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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 7 
ProducerVilla Creek (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2017 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Villa Creek Avenger Paso Robles on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 38 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by fredman on 9/29/2013 & rated 90 points: What Mr. Brown said (5/27/13). (1493 views)
 Tasted by cbbrown3 on 5/27/2013 & rated 92 points: The wine is a deep, dark maroon color. The absolutely stunning nose has blackberries, cherries, minerals, eucalyptus, violets, Asian spices, licorice, and a touch of earthiness. This has medium to full body, moderate ripe tannins, and good acidity. This delivers a mouthful of juicy berries and spice up front with minerals, eucalyptus, and some earthiness kicking in on the back end. The finish is fairly long with nice lingering sweet fruit, spice, and minerals. (1798 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 1/26/2013 & rated 92 points: WIML92

Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of Graham cracker, pepper, Kirsch and fresh cut flowers. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, medium to full body. Drink now with some air or continue to hold. Should drink well for 3-5 years easily. (2459 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 11/23/2012 & rated 91 points: A bit more evolved than the last bottle I opened, especially after 2 hours, when the fruit emerged. Good structure, and a better finish than before. (2417 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 8/25/2012 & rated 90 points: A bit lighter than I'd expect from a syrah/mourvedre blend, and while I did enjoy the interplay between pepper and sweetness that the two varietals bring in this wine, it lacked complexity and richness. (2682 views)
 Tasted by blgilbey on 7/19/2012 & rated 90 points: Medium-bodied wine with bright fruit and a nice finish. (1597 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/27/2012 & rated 91 points: Soft, medium-bodied blackberry fruit with a little pencil lead and strawberry flavors, well balanced, silky, wished it had a little more depth and complexity (1730 views)
 Tasted by Central Coast Wino on 3/3/2012 & rated 92 points: Just fantastic. Fresh and fruity nose, with fresh bright fruit on the mid palate and a smooth, silky finish. Wonderfully balanced. This wine is drinking perfectly now. (1390 views)
 Tasted by pocchia on 8/18/2011 & rated 90 points: Popped and poured, well, sorta. Poured through an aerator into a decanter and tasted a few minutes later. Fabulous! Dark ruby, musty fruit, and a velvet mouthfeel of dark berries that are mildly sweet on the mid palate and full bodied on the back of my tongue. Love how it changes through my mouth! Stems up! (1141 views)
 Tasted by Central Coast Wino on 6/30/2011 & rated 90 points: A nice, smooth, well balanced wine with lots of complex flavor. (2025 views)
 Tasted by Central Coast Wino on 4/28/2011 & rated 90 points: Nicely balanced wine with fruit forward flavor. My recollection was that this was a bigger, bolder wine, which is what I was looking for. Nonetheless, a nice wine. (2256 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 11/30/2010: Full and heavy Paso fruit right up front on the nose. Also some strong sweet Grenache right across the mid-palate. Sweetly fruited and maybe a bit of aciditifcation. Something to think about at $36. (2752 views)
 Tasted by Wine maestro on 10/15/2010 & rated 90 points: Asian spices tempt the senses to get this Paso blend off the ground. The Avenger
name is given to a challenging wine circumstance Villa Creek faced one vintage.
The 2007 lives up to it's reputation by delivering fruit forward character defined
with an oak frame and a pronounced, defined finish. Pretty currant, red cherry
and a touch of raspberry grace this balanced, concentrated wine. Drink now,
but this Avenger is young and should improve further in the cellar. Villa Creek
tasting room - Paso Robles Harvest Festival. (3042 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 9/5/2010 & rated 92 points: Villa Creek Winery Tasting (Villa Creek Winery): Tasted non blind at the winery. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of currants, plums, berries and violets. Flavors of currants, plums, boysenberry and black cherries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now with some air or continue to hold. 91-92. (3389 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 8/22/2010 & rated 91 points: 2010 Family Winemakers Tasting San Francisco; 8/22/2010-8/23/2010 (Fort Mason Festival Pavillon, San Francisco, California): Deep black fruit, berry, licorice nose; tasty, black fruit, berry, licorice palate; medium-plus finish 91+ pts. (75% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache) (5729 views)
 Tasted by blgilbey on 8/8/2010 & rated 88 points: This wine appears to be a bit young. Out of the bottle, it was simple and almost slightly sweet. An hour of decanting brought a drastic improvement, with bright fruit and a much longer finish. Still, I plan to hold on to my other bottle for at least another year. (3139 views)
 Tasted by Beachrooster on 5/16/2010 & rated 92 points: Purple and garnet. Aromas of very ripe cherries, plum, saddle wood, and perfume. Good balance and with fresh acid. Nice weight. Definitely a California wine with loads of fruit and ripe tannins. The acid and ripe tannins ride hand and hand together for a lovely finish. (3322 views)
 Tasted by randyjc on 4/30/2010 & rated 89 points: This wine has a beautiful nose but, so far, does not live up to the promise of that nose. It seems kind of out-of-balance and with a weird sweetness to it. Not a nice Grenache-like sweetness, just something off-putting. I still have hope - but I counsel patience. I'm going to try to leave my remaining bottles until 2012 to 2014 before drinking again. Maybe it will all come together. (3509 views)
 Tasted by JCarella on 2/27/2010 & rated 90 points: Very enjoyable wine, smooth flavor, great with meat or alone (3496 views)
 Tasted by Mike Dildine on 1/3/2010 & rated 89 points: Nice balance and deep, forward blackberries and blueberries on the palate. My only concern with this wine was a somewhat short finish. If I had more bottles, I'd give them until at least the middle of '10. (3484 views)
 Tasted by OneLastSyrah on 11/10/2009 & rated 91 points: 14.7% ABV. Per the label, the Avenger is 75% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache. Popped and poured. Dark black garnet, mostly opaque in the glass. Aromatic nose of smoke, cedar/balsa wood, and green pepper. On the palate this shows sweet black fruit on the attack with nuances of cocoa and graphite. Medium-full bodied with good concentration. I found myself having some difficulty finding exactly the right flavors to describe this wine, and what I ended up with are pretty atypical for the grape blend, but I enjoyed the wine. (3557 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, California in the spotlight!, Issue #6 (11/30/2010)
(Villa Creek Avenger) Login and sign up and see review text.   93 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2010, IWC Issue #153
(Villa Creek Cellars Avenger Red Wine Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/22/2010)
(Villa Creek Avenger) Deep black fruit, berry, licorice nose; tasty, black fruit, berry, licorice palate; medium-plus finish 91+ pts. (75% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache)  91 points
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of The Rhone Report and Vinous and RJonWine.com. (manage subscription channels)

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Villa Creek

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2007 Villa Creek Avenger

75% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache
Elevage: 100% de-stemmed fruit from Booker Vineyard, basket pressed and racked once off gross lees. Aged 18 months in 50% new French Barriques.
Color: Ron Burgundy
Aromatics: An incredibly sexy offering with upfront notes of cocoa, blueberries, black licorice and violets.
Palate: The mouth fills out with more chocolate, cherry cola and just a hint of black pepper and tar. The finish is both velvety and lush, keeping you coming back for more.

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.


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Paso Robles

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Set apart by unique climate and geography, Paso Robles Wine Country provides prime growing conditions for more than 40 varietals planted over 26,000 acres of vineyards. More than 170 wineries craft this fruit into premium wines, gaining recognition around the world. The fruit, the wines and the distinct environment have quickly made Paso Robles California's third largest and fastest growing wine region.

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