2017 Villa Creek 'Avenger' Red Blend
Paso Robles, California
70% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache. This is the blend that kicked off Villa Creek in 2001, and it is still one of their most sought after wines. Ethereal aromatics of blueberries, blackberries, boysenberry, crushed rock, and graphite lead to a palate that is both rich and elegant with fantastic concentration, stunning purity, and perfect balance. It plays rather close to the vest at the moment but give it some time and it will deliver a full house! Drink 2020-2030. 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's 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."
95 points, Wine Enthusiast. "Deep and hearty aromas of stewed plum, blueberry and a touch of violet stay smooth and balanced on the nose of this blend of 70% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache. The texture is immediately compelling, with firm tannins that frame that rich flavors of roasted berry, smoked meat and peppery spice, with a pinch of lavender."