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The sucker arsenal.

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Armed with a bagful of samples winery reps and winemakers visit FranksWine weekly if not daily. Yes, it's a rough job. Half the time our crew will mutually choose one selection that we all like and we'll add it to our inventory. 9 out of 10 times we will pass altogether because of their mediocrity, or we just don't have space.

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But once in a blue moon we taste through an entire lineup and feel the need to purchase each and every wine. I question myself immediately and recount my day by making sure that I've used the spit bucket for all my prior tasting appointments. That is what happened when Chris Thompson from Ancient Peaks Winery in Paso Robles, California stopped by with his six selections.

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We've carried a few of Chris's wines over the years, but never had the opportunity to taste through everything Ancient Peaks Winery produces until 2 weeks ago when he popped in. He started off doing the usual winery rep thing by telling us about the region, soil content, pH levels, blah blah blah. I get easily distracted and Chris sees my eyes wandering around the shop - he's good - and takes my queue as a "pop the flippin' corks and pour the wine already will ya!" and does just that.

I find myself going back and re-tasting each and every wine looking for a flaw. Nothing. I look at Pat and Susan with my nose deep in my glass and they give me the nod that backs up my assessment. I can absolutely say that these wines are 100% varietally correct, well-priced, near-perfectly balanced and so damn spot on that I felt the need to purchase them all!

That is my sucker moment.

Although I can usually find something good in pretty much every wine I taste, my palate is quite discriminating when it comes to making new placements. So for me to buy every single wine I taste at one sitting there's gotta be something enticing or inducing me, but there wasn't. Chris offered no deals - just straight-up pricing... I spat every wine I put into my mouth that day... no, I didn't get lucky that morning... and Chris is a dude, not a hot blond.


These 6 wines from Paso Robles shine. End of story.



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Take a Drive to FranksWine on North Union Street this weekend to taste this flawless lineup! Chris Thompson will be pouring on Saturday from 11am to 3pm. We'll have a selection of Cheeses, Charcuterie, Spreads, & Flatbreads from our
DiBruno Bros section to compliment the wine! The FranksWine crew will pouring the same lineup on Sunday from 12noon to 4pm.

COST? It's free... yup nada, we're cool like that.

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Ancient Peaks 2012 Oyster Ridge
Regularly Priced at $59.99
$39.99 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


Each year Ancient Peaks crafts the limited-edition Oyster Ridge cuvée to exemplify their finest winemaking efforts. The name Oyster Ridge honors an outcropping that always astonishes... 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 2012 vintage is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec.


After hand harvesting individual varietal lots were fermented in small open-top fermenters with manual punchdowns employed three times daily for balanced extraction. After fermentation each varietal lot was aged separately for 22 months in premium French oak barrels. The final blend was assembled from only those barrels that exhibited exemplary complexity, structure and aging potential.


The 2012 Oyster Ridge offers a brooding bouquet of dark fruits with suggestions of tobacco leaf, cigar box, pine and graphite. A sumptuous palate is densely packed with layers of cherry, cassis, blueberry and black olive. Hints of toasty oak, cola and spice anticipate a juicy finish that is loaded with fine, plump tannins. This wine will generously evolve in the bottle for years to come.
866 cases produced.


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Ancient Peaks 2012 Renegade
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$16.99 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


The winemaking vision of Renegade is to craft a rich, boldly flavored wine with structure and finesse. The 71% Syrah offers a core of dark, luscious fruit with notes of savory spice. 24% Malbec brings a juicy, fruity character to the mid-palate, while the 5% Petit Verdot adds backbone to the finish. After fermentation the individual lots were aged for 18 months in a combination of French (60%) and American oak (40%) barrels.

The 2012 Renegade opens with extravagant aromas of black fruit, blueberry, vanilla bean and smoked bacon. Flavors of black cherry, black currant and wild raspberry cascade along a plush mouthfilling texture with trailing notes of cola, spice and toasty oak. Power yields to elegance on the finish. 4,430 cases produced.



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Ancient Peaks 2012 Zinfandel
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$13.49 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

Ancient Peak's estate Margarita Vineyard has become renowned for producing one of the Paso Robles region's most acclaimed Zinfandels. Here the Zinfandel grape achieves a rare balance of robust flavors and elegant structure. The Zinfandel grape has been a cornerstone varietal of Paso Robles for more than 100 years... that's a pretty good track record!

91% Zinfandel and 9% Petite Sirah. After light pressing the individual lots were racked to a combination of French (40%) and American (60%) oak barrels where they aged for 17 months prior to blending and bottling.

The 2012 Zinfandel offers fresh aromas of raspberry jam and dried cherry with notes of white pepper and cocoa. Supple, rounded flavors of briary blackberry, cherry and cedar unfold with trailing vanilla accents. A savory spiciness lingers on a smooth, refined finish.
6,072 cases produced.



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Ancient Peaks 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$13.49 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

The 2012 growing season was the warmest in recent years, providing a fine foundation of fruity richness. After gentle destemming, the must was cold soaked for 48 hours prior to fermentation for a gentle extraction of color and flavor. After fermentation, the wine was racked to a combination of French and American oak barrels, where it aged for 15 months prior to blending and bottling. The final blend included small lots of Malbec (9%) for added juiciness and Syrah (6%) for earthy complexity.

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with enticing aromas of plum, cedar, vanilla, tobacco and leather. Smooth flavors of black cherry, blueberry, mint leaf and spice are integrated into a broad, chewy texture. Elegant tannins unfurl into a sleek, effortless finish.
7,071 case produced.


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Ancient Peaks 2012 Merlot
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$13.49 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!

After destemming, the lots were cold soaked up to 72 hours prior to fermentation for a gentle extraction of initial color and flavor. After fermentation and pressing the lots were aged for 18 months in a combination of French (65%) and American (35%) oak barrels. 13% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon were incorporated into the final blend. The Malbec brings juiciness to the mid-palate, while Cabernet Sauvignon enhances the wine's structure.

The 2012 Merlot presents ample aromas of blueberry and plum with hints of vanilla, tobacco and baking spice. The palate is round and velvety, offering flavors of cherry, blackberry and mocha. Notes of oak and cinnamon join plump tannins on a rich, juicy finish.
4,501 cases produced.


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Ancient Peaks 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Regularly Priced at $17.99
$11.99 with 6-pack Sampler Case Purchase!


Ancient Peak produces authentic Sauvignon Blanc that reflects their cooler growing conditions at Margarita Vineyard. In 2013 they performed an early pick on September 5th followed by a second pick two weeks later. The first pick created a foundation of bright acidity while the later pick contributed a layer of riper flavors. Additionally, 30 percent of the fruit was held in tanks on the skins for 48 hours prior to pressing. While this amount of skin contact is unusual for a white wine it's beneficial for accentuating the Sauvignon Blanc grape's distinctive varietal character and more exotic nuances. All of the lots were cold fermented at 55 degrees over an extended period to retain delicate aromatics and pure fruit flavors.


The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc offers refreshing aromas of pear, gooseberry and citrus with a suggestion of jasmine and mineral. A full palate unfolds with rounded flavors of peach, grapefruit and guava. Notes of lime zest
add lift to a clean, quenching finish.
4,018 cases produced.



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