2013 Full Monte
The 2013 Full Monte isn't just a wine, it's a way of life! This bold red marks Hye Meadow Winery's first venture into the classic central Italian variety of Montepulciano. Our "Monte" suggests cherry, raspberry, and kirsch flavors with its medium-full body and lush palate. As its name suggests, though, it's no pushover - this juicy red has a firm enough finish to drink it with a steak!
Nose of coffee nibs, light cherry notes, and smoked coconut. On the palate, tart cherry, elderberry, and broody tannins that linger after the fruit is gone.
Sangiovese is the spoiled brat of the viticultural world. It is prone to overcropping, being very light bodied (sometimes), and it likes to rot on the vine at the slightest hint of rain. However, when conditions are right, it can make a wine of stellar depth and complexity. We like to believe this is one of those wines. But please, don’t take our word for it. Get in the car and come taste it.
Our 2011 Edelzwicker is Washington state 50% Riesling and 50% Gewurztraminer fruits. It was fermented cold in stainless steel tanks, aged sur lie for 8 months. Edelzwicker is a term used in Alsace meaning “noble blend.” Laced with plenty of Gewurztraminer spice, this wine’s legal definition implies a wine of aromatic fruit and lipsmacking acidity. Though, we prefer its illegal definition -- obscenely tasty. 2% residual sugar.
Junkyard Red brings together Tempranillo, Mourvedre, and Syrah coming from both the 2012 and 2013 harvests. The key qualities of the original Junkyard are still present: light-to-medium body, soft texture, and just a dollop of residual sugar for ridiculously easy drinkability. We think this wine's soft texture, gentle spiciness, and juicy cherry flavors are just begging for everyday meals like poultry, barbecue, and pizza. Like the original, it's best served with a slight chill; and, also like the original, this Junkyard Red carries the Texas appellation of origin.
No, it’s not just a little Syrah, it’s a different grape-although the two varietals are probably related. Renowned for its plummy, spicy flavors, this grape is also known as Durif. You’ll find notes of pepper in the aroma as well as blueberry and plum. Petite Sirah ages well- ours is irresistible now, but you can be confident buying extra to save for later.
2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition: Bronze Medal
Hye Meadow 2012 Tempranillo comes from the Bayer family's vineyard in the Texas High Plains west of Lubbock - Texas' flagship red grape variety. Its lovely brick-red color leads into aromas of black cherry, spice, and leather, and classic Tempranillo flavors reminiscent of cherries. The wine shows medium-to-full body, with integrated tannins.
2012 Viognier (Bingham Vineyard, Texas High Plains): A medium-to-full-bodied white, here's a luscious but lively example of one of the established white grape varieties in Texas. Viognier is historically associated with the Rhone valley in France, so it was a natural choice to stand up to the Texas heat. The High Plains growing region is higher (elevation), drier, and offers bigger day-night temperature differential - all good for grapes! (The wine tends to suggest peach or apricot flavors, with perhaps some tropical and citrus notes.) Unoaked.
Our delicious off-dry bubbly with a clean and crisp finish with a blend of 45% Muscat, 40% Chardonnay & 15% Gewurztraminer
2015 Finger Lakes Intl Wine Competition: Silver Medal
We introduced Dolcetto last year and since then we’ve really enjoyed this wine. The varietal’s name translates as “little sweet one,” but it’s not a sweet wine. It’s a lighter-bodied red wine that goes great with everyday foods like roast chicken, burgers or pasta.
The result of two years of cellar rest, Hye Meadow's first port and only 66 cases produced.
Concentrated dark fruits, butter scotch and rich fruit cake essence. It's almost like a cherry cordial for your nose. On the palate, Elixir is luscious on the tongue coating it with a rich pallette of dark cherries, chocolate and a zing of alcohol that hits you like a light saber!
Originally born in northeast Italy, Gewurztraminer has become very popular around the world. This off-dry white has flavors of lychees and a distinctive floral aroma. Our Gewurz was created from grapes from a vineyard in Washington state and was inspired by the wines from Alsace.
2013 Hye Jinx is a throwback to the original Junkyard Red. It's unabashedly lightweight, off-dry, soft, and easy to drink. Made entirely from Texas High Plains fruit, this wine is 98% Carignan with 2% Mourvedre for a bit of aromatic lift. Light ruby and almost translucent in color, the inaugural Hye Jinx has easy flavors of cherries with a hint of cinnamon spice on the nose, and a soft smooth finish.
Refreshing flavors of Anjou pear and kiwi, with a splash of Riesling that enhances this wine's aromatic qualities and backbone of crisp acidity.
This Rhone white is finding a new appreciation in the United States. For many years, it was used as a blending wine, but winemakers are now letting it stand on its own. A fuller bodied white, it typically has herbal notes and is perfect paired with turkey or ham. Our Roussanne was primarily fermented in stainless steel, but a bit was fermented in oak and the two were blended before bottling.
2014 Not Quite Pink was the working title of our dry rosé of Tempranillo, and we liked it so much that we kept it for the finished wine. Made entirely from 2014 Texas High Plains fruit, it's 90% Tempranillo (juice drawn off of the skins saignee method) and 10% Malvasia Bianca blended for aromatic impact. With flavors of watermelon, strawberry, and cranberry, this salmon-colored quaffer has hints of red wine character with white wine refreshment.
The nose produces an immediate dark leather essence that mingles with a sweet oak perfume from the French and American barrels and transitions into a clove spice. This distinguished wine evokes thoughts of currants on the tongue while smooth tannins, soft peppercorns and dark berry flavors take center stage and leaves you with a palate coated in boldness.
Food Pairings: Chile Rellanos
Edelzwicker is a term used in Alsace meaning “noble blend”. It has no other legal definition, other than extremely tasty. Our blend features a blend of 50% Riesling & 50% Muscat that offers a nice balanced acid, fruit forward tastes of ripe pear and a bit of macadamia nut on the finish.
Our textbook Trebbiano meets your first sip with bight acids and refreshing fruit tones with highlights of Meyer Lemons followed by a clean mineral finish. This wine will leave you shouting Est! Est! Est!
Crisp honey suckle notes with whiffs of apricots and citrus spritz on the nose. The crisp acid of this wine compliments the rich flavors of peach, nectarine and lemon grass. .
Food Pairing: Lobster Mac and Cheese
The Hye-Albert Cuvee (a.k.a. "bubbles") is the perfect fizz for any occasion, not just for special ones! Winemaker Dude Jeff created a lovely blend based on the Symphony grape variety, with the resulting wine coming in just off-dry with citrus flavors, delicate effervescence, and a crisp clean finish. Great for mimosas, as an aperitif, or just when you're feeling bubbly.