Villa Creek 2015 Luna Matta Vineyard, Paso Robles

Villa Creek 2015 Luna Matta Vineyard, Paso Robles

Item Number: 12958

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: San Luis Obispo
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Luna Matta
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 70% Mourvedre / 30% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Clay loam over limestone

Vineyard Notes: The Luna Matta Vineyard is certified organic with clay loam over limestone.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes were carefully sorted by hand and placed into tank. Fermentation followed normal Villa Creek protocol: anaerobic (dry ice) cold soak followed by 100% native yeast fermentation with daily delestage and foot treading along with gentle pump overs when needed. The wine is 50% whole cluster and aged in 40% new French barriques and puncheons for 18 months.

Vintage Notes: Nearly 5 inches of rain in a warm December 2014 led to a cooler spring. A consistent pattern of rain threats through April sadly did not pan out. Cloud cover and cool temperatures helped preserve the little bit of rain received earlier in the season. These drought conditions combined with damaging spring frost and a cool windy spring led to much lower yields throughout the state. These same conditions however produced some intense and developed wines. The spectacular though limited 2015 vintage will be in high demand.

Tasting Notes: This is an explosive wine in the glass that is characterized by depth and intoxicating aromatics. Black fruits, Moroccan spices and candied flowers are woven together to create a seamless generous palate. Rich and focused. Drink now through 2027.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88+? (5/31/2018)

    A blend of 70% Mourvèdre and 30% Syrah, the 2015 Luna Matta offers up notes of sweet red-black berries, blueberry preserve, dark chocolate and warm spices. On the palate, it's full-bodied and lavish on the attack before assertive tannins clamp down, though there's certainly plenty of attractive ripe fruit lurking behind its structure. This may unwind with time (my score gives it the benefit of the doubt), but it could well prove to be just a bit too aggressively extracted for its own good.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (11/1/2017)

    Primary black and blue fruit, potpourri, Indian spices and licorice qualities on the explosively perfumed nose. A mineral flourish emerges with air, adding urgency and lift. Sweet, deeply concentrated and surprisingly lively for its heft, offering sappy black currant, cherry cola and spicecake flavors that spread out steadily with aeration. Picks up a smoky nuance on the strikingly long finish, which shows excellent clarity and chewy, building tannins that contribute shape and grip.