Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, California

Cabernet Sauvignon is the longtime flagship wine of Ancient Peaks, helping drive the emergence of Paso Robles as a world-class region for this classic Bordeaux variety. At our estate Margarita Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon achieves both ripeness and balance amid one of the region’s coolest, longest growing seasons, all while drawing natural complexity from the vineyard’s uniquely complex soils. This wine comes from four distinct Cabernet Sauvignon blocks at Margarita Vineyard. Winemaking: After gentle destemming, the must was cold soaked for 48 hours prior to fermentation for a gentle extraction of color and flavor. After fermentation, the wine was racked to a combination of French and American oak barrels, where it aged for 20 months prior to blending and bottling. An inclusion of Merlot from Margarita Vineyard contributed dark berry dimension and mid-palate weight, while a dash of Cabernet Franc brought aromatic lift. Additionally, contributions of Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah created enhanced color intensity and structural dimension in the final blend. Tasting notes: The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon presents vivid varietal aromas of luscious black fruits with notes of cedar, pencil shaving and black olive. A deep, layered palate unfolds with heady flavors of black currant, blackberry and blueberry with suggestions of cherry, mint, vanilla, and toasted oak. Plump tannins and balanced acidity add length and structure to a richly integrated finish. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Petite sirah, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.