Paso Robles is on the rise, and perhaps no winery more so than Villa Creek. With a bevy of 94-97 pt reviews from Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate and Vinous, the wines are becoming increasingly hard to find. Even for the winemaker… you want to drink a bottle and it is all sold out… what do you do?
For winemaker/owner Cris Cherry the answer was easy – make a “house wine”! (I wish I had it that easy!)
Inspired by the exotic whites of Chateauneuf du Pape, Cris has fashioned a blend of 33% Pinot Gris 33% Clairette and 33% Grenache Blanc. The Clairette grapes fermented and aged in French oak (10% new) with full malolactic fermentation. The Grenache Blanc grapes fermented and aged in neutral barriques with partial malolactic fermentation. This sensual gem is loaded with gorgeous aromas of lemon blossoms, peaches and a floral shop worth of flowers! The neutral oak aging adds texture and body, without any oaky flavors, allowing the fruit to shine through. All throughout, there is a bright core of acidity that keeps it eminently balanced and more than a little bit drinkable.
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