2014 Villa Creek "Willow Creek Cuvée" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1346720 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I loved the 2014 Willow Creek Cuvee (no surprise, it's a year in, year out favorite), and this vibrant purple colored beauty is made from 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. It was fermented with 75% whole clusters and raised in 25% new French oak puncheons and barrique. This voluptuous, sexy wine has fine tannin, a rich, layered texture and medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of blackberries, smoked herbs, licorice and wild flowers. It's a hedonistic wine that delivers on the pleasure scale. Winemaker Chris Cherry continues to produce a bevy of unique wines from his estate high up off of Peachy Canyon Road. The wines have shifted in style over the past decade, and today they're much more savory and stem-dominated (most are fermented with 100% whole cluster and aged in a good portion of concrete) than in the past. I suspect the majority of these new releases will benefit from short term cellaring to let the stems integrate. (JD)  (8/2016)

92 points Vinous

 A complex, powerfully scented bouquet evokes ripe red berries, cola, incense and dried flowers, accompanied by a smoky mineral quality in the background. Smoky, sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry and succulent herb flavors that open up with aeration. Closes smooth and very long, delivering gentle tannins and building spiciness. (JR)  (9/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Deeply flavored and firmly structured, featuring raspberry and smoky anise aromas and concentrated notes of dark plum, toasty meat and black pepper, this finishes with taut tannins. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Carignane. Best from 2018 through 2023. (TF, Web only-2016)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2018 | Send Email
Villa Creek's "Willow Creek" Cuvee is a resounding example of just how good Paso Rhone Blends can be. The warm, dry climate of California's central coast has plenty of similarities to the southern Rhone Valley meaning Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre etc tend to thrive here. This particular bottling come from some of the finest vineyard sites in the region including Saxum's legendary James Berry Vineyard, celebrated by many as the absolute pinnacle of Rhone varietals in California. The blend is dominated by Grenache with its lush, exotic, brambly red fruit. Syrah provides some darker edges, smoke, and more robust structure. Mourvedre and Carignan add extra dimensions adding wild, savory, dried herb and earth nuances. This is the complete package - bursting with up front fruit but following it up with powerful structure, bright acidity and beautiful umami salted meat and earthy elements. Great now but I can't wait to check in on this in 3-5 years...I just need to "lose" a few bottles in the back of the cellar.

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2018 | Send Email
The Villa Creek label is the brainchild of sommelier Cris Cherry, who sources fruit from his certified biodynamic and organic MAHA Estate in Paso Robles, but also purchases fruit from the finest vineyards in the region. The 2014 Villa Creek Cuvée is a standout wine in his portfolio, with crunchy, bright aromas of tart cherry, pomegranate, cranberry and goji berry. The GSM blend is strikingly lush on the palate, with silty, sandy tannins and a serious burst of saline minerality that prolongs the finish, begging to be savored.

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