Current Vintage Tasting Notes

Enjoy our wine tasting descriptions, compliments of Jeff’s Corner.

White Wines

2017 Cuvee Blanc

2017 Cuvee Blanc

The blend is 44.1% Viognier, 22.6% Pinot Grigio, 20.7% Muscat Canelli, and 12.6% Sauvignon Blanc. The ABV is 13.7%. Early on, the aromas are dominated by lots of grapefruit, mandarin orange, peach, and lemon grass. As it warms up and develops in the glass, the Viognier asserts itself with wildflowers, honey, butterscotch, and caramel. The palate is young and aggressive with bright acidity nicely balanced with lots of delicate fruit. The finish is refreshing, crisp, and clean, and will develop even more complexity with a few more months in the bottle.
2017 Pinot Grigio

2017 Pinot Grigio

It is a textbook, old world Italian-style wine, and the color is a brilliant pale yellow with a crystal-clear rim. It shows bright tropical aromas of pineapple, tangerine, lemon, lime, and subtle hints of coconut and almond. The palate is well-integrated, with delicate fruit flavors up front complimented by a brisk acidity that transitions the wine into a long, beguiling finish. An austere, flinty minerality contributes to a discriminatingly simple yet complex wine.
2018 Cuvee Blanc

2018 Cuvee Blanc

A somewhat different blend than the ’17, the ’18 Cuvee is 60.1% Viognier, 20% Pinot Grigio, 9.3% Muscat Canelli, 6.2% Sauvignon Blanc, and 4.4% Trebbiano (the ’17 had less Viognier and more Muscat). The ABV is 13.8%. The color in the bowl is a very pale yellow with a hint of green, and the rim sparkles in its clarity. The aromas show a delicate balance of fruit and floral notes. White peach, mandarin orange, and ripe cantaloupe dance with wild honey, magnolia, and carnation. The delicate aromas, however, belie an aggressive, full-bodied palate. Brisk acidity carries the fruit to a well-integrated, tantalizing finish. Very crisp and clean, it has a more round mouthfeel at a warmer temp. Let’s serve this between 45 and 50*.
2018 Viognier

2018 Viognier

Our 2018 is a bright, very pale yellow with a tiny hint of chartreuse. The ABV is 12.4%. The aromas create a delicate yet complex symphony of apricot, white peach, kiwi, and melon entwined with floral notes of lemon grass, wild honey, and Hill Country wildflowers. Exquisitely balanced, the palate is rich in texture with a creamy mouthfeel supported by brisk acidity that contributes to a lush, lingering finish. This is a very full-bodied wine with a quiet, understated demeanor. Between 10-15% of the entire blend was barrel aged for a bit less than 3 months. Even though this is a small percentage of the entire production, the oak contributes intricate subtleties of aroma, flavor, and texture.

Red Wines

2016 Cabernet Trois

2016 Cabernet Trois

With a sensible ABV of 13.5%, it is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Ruby Cabernet. The color is textbook for Cab Trois; a richly extracted deep, dark ruby/purple with absolutely no transparency in the bowl. It shows unrestrained aromas of leather, fresh cut tobacco, espresso, spearmint, and spicy cinnamon. The palate shows lots of dark fruit up front, but is dominated by a youthful, brambly texture highlighted by rich, chalky tannins and vibrant acids.
2016 Merlot

2016 Merlot

Our ’16 Texas Merlot is mostly High Plains fruit, 13.6% ABV (alcohol-by-volume), and 95% Merlot with 5% Petite Sirah. The color is a lovely dark ruby with a hint of violet and shows a bright, complex rim. This is a delightfully straightforward wine, with vibrant aromas and flavors of red fruit and spice. Layers of raspberry, red plum, and cranberry entwine with cedar, leather, cinnamon, clove, and a touch of evergreen. This is a very aromatic wine, with sweet oak and elegant, soft tannins.
2016 Rendezvous

2016 Rendezvous

 The blend is 44.4% Syrah, 27.3% Cinsault, 22.2% Mourvedre, and 6.1% Viognier. The ABV is 13.9%, and the color a rich, ruby/purple. Even though Rendezvous is perhaps our lightest red wine in texture, this is by no means a simple wine. Bright fruit aromas of red plum, ripe raspberry, and bing cherry weave together with red roses, violets, red licorice, cinnamon, and clove. The palate is soft, round, and elegant, dominated by well-integrated fruit and acid. Subtle oak and tannin provide just enough support for great balance. The silky fruit finish is delightful and deceptively long.
2017 Bellissimo

2017 Bellissimo

This is the 13th vintage of this, our best-selling and signature Super Tuscan. It is 61.6% Sangiovese, 28.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9.9% Merlot. The ABV is a healthy 14.8%. The color is classic for Bellissimo, a rustic garnet/ruby with moderate extraction.  The aromas are an earthy potpourri of cherry, raspberry, and dried red rose petals complimented by red licorice, cinnamon, clove, cigar box, and allspice. For a relatively high alcohol wine, it is in no way “hot” in the nose or on the finish. The palate is incredibly well-integrated for a young wine, with Bellissimo’s textbook bright acidity complimented by the fresh fruit and earthy spice. An elegant and graceful wine with a soft, lingering finish, we can expect this to develop into one of our greatest Super Tuscans ever.
2017 Mosaic

2017 Mosaic

It is once again a classic Bordeaux-style blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. The ABV is a ubiquitous 13.9% The color is a well-extracted garnet/ruby with a vibrant rim and a rich intensity in the bowl that begs for further exploration. There is indeed a complex mosaic of enticing aromas and flavors, with blackberry, black cherry, cassis, cinnamon, dark cocoa, and well-oiled leather weaving a delicate tapestry. The palate is seamless from front to back, with lush fruit and spice complimenting well-integrated sweet tannins and playful acidity. There is a lovely round, creamy mouthfeel that contributes to a refined, lingering finish.
2017 Petite Sirah

2017 Petite Sirah

The color of the 2017 Texas Petite Sirah is textbook Petite, a very dark purple/violet with a densely extracted, impenetrable hue in the center of the bowl. The tears are thick, well-spaced, and slow to slide down the glass. The blend is 83.16% Petite Sirah and 16.84% Syrah with a healthy 14.4% ABV. Aromas are rich, dark, and complex with layers of ripe blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, and plum interlaced with a smoky earthiness highlighted by black licorice, dark chocolate, and black tea leaves. This is a young, fleshy, and very muscular wine. It’s aggressive across our entire palate with tons of fruit up front made lively with a firm backbone of brisk acidity. Energetic tannins hold their own against the dense black fruit for a luxurious, lingering finish.
2017 Prosperity

2017 Prosperity

The new 2017 Prosperity is lean, elegant, and very true to style. It is 56.2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43.8% Syrah with an ABV of 13.8%. The color is a soft, earthy ruby with moderate extraction. The nose is delicate yet complex (classic Prosperity), with dark red fruit aromas of raspberry, cherry, and plum dancing with floral notes of red rose, violet, and lavender. Hints of white and black pepper, coffee, and red licorice add further intricacy. The palate is silky smooth for a young wine and will develop gracefully over the next 3-5 years. Already showing a seamless progression from front to back, acid and tannin are well integrated and provide just the right amount of structure. The fruit dominated finish is rich and lingering, and begs for another sip.
2017 Rendezvous

2017 Rendezvous

Although our lightest red in texture, the ’17 Rendezvous is by no means a simple wine. It’s a quintessential Rhone-style blend of 35.6% Cinsault, 35.3% Grenache, 23.1% Mourvedre, and 6% Viognier. This is quite different from the ’16, which was 44% Syrah.  The ABV is 13.9%. The color is an old-world ruby/garnet with a bright rim and moderate extraction. Aromas are rich and complex with a charming rustic earthiness. Ripe raspberry, black cherry, and pomegranate  flirt with layers of dried rose petals, violets, cinnamon, anise, clove, and dark cocoa. Featuring near perfect balance, the palate is elegant and refined. Soft tannins and silky smooth acids create a backdrop for this extremely fruit-forward wine. Serving temperature is important, with about 55* being optimum to highlight its freshness and graceful sophistication.

Sweet & Semi-Sweet Wines

2017 Grand Rouge

2017 Grand Rouge

This delightful wine is made from 100% Texas High Plains fruit. It is 54.26% Tempranillo and 45.74% Sangiovese. For a sweet wine, it is a respectable 13.5% ABV with a residual sugar of 3.2%. The color is a bright, translucent cherry/ruby. This wine shows sprightly aromas of red grapes, sweet cherry, raspberry, red licorice, and spicy cinnamon.
2017 Muscat Canelli

2017 Muscat Canelli

100% High Plains fruit, all from Andy Timmons’ Lost Draw Vineyards. At 2.8% residual sugar it is our least sweet Muscat ever, and now our least sweet wine overall. The color is a radiant pale yellow, and the aromas are as intense as a field of Hill Country wildflowers in full bloom. Stylistically perfect with intense varietal character, Mandarin orange, lemon zest, apricot, and mango mingle with floral notes of wild honey, rosewater, and magnolia. The palate is rich and lush, with sugar, fruit, and acid all in perfect harmony. It’s spicy, sweet, and tart like a lemon-drop laced with honey and a spring bouquet. It features a full-bodied, round mouthfeel with a lingering, fruit dominated finish.
2018 Cabernet Blanc

2018 Cabernet Blanc

The 2018 is a brilliant pink/rose with sparkling clarity. As always, it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with a respectable 13.0 ABV. The residual sugar is about 4.5%, keeping with recent vintages. To me, the aroma of Cab Blanc is always one of its greatest strengths. Intense pink carnation flirt with honeysuckle, gardenia, and magnolia, along with a constant undercurrent of ripe strawberry. The palate is delightful as well, with a rich texture balancing a coy sweetness with a bright, lively acidity. The finish is long, sweet and tart, like a sugary strawberry snow cone on a hot summer day.
2018 Muscat Canelli

2018 Muscat Canelli

With our new Muscat, Jason continues his trend of decreasing the residual sugar in his sweet wines; the’18 is 1.8% compared to 2.8% in the 2017 (when I came to Grape Creek in 2009, it was well over 5%). The ABV is 12.1%. There is very little color, with a brilliant, clear rim and a delicate pale yellow hue in the bowl. The wine exhibits classic varietal aromas, with a spicy muskiness dominated by orange zest, lemon-lime, and apricot entwined with hints of rosewater, honeysuckle, and gardenia. This is all supported by an undercurrent of butterscotch and burnt caramel. The ‘18 is a very complex and elusive wine; every sip changes and reveals new secrets.  The palate is aggressive like the nose; crisp acids intertwine with the fruit in perfect harmony and end in a long, fruit-dominated finish. A cold serving temp of about 45* is just about perfect.
2018 Riesling

2018 Riesling

It is only 1.1% residual sugar, down from about 2.9% the last two years. At 1.1% RS, we have only 2.06 grams of sugar in a 6oz glass. The ABV is a very food friendly 12.0%. The color is a bright, pale yellow with a crystal clear rim. The aromas are refined and delicate, with floral notes of white carnation, passion flower, and gardenia intertwined with apricot, pineapple, peach, and mandarine orange. This wine explodes on our palate, boasting a vibrant acidity that’s well-integrated with the fruit; and there is a subtle hint of petrol and slate minerality that adds a rich texture. It finishes clean and crisp, all the while seducing us into sip after sip. Should be served cold at about 45* for the best balance of fruit and acid. 

Wine Club “Member-Only” Wines

2017 Serendipity

2017 Serendipity

The 2017 is 68.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15.7% Merlot, 8.4% Petit Sirah, and 7.5 % Syrah. The ABV is 14.0%. The color is a well extracted violet/purple with a dark rim and no transparency in the bowl. Intriguingly rich primary aromas of black cherry, blackberry, black plum and cassis are complimented by secondary aromas of leather, cedar, and dark cocoa. The palate is lean, elegant, and austere. Young and introverted, dense fruit flavors wait to emerge supported by well-integrated acid and tannin. This wine shows incredible promise, and should drink best in 2-5 years. If you want to enjoy it now, I recommend decanting for about 1.5 hours.
Port

Port

This fortified dessert wine is mostly Merlot with some Cabernet Sauvignon. The color is a rich reddish brown edged in garnet, and the initial aroma is one of sweet, bright cherries After about 45 minutes, complex aromas of almonds, hazelnuts, and cashews mingled with the fruit. The alcohol (18.2% ABV) showed on the nose, but not the palate. The flavor is all about holiday spice, with layers of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and allspice. The finish is elegant and creamy in texture, with perfectly balanced flavors that linger for a long time.

Heath Vineyards

2016 Absolution

2016 Absolution

A dense purple/violet, this is a big, fully ripe wine driven by finesse and balance. Textbook flavors and aromas of blackberry, cassis, and black tea mingle with cedar, leather, mocha, and espresso. Barrel aging included 53% new French oak, yielding sweet, soft tannins with delicate spice.
2016 Captivating

2016 Captivating

Pale yellow with a brilliant rim, this is a dense, richly textured wine featuring a fruit bowl of aromas and flavors. Layers of grapefruit, melon, and citrus dance with tangerine, peach, and pear. Like its name, this is a seductive wine with a complex, lingering finish.
2016 Pinot Noir

2016 Pinot Noir

A rich ruby/garnet, this wine is elegant, graceful, and true to its varietal character. Intriguing aromas of bright red berries, dried flowers, and rose petals flirt with clove, cinnamon, and hints of vanilla. The finish is well-balanced, with bright fruit balancing delicate oak and tannins.
2016 Syrah

2016 Syrah

An intense, impenetrable purple, this is a monster wine. Aromas of violets, blackberry, black currants, and black plum spar with white and black pepper, anise, and dark cocoa. Aged in 100% French oak (57% new), this is an aggresive yet graceful wine packed with intrigue.

Estate

2012 Epiphany

2012 Epiphany

A medium ruby/violet with a bright rose-colored rim, the palate is soft and round with a delicate balance of flavors. Hints of toasted oak accent aromas of red plum and raspberry, chocolate-covered cherries, and fresh-baked bread. Moderate tannin and acid define a delightfully subtle finish.
2013 Epiphany

2013 Epiphany

An intense purple/garnet, this is a very earthy, rustic expression of the unique Grape Creek Vineyards Estate terroir. Subtle aromas of coffee, anise, chocolate, and leather are balanced with flavors of black raspberry, clove, allspice, and cinnamon.
2014 Epiphany

2014 Epiphany

A young, racy wine full of tension between fruit and tannin, exhibiting a rustic grittiness highlighted by a bit of limestone minerality. The color is a deeply extracted dark purplewith a dark ruby rim.  Aromas of black cherry, ripe plum, leather, cocoa, and coffee add to the full-flavored complexity of this wine. Abundant tannins that are well-integrated with a firm backbone of acidity promise lots of room to age.
2014 Euphoria

2014 Euphoria

The newest member of our wine family. A delicate pale yellow/straw in color, this delightful method champenoise sparkling wine shows complex aromas and flavors of orange blossom, wild honey, honeysuckle, butterscotch, and tangerine. Small beading makes the wine dance on our palate, while it finishes rich in texture from sur lie aging and brisk acidity. It features 50% of Grape Creek Estate Chenin Blanc and 50% Texas High Plains Muscat Canelli.
2016 Epiphany

2016 Epiphany

An impenetrable dark purple, this is a substantial wine built to age. Brooding and mysterious, tightly packed jammy aromas of ripe blueberry, black raspberry, black plum, and cassis flirt with a hint of eucalyptus. Aged in 100% French oak (57% new), the palate is assertive from start to lingering finish. 60% Montepulciano, 40% Aglianico 13.3% ABV Serving Temperature 60* Drink Now-2024 (Recommend decant 1.5 hours)