We are pleased to share that esteemed critical journal Vinous has rated all three of our recently submitted wines with a score of 90 or above.
Our wines were submitted as part of a larger Paso Robles consolidated tasting conducted by lead reviewer Josh Raynolds. His subsequent feature, titled “Paso Robles Can’t Stop Winning,” hailed our region for “a stretch of outstanding vintages that extends, unbroken, back to 2011.”
As part of that winning streak, our flagship 2016 Oyster Ridge red blend notched a score of 92 points while being praised as “a deft blend of power and delicacy.” Each year, we craft the limited-edition Oyster Ridge cuvée to exemplify our finest winemaking efforts. The 2016 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (51%), Merlot (32%), Petit Verdot (9%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and Malbec (4%).
Our 2016 Whole Cluster Syrah also earned 92 points: “Alluringly sweet black and blue fruit…Smooth tannins frame a long, spicy finish.” This limited single-lot Syrah is an exclusive project from our winemakers. After selecting superior fruit from Block 47 at Margarita Vineyard, they fermented the whole clusters in small, open-top bins to draw out natural notes of earthy, savory spice.
Finally, our 2016 Cabernet Franc earned 90 points: “Energetic, mineral-laced red fruit…Dusty tannins build on a long, spicy finish.” The 2016 Cabernet Franc is a limited release that comes from Block 9 along the Oyster Ridge section of our estate Margarita Vineyard, where profound calcareous soils and a northeasterly exposure combine to yield a Cabernet Franc with a vivid sense of place.
Vinous’s report is just the latest evidence that Paso Robles is coming on strong. We are proud to be part of such a dynamic region that continues to earn widespread recognition for producing world-class wines.