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Villa Creek Cellars grew from the intent by Cris and JoAnn Cherry to make a house wine for their restaurant of the same name. Now they produce some of the most highly regarded, and rated, wines in Paso Robles. Avenger is the red blend that launched Villa Creek Cellars in 2001. Syrah from G2 Vineyard is the backbone of this wine. G2 is a stone’s throw from James Berry Vineyard in the Willow Creek district of the west hills of Paso Robles.
96 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "Inky ruby. An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe, mineral-accented black and blue fruits, candied violet, pipe tobacco and incense, and allspice and licorice notes emerge as the wine opens up. Powerful, spice-laced blackberry, cherry liqueur and fruitcake flavors show no rough edges and deepen with air while maintaining energy. The broad, floral- and mineral-tinged finish is framed by smooth, slow-building tannins and eventually leaves behind an intense dark fruit preserve note."
96 Points Wine Enthusiast: "Black cherry, vanilla and caramel aromas make for a rich, lush and inviting nose on this blend of 70% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache, one of Paso Robles' premiere bottlings each vintage. Hearty flavors of black-cherry cream, butterscotch, wild herbs and roasted meat show on the palate, which is framed by chalky tannins."
Villa Creek Cellars grew from the intent by Cris and JoAnn Cherry to make a house wine for their restaurant of the same name. Now they produce some of the most highly regarded, and rated, wines in Paso Robles. This rare Aglianico is a stunner and tastes like a top version of this iconic Italian varietal.
95 Points Brix26: "A totally hedonistic red. True to its nature, the Aglianico that grows in the Luna Matta Vineyard builds a high level of tannin, acidity, and sugar at the same time, making its 4-plus years' elevage in large French oak a must. Aromatics of white pepper, tree bark, fig cake, and olives carry on to the palate. This is a gorgeous California version of Campania's famous grape."
A departure from our Rhone and Spanish inspired roots, this very special wine evolved from a very special relationship. In 2008 we shared our cellar with Brian and Stephanie Terrizzi as they lauched their Giornata label. In addition to introducing us to the Luna Matta Vineyard, which is in Stephanie’s charge, they introduced us to the alluring Aglianico grape. Originating in the Campania region of Italy, it ripens with moderate to high sugar, with wicked tannins and acidity. Those of you that have tasted it out of barrel can attest to that. Fermented 50% whole cluster and aged 4+ years in a new French puncheon this wine has finally shed some of its tannin. The wine has softened yet is fresh and energetic and will truly please the evolved palate.