Villa Creek

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Country of Origin: USA
Location: Paso Robles
People: Cris & JoAnn Cherry, Owners | Cris Cherry, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Items

Villa Creek 2013 Roussanne, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles Login WA (90-92) AG 93 WA 90 In Stock
Villa Creek 2014 'White' (Grenache Blanc/Roussanne), Paso Robles Login AG 91 In Stock
Villa Creek 2015 'White' (Grenache Blanc/Roussanne), Paso Robles Login On Order
Villa Creek 2009 Carignan, Redwood Valley Login AG 93 In Stock
Villa Creek 2014 Garnacha, Paso Robles Login AG 93 WA 91+ In Stock
Villa Creek 2013 'Damas Noir' Mourvedre, Paso Robles Login WA (92-94) WA 94 AG 92 In Stock
Villa Creek 2013 'High Road' Red Rhone Blend, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles Login WA (93-95) AG 94 WA 93+ In Stock
Villa Creek 2014 'Willow Creek Cuvee' Rhone Blend, Paso Robles Login AG 92 WA 93 In Stock

Villa Creek Cellars was founded in 2001 by Cris and JoAnn Cherry. The Cherry's goal was to harness the extreme terroir of the west side of Paso Robles and to engage the palates of wine aficionados and novice consumers alike.

Winemaker Cris Cherry's passion for wine stems from the world of fine cuisine. As owner and wine director of Villa Creek Restaurant, Cris created a diverse list featuring fine boutique producers from around the globe. This global influence has helped to shape wines he creates at. JoAnn's experience as a designer and her passion for old world wines that are rich yet complex and terrior driven have further influenced the wines at Villa Creek. Cris crafts wines that show their sense of place. JoAnn designs the labels that characterize what goes into the bottle.

The wines of Villa Creek are hands on in every sense. 3,000 case production ensures that Cris can not only over see, but be hands on in every step of production. The 3,000 square foot winery boasts state of the art equipment that allows for the best of old and new world techniques. The grapes are sourced from the finest organically or sustainable farmed vineyards in the appellation including James Berry Vineyard, Denner Vineyard and Luna Matta Vineyard which recently received it's Demeter Biodynamic certification.

In 2003 the Cherry's purchased 60 acres that bears remarkable resemblance to some of the great Southern Rhone estates. This extreme west Paso terrain, on the same parallel as James Berry vineyard, but just 2 miles north, promises exiting future vintages. The Maha Estate, as it is known, boasts elevations from 1,500 to 1,800 feet and mostly south facing slopes. Calcareous and salicious shale soils are perfect for growing Rhone varietals of character and complexity. The Maha will see it's initial planting in spring of 2012 with 4 acres of biodynamically farmed Spanish Grenache. The Cherry's home and winery are on this same property.

"Winemaker Cris Cherry continues to push the whole cluster and savory style in his wines, while not losing the core of fruit that the region is known for. These new releases all have rich, tannic profiles that benefit from air, and will be even better in another year or two." - Wine Advocate 8/2014

"Proprietor Cris Cherry describes 2012 as similar to 2010, but riper than 2011 and less challenging than 2013 in terms of managing alcohols and sugars. Cherry is among the many producers who have backed off the ripeness levels of years past, while increasing the use of whole clusters and neutral oak, all of which allow the wines to express gorgeous varietal and site-specific nuance. Villa Creek doesn't get as much attention as some of the higher-profile properties in town, but the wines are as good as anything coming out of Paso Robles these days. Readers who haven't tasted these wines in a few years are missing out." - Vinous by Antonio Galloni 7/2014

"Cris Cherry’s Villa Creek is located on the western side of Paso Robles, high up off Peachy Canyon Road. He continues to experiment with Rhone and increasingly Spanish (think Rioja and Priorat) varieties, as well as with varying amount of whole-cluster inclusion. The wines offer singular, unique profiles, with loads of flavor and character." - The Wine Advocate 8/2013

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Reviews

  • Villa Creek 2013 Roussanne, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) (8/1/2014)

    The 2013 Roussanne James Berry, which was brought up in equal parts new, neutral and concrete, offers beautiful white flowers, lemon curd and pineapple-like qualities to go with bright acidity, medium-bodied richness and building richness. This is a beauty that shows the variety nicely. It will be food friendly and drink well for 2-3 years.
  • Villa Creek 2014 'White' (Grenache Blanc/Roussanne), Paso Robles
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (9/1/2015)

    Light yellow. High-pitched aromas of Meyer lemon and green apple are complemented by deeper suggestions of honey and dried fig. Racy and linear on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering juicy lemon curd and pear flavors underscored by a dusty mineral quality. Closes with very good energy and cut, leaving a bitter citrus pith note behind.
  • Villa Creek 2013 Roussanne, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2015)

    Pale gold. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe peach, pear skin, melon and chamomile. Densely packed and lively, offering sappy nectarine and quince flavors and suggestions of succulent herbs and fig. A more exotic tropical fruit quality emerges on the finish, which features notes of sweet butter and tarragon.
  • Villa Creek 2009 Carignan, Redwood Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2015)

    Brilliant ruby-red. Smoky, expansive scents of dried cherry, incense, Indian spices and licorice candy, with a suggestion of vanilla building in the glass. Sweet, seamless, deeply pitched dark fruit flavors are sharpened by a peppery nuance, picking up a floral note on the back half. Closes sweet, smoky and spicy, with excellent persistence and subtle tannins. This wild, distinctive wine was made with 50% whole clusters and aged in new Hungarian oak for five years.
  • Villa Creek 2013 Roussanne, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (8/1/2015)

    The 2013 Roussanne James Berry Vineyard is a rich, full-flavored beauty that offers up lots of golden apple, buttered citrus and honeyed notes to go with a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated feel on the palate. Brought up in close to equal parts new French oak, neutral barrels and concrete, it has good acidity and a clean finish. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.
  • Villa Creek 2013 'Damas Noir' Mourvedre, Paso Robles
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (92-94) (8/27/2014)

    Composed of 100% Mourvedre that saw no destemming, the 2013 Damas Noir shows classic Mourvedre meatiness in its blackcurrant and dark berry fruit, tree bark, earth and charcoal-driven aromas and flavors. It has full-bodied richness, but also big structure, so short-term cellaring is advised.
  • Villa Creek 2013 'High Road' Red Rhone Blend, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (93-95) (8/27/2016)

    The 2013 High Road James Berry Vineyard is a co-fermented blend of 40% Mourvedre, 40% Syrah and 20% Grenache that was brought up in equal parts concrete and neutral oak. A tannic and structured effort, it has brilliant purity to go with juicy black raspberry, cassis, ground herbs, violets and creamy licorice aromas and flavors. Showing more minerality with air, give it 2-3 years and drink bottles through 2025.
  • Villa Creek 2013 'High Road' Red Rhone Blend, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (9/1/2015)

    Inky ruby. Spicy, mineral-accented boysenberry, blackberry, incense and lavender on the nose, plus a subtle dusting of white pepper. Sappy and densely packed, offering appealingly sweet black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors and building spiciness. Finishes very long, with vibrant dark berry and spicecake notes and harmonious tannins that are quickly enveloped in the wine's opulent fruit.
  • Villa Creek 2013 'Damas Noir' Mourvedre, Paso Robles
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (7/8/2016)

    A wine that readers need to hide in the cellar for 2-3 years is the 2013 Damas Noir, which is a smokin' wine made from 100% Mourvedre, fermented with, of course, 100% whole clusters. Brought up in neutral oak, this medium to full-bodied, concentrated 2013 has tons of spice, bloody meats, stem and mulled dark fruit-like aromas and flavors, as well as a structured, tannic finish. It's loaded with potential.
  • Villa Creek 2013 'High Road' Red Rhone Blend, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (7/8/2016)

    Another tannic wine that needs short term cellaring, the 2013 High Road James Berry Vineyard is 40% Syrah, 40% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache, all co-fermented with 75% whole clusters and aged mostly in concrete. It offers beautiful notes of violets, cassis, graphite, licorice and black raspberries in a firm, tannic and structured package. I love its purity of fruit, and it has handled the stems nicely. Give it a few years and enjoy through 2025.
  • Villa Creek 2014 'Willow Creek Cuvee' Rhone Blend, Paso Robles
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (9/1/2016)

    (made with 85 percent whole clusters) A complex, powerfully scented bouquet evokes ripe red berries, cola, incense and dried flowers, accompanied by a smoky mineral quality in the background. Smoky, sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry and succulent herb flavors that open up with aeration. Closes smooth and very long, delivering gentle tannins and building spiciness.
  • Villa Creek 2013 'Damas Noir' Mourvedre, Paso Robles
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (9/1/2016)

    Brilliant ruby. Vibrant boysenberry and cherry aromas, complicated by suggestions of peppery spices and candied flowers. Chewy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are enlivened by a hint of cracked pepper and given spine by juicy acidity. The incisive, gripping finish is framed by dusty tannins and leaves a subtle lavender pastille quality behind.
  • Villa Creek 2014 Garnacha, Paso Robles
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2016)

    (made entirely with whole clusters) Brilliant magenta. Intensely perfumed, spice-accented aromas of ripe red berries, dark chocolate and incense become livelier with aeration. Palate-staining red and blue fruit flavors are complemented by an exotic floral pastille quality that builds on the back half. Rich but bright and energetic, showing superb finishing clarity on the impressively long, gently tannic finish.
  • Villa Creek 2014 'Willow Creek Cuvee' Rhone Blend, Paso Robles
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (7/8/2016)

    I loved the 2014 Willow Creek Cuvee (no surprise, it's a year in, year out favorite), and this vibrant purple colored beauty is made from 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. It was fermented with 75% whole clusters and raised in 25% new French oak puncheons and barrique. This voluptuous, sexy wine has fine tannin, a rich, layered texture and medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of blackberries, smoked herbs, licorice and wild flowers. It's a hedonistic wine that delivers on the pleasure scale.
  • Villa Creek 2014 Garnacha, Paso Robles
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91+ (7/8/2016)

    A year in, year out release that always delivers the goods, the 2014 Garnacha (100% Grenache) offers classic notes of lavender, violets, black cherries and kirsch to go with a medium-bodied, supple, savory and tannic feel on the palate. Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged mostly in concrete (one-third was in 500-liter puncheons), give this elegant, classy 2014 a year and enjoy bottles through 2024.