Wine & Spirits' Wine of the Month, 94 Points
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 6:09 am
One of the most common questions our favorite wine collectors ask is "What's hot? What's new? What are you guys drinking?" Right now, we are stacking the store with blends from all over the world, and we've come across some killer juice at a variety of price points. As many of you know, Central Coast wineries offer some of the best blends in the state, and Ancient Peaks Winery is producing a few of our favorites. The critics are on board too - "Ancient Peaks is quickly becoming one of our favorite consistent producers of affordable wines with lots of personality..." - Wine Spectator.
Ancient Peaks utilizes a single vineyard in Southern Paso Robles for all their wines. The Margarita Vineyard sits at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains about 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vines blossom under the warm california sun, and the grapes are cooled by evening ocean breezes resulting in wine that has gorgeous deep fruit character and bright acidity.
The Oyster Ridge blend is Ancient Peak's flagship, and when you consider many flagship Cabernet blends start at $100+, this offers a stunning value. The name Oyster Ridge honors the large white oyster fossils that literally spill out of the vineyard ground, fostering the type of calcium-rich soil that is coveted by winemakers worldwide. The 2011 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Merlot (44%), Malbec (4%) and Petite Sirah (4%), all from meticulously farmed vineyard blocks cultivated for the Oyster Ridge program. This is a great find for Cab collectors looking for an expressive hot new value that is ready to enjoy.
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