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White Label Collection

Our limited-edition White Label wines represent small lots of the highest quality expressed through unconventional blends and alternative varietals. The crown jewel of our White Label Collection is the Oyster Ridge red blend, which is crafted to exemplify our finest winemaking efforts. Oyster Ridge is available at select wine shops and restaurants, and our other White Label wines are sold at our tasting room.

2010 Oyster Ridge

Our 2010 Oyster Ridge cuvée was meticulously grown and blended to produce a wine of extraordinary character. The name Oyster Ridge honors an outcropping that always astonishes visitors to our estate Margarita Vineyard. Here, large white oyster fossils are literally spilling out of the ground, fostering the type of calcium-rich soil that is coveted by winemakers worldwide. The 2010 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (27%), Petite Sirah (11%), Petit Verdot (4%) and Cabernet Franc (3%), and was ultimately made to exemplify our finest winemaking efforts.

Vineyard & Soils

Margarita Vineyard is the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA. The vineyard is tucked along the Santa Lucia mountain range the top of the Cuesta Grade just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in one of the Paso Robles region’s coolest growing environments. The proliferation of sea fossils at Oyster Ridge is the most vivid example of the complex geology found at Margarita Vineyard, which spans a rare array of five soil types that bring natural dimension to our wines. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc all come from specific spots at Margarita Vineyard that have proven to produce superior fruit.

Winemaking

After hand harvesting, the individual varietal lots were fermented in small open-top fermenters. Each varietal lot was then aged separately for 24 months in premium French oak barrels. The final blend was assembled from only those barrels that exhibited exemplary complexity, structure and aging potential. The Cabernet Sauvignon sets the tone with broad, polished layers. The Merlot contributes a dark berry fruit quality, while the Petite Sirah adds mid-palate weight. The Petit Verdot enhances the blend’s structure and color, while the Cabernet Franc brings a violet floral note to the nose.

Tasting Notes

The 2010 Oyster Ridge offers warm, toasty red fruit aromas with graceful notes of violets, vanilla, graphite and anise. Layers of plum, black cherry, black currant and boysenberry unfold along a broad, lush texture. Accents of mocha, cedar and spice linger with fine tannins on a long, juicy finish.

Specs

Vineyard: Margarita Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec) and Wittstrom Vineyard (Petite Sirah)
Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 27%, Petite Sirah 11%, Petit Verdot 4%, and Cabernet Franc 3%
Aging Regimen: 24 Months in French (94%) and American (6%) oak barrels 80% new oak
Cases Produced: 688

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