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Villa Creek 2011 High Road James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles

Villa Creek 2011 High Road James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles
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In the spirit of the great wine producers of the southern Rhone and the bodegas of Rioja and Priorat, blending is what Villa Creek does best. The area's finest Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Roussanne vineyards are just a stone's throw from the west Paso Robles winery.
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AG 96 WA 94 Pts - According to Antonio Galloni - Villa Creek's 2011 High Road is easily one of the wines of the vintage. A GSM blend from James Berry, the High Road is also fascinating, because it shows the stylistic breadth that is capable from this site. Rich, savory and finely knit but never heavy, the 2011 impresses for its combination of power and elegance. The 2010 is a wine of more immediate impact while the 2011 is more subtle, but ultimately even more delicious. In 2011 the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre components were all co-fermented.

 

According to Wine Advocate - The most impressive of the lineup and only slightly less impressive than the brilliant 2010, the 2011 High Road James Berry Vineyard checks in as a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre that was fermented with 40% whole cluster and aged in 50% new French oak. Great stuff, with rich cassis, creamy licorice, spice, toast and tinges of chocolate, it’s massive and rich on the palate, with layers of fruit, no hard edges and a very drinkable profile. I don’t think it will make incredibly old bones, but certainly a decade is well within reason here. Drink now-2021.

 

According to Wine Spectator - The raspberry and wild berry notes show a stemmy edge, but the tannins keep the flavors in place, allowing them to reverberate on the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2024. 15.2% ABV. Rated 90+

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