Villa Creek 2013 'High Road' Red Rhone Blend, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles

Villa Creek 2013 'High Road' Red Rhone Blend, James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles

Item Number: 9564

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: San Luis Obispo
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Vineyard Designation: James Berry Vineyard
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 40% Mourvedre / 40% Syrah / 20% Grenache
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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.

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  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (93-95) (8/27/2016)

    The 2013 High Road James Berry Vineyard is a co-fermented blend of 40% Mourvedre, 40% Syrah and 20% Grenache that was brought up in equal parts concrete and neutral oak. A tannic and structured effort, it has brilliant purity to go with juicy black raspberry, cassis, ground herbs, violets and creamy licorice aromas and flavors. Showing more minerality with air, give it 2-3 years and drink bottles through 2025.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (9/1/2015)

    Inky ruby. Spicy, mineral-accented boysenberry, blackberry, incense and lavender on the nose, plus a subtle dusting of white pepper. Sappy and densely packed, offering appealingly sweet black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors and building spiciness. Finishes very long, with vibrant dark berry and spicecake notes and harmonious tannins that are quickly enveloped in the wine's opulent fruit.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (7/8/2016)

    Another tannic wine that needs short term cellaring, the 2013 High Road James Berry Vineyard is 40% Syrah, 40% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache, all co-fermented with 75% whole clusters and aged mostly in concrete. It offers beautiful notes of violets, cassis, graphite, licorice and black raspberries in a firm, tannic and structured package. I love its purity of fruit, and it has handled the stems nicely. Give it a few years and enjoy through 2025.