2010 Villa Creek Mas de Maha

SKU #1149916 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Outstanding, the 2010 Mas de Maha is an intriguing blend of 50% Tempranillo, 25% Grenache and 25% Carignan. Aged in a combination of new French oak (Tempranillo), neutral oak (Carignan) and tank (Grenache), its inky, opaque color is followed by first rate aromas of black cherries, licorice, liquid mineral, leather and dried spices that continue to develop over the evening. Both firm and juicy on the palate, with the Tempranillo component really showing, this medium to full-bodied 2010 is beautifully ripe, has a deft, light texture and plenty of framing tannin on the finish. (JD)  (8/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby. Exotic dark berry and spice aromas are complicated by lavender, allspice and licorice. Bright and energetic on the palate, offering lively black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a jolt of zesty minerals. Finishes with very good clarity and cut, leaving a sweet floral pastille note behind. (JR)  (11/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Chunky, chewy and pleasingly rustic, with flavors of blackberry and raspberry joining notes of crushed rock and savory herb, ending with chewy tannins. (JL)  (4/2013)

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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.