Villa Creek 2016 'Avenger' Red Rhone Blend, Paso Robles

Villa Creek 2016 'Avenger' Red Rhone Blend, Paso Robles

Item Number: 12956

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: San Luis Obispo
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 70% Syrah / 20% Mourvèdre / 10% Grenache
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay loam over limestone, Monterrey Shale

Vineyard Sources:
Luna Matta: certified organic with clay loam over limestone
G2: sustainable with Monterey shale and calcareous soil
Denner: sustainable with a thin layer of topsoil over limestone seabed

Winemaking Notes: The 2016 Avenger was fermented with 40% whole clusters. After careful hand sorting, the grapes went through 3-5 days of maceration followed by spontaneous fermentation. They then spent 21-30 days on the skins before being basket pressed. The wine aged in 40% new French and Hungarian oak.

Vintage Notes: Ample winter rain was not enough to reach average numbers or bring California out of the 5 year drought. A cold winter was followed by a warm February. Bud break was a bit early and a late frost led to some frost in the lower blocks. Summer was consistently warm as was the very end of the growing season. Conditions were almost optimal for a ripe round vintage.

Tasting Notes: Avenger is the red blend that launched Villa Creek Cellars in 2001. Syrah from G2 Vineyard is the backbone of this wine. G2 is a stone’s throw from James Berry Vineyard in the Willow Creek district of the west hills of Paso Robles. The vines are deeply rooted in lime stone which give richness and complexity without being over the top. Villa Creek's block at G2 sits on a steep windswept west facing slope that benefits from ocean fog and cooler day time temperatures. These conditions lend breadth on the palate and layers of flavor to the wines. Denner and Luna Matta Mourvèdre add a bass note of dark fruit. This wine is all about hedonistic pleasure!

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (9/1/2018)

    A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, incense, potpourri and vanilla, and a smoky mineral nuance builds as the wine stretches out. Juicy, seamless and fleshy in texture, offering deeply concentrated blueberry, cherry cola, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and salty olive and mineral qualities. Distinctly rich but surprisingly vibrant, even graceful, with silky tannins adding shape and grip to the extremely long finish.