2010 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot (Previously $14)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Merlot is a juicy, full-bodied wine with great intensity and fine balance to match its attractive price. The warmth of Paso Robles comes through in the wine’s richness and depth. This is an attractive wine at its level. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
A fine, everyday Merlot, although a little rough, but nicely ripe and sweet in raspberry and cherry flavors. It's a country-style wine that will pair well with beef.
Wine & Spirits
What this wine lacks in complexity it makes up in verve. It's refreshing but not overly tart, and its bright red, cranberry-like fruit would play well with roast turkey.
The Margarita Vineyard, part of the Ancient Peaks estate that was originally planted by Franciscan missionaries in 1780, is truly a site to behold. Located in the southernmost corner of Paso Robles between the the Santa Lucia mountain range and fourteen miles from the ocean, this is one of the coolest vineyards in the region. There are five distinct soil types here; shale, sedimentary, ancient sea bed, volcanic, and granitic soils are all found on different blocks of the vineyard. The ancient sea bed soils are the most impressive - massive white oyster fossils everywhere on top of the soil! The diverse soil types, combined with Ancient Peaks' sustainable practices of cover crops, natural composting, and deficit irrigation (among others) lend depth and character to the wines that can only come from this unique site. These are true terroir wines, and remain some of the Central Coast's best kept secrets for value. (Jim Boyce, K&L staff member)