2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel

SKU #1135736 Connoisseurs Guide

 **Good Value** Obvious ripeness and a firm streak of acidity are two of the legs of this outgoing Zin, and the third, which brings everything into proper focus, is a healthy serving of youthful, very well-defined, blackberry fruit. The wine is both lively and fairly full-bodied and is still a little stiff at the edges, yet its varietal bearings are solid and sure. Folks who are not turned off by ripeness are certain to find lots to like now and more after a few years have passed.  (9/ 2013)

K&L Notes

A traditional good value in fruity, soft, warm climate Zinfandel, sourced from the winery's own Margarita Vineyard.

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By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/23/2014  | Send Email
One visit to the Ancient Peaks vineyards in Santa Margarita, and it becomes abundantly clear how special the land, the people and these wines truly are! The Ancient Peaks Zinfandel is marked by incredible fruit purity. Bright fresh strawberry and white pepper dominate these lifted aromatics. Textually it is ripe on the palate, but maintains enough acidity to keep it fresh. Absolutely delicious!

By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2014  | Send Email
Ancient Peak is truly an amazing property full of history. Total of 17,000 acres but only 850 planted under vine, there are so many micro-climates, aspect and soil type it will blow you away. their wines comes at great value for the depth and complexity it offer! The 2011 Zinfandel offers sweet and juicy red fruits such as cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Those fruit characteristics are just perfectly ripe for my palate. After the fruits subsides a hint of peppery and spicy notes lingers behind. Great little Zinfandel!
Top Value!

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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