2004 Villa Creek "Avenger" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

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92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Complex nose melds meaty black fruits, violet and licorice. Broad and sappy, with ripe acids and firm minerality framing and lifting the black fruit flavors. Offers a lovely restrained sweetness. There's something Cote-Rotie-like about this blend. Finishes with nicely managed tannins and excellent persistence." (Sep/Oct 06) According to Robert Parker: "Readers looking for a more tangy, tart, crisp red should check out the 2004 Avenger, a blend of 65% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, and 10% Grenache. It exhibits loads of black and blue fruits, an uplifted, cool climate palate feel, zesty acidity, and admirable texture as well as freshness in the mouth. Interestingly, Villa Creek offers several of these cuvees in both screw cap and cork. In this case, I preferred the screw cap as it seemed to have more uplifted aromatics." (08/06)

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Rhone Blends

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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.