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2006 Villa Creek "Mas de Maha" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1038132 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 60% Tempranillo, 20% Mourvedre, and 20% Grenache, the 2006 Mas de Maha displays a deep ruby color in addition to a sweet perfume of red and blackberry fruit, spice, earth, licorice, and subtle toasted herb notes. This sexy, lush, ripe 2006 exhibits beautiful purity. (RP)  (6/2008)

K&L Notes

A blend of 60% Ohana Vineyard Tempranillo, 25% Denner Grenache and 15% Booker Mourvèdre that looks like the lipstick on your favorite Hollywood vamp. On the nose, cookie spices, wild herbs and anise create a blanket for black plum fruit to wrap itself in. On the palate, the wine starts out spicy with notes of clove, then it fills out with cherry and blackberry, black currant and more anise. Medium-bodied with balanced acidity and supple tannins. Drinking wonderfully now!

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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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.