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Turtle Rock Vineyards Willow's Cuvee 2012

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Winemaker Notes

The Grenache for this wine was completely de stemmed and aged in neutral French oak barrels. The Syrah (50% whole cluster) and Mourvedre (100% whole cluster) were co fermented, then pressed into new French Barriques. The Grenache carries this wine with its bright red fruit and chalky tannins. The Syrah and Mourvedre offer deeper notes of dark cherry and leather.

Enjoy with anything grilled, from chicken to wild game. Drink now to 2022.

Blend: 46% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre, 22% Syrah

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The 2012 Willows Cuvee (40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre) shows some oak in its juicy berry fruit, licorice and caramelized meat-like aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and supple on the palate, with a nicely balanced feel, it should be better in another year and drink nicely through 2020. Range: 92-94
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We are a small, family owned winery located in Paso Robles. Our winemaking philosophy is simple, you can’t make great wine without great fruit. We source our fruit from some of the finest vineyards in the Templeton Gap area of Paso Robles. Through sustainable farming practices, low yields, and harvesting at optimal ripeness, we are able to make wines with both intensity and balance. We hope these wines reflect the beauty of the wonderful places these grapes are grown as well as the people who nurture them. Don & Claudia Burns

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Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, powerful, fruit-driven wines. But with eleven smaller sub-AVAs, there is actually quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

Just east over the Santa Lucia Mountains from the chilly Pacific Ocean, lie the coolest in the region: Adelaida, Templeton Gap and (Paso Robles) Willow Creek Districts, as well as York Mountain AVA and Santa Margarita Ranch. These all experience more ocean fog, wind and precipitation compared to the rest of the Paso sub-appellations. The San Miguel, (Paso Robles) Estrella, (Paso Robles) Geneso, (Paso Robles) Highlands, El Pomar and Creston Districts, along with San Juan Creek, are the hotter, more western appellations of the greater Paso Robles AVA.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache and Rhône blends, both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruit-driven, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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