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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The medium-bodied Hye Meadow 2012 Dolcetto has vibrant purple/ruby color, lots of red berry aromas, and about a metric ton of fruit on the palate, with juicy acidity and just enough firm tannin backbone. The grape is called Dolcetto, Italian for "little sweet one," but the wine is dry and the flavors are big!
The 2012 Aglianico marks Hye Meadow's first venture into the southern Italian variety used in Taurasi. It can help to think of Aglianico as an Italian counterpart to Cab. Deep color, elegant but powerful structure, and dark fruit character give this wine almost a regal character. We sure feel regal when we drink it!
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.
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
NV 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.
Refreshing flavors of Anjou pear and kiwi, with a splash of Riesling that enhances this wine's aromatic qualities and backbone of crisp acidity.
The 2014 Hye Meadow Trebbiano follows the microscopically-small production of 2013 with a little bit more to go around. Made from Texas High Plains grapes, with some Viognier blended in for aromatics and weight, this middleweight white offers hints of tangerine and apple with mouthwatering acidity. The grape variety is native to Orvieto in central Italy. We fermented two barrels' worth in acacia, which (as far as we know) is the first commercial use of acacia barrels for wine in Texas.
2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition: Bronze Medal
This is a medium-to-full body wine made from Texas High Plains Farmhouse Vineyards Fruit. It is blended with a bit of Malvasia Bianca for aromatics. Suggestions of lemon, grilled pineapple, and a hint of honey.
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
The partnership of 50/50 Montepulciano and Aglianico, seamlessly woven together with complementary aromatics, texture and body gently framed with the influence of one year old eastern European oak. Kirsch/cherry liqueur, medium-full, modest alcohol, juicy acidity, deep ruby color, silky tannins, mélange of red berries. Old world sensibility balanced with the prettiness of new-world fruit and techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can’t go wrong with 2013 Sangiovese. Another Mediterranean grape, Sangio, as it’s known amongst its friends, pairs well with just about any food and pleases the palate of lovers of both red and white wine. With earthy aromas and moderate tannins, Sangio pleases everyone. Serve ours with anything from pepperoni pizza to roast chicken.
Junkyard White is a new wine for us. A blend of Muscat, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, this wine leans toward slightly off-dry and has become a well-balanced blend that showcases what all three grapes have to offer. Junkyard White recently won a double gold at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and we’re hoping that you’ll love it as much as the judges did.
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!
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 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.
This young wine exhibits hints of plum and raspberry with refreshing fresh fruit overtones
Beautiful floral aromatics lend way to refreshing flavors of Bosc pear and kiwi, a backbone of crisp mineral & acid, and a long soft fruit finish. It's a perfect apéritif with which to welcome guests.
The nose on our 2014 iL Sensio reminds us of a English tack room. Sweet leather and polished wood perfume the air as this wine opens up. As you sip, soft yet firm tannins slowly release as the taste of bourbon cherries and dark ripe plum fill your month. A slight stone finish leaves you reaching for your next sip.