Ancient Peaks Oyster Ridge Santa Margarita Ranch Paso Robles Red Blend 2014 Rated 94TP

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Tasting Panel Review
Rated 94
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.

Wine Advocate Review
Rated 92
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.

Wine Enthusiast Review
Rated 92
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.

Wine Spectator Review
Rated 91
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.

Wine Tasting Notes
The aroma profile of the Oyster Ridge is remarkably complex, offering notes of vanilla, boysenberry, creme 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.

Cabernet Sauvignon 51%, Merlot 36%, Syrah 5%, Petite Sirah 5%, Malbec 3%

Alcohol 14.5%
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