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Ancient Peaks Oyster Ridge 2014

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Each year, we craft the limited-edition Oyster Ridge cuvée to exemplify our finest winemaking efforts. The name Oyster Ridge honors an outcropping that always astonishes visitors to our estate Margarita Vineyard. Here, large white oyster fossils are literally spilling out of the ground, fostering the type of calcium-rich soil that is coveted by winemakers worldwide. The aroma profile of the 2014 Oyster Ridge is remarkably complex, offering notes of vanilla, boysenberry, crème de cassis, leather, lavender and graphite. On the palate, a massive texture unfolds with seamless flavors of black cherry, blackberry, dried plum, caramel, dusty cedar and espresso bean. The mouthfeel is broad and plush, framed by luscious accents of new oak. Lively acidity and long tannins converge with impeccable balance on a sleek, structured finish. This wine will generously evolve in the bottle for years to come.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Paso Robles
Brand Ancient Peaks
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Wine EnthusiastFresh yet deep and penetrating aromas of blackberry syrup, black-currant jam, vanilla, milk chocolate and crème brûlée are well woven and not overblown on this blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah and 3% Malbec. The palate starts with smoothed-out tannins that dry up a bit by the midpalate, and a strong acidity carries flavors of boisterous purple fruit and baking spice. Still quite young and energetic.

Matt Kettmann, May 1, 2018
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Wine SpectatorWall-to-wall flavors offer complexity, texture, richness and length, with a medley of dark berry, mocha and red and dark licorice notes. Long and fulfilling on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Drink now through 2030. 1,997 cases made.

James Laube, May 31, 2018