By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2013 | Send Email
When Bryan Brick, Jim Boyce, Jeff Garneau and I trooped down the Central Coast this year in February, we had a really fantastic time at Ancient Peaks, with one of the members of the 3 families who owns Ancient Peaks- Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins. Amanada took us on a tour of the ranch, showed us how they use sustainable farming practices in the vineyards and on the ranch, and then we all stood out in the cold morning sunshine at Oyster Ridge, overlooking the Margarita vineyard, atop fossilized oysters that used to be 50 feet below sea level. We were struck by how massive their holdings are, but mainly by how committed to family and community they are as well. Ancient Peaks, like K&L, is a family run business. We had a fabulous tasting perfectly paired small bites. We began to talk about the possibility of blending a special bottling of Zinfandel for our customers. This gorgeous Zinfandel is the result of that conversation. Black currant, cassis, granite/mineral, red cherry, with medium plus acidity and medium tannin make this a bright, poised, fresh Zinfandel, light on its feet and ready for drinking. 13.5% abv, a blend of two lots of Zin with a hint of Syrah to add some lift, barreled down in 75% neutral oak and 25% new. Incredible at $20!