The wines of Paso Robles I have been tasting a lot more than ever this year! One winery that recently caught my attention was Ancient Peaks, which is at the southernmost part Paso Robles wine country. It’s right up against the Santa Lucia mountains, where you’ll find Santa Margarita Ranch.
Three families have owned and run this estate, and have been dedicated to cultivating the land in a way that shows the passion and creativity for the area. The newest owners saw more potential and set aside 900 acres of its best microclimates to growing grapes; the result is Margarita Vineyards and Ancient Peaks Winery. This winery is a few miles from the Pacific Coast of central California. When you arrive the first thing you see are the famous peaks on the horizon. They are a testament to the ancient tectonic forces that shaped the uniquely complex land this vineyard sits on. The vines are planted along a rare array of five distinct soil types, an ancient sea bed filled with fossilized oyster shells, rocky alluvium, shale, volcanic and granitic! This adds a gorgeous minerality and character to the wines, that you will notice once you put your nose to the glass.
I had the pleasure of tasting two of the wines and really enjoyed the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s full of ripe blackberry, tobacco and currants. It’s dense and delicious, with a long seductive finish that is ideal with red meat, grilled vegetables, and more! The soils impart nice minerality into the palate on this wine and give it smooth, sleek tannins. This is a gorgeous wine that is ideal for any occasion, and a steal price wise.
The One Stone Cabernet is not only a stunning bottle but a delicious wine. This wine is for women who move mountains, a tribute to them, one stone at a time. The grapes come from sites that showcase the beauty of Paso Robles, and the result is an amazingly sophisticated wine, with elegance and power. It has a nose full of cherry, some minerality, and almost an olive like quality. Nice black cherry and sage follow through to the palate and are met with fine tannins and nice structure. Overall, a winning wine, ideal for a gift, a special meal, or anything in between.
*A portion from every bottle sold is donated to Dream Big Darling, which provides educational opportunities
and mentorship programs for the next generation of female leaders in the wine and spirits industry. Dream Big Darling was founded by Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins of Ancient Peaks Winery. DREAMBIGDARLING.ORG
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