Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, 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 18 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. Finally, a dash of Petite Sirah was included in the final blend for enhancd color and structure. Tasting notes: The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon delivers vivid aromas of violet, boysenberry and black currant with trailing hints of tobacco. The texture is deep and seamless, cascading across the palate with dense flavors of blueberry, cherry and blackberry. Suggestions of black olive, vanilla and mint elevate the experience, which concludes with a remarkable integration of smooth, sleek tannins.

$19.99