Ancient Peaks Merlot 2016, Paso Robles, California


Ancient Peaks Merlot 2016, Paso Robles, California

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2016 vintage – 88% Merlot, 12% Petite Sirah. Merlot excels at Ancient Peak’s estate Margarita Vineyard and has been a mainstay in the small family of wines since day one. Here, ancient sea bed soils combine with a long growing season to yield a Merlot with silky dark fruit flavors and a luscious texture, resulting in what has become one of the Paso Robles region’s most notable Merlots. The 2016 Merlot is loaded with bold aromas of violets, dried cherries, toasty oak and spice. This is a Merlot of depth and dimension on the palate, offering rich, layered black fruit flavors interwoven with nuances of blueberry, pomegranate, vanilla and sweet tobacco. A velvety texture is framed by sturdy yet supple tannins on the finish. Fruit from multiple Merlot blocks is blended, bringing added natural complexity and dimension to the finished wine. These blocks are situated along the slopes of an uplifted ancient sea bed, where the well-drained, calcium-rich soils are distinguished by decomposing oyster fossils. After destemming, the lots were cold soaked for 48 hours prior to fermentation for a gentle extraction of initial color and flavor. After fermentation and light pressing, the lots were aged for 15 months in a combination of French (65%) and American (35%) oak barrels, 25 percent of which featured new oak. A small lot of Petite Sirah from Margarita Vineyard was incorporated into the final blend for added color intensity and tannin structure.

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