2012 Willow Creek Cuvée

2012 Willow Creek Cuvée

70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah


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Willow Creek Cuvée has always been a blend of grapes off our Willow Creek Road Vineyard sources.  Sadly but understandably, as their wine production increases, Denner Vineyard will be paring down our allotment of grapes over the next few years.  Though we will still see some Denner Grenache in the future, we are really excited by the addition of some newer vineyard sources to our program.  In this vintage of Willow, the Denner Vineyard Grenache and James Berry Vineyard Syrah are complemented by a spot of Luna Matta Mourvèdre and a bit of Rolph Vineyard Grenache.  Luna Matta brings its really cool, rustic, earthiness and complexity and the Rolph Grenache adds the freshness of a younger Grenache vineyard.  This wine is a fine balance of fruit, savory and tannin.  Notes of black cherry cola are followed by a generous palate of berry pie with a lard crust, and hints of black pepper and spice.  The roundness and texture prolong the enjoyment.  This wine is sure to be a crowd pleaser!  Serve with a slow smoked pork shoulder. While this may well become your go to in the cellar, those with patience will be rewarded with a gorgeous beast in several years. Drink 2014-2025


Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, August 2014- Made from 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, the 2012 Willow Creek Cuvee is an up-front, perfumed and sweetly fruited effort that carries a serious wallop of tannin on the back end. Showing pretty mulled red fruits, licorice, toasted spice, violets and hints of dried flowers, it has medium to full-bodied richness, a silky, layered texture and high, slightly chewy tannin on the finish. I think the tannins will integrate nicely here with another year in bottle, but this will be something to watch going forward. 94pts


Josh Raynolds, Vinous, November, 2013- Vivid ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and incense, with a smoky topnote that builds with air. Rich and expansive but lively as well, offering dark berry, bitter cherry and licorice pastille flavors and a suave violet pastille quality. Shows impressive nuance and alluring sweetness on the finish, which features smooth tannins and a hint of spicecake. Closes on a floral note, with superb clarity and supple texture. 92pts 


Vintage 2012
Varietal Grenache
Appellation Paso Robles
Alcohol % 15.4