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.
25% whole cluster fermented in small, open top bins, and spent 15-20 days on skins with pump-overs during cold soak and punch downs during fermentation. Aged 18 months in 500-liter French Oak, 25% new.
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.
94 points, Josh Raynolds
Vivid ruby. An exotically perfumed nose displays ripe cherry, raspberry and incense scents, complicated by Asian spice and floral pastille notes. Shows impressive depth as well as vivacity on the palate, offering sweet red and blue fruit, lavender and spicecake flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. In a silky, graceful style, showing outstanding clarity and a sexy floral note on the strikingly long finish, which features harmonious tannins and a smoky mineral quality.