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Big Reds

Halter Ranch Vineyard makes Bordeaux varietals for serious wine drinkers.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Last month I reviewed Halter Ranch’s Rhone varietals in this column. And I invited readers to join me for this month’s review, as I raise a glass to the Halter Ranch Bordeaux style wines.

In Paso Robles, on California’s Central Coast, the Halter Ranch Vineyard produces 100 percent estate grown wines And winemaker Kevin Sass produces three big red, Bordeaux style wines.

Ancestor Estate Reserve 2007 is the winery’s finest. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah is dark in color, complex and elegant, with notes of blackberry and vanilla. Enjoy now or allow it to evolve in your cellar for up to 15 years. 

Halter Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wine is dark ruby in color with concentrated and luscious notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, and spice. This wine could also be cellared for up to seven to ten years. Serve with grilled steaks, prime rib or lamb. 

And the Halter Ranch Vineyard Syrah 2008 displays intense notes of boysenberry, olallieberry and violet. Pair this wine with your summer, grilled meats or barbecue.

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