In our monthly wine club, we’ve been working through the suggested tastings in Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier. But this month, we decided to go off-book and take our tasting on the road… specifically Highway 290 near Fredericksburg (also known as Wine Road 290). There, we visited three tasting rooms to try some of the best local wines Texas has to offer.
In this post I’ll be covering Grape Creek Winery.
2012 Grape Creek Cuvee Blanc
A straw-colored, “secret blend” of several white varietals. Crisp, sweet, and light-bodied, with a short mineral finish. We tried several other Grape Creek whites (their Pinot Grigio, Viognier, and Riesling), and the Cuvee Blanc was the only one that was drinkable. Overall, 3/5. Would drink again.
2011 Grape Creek Mosaic
This purple wine is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied and smooth, with a medium chocolatey finish. Overall 3/5. Would drink again.
2011 Grape Creek Bellissimo
A garnet, “Super-Tuscan” style wine with a cherry nose. Medium bodied, with notes of pepper and vanilla. Medium finish. Overall, 3/5. Would drink again.
2011 Grape Creek Petite Sirah
Dark red, with a fruity nose. Bold, full-bodied, and tannic, with a long finish. Overall, 3/5. Would drink again.
2012 Grape Creek Cabernet Trois
A dark blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Ruby Cabernet. Blackberries on the nose. Medium bodied, with notes of tobacco and leather. Medium finish. Overall, 3/5. Would drink again.
2012 Grape Creek Rendezvous
A refreshing brick-colored blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, and white Viognier. Red fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied, tannic, wonderfully balanced, with a medium finish. Overall, 4/5. Hands-down, the best Texas wine we tried.