and respond to the terroir and climate, we, the consumers, get to benefit.  I, for one, am continually inspired by what I see.  Aglianico, Grenache, Carignan are all grapes I am seeing more of in the state.  I would love to hear from you.  What new grapes are you experimenting with? What characteristics are you seeing in your region?

(She added, “If you are interested in chatting about your expansion for future Texas Wine Journal articles, please reach out to me to set up a time. Cheers y’all!)

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Tempranillo – 2014

The Tempranillo category featured 36 wines (25 producers and 13 single vineyards) that came from grapes sourced from across the state; 15 (42%) were appellated Texas, seven (19%) from the Texas Hill Country and 14 (39%) from the Texas High Plains. The average prices of the wines submitted was $30, which ranged from $13 to $50 and included the following: 1 from the 2010 vintage, 8 from 2011, 24 from 2012, 1 from 2013 and 2 from 2014.

The Top 5 Rated Tempranillos:

  1. Lewis Wines, Texas Hill Country, Round Mountain Vineyard, ‘Estate Blend’  2011 – $45
  2. Pedernales Cellars, Texas, Tempranillo Reserve, 2012 – $49
  3. Blue Ostrich Winery, Texas, Tempranillo, ‘Barrel Reserve’ 2012 – $30
  4. Spicewood Vineyards, Texas Hill Country, Estate Tempranillo, 2012 -$45
  5. Pemberton Cellars, Texas, Tempranillo, 2012 – $28

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