Ancient Peaks Zinfandel 2018, Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, California

The estate Margarita Vineyard has become renowned for producing one of Paso Robles’ most acclaimed Zinfandels. Here, amid one of the region’s coolest growing environments, the Zinfandel grape achieves a rare balance of robust flavors and elegant structure. The 2018 Zinfandel comes from five separate blocks, with each contributing to a larger sense of character and complexity in the finished wine. Prior to fermentation, the lots were cold soaked for 48 hours for a soft extraction of flavor and color. After fermentation and light pressing, the individual lots were racked to a combination of French and American oak barrels (25% new oak), where they aged for 17 months prior to blending and bottling. The barrels were minimally racked during aging to preserve varietal aromatics. Small lots of Petite Sirah and Syrah were incorporated into the final blend for enhanced depth, complexity and structure. 2018 varietal composition: 81% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 6% Syrah. The 2018 Zinfandel offers deep, savory aromas of black cherry and plum with notes of vanilla, tobacco and dusty spice. Bright, brambly flavors of red raspberry and boysenberry unfold across a juicy texture with hints of cedar wood and black tea. Fresh acidity adds lift and structure to a sleek, peppery finish.