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Review: Ancient Peaks 2020 Merlot and 2019 Oyster Ridge

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Paso Robles-based Historical Peaks just lately dropped two new reds for wintertime sipping. Let’s give them a attempt because the temperature begins to dip.

2020 Historical Peaks Merlot Santa Margarita Ranch – Surprisingly pruny for merlot, with notes of blackberry jam and well-steeped tea informing a dusky, licorice-fueled physique. Way more extracted than anticipated for a merlot, the anticipated florals from this delicate grape by no means actually materialize, ending on a mouth-smacking character that will be extra anticipated from a bottle of zinfandel. B- / $22

2019 Historical Peaks Oyster Ridge Santa Margarita Ranch – Winter is coming, which implies it’s about time for wines like this, a huge-ass mix of 72% cabernet sauvignon, 11% cabernet franc, 9% petit verdot, 6% merlot, and a pair of% malbec. Heady chocolate sauce notes discover a compatriot in notes of plump currants, anise, and a delicate layer of spice. Whereas a touch of pink flowers threaten to lighten issues up, they don’t get very far, the cocoa notes kicking again into overdrive. The epic end by no means lets up — which is an effective factor and a nasty. Nonetheless, for “huge cab” lovers, this one’s a success. A- / $60

2020 Historical Peaks Merlot Santa Margarita Ranch




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