Villa Creek 2014 'Avenger' Red Rhone Blend, Paso Robles

Villa Creek 2014 'Avenger' Red Rhone Blend, Paso Robles

Item Number: 10310

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: San Luis Obispo
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 80% Syrah / 10% Mourvèdre / 10% Grenache
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15.2
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 600

Vineyard Sources:
- Luna Matta: certified organic/clay loam over limestone
- G2: sustainable/Monterey shale, calcareous

2014 Vintage Notes: After a very cold, very dry winter, just enough rain came in March to get the cover crop growing in the vineyard only to be quickly knocked down to prepare for a hot, dry summer. Summer started early with consistently high temperatures that persisted through harvest. The last grapes were picked early October, almost a month earlier than normal. Bright acidity and concentration will be the hallmarks of this vintage.

Winemaking Notes: After a careful hand cluster sort, 50% of the grapes were fermented whole cluster. The remainder was then berry sorted. Fermentation followed normal Villa Creek protocol: anaerobic (dry ice) cold soak, followed by 100% native yeast fermentation with daily delestage and foot treading along with gentle pump-overs when needed. The wine was aged in a combination of French and Hungarian puncheons, 25% new.

Tasting Notes: Avenger is Villa Creek's Syrah-focused blend that can be relied upon to provide that rich, jammy red wine experience. Seductive aromatics of grilled jamon wrapped plums are enhanced by black berry and espresso notes. A super sexy palate reveals boysenberry pie, raspberry, roasted meats, and spice all framed by gorgeous supple tannins. This wine is ready to rumble though will cellar with the best of them.

Reviews

  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 87 (4/30/2017)

    Deep and tightly wound, with a firm tannic framework and ripe notes of dried cherry, licorice and smoky meat. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Drink now through 2026.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (6/1/2016)

    Powerful mineral- and spice-accented black and blue fruit aromas show impressive clarity and pick up sexy floral and incense nuances as the wine opens up. Sweet, sappy and incisive, offering palate-coating boysenberry and cherry compote flavors and hints of succulent herbs and candied flowers. Impressively rich yet vibrant, finishing on a juicy blue fruit note with sneaky tannins and superb persistence.