2011 Villa Creek "Willow Creek Cuvee" Paso Robles Rhone Blend

SKU #1134151 93 points Antonio Galloni

 Villa Creek's 2011 Willow Creek Cuvee, one of the flagships here, is terrific. Dark red cherries, plums, spices and tobacco take on beautiful shades of expression as the wine opens up in the glass. Menthol and licorice overtones add complexity to a wine that impresses for its vibrancy and pure finesse. The 2011 is 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre, 70% from Denner and 30% from James Berry. Cris Cherry used 40% whole clusters here. Drinking window: 2013 - 2021. I tasted a wide range of new and upcoming releases with proprietor Cris Cherry. The Villa Creek wines have always been delicious, but over the last few years, Cherry has begun moving his wines in a direction that reflects more maturity. A gradual move to larger barrels, less new oak, greater use of stems and the introduction of concrete are all choices that continue to inform these fabulous wines.  (7/ 2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Superb, the 2011 Willow Creek Cuvee checks in as a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre, fermented with 40% whole cluster, which was aged in 40% new French oak. Ripe and sexy, with decadent blackberry, black raspberry, toasted spices, licorice and dried stem-styled aromas, it is meaty and chewy on the palate, with full-bodied richness, excellent mid-palate depth and ripe tannin. It’s impressive and will have upwards of a decade of longevity. Drink now-2021.  (8/ 2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (60% grenache, 20% syrah and 20% mourvedre): Vivid ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and incense, with a smoky topnote that builds with air. Rich and expansive but lively as well, offering dark berry, bitter cherry and licorice pastille flavors and a suave violet pastille quality. Shows impressive nuance and alluring sweetness on the finish, which features smooth tannins and a hint of spicecake. Closes on a floral note, with superb clarity and supple texture. This fruit was sourced from the James Berry and Denner vineyards.  (12/ 2013)

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2014  | Send Email
This wine is made for the modern Chateauneuf-du-Pape lovers. With 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre, 40% stem inclusion and 30% new oak barrels. It offers tons of savory baking spices, dense red cherry and bright raspberries, with a long and spicy finish (hints of both black and pink peppercorn.) Only 600 cases produced.

By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/6/2014  | Send Email
I was really impressed during a recent trip to Villa Creek, and am a huge fan of these wines. The 2011 Willow Creek display notes of sappy dark fruit and spice on the nose, which leads to a clean and balanced palate impression. This wine is no light-weight, but carries itself with poise and precision as a result of the underlying mineral notes and fresh acidity. This wine is a true testament to great terroir and great wine making in Paso Robles!

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Other Red Wines

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United States

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2