2013 Villa Creek Paso Robles Garnacha

SKU #1243818 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted from multiple barrels, the 2013 Garnacha looks fantastic. Showing lots of stem influence in its peppery herbs, smoke and spice, it has beautiful dark fruit, full-bodied richness and a structured feel on the palate. I think the tannin will round into form once bottled, and this should have a solid 7-8 years of longevity. (JD)  (8/2014)

93 points Vinous

 Bright ruby-red. Spicy, mineral-accented aromas of cherry and cassis, with licorice, mineral and cracked pepper nuances in the background. Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors show a refreshingly bitter edge and pick up a floral nuance with air. Closes with gentle tannic grip and very good clarity, leaving spicecake and smoky mineral notes behind. This wine reminded me a lot of a high-class example from Priorat. (JR)  (9/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Dark and rich, this is scented with appealing peppered beef notes that lead to firm, zesty flavors of black cherry, graphite and smoky licorice. The tannins ease on the finish. (TF)  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 75% whole bunch pressed. Nice sense of purity. Delicious. Perfumed throughout and nice freshness. Mixed cherry and bramble spun through with baking spice. Tactile, slightly angular tannin that will soften with time though is not unpleasant now. Carries the alcohol well. (ECB)  (7/2015)

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.

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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.