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Peak Experience

The inaugural 2003 Angels' Peak blend launched in 2006. Using Pomerol-inspired methods, the blend is 60 percent Merlot, 35 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and five-percent Petit Verdot. Aromas and flavors of black cherry and black currant, along with soft tannins linger on the palate. Angel’s Peak will age for—peak in—20 years.

Devils’ Peak inaugural 2004 vintage was released in April 2007. Traditions of St. Émilion are used to craft this blend of 59-percent Cabernet Franc, 31-percent Merlot and 10-percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Color and aromas of violets lead to raspberry, citrus and cedar, and nice acidity complexity lead to a long, distinctive finish. Age for up to 25 years.

The 2005 Cardinals' Peak, released in 2008, follows the traditions of Margaux, with its predominant grape variety of Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend is 76-percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 24-percent Merlot. Cardinals’ Peak offers aromas of black currant, black cherry, cedar and cassis, is full in body with well-integrated tannins. It will also age for 25 years.

“No one can replicate the famous Bordeaux regions of France. But since imitation is the highest and most sincere form of flattery, I felt compelled to mirror some of the great French winemaking traditions in California,” Terlato said. “This is not in any way an attempt to challenge them, but rather a symbol of my huge respect and admiration for them.”

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