Ancient Peaks - Oyster Ridge - Paso Robles. 2014 blend 51% cab, 36% merlot, 5% syrah, 5% petite sirah, 3% malbec. Santa Margarita Ranch is known for the oyster shells in the soil. Anyway, on to the review. This blend is amazing. My first impression is OMG! Blackberry and dark currants with a vanilla and spice explosion. The mid palate is leather and mineral soil. This could be the oyster soil impact. The finish is dry and long. This is the longest finish on a wine ... wow! However, day two... SOUR. I did use my Coravin so maybe the Argon affected the wine. Im still out on the Coravin. Just not sure. I do know if you pull it out of the bottle after use the cork does leak - synthetic and natural both. — 8 days ago
Great blend from Denner, well balanced, young with big but approachable tannins and a smooth powerful palate. Blackcurrant, vanilla, oak, cherry, spice and some floral delicacy on the finish. This will age very well but it can easily be enjoyed now with some air. — 9 days ago
The sparkling Chenin has in past years been my favorite wine from Broc Cellars. Chenin is what they do best.
Though methode ancestrale, it has shown a fineness, depth, and elegance that isn’t so easy to find in Pet Nats these days.
The 2018 is good, but more feral than last year. Haze and skunk. Dry, chalky lemon with spiced citrus and white flowers. A yeasty base mixed with spiced gingerbread crumble.
If seeking a more elegant version, go for the still version of Chenin (2017 is spectacular). — 9 days ago
2005 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard - 44" Paso Robles Rhône Blend, WOW @punchpeddler, this is simply stunning! Doesn’t get much better! #saxum #saxumvineyards #justinsmith #rhonewine #rhoneblend #wine #winetasting #winelover #winery #winenight #wines #winestagram #winelovers #wineblogger #wineaddict #winetime #zalto #zaltoglass @zaltify #saxumvineyards — 11 days ago
Beautiful ripe blackberries and raspberries on this fruit forward nose. A light pie of baking spice, dense homemade crumby crust and compote. Juicy and delicious. Telltale nose is true to the palate. Incredible value. Drink now through the next 4-5 years. — 8 days ago
While I’m a sucker for rose’ I rarely rate them this high. This is a different animal. I’d say it’s more of a “with food” rose’ than a “lounging by the pool” rose’. Ample weight and a full mouthfeel, strawberry/rhubarb pie filling, bold and savory with a dollop of all-spice. I enjoyed this immensely and it made great strides as it warmed up. I’d serve at 65+ degrees. Shout out to @Connor McMahon and @Rebecca McMahon for loving what they do and making it show in our glass. Cheers. — 16 days ago