Paso Robles, California

Ancient Peaks

Oyster Ridge Santa Margarita Ranch Red Blend 2014

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

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Denner Vineyards

Mother of Exiles Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

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

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Linne Calodo

Cherry Red Zinfandel Blend 2016

Always a fan favorite. Cherry Cherry and more Cherry. Smooth even keeled pallet. Long finish. A true pleasure. — 2 days ago

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Broc Cellars

Petillant Wine Chenin Blanc 2018

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

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Saxum

James Berry Vineyard 44 Grenache Blend 2005

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

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Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

Yep - one of my favorites from him. I have one more in the cellar - can’t decide when to pull the trigger!

Sextant Wines

Night Watch Red Blend

Deeper darker steamier black fruit with a flinty touch of earth on blackberries across a big and complex palate. Lay down a few years for further development or drink now. Dark and lovely. Yes! — 10 days ago

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Herman Story

Milk & Honey Tempranillo Blend 2014

Strong stuff, good fruit, hot but warming as opposed to burning. Just a fun wine which is best enjoyed on a dark, cold evening. 16%+ means you’ll know about it if you go further than halfway down the bottle. — 4 days ago

Bob, E and 8 others liked this

Sextant Wines

Wheelhouse Zinfandel 2015

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

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Austin Hope Winery

Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Would have called it more of a Zinfandel blind. Smooth on the the palate but was a bit sweet on the palate for me. Paired perfectly with roasted pork shoulder. At this price it’s great. — 10 days ago

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Fulldraw Vineyard

Paso Robles Rosé Blend 2017

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

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Ellen Clifford

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@Bill Bender oh my favorite rosés are not usually the light summer supper types—I’m a Tavel and Cerasuolo style girl—which is likely why I was extra critical. This is definitely my style rosé but like your suggestion to have something to chomp on with it. That can never hurt😊
Jake Rubash

Jake Rubash

@Bill Bender we drank them all within like a week
Bill Bender

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Oh Hahahaha I get it @Jake Rubash