Villa Creek 2015 'White' (Grenache Blanc/Roussanne), Paso Robles

Villa Creek 2015 'White' (Grenache Blanc/Roussanne), Paso Robles

Item Number: 10204

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: San Luis Obispo
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 95% Grenache Blanc / 5% Roussanne
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 135

Vineyard Notes: The grapes come from the GV2 (Gibbs Vineyard) and James Berry Vineyard. Both are sustainably farmed. GV2 has shale calcareous soil. James Berry has a thin layer of topsoil over limestone seabed.

2015 Vintage Notes: 2015 was an atypical growing season that started with nearly 5 inches of rain in December. The warm winter with average rainfall inspired an early bud break. The dreaded March frost was a huge set back especially in Syrah blocks across the west side. Perfect clusters were few and far between with some vineyards showing severe shatter and irregular berry size. Summer was mild with a few hot spells and 2 inches of rain mid-July. A long mild fall extended harvest into October. 2015 wines will be in shorter supply, but quality will be excellent.

Winemaking Notes: This 2015 White is a blend of GV2 Grenache Blanc fermented in concrete kissed with a bit of James Berry Roussanne from a neutral barrique. After a careful cluster sort, the grapes were pressed into a concrete tank and neutral barriques where they rested for 4 months.

Tasting Notes: Gibbs Vineyard (also know as GV2) has become an important vineyard source in Paso Robles’ Willow Creek district. Villa Creek's Grenache Blanc block sits atop a picturesque saddle at one of the highest points on this vineyard. Like its red cousin, Grenache Blanc loves Paso’s limestone hillsides, and no matter the vintage, its yields are generous in quantity and flavor. Grenache Blanc is the go-to white in the southern part of the Rhone Valley. It is on the rise as a white wine staple with its super cool aromatics and complexity and is a great option for you red-wine-only folks. It begins with captivating aromas of lemon coolers, freshly sliced apples and ash. This wine is all about texture though not in a cloying way. It is fresh and snappy with quince, apples, minerals and grass. It is most definitely a wine for summer but hold onto a bottle or two. Grenache Blanc holds nicely in the cellar.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (9/1/2016)

    Vivid straw. Perfumed white peach, melon and tangerine aromas carry a chalky mineral overtone. Tightly focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors are complemented by honey and floral nuances on the back half. Energetic and sharply focused, finishing with strong cut and lingering mineral and floral notes.