Ancient Peaks Merlot 2018

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Alcohol: 14.8%

Grape(s): Merlot

Localization: Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California

Tasting notes: The Merlot presents warm aromas of boysenberry, plum, and toasted oak with violet and baking spice hints. A broad, velvety mouthfeel unfolds with flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and creamy vanilla with hints of minerality. Gravelly tannins and fine acidity add stature to a deep, chewy finish. 

Food pairing: The luscious textures of this vintage are an excellent match for pasta with pan-seared lamb medallions, mushroom risotto, pasta ragu and steak with garlic butter.

Their Domain: We are a family-owned winery specializing in estate-grown wines from Margarita Vineyard, the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles appellation on California’s Central Coast.

Just look at a map of Paso Robles wineries and at the very southern tip you will find our Vineyard. Here, amid the rugged Santa Lucia mountain range just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the only vineyard in its vicinity, and thus the only vineyard to benefit from the extraordinary growing conditions of the area. Margarita Vineyard resides in the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, which was first planted to vines by Franciscan missionaries in 1774.

Ancient Peaks and Margarita Vineyard are owned by three longtime local winegrowing families—the Filipponis, Rossis and Wittstroms—who are actively involved in the daily operations of the vineyard and winery. Ancient Peaks wines are crafted under the guidance of Mike Sinor, a local winemaking veteran and one of the highest-rated winemakers on the Central Coast.

Ancient Peaks implements numerous sustainable viticultural practices to ensure natural quality in their wines while protecting the rich, native environment surrounding the Margarita Vineyard. Their practices have earned SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certification for Margarita Vineyard, the leading standard for viticultural sustainability.