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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.