2015 Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvée

Red Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
Drink between 2019 - 2026 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 4

  • BlueMooseRun Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 29, 2020 - Punched way above its’ weight. A bit tart, with a flavor of stewed fruits well balanced by the acidity. Tannins were well integrated. Surprisingly long finish. Was very happy with this & plan to buy again.

  • Charlie N Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 6, 2020 - Pours dark purple and at no point would I take this for grenache.

    The nose smolders with scents of dipping ink, cooked meats, dusty ripe fruit.

    Palate is dense, stewed fruit, chocolate, cranberry, graphite, soy(?). Strength pervades the sensory experience of Willow Creek Cuvee but it's always anchored by restraint and self containment.

    Finish is also layered and savory. Tannins are tightly knit and well integrated in the form of ghost notes following the syncopated expressions of cranberry and chocolate. Everything here is big but also well defined and one of the things I'm most impressed by is that the tannins forego the cloying grip of licorice that I've seen in various grenache. This shows a more ambition and balance with a creative quality that carries itself from start to finish.

    Like the 2015 Avenger, the Willow Creek Cuvee is in an absolutely lovely place right now with tannins and acidity complimenting each other so well.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • brianofthevine wrote: 88 points

    July 28, 2018 - 70% Grenache/20% Syrah/10% Mourvedre. Decent wine, although extremely tart and acidic right at the first sip. Fruit is red cherry, raspberry, and plums. Subtle mineral and herbal notes to it. Sort of a short finish. Definitely needs to sit a couple of years, hopefully it will get better.

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  • srh Likes this wine:

    June 9, 2018 - Central Coast Tasting (San Diego Wine Co.): 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, & 10% Mourvèdre

    N: Closed; Smoke, ripe berries; Intensity lurking?

    P: MF, poss Med, body; Rndish entry with nice, ALMOST swtish frt met by puckerish tannins which only somewhat mitigates by the LONG finish with a swtnes to the dusty tannins. NEEDS 2 yrs, then drinking for the ff. 2-3. While the tannins are NOT oppressive, they ARE plentiful, & IF this is on the low side with respect to acidity... 15% ABV; My VG, poss VG+. 95 pts WE with "Editors' Choice" @ $50, 92 ea Vinous & Jeb Dunnuck, and 88 WS. [This vendor's $41.99 is $1 < the lower of wine-searcher's 2 entries.]

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    Paso Robles Copes, Adapts and Evolves (Nov 2017) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Villa Creek
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation Willow Creek Cuvée
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Paso Robles

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 255 (62%)
  • Consumed 157 (38%)

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