Villa Creek 2017 Garnacha, Paso Robles
Item Number: 13598
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Garnacha
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
MAHA Estate: Certified organic and biodynamic, clay over limestone
Luna Matta: Certified organic, clay loam over limestone
Vintage Notes: In 2017, higher than average rainfall brought the five year drought to an end. A cool and rainy winter tallied 30 inches of rain by the end of February. With March and April came sunshine and even more showers. A hotter than average summer made everyone very grateful for the previous winter’s rain. Harvest progressed rapidly during a heat wave in late August and early September. Temperatures cooled mid-September, slowing the harvest pace and allowing red grapes to ripen gradually.
Winemaking Notes: After careful cluster sorting, 50% of the clusters were destemmed. After a 3-day cold soak, the grapes were nurtured through fermentation with daily pigeage and pump overs. 100% of the wine rested in neutral oak, 88% puncheon and 22% barrique.
Tasting Notes: This vintage has a purity of fruit, richness and overall yumminess. A blend of MAHA Estate and Luna Matta, Garnacha is 50% whole cluster and was aged in older French barrels. The nose boasts aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, cinnamon and anise. Elegant and seamless, the palate transcends to another level offering a mouthful of pure pleasure. Medium to full-bodied, the purity and precision of fruit here make for a wine that will be hard to keep your hands off. Someone recently said that Grenache delivers everything that Pinot Noir promises. Blind taste your Pinot-loving friends on this wine and they will be just might be sold on Grenache! Save some for the cellar as you will be rewarded in the long run. Drink 2019-2029.
94pts (2018 Vintage) Jeb Dunnuck 9/1/2020
"All Grenache from the estate vineyard and the Luna Matta Vineyard, aged 16 months in barrel, the 2018 Garnacha offers a juicy, lively bouquet of mulberries, black cherries, spring flowers, and peppery herbs. It's elegant and medium to full-bodied, with wonderful purity and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years."