Villa Creek 2013 'High Road' Red Rhone Blend, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles
Item Number: 9564
Sub Region: San Luis Obispo
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Vineyard Designation: James Berry Vineyard
Grape(s): 40% Mourvedre / 40% Syrah / 20% Grenache
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Thin layer of topsoil over limestone seabed
Vinification: After a careful hand sort, the grapes were placed in tank. 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 grapes were co-fermented in two separate lots with 70% whole clusters. 50% of the wine was aged in concrete with the remaining in French puncheons.
Tasting Notes: 'High Road' loves to be co-fermented for a seamless marriage of the three grape varieties. A generous amount of whole clusters (75% if you must know) not only contributes texture but adds a lovely savory component. Aromas of boysenberry, kirsch soaked black cherries, tree bark and orange peel are just the beginning. With the first sip, black raspberries fill your entire mouth. The palate is framed by fine tannins and shows notes of Santa Rosa plum, cocoa, tobacco, spice, wet stones, and Good & Plenty’s. When you break this out at a party, best to stash it behind the toaster or you may not get a second glass! Enjoy this with lamb shank stew braised for hours in the outdoor oven with tomatoes, orange rind and a hint of cumin.