Ancient Peaks

If you don’t know about the Ancient Peaks brand, it’s time to start learning. Over-delivering in quality is the hallmark of these wines! One of the owners, Karl Wittstrom, will be in the market this week.

Ancient Peaks Winery is a family-owned operation with a single estate vineyard. Their Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, tucked beneath the peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Here, the vines unfold along a rare array of soils – (5 distinct soil zones: ancient sea bed, sedimentary, shale, volcanic and granitic) – amid one of the region’s coolest growing environments. The resulting wines express an unmistakable sense of place, with balanced structure and flavors that are native to Margarita Vineyard. Ask Karl to tell you more about it!

“For the best value on the dollar, it’s hard to beat the impressive track record of Ancient Peaks.” -The Wine Spectator

The winery is also SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice).

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Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – This wine is bright and zingy, offering refreshing aromas of pear, gooseberry and citrus. A full palate unfolds with rounded flavors of peach, grapefruit and guava. Well-balanced with crisp acidity. A note of cool minerality lingers on a fresh, vibrant finish.

Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – This wine opens with generous aromas of black fruit, toasty oak, caramel and cedar. The palate is elegantly layered with flavors of plum, cherry and blackberry, followed by trailing notes of black olive and cocoa. Fine tannins linger on a juicy, structured finish.

Ancient Peaks Merlot 2012 – 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.

Ancient Peaks Zinfandel 2012 – 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.

Ancient Peaks Renegade 2011 – This wine offers lavish black fruit aromas with notes of wet stone and savory smokiness. A juicy, mouth filling texture delivers robust flavors of plum, cassis and boysenberry with hints of cocoa and white pepper. Power yields to elegance on the finish, concluding with fine tannins and focused structure. (Syrah 62%, Petit Verdot 28% & Malbec 10%) (91pts “Best Buy” W&S)

Ancient Peaks Oyster Ridge 2010 – 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. (Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 27%, Petite Sirah 11%, Petit Verdot 4%, and Cabernet Franc 3%)

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