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Ancient Peaks 2007 Oyster Ridge 

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A Bordeaux-style blend of 46 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 percent Petite Sirah, 15 percent Merlot, and 15 percent Petit Verdot, this wine expresses the essence of Margarita Vineyard. I’ve seen the white oyster fossils that erupt through the soils, and it’s impressive. Winemaker Mike Sinor said he fermented and aged each variety separately in French oak, 75 percent new, and made the final blend from the best of them: “This blend was created without preconceptions or preconditions regarding varietal percentages, with the focus being solely on bottling the finest possible expression of the vintage.” Deliciously rich, yet perfectly balanced, it tastes of blackberries, black cherries, and currants highlighted with notes of mint, white pepper, and spicy oak. A great wine for enjoying with special meals or celebrating with friends, it’s $50 retail at the tasting room in Santa Margarita.

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