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Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvée 2005

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Notes on the Villa Creek Avenger Meritage Paso Robles 2005 : WINEMAKER NOTES: Blend of 65% Syrah 25% Mourvedre 10% GrenacheVILLA CREEK AVENGER MERITAGE PASO ROBLES 2005

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Karmère Vineyards & Winery:
KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and a love of the land and rural life. Marilyn K Hoopes, co-founder of Karmère, grew up in Teton Valley, Idaho on a potato farm on the Teton river in full view of the Grand Tetons. In l978, at age twenty-six, she moved to Amador County and fell in love with the bucolic Shenandoah Valley. She also fell i... Read more
KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and a love of the land and rural life. Marilyn K Hoopes, co-founder of Karmère, grew up in Teton Valley, Idaho on a potato farm on the Teton river in full view of the Grand Tetons. In l978, at age twenty-six, she moved to Amador County and fell in love with the bucolic Shenandoah Valley. She also fell in love with Todd Pickens who had recently moved from the Bay area and prior from L.A. to Amador County to become a "back to the lander." They made their home in Jackson, California and in l990 bought their first piece of property in Shenandoah Valley: a seventeen acre parcel adjacent to Terre Rouge. This is their home place. In l994, they completed an IRS 1031 real property trade and obtained the eighty-nine acre Jameson Ranch where the winery and tasting facility now exists. The name "Karmère" (car-mare) is in honor of Marilyn's mother Karma Hoopes: "mère" is the French word for mother. Since the land exchanged came from Marilyn's parent's estate and the existing farm in Idaho bears her father's name, Marilyn decided to honor her mother's hard work and vision and thus the name was created. Marilyn, an attorney, and Todd, an optometrist, are the parents of three grown children, Josh, Jared, and Hayley. All of the children are involved in the winery or vineyards. Todd continues to practice optometry and Marilyn works as a part-time Administrative Law Judge devoting the majority of her time to the winery and vineyards. The first Zinfandel vines were planted in l994. Plantings of zin, syrah, barbera, viognier, primitivo and nebbiolo have continued with sixty-seven acres planted of the hundred and five total. Read less

Member Reviews for Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvée

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
03/22/2013

Crimson in the glass. Roasty, earthy nose of dried red fruits and skins of red and black plum, blackberry. Some aromas of incense and tar with charred wood and earth. Fruit aromas are diminishing with only dried fruits remaining. Lots of violet aromas. Nicely balanced entry on the palate with great tannin and acid structure. Fruit remains brighter and more youthful on the palate than the nose would indicate. Flavors of blueberry, boysenberry, cassis, pomegranate and a hint of cranberry. Rich texture and layers of fruit amidst roasted earth notes and nice, sweet oak influence. Drinking very nicely. 92 pts. 3/22/13


Snooth User: blondon
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0.00 5
01/19/2009

Decanted 2 hours. Smoky nose interlaced with floral highlights. Bright fruit on the palate, fresh, clean, long and smooth. I love the element that the mourvedre adds, earthy, robust. It highlights the brightness of the grenache and enhances the subtle notes of the syrah. Update: Its now 5 hours open and this is singing like Stevie Nicks, sultry, deep, spicy, sexy...gained weight, aromatics (now getting dark roast coffee and chocolate notes) and is pure velvet in the mouth...


Snooth User: Rhoneald R
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4.00 5
04/21/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvée

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesDeep blood red. Dark fruits, minerals, licorice, meat and earth. Dried figs, plums with notes of kirsch, smoked meats and black cherries. Hints of wet stones and silky tannins give this wine a rich and complex mouth feel. Should cellar nicely for 7-10 years.


External Review
Source: The Wine Closet
10/16/2008

60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre Denner Vineyard Grenache and Mourvedre, James Berry Vineyard SyrahWillow Creek Cuvee is always a blend from our blocks at Denner and James Berry vineyards. The wine was minimally processed with the intent of letting the fruit show it's fullest potential. This vintage was aged in a selection of 50% new oak and 50% second and third fill barrels. The new oak was 2/3 French from Tarrensaud, Francois Freres, and Bel Air. The remaining 1/3 new was Hungarian from Mendocino Cooperage. The wine is garnet to plum in color with expansive aromatics of raspberry, black cherry, and spice box. On the palate the wine shows a nice integration of lively acidity and tannin along with Kirsch liquor, plum, licorice, minerals, and spice. Currently the wine shows best decanted and should cellar well for the next 5-7 years.



Notes on the Villa Creek Avenger Meritage Paso Robles 2005 : WINEMAKER NOTES: Blend of 65% Syrah 25% Mourvedre 10% GrenacheVILLA CREEK AVENGER MERITAGE PASO ROBLES 2005

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