Willow Creek Wine Co.
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Brian and Natalie first produced the Vernacular in 2019 with Petite Sirah as the leading grape variety in this full bodied red blend. It has been a crowd favorite and therefore continue to make this wine every vintage.
GSM, a classic blend on the Central Coast. Our soils and climate are similar to the Rhône region in France, therefore these grapes grow well here and make for an approachable blend.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Upon swirling, the 2020 Napa Cabernet quickly unfolds to reveal fragrant violets, graphite, cocoa powder, and chocolate covered blueberries. Carrying onto the palate, the signature blue and black fruits emerge, supported by firm tannins and balanced acid. Integrated French oak provides layers of Tahitian vanilla notes and a rich rounded mouthfeel. Full bodied, but still lifted and light on its toes, this wine finishes long while hitting all the right notes.
This wine is 100% Syrah from the vineyard's south facing block, directly west of the winery. Its name, Thesis, refers to the pedigree of the vine cuttings. They are from a suitcase clone that came over to the US from France a few decades ago and are rare to find in California. Early results suggest that this unique selection will make for a truly individual wine, and over the future decades we will study this clone’s potential in our Paso Robles soil. In the cellar, this wine was aged in 50% new French Oak for seventeen months. It is the prettiest, most forward Syrah produced from the estate.