2014 Ancient Peaks Oyster RidgeBlend from United States
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- 94 The Tasting Panel
- 92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 92 Wine Enthusiast
- 91 Wine Spectator
94 The Tasting Panel
Large white oyster fossils are ubiquitous along the Santa Margarita Vineyard, located in the southernmost area of Paso Robles in its own AVA--Santa Margarita Ranch. This cool growing region 14 miles from the Pacific offers a mineral-rich, big-boned red comprised of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah, and 3% Malbec. While the tannins are developed, the liquid is plush with layers of flavors from lavender to mulled plum and blackberry to dusted cocoa cedar.
92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah and 3% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple colored 2014 Oyster Ridge offers up notions of fresh cassis, cloves, plums, black berries and black cherries with hints of toast and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, the taut palate is firmly structured with ripe, grainy tannins. Possessing great harmony and depth, it gives a good long spicy finish.
92 Wine Enthusiast
Fresh 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.
91 Wine Spectator
Wall-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. –JL
94 - The Tasting Panel
92 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 - Wine Enthusiast
91 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah / Shiraz, Malbec|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, jam, dark berry fruit, high tannin, black pepper, blueberry, strawberry, pepper, earth, green and mocha|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, spice, boysenberry, blueberry, jam, spice box and dark fruit|