2016 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot

SKU #1373844 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Wafting from the glass with notes of black cherries, cassis, fruitcake and mint, the 2016 Merlot from Ancient Peaks is full-bodied and velvety on the palate, with a generous core of savory fruit, powdery tannins and a long, flavorful finish. For the price, it's an incredible value. Ancient Peaks has its origins in an ambitious vineyard development by the Robert Mondavi Winery in the mid-1990s. Many of its vines grow in deep beds of giant fossilized oysters. Today, the winery produces a bevy of keenly priced, high-quality wines that deserve to be better known. (WK)  (5/2018)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Generosity rather than nuance is the story here, and, if this ripe and mouthfilling wine may not earn applause for range and complexity, it earns the nod for its outgoing fruit and juicy abundance. Its wide-open aromas of cherry cola flirt with a bit of candied confection, but it stays clear of palpable sweetness in the mouth and finds a streak of balancing, back-palate acidity just when it is needed. Yes, it is arguably simple, but it is also rich, very easy to taste and not at all constrained by its youth. *Good Value*  (10/2018)

Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Merlot (there’s 12% Petite Sirah) offers a charming, medium-bodied, delicious style as well as notes of black cherries, plums, and cedary spice. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.  (11/2018)


 Deep ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry aromas are complemented by mocha and licorice nuances. Offers plush, weighty dark berry flavors that pick up a peppery quality with air and provide good palate coverage. Finishes smooth, warm and subtly sweet, with pliant tannins lending gentle grip. (JR)  (9/2018)

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