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2009 Ancient Peaks Winery Renegade Margarita Vineyard Paso Robles 14.5% $20

46% Syrah, 31% Malbec, 23% Petite Verdot
A bit of an unusual nose with a hint of pine cones yet not balsamic. This is clean and light with a background note of eucalyptus and some sweet red licorice notes over medicinal violet pastille, carob, and dried black plum aromas with a nice teriyaki beef top note. Smooth and fairly seamless on entry, this is a big wine, make no mistake about it, but it's fairly well-balanced and doesn't have too much baby fat today. There's some lovely grapey, black plum and date flavors here all wrapped up in pencil lead, African violet, and lightly toasted coconutty oak flavors. The finish shows a bit of spicy, zesty pomegranate along with a fairly long oak imprint and just a hint of warmth. Big and rambunctious, this is a lusty wine perfect for BBQ beef ribs. 89pts Find it Here

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