(Hye, Texas) Texas wine lovers are invited Saturday, March 1st to the beautiful Hye Meadow Winery in Hye, Texas for their release of three new reds. Owners Chris Black and Mike Batek will be marking the occasion with live music by Jim Halfpenny and delicious pairings from the popular Crepe Nation food truck. The three new reds include a 2012 Tempranillo from Texas High Plains grapes, a 2012 Dolcetto, and a 2012 Anglianico. Chris Black provided Texas Wine and Trail a descriptive teaser of each new red and our taste buds are already tingling!
Spain’s most important red grape variety translates well to the climate and soils of the Texas High Plains AVA, as evidenced by our first entirely Texas-grown “big red.” This Tempranillo from the Bayer Family Vineyard possesses medium-to-full body, with suggestions of cocoa and cherry against a well-integrated tannin structure. If Junkyard Red goes with brisket, Tempranillo is our pick for beef ribs!
In the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, the name of the Dolcetto grape translates as “little sweet one.” Make no mistake, though: the resulting wine is neither little nor sweet. This middleweight red has vibrant color, tons of red berry flavor, and a fair bit of both refreshing acidity and firm tannin backbone. It’s definitely a food wine – as opposed to a “cocktail wine” to be drunk alone. We like its palate-cleansing grip matched up with osso bucco…mmmm!
Mike likes to joke…well, we hope he’s joking…that Aglianico is “Italian for Cab.” OK, so while that’s not technically true, it gets the point across. This is an under-publicized but quite regal grape variety most known for the substantial and long-lived wines of Taurasi in southern Italy. The perfumed nose, medium body, and firm tannic structure are reminiscent of the more familiar, and similarly elegant, Cabernet Sauvignon. While “Cab” is easier to say, we think you’ll find Aglianico just as much fun to drink.
Hye Meadow Winery
10257 US Hwy 290 W, Hye, Texas 78635