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Villa Creek James Berry Vineyard High Road 2015

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750ML / 15.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

High Road is always a blend of the best barrels off James Berry Vineyard, a benchmark property located in Paso Robles’ most esteemed microclimate. The limestone soils and multiple aspects of our blocks at JBV offer the perfect conditions for producing wines of length and balance. This year’s High Road is classically proportioned. The core of pure fruit is enveloped by a sublime fineness of texture. This very well could be the best High Road to date.

Pairs well with roasted breast of duck with grilled plums.

Blend: 70% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah, 10% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre

Critical Acclaim

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 High Road James Berry Vineyard reveals a sweet, sun-kissed nose of blackberries, crème de cassis, licorice and cracked pepper. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and layered, with a bombastic core of ripe fruit, youthfully chewy tannins and a warm, generous personality. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years.
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 High Road James Berry Vineyard (60% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre) is a more elegant, ethereal wine that sports a deep ruby/purple tinged color to go with notions of black raspberries, cedar-like spice, cured meats and herbes de Provence. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless on the palate, with fine tannin, as well as a savoriness that’s going to make it shine on the dinner table, give bottles a year, and drink through 2025.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Zesty black currant, rich milk chocolate, hints of caramel and a flash of dried sage show on the nose of this blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre. It's thick and a bit chunky on the palate at this early age, carrying flavors of loamy soil and black currant syrup, set against a very chalky texture.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Lively and precise, with floral raspberry and peppered meat aromas and layered blackberry, grilled herb and licorice flavors that end with refined tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2026.
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Cris and JoAnn Cherry moved to Paso Robles in 1996 to open a restaurant, partake in the burgeoning wine scene and raise their children in the country. In 2001, they purchased their first grapes to make wine for their restaurant. And so began Villa Creek Cellars, their best expression of west Paso Robles' Rhone grape varieties.

Today, they farm their own certified biodynamic and certified organic vineyard, the MAHA Estate in the hills west of Paso Robles. They continue to purchase grapes from the region's most esteemed vineyards and strive to create exciting wines that reflect the land from which they originated.

The MAHA Estate is 8 miles west of Paso Robles. Extreme topography of south and west facing slopes that climb to 1800 feet continue to captivate Cris and JoAnn with the dynamic views of the coastal mountain range. The winery was erected in 2003 to house the production of roughly 3000 cases of wine each year. Monterey shale and siliceous shale provide an ideal foundation for the Rhone grape varieties planted in 2012 and 2013. Sustaining the vibrancy and the health of the land by farming the grapes under organic and biodynamic principles will, in turn, make vibrant wines. The soil is abundant in micro organisms and is the perfect host to the vines, the family and their flock of 30 Dorper sheep that graze the vineyard in the winter and spring. The energy of this site is palpable.

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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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