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Current Vintage Tasting Notes

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

Grape Creek Vineyards

White Wines

2019 Pinot Grigio

2019 Pinot Grigio
The ’19 Pinot Grigio is a pale, translucent yellow with a slight hint of green on the rim.  Straightforward, unpretentious, and extremely quaffable, this is a classic northern Italian Pinot with refreshing aromas of lemon/lime, tangerine, banana, pear, green apple, and almond.  An undercurrent of steely minerality adds backbone to its refreshing texture.

The palate is bright, clean, crisp, and balanced. The lingering finish is a delightful surprise, dominated by well-integrated citrus flavors and brisk acidity. With a food-friendly ABV of 12.5%, our new Pinot begs for shellfish and is best served around 45*.

2019 Cuvee Blanc

This vintage, the blend is 47% Viognier, 21.5% Trebbiano, 18.7% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Muscat Canelli, and 4.8% Riesling. The ABV is 12.7%. The color of our 2019 Cuvee Blanc is a brilliant, pale yellow and shows summery tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, banana, and cantaloupe supported by orange blossom, honeysuckle, and an alluring whisper of butterscotch. The palate is clean and fresh, with a teasing bit of spiciness that delightfully compliments the wine’s brisk acidity.

2019 Viognier

Our new Viognier is a brilliant pale straw/yellow with a subtle hint of chartreuse. With a food-friendly, sensible ABV of 13%, this is a perfect summer wine for red wine drinkers. The nose shows an undercurrent of an intriguing aroma of musk flower, delicately layered with a tapestry of tangerine, lemon grass, stone fruit (peach and apricot), kiwi and citrus. These subtle, yet complex aromas explode on our palate as a very full-bodied, aggressive wine. A “richly textured” mouthfeel is in delightful contrast to the wine’s crisp backbone of acidity, and the finish lingered.

2019 Rosé of Malbec

Charming aromas of delicate red fruit include cherry, candied raspberry and strawberry jam, with some floral notes of wildflowers and pink carnations. This super quaffable wine is a delicate fruit bomb, with a well-balanced palate and a clean, fresh finish. The ABV of our ’19 Texas High Plains Rosé of Malbec is perfectly centered at 13%.

Red Wines

2018 Rendezvous

A brilliant ruby/garnet, this 100% High Plains wine is a winsome blend of 33.3% Cinsault, 24.9% Mourvedre, 24.6% Syrah, 11.6% Tannat and 5.6% Petite Sirah with an ABV of 14.3%. Delicate and enticing aromas of raspberry, cranberry, Bing cherry, cinnamon, and red licorice flirt with floral notes of lavender, red carnation and rose petal. The palate is charming and bright with soft tannins and lively acids supporting this delightfully fruit-forward wine. Great balance leads to a clean, fruit-driven finish that lingers with us for a remarkably long time. Let’s serve this with a slight chill, about 55*.

2018 Merlot

One of our unsung heroes, the color of our pleasing 2018 Merlot is a medium ruby/garnet and features 100% Merlot, all from our Texas High Plains growers. Complex, layered aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis merge with vanilla, clove, cigar box, and sweet toasted oak. Incredibly well-balanced for a young wine, the palate shows a smoky, rustic earthiness complimented by generous amounts of rich, dark fruit.  An extremely accessible, old-world style wine with a long, fruit-driven finish that is balanced with beautifully integrated acid and tannin. Let’s serve this about 60*.

2018 Cabernet Trois

The twenty-eighth anniversary of our legendary Cabernet Trois, the 2018 is 65.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 9.5% Ruby Cabernet, with an ABV of 13.9%. Aggressive, rustic aromas of ripe raspberry, black cherry, roasted red pepper, and licorice are layered with tobacco, cedar, leather, cocoa, and black pepper. The palate is luxuriously assertive and well-integrated, with dark fruit and firm tannins providing a vigorous, edgy finish. A decant time of about one hour with a serving temp around 60* will round out the mouthfeel and balance the complex fruit with the wine’s rich structure.

2018 Prosperity

A classic blend of Prosperity, the 2018 is 66.9% Cabernet Sauvignon with 33.1% Syrah and an ABV of 14.2%. The color is a rich medium+ ruby/garnet with intricate primary aromas of ripe blueberry, cassis, blackberry and black olive in harmony with lilac, lavender, white and black pepper, anise and cigar box. The palate is sophisticated and stylish, with a velvety mouthfeel and a lingering, well-balanced finish. Subtle hints of sweet oak are supported by judicious amounts of acid and tannin to create an extremely elegant, old-world style wine. Our 2018 Prosperity is worth watching, and shows potential to be one of our best Cabernet/Syrah blends ever.

2018 Petite Sirah

15.5% ABV and a blend of 95% Petite Sirah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The extraordinary color of this wine is an impregnable purple/black (like squid ink) that captures our eye even before it hits the bottom of our glass. The aromas are incredibly complex, with layers of ripe blueberry, black plum, blackberry jam and licorice, laced with cracked black pepper, dark chocolate, espresso and sweet vanilla. The palate is well-balanced with firm tannins and a bright acidity that give way to a lush, lingering finish.

2018 Bellissimo

The 15th anniversary of our flagship Super Tuscan is a vibrant ruby/purple with complex aromas of red plum, dried cherry and roasted red pepper supported by earthy aromas of damp cedar, cinnamon and clove. The palate is bright and lively with a soft, clean finish. 58% Sangiovese, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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 Invention

Dark, brooding, and mysterious, Invention (100% Texas Petit Verdot) is the newest addition to our GCV portfolio. An impenetrable purple and dark ruby hue, dense aromas of ripe currant, cracked black pepper, black plum, cinnamon toast, and dark cocoa are supported by rich layers of vanilla and oak. With a very aggressive palate, lush tannins deliver a wine with great structure that is built to age. ABV 14.5%

2018 Mosaic

The ’18 is about 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 12% Petit Verdot. The ABV is a very accessible 13.8%. The color is an alluring purple/garnet with medium-plus extraction. Richly aromatic and delicately complex, primary aromas of cassis, blackberry, black cherry, and plum are woven with violet, cedar, graphite, black pepper, and generous amounts of toasted oak.

2018 Invention

Sweet & Semi-Sweet Wines

2019 Riesling

The color of the 2019 100% Texas High Plains Riesling is a translucent, pale green/yellow, with a very summer-friendly ABV of 10.9%. The wine is off-dry, with a Residual Sugar of 1.1% which is the same as the 2018.  1.1% RS equals about 2 grams of sugar per 6 oz glass. The nose shows delicate layers of white peach, Mandarin orange, apricot, and Meyer lemon with subtle floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle. There is a whisper of a spicy, flinty minerality which adds an undertone of intriguing complexity. The palate is richly textured, and exhibits a spicy sweetness with textbook high acidity in perfect harmony with the fruit and sugar. The finish is crisp, clean, and perfectly balanced.

2019 Muscat Canelli

The color of our 2019 Texas High Plains off-dry Muscat Canelli is a brilliant pale yellow/green, with an ABV of 11.0%. The residual sugar is 2.2% (which is a bit sweeter than the1.7% in the 2018), which is the equivalent of about 4 grams of sugar per 6 oz. glass. Intense, dynamic aromas of tangerine, orange blossom, and lemon grass are layered with honeysuckle, burnt caramel, butterscotch, and honey. Beautifully balanced, crisp acidity transitions the sugars across our palate to a clean, lingering fruit finish.

2019 Cab Blanc

True-to-style, our 2019 is a lovely salmon/pink with an ABV of 13.5%. Dependably our sweetest still wine, the residual sugar is 4.3% (consistent with previous vintages), which equals about 8 grams of sugar per 6 oz glass. This is sweet, but not near as sweet as, say, Kool-Aid which has 18.75 grams per 6 ounces. Sweet, fruity, and fun, bright aromas of cherry, strawberry, and red raspberry flirt with pink carnation, honeysuckle, and passion flower. It starts out sweet, but then its crisp acidity smoothly transitions the wine across our palate for a clean, refreshing finish. Let’s serve this delightful wine cold, between 40 and 45*.

2019 Grand Rouge

he color is a playful cherry/ruby with a brilliant transparency throughout the bowl. The blend is 59% Tempranillo and 41% Sangiovese, which is consistent with the ’17 and ’18. The ABV is a very quaffable 11.8%, and the Residual Sugar is 3.2%, which equals about 6 grams of sugar per 6 oz glass. Very clean aromas of candied cherry and red raspberry mingle with hints of red plum, blueberry, and violet.  A subtle undercurrent of cinnamon, red licorice, and clove add a touch of spice. The palate is fresh and crisp with a refreshing fruit finish that begs for another sip. Lively acids temper the sweetness, giving us a well-balanced backyard barbecue red wine that we can enjoy chilled.

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.

Club Member Wines

2016 Serendipity

Cabernet Sauvignon (68%), blended with 20% Merlot and 12% Syrah. The alcohol-by-volume (ABV) is a sensible 13.8%. The color is a deeply extracted purple/violet, with deep, dark clarity at the rim. Aromas are ripe and intense, with nuances of oak accented by black cherry, cassis, cigar box, and leather. Delicate layers of lilacs, roses, toffee, and chocolate contribute to a very complex nose. Loaded with youthful exuberance, fruit, tannin, acid, and oak are very well-integrated for a full-bodied wine barely in adolescence. The finish is rich and enticing, with lots of fruit to balance a soft, elegant texture.

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.

2018 Serendipity

Our new 2018 Serendipity is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 11% Syrah with a sensible 13.9% ABV. This blend is extremely consistent with the previous four vintages and lends itself to the consistency in style we have seen from Serendipity since 2014. The color is a densely extracted purple/garnet, with complex, tightly packed aromas that are richly supported with generous layers of sweet toasted oak. Ripe raspberry, black cherry, blackberry and plum dance in harmony with crushed black pepper, leather, tobacco, cedar and eucalyptus. On our palate, the fruit is youthful, lean and austere with a firm backbone of acid and tannin that promise years of graceful bottle aging. The finish is structurally aggressive, and I would suggest a serving temp around 60* with a decant time of about 60-90 minutes.

Heath Vineyards

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 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.

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 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.

2017 Absolution

Aged in 100% French oak (over 50% new), the color is a textbook medium garnet. Complex aromas of blueberry, blackberry, and cassis weave with cigar box, pine nuts, dark cocoa, and Mexican vanilla. Aggressive, angular tannins are balanced with lots of indulgent fruit on the finish.

2017 Liberation

Brand new to our Heath Vineyards portfolio, this single block 100% Cabernet is an enchanting ruby/garnet in color. Aged in 100% French oak, graceful aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, and ripe loganberry mingle with leather, cedar, and a hint of mint. Picture-perfect structure and balance yield an intense, lingering finish.

2017 Syrah

A dense purple/violet color with a touch of midnight blue promises a moody and mysterious wine. Aromas of black cherry, black currant, and plum are supported by black pepper, sweet smoke, lavender, fennel, and eucalyptus. Aged in 100% French oak (50% new), acid and tannin are well-integrated in a powerful finish.

2017 Pinot Noir

In contrast to previous vintages, the ’17 exhibits cooler climate characteristics in a New World style. A vibrant cherry/ruby in hue, this is a charmingly bright and fruity wine. Tart cranberry, raspberry, and candied cherry meld with clove and cinnamon that finish with a rich, yet delicate mouthfeel.

2017 Captivating

A brilliant, pale yellow/straw with a hint of green in the rim, this is a very expressive, sensual wine. Layers of grapefruit, citrus, green apple and cantaloupe dance with butterscotch and hints of caramel. A touch of oak yields a delicate viscosity with ample fruit in a crisp, clean finish.

2018 Absolution

A textbook Bordeaux-style blend, Absolution is a dense, dark purple with an alluring red rim.  Seductive aromas of black currant, black cherry, espresso, and mocha pair with anise, thyme, and freshly tanned leather.  With well-integrated acid and tannin, this lovely wine is approachable when young, and will be even more rewarding with a few years of bottle age.

2018 Liberation

Crafted from 100% Cab from only two single blocks, Liberation is a lean, austere “old-world style”  Cabernet with a richly extracted royal purple/black color.  Blackberry, boysenberry, cassis, and cracked black pepper dance with vanilla, lavender, pencil shavings, and a touch of flinty minerality.  This beauty will develop gracefully over the next 8-10 years.

2018 Syrah

A classic dense, dark purple, this is a very muscular wine featuring concentrated aromas of white and black pepper layered with ripe blueberry, black cherry, black plum, lavender, and an intriguing hint of spun sugar.  Aged in 100% French oak (40% new), a big, fleshy palate boasts a lingering fruit finish dominated by firm, yet supple tannins.

2018 Pinot Noir

Perhaps our best Pinot to date, and aged in 100% French oak, the ’18 Pinot is a charming bright garnet in color, with playful aromas of Bing cherry, cherry cola, raspberry, blueberry, and spiced apple along with toffee, lilac, violet, and eucalyptus.  The palate is well-centered, with a plush viscosity and soft tannins yielding a clean, sophisticated finish.

2018 Captivating

The 2018 is the last vintage that will be produced of this lively Sauvignon Blanc wine. Enjoy layers of grapefruit, citrus and green apples.

GCV Estate

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 purple with 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.

2016 Epiphany

An impenetrable dark purple, this is a substantial wine built to age. Brooding and mysterious with tightly packed jammy aromas of ripe blueberry, black raspberry, black plum, and cassis; and flirting with hints of eucalyptus. Aged in 100% French oak (57% new), the palate is assertive from start to a lingering finish.

2017 Originalist

The Epiphany continues...with our newly named Originalist. Deep and well-extracted purple/ruby in color with complex aromas of cranberry, dark plum, black cherry, and cassis layered with violet, cinnamon, vanilla, and cardamom. The well-integrated palate and finish highlight the beauty and versatility of our unique GCV terroir.

2018 Originalist

First produced as Epiphany in 2010, our ’18 Originalist  is a deep ruby in color and shows aromas of raspberry, red plum, huckleberry, black cherry, allspice, and violet layered with generous amounts of toasted oak.  The palate is rich and lively, with a rustic earthiness and subtle minerality reflecting the unique GCV terroir from these 12 year old vines.

2018 Elitist

Our much anticipated, inaugural vintage of the Elitist does not disappoint!  A brooding, impermeable dark purple hue yields rich, aromatic aromas of blackberry, cassis, baked cherry, and dried fig complimented by rose petal, cedar, and fresh-cut tobacco.  Aged in 25% new French oak, the palate exhibits graceful fruit flavors supported by firm tannins and brisk acidity.

2018 Joyist

Our first ever Joyist is a 100% Estate-grown Albariño and is a richly textured, complex example of this intriguing varietal. A lovely pale yellow/gold with delicate aromas of pear, white peach, Meyer lemon, and honeysuckle are supported by a hint of chalky minerality. The finish is fresh and lively, with a subtle kiss of oak.

2019 Joyist

Our unique Estate blend of Albarińo and Chenin Blanc is an appealing pale yellow/straw, featuring charming aromas of Granny Smith apple, tangerine, banana, Bosc pear, passion fruit, and honeyed crème brûlèe.  Delicate and elegant, a crisp, clean finish gains complexity and texture from 30% spending 3 months in new French oak.