2017 Avenger, $60

2017 Avenger, $60

70% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache

Avenger is the Syrah based blend that started the Villa Creek brand in 2001. This Avenger is a handsome, athletic creature that straddles both the old world and new. 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

"Moving to the Syrah-dominated releases, the 2017 Avenger is 70% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, and 10% Grenache brought up in a mix of French and Hungarian oak. Blackcurrants, mulberries, peppery spice, walnut shell, and chocolate notes all define the bouquet, and the Hungarian oak gives this a different aromatic style as well as texture. Balanced, with good acidity and fine tannins, you can drink it today or cellar bottles for 7-8 years." 93 pts - Jebdunnuck.com

"Gutsy, yet refined and polished, with expressive black raspberry, peppered beef and grilled anise flavors that build tension toward fine-grained tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2030. 600 cases made." 93 pts - The Wine Spectator

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Vintage 2017
Varietal Syrah
Appellation Paso Robles
Alcohol % 15.2