2010 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot (Previously $14)

SKU #1124595 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.  (8/2012)

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.  (12/2012)

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.  (2/2013)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2013 | Send Email
This Merlot blew us away not only for the $14 price tag but for what is inside of the bottle! Plenty of red raspberry and black currant with a bit of barrel spice, lush texture, and fine tanins to wrap it all up. Great structure and refined fruit in a Paso Robles Merlot can really change your mind about this grape!

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2013 | Send Email
Red raspberry, spice, balck currant, black berry with medium acid and medium tannin. This is the Merlot to change your opinion about California Merlot, trust me. A GREAT value!
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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5