2016 Paper Street
In the Willow Creek District lies Paper Street Vineyard. This land was used for barley and almonds until the mid-1990’s but was mostly abandoned until the Dusi family planted vines here. The limestone-white hills, hot days, and cool nights make for concentrated, vibrant, and mineral-driven wines.
Blackberry liqueur, pomegranate reduction, and sweet lavender on the nose. Herb-cured olives and country sausage on the palate with lush, sweet tannins that hold it all together. The finish is mineral-driven with youthful energy. This wine is complex but with nothing hidden; bright, vibrant, and transparent. Pair with black and blue buffalo burgers with bacon jam.
92 points, Jeb Dunnuck
Another impressive blend is the 2016 Paper Street, which is 45% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, and the balance Graciano, Mourvèdre, and Zinfandel. This bright, juicy red offers piercing notes of plum and blueberry fruits intermixed with ample violet, incense, and peppery notes. It’s a pleasure-bent, medium to full-bodied, sweetly fruited effort to drink over the coming 6-7 years.
This estate hit a home run with these latest 2016s, and the charming, more supple style of the vintage worked perfectly with the more savory, classic style preferred by McPrice Myers. These are unquestionably the finest wines I’ve tasted from him, and readers should snatch up these wines.