Villa Creek 2016 'High Road' Red Rhone Blend, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles
Item Number: 12957
Sub Region: San Luis Obispo
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Vineyard Designation: James Berry Vineyard
Grape(s): 60% Syrah / 20% Grenache / 20% Mourvedre
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15.2
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Topsoil over limestone seabed
Vineyard Source: James Berry Vineyard is organically farmed (not certified) with a thin layer of top- soil over limestone seabed.
Winemaking Notes: The Villa Creek 2016 High Road co-fermented in 3 lots with 45% 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.
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 our 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: A swirl of the glass reveals a perfumed bouquet that is more a gentle caress than a slap on the cheek. The palate is graceful and a little bit edgy with layers of cassis, tobacco, mint. A dusting of white pepper mingles with the seamless tannins. Give this one a year to relax and this sensual elixir will keep giving for years.