- Producer: Downstream Wines - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Justin Smith
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Willow Creek District)
- Blend: 60% Zinfandel, 15% Mourvèdre, 9% Grenache, 7% Petite Sirah, 6% Syrah, 2% Tannat, 1% Viognier
- Vintage production: 560 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 2017 Box Set (3 bottles & 1 magnum)
"The 2017 Downstream is slightly less Zinfandel-dominated and checks in as 66% Zinfandel, 15% Mataró, and the rest Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Viognier, a large portion of which comes from the Paderewski Vineyard. It’s a darker, smoky wine that has stunning notes of cassis, blood orange, smoke herbs, and ground pepper. Layered and multi-dimensional on the palate, with silky tannins, give bottles a year or so and enjoy over the following decade or more."
97+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct. 2019)