- Producer: Downstream Wines - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Justin Smith
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Willow Creek District)
- Blend: 76% Zinfandel, 8% Syrah, 6% Mataró, 6% Petite Sirah, 4% Tempranillo
- Vintage production: 230 cases
- Winery location: Willow Creek
- Owners: Justin Smith, Philippe Cambie & Sasha Verhage
- First vintage: 2016
- Drinking window: 2020-2032
About The Wine:
Downstream is a joint project between Justin Smith – a world-class vigneron, Philippe Cambie – a famous Rhone enologist, and Sasha Verhage – the visionary connector. It honours California's heritage by using Zinfandel, Mataro, and Petite Sirah as the core varietals. The project, wine, and sensibility bridge the best of the California Central Coast and France’s Southern Rhone. Philippe wanted his first California wine project to be with the formidable Justin Smith of Saxum. Sasha united them.
Justin is a master of craft in the winery and out in the vineyard. He is constantly pushing, exploring, and pursuing. A creative force and visionary, Justin elevated Paso Robles wines to world-class levels.
Philippe has a precise palate, encyclopedic knowledge of wine, and exquisite blending capabilities. He consults for over 80 projects world-wide. Philippe is excited to be directing his attention to the Central Coast.
As the connective tissue, Sasha loves bringing together California and France. With a passion for California wine and Rhone varietals, it was just a matter of time before these two worlds, regions, and creative forces joined.
Downstream 2016 Box Set (3 bottles & 1 magnum)
"I loved the 2016 Downstream and even bumped it up a point from last year, which is always a good sign when a wine improves with bottle age. Thrilling notes of black raspberries, spice box, white pepper, and crushed flowers all emerge from the glass, and it’s full-bodied and concentrated, yet as seamless, silky, and polished as they come. The 2016 is 76% Zinfandel, 8% Syrah, 6% Mataró, 6% Petite Sirah, and the rest Tempranillo, brought up in a mix of vessels. Count yourself lucky if you have a bottle or two!"
98 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct. 2019)