(Singing) “Country Road, take me home…”
While all of our wine’s are delectable, Fiesta Winery's Country Road 2016 is especially unique. It is a blend of three different grapes, 33% Tempranillo, 33% Merlot, 34% Mourvedre, which gives this wine a one-of-a-kind flavor and body. When you take your first sip of Country Road, you will detect heavy notes of peppers and char. This combination is the result of the reaction between an American Oak barrel and the blend itself. As it aerates, the wine becomes softer, featuring fruity plum and black cherry flavors. The grapes used to create Country Road were all grown in the High Plains region of Texas. This renowned, dry desert area offers rich-mineral, red dirt and a sandy loam topsoil, making it an ideal climate for the production of nearly 80% of the state’s grapes.
Tempranillo is a black Spanish varietal that is commonly grown in the Rioja region. Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish temprano ("early"), as it typically ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. Today, you will find the grape grown in several different Texas regions, as our arid climate is similar to that of Spain’s, and we sit in a similar latitude to the equator. Tempranillo is quickly becoming recognized as the grape of Texas. However, we are still in our early growth years as an industry, with many other grapes to offer. Tempranillo is well-known for its black pepper spice taste, which is what adds so much character to our Country Road wine.
Merlot is most commonly planted in France. It is a staple grape for many Bordeaux-style blends, which include a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. One the vine, Merlot is dark blue with tight clusters of berries. When used in winemaking, it can create the fullness that is popular in modern styles or the acidity that is typical of traditional (Old World) styles. Merlot is a very versatile grape that really softens the body of our County Road and complements the flavor with some dark plum and cherry notes.
Mourvedre is likely a French-apted name for the Spanish word Murviedro, a grape now found all over the Rhone and Provence areas of France, but believed to have originated in Spain. Mourvedre typically yields a tannic flavor that encompases more minerality from the area it is grown in. Blended into our Country Road, Mourvedre delivers undertones of poblano pepper or even a mild jalapeno.
The complexity of the Country Road blend (allowing both spice, and charr, as well as the fruiter notes) makes it the perfect wine for fajitas. With summer officially upon us, we can all appreciate a wine that pairs with our passion for grilling! Country Road also pairs well with smoked meats like brisket, ribs, and sausage. From our family to yours, happy grilling and cheers!