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Since day one, Cabernet Sauvignon has been a focal point of the Ancient Peaks experience, as we recognized early on that our estate Margarita Vineyard was a premier site for the variety.
In 2016, we were blessed with optimal growing conditions, allowing us to produce a classic example of Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. We also incorporated small lots of Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah in the final blend to enhance the wine’s color, structure and intensity.
In the above video, Director of Winemaking Mike Sinor shares insights into this new release, which is now available at our Paso Robles wine tasting room.
Our Oyster Ridge cuvée honors an outcropping in our estate Margarita Vineyard that never fails to astonish. 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.
Each year, this cuvée comes from superior sections of the vineyard that are fastidiously farmed to maximize the fruit’s potential and meet the standards of the Oyster Ridge program.
The final blend is assembled from only those barrels that exhibit exemplary complexity, structure and aging potential, often resulting in an unconventional union of varietals.
This brings us to the 2014 vintage, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (51%), Merlot (36%), Syrah (5%), Petite Sirah (5%) and Malbec (3%). The mouthfeel of this wine 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
We are proud to share that this vintage is ringing the bells of top wine critics, as noted below. We invite you to experience this remarkable wine at our tasting room, and you may also order right here on our web site.
“94 POINTS…Plush with layered flavors of lavender to mulled plum and blackberry to dusted cocoa.”
-Tasting Panel Magazine
“92 POINTS…Firmly structured…Possessing great harmony and depth.”
-Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
“91 POINTS…Wall-to-wall flavors offer complexity, texture, richness and length…Long and fulfilling on the finish.”