2010 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Zinfandel is layered with sweet, perfumed fruit. Silky tannins and lovely balance round out this tasty red. This is a solid, entry-level offering long on intensity and up-front appeal. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.
Soft, ripe and jammy, with black raspberry and jalapeño aromas and focused but firm red plum and mineral flavors that finish with sour tannins and acidity. Drink now.
Ancient Peaks is a small family-owned estate winery that produces wine from a single site, the Margarita Vineyard, which was first planted to vines by Franciscan missionaries in 1774. Situated in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range near the San Luis Obispo border, 14 miles from the ocean, the Margarita Vineyard is the most southerly site within the Paso Robles appellation, where it enjoys a cooler climate and longer growing season than its neighbors to the north. The climate factor, combined with the unique and varying soil types of the Margarita Vineyard, result in the ability of Ancient Peaks to stand out in Paso as producers of terroir-driven wines with great balance and finesse. Wine Spectator wrote of the 2009 vintage: "Ripe and appealingly jammy, with cherry pie and spiced vanilla aromas following through to zesty flavors of raspberry, roasted sage and pepper." (04/2012)