2008 Villa Creek "High Road James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1159104 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2008 High Road James Berry Vineyard comes across as beautiful and sensual, with layers of dark fruit, spices, leather and tobacco that meld together gracefully. Floral notes add a sense of lift and polish on the understated finish. Ideally this could use a little more mid-palate pliancy, but it is quite attractive all the same. In 2008 the blend is 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre, which were co-fermented with 30% whole clusters. The wine was aged for 20 months in French oak. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Glass-staining ruby. Smoky red and dark berries on the nose, with complicating notes of sandalwood, star anise and potpourri. Seamless, sappy black raspberry and blueberry compote flavors show impressive depth, picking up a touch of allspice with air. Velvety tannins add shape to the very long, sweet, smoky finish. Much more approachable and sexier at this stage than the densely packed 2007 version. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers gorgeous ripe berry, black cherry and plum fruit, with touches of anise, herb and wilted rose. Full-bodied, yet supple and refined, with the flavors gaining depth and magnitude on the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2019. (JL) Inner quote mark (4/2011)

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