2010 Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, earth, green, plum, mocha, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, spice, earth, mocha, leather and vanilla
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon offers warm aromas of dusty black cherry and plum with hints of cocoa and anise. Dense, layered flavors of black currant and blackberry are accented by notes of vanilla, tobacco and spice. Plush tannins glide into a lengthy, luscious finish." - Winery
"Our estate Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, tucked beneath the peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Here, the vines unfold along a rare array of soils amid one of the region’s coolest growing environments. The resulting wines express an unmistakable sense of place, with balanced structure and flavors that are native to Margarita Vineyard. Ancient Peaks Winery, Margarita Vineyard and the historic Santa Margarita Ranch are owned by our three families. We are proud to steward this land, and honored to share it with you." - Winery
"Our winemaking approach is founded upon three core values: ensuring that the character of the vineyard is vividly expressed in the wine; preserving and honoring true varietal character in each wine; and achieving natural quality without a reliance on heavy-handed winemaking techniques.
Following is how we cultivate these values from ground to glass:
All of our fruit comes from our family-owned vineyards, with the vast majority coming from our estate Margarita Vineyard. We take great care to preserve and accentuate Margarita Vineyard's distinctive fruit character throughout the winemaking process, resulting in wines that express a true sense of place.
Margarita Vineyard's cool growing conditions create a long growing season that maintains intrinsic varietal character. We believe that varietal character is vital to the quality and enjoyment of our wines, and we avoid heavy-handed winemaking methods that might interfere with it.
Our sustainably farmed Margarita Vineyard spans five soil zones and numerous microclimates, enabling us to mix and match different blocks to build natural depth into the wines. We do not rely heavily on fining and other cellar manipulations to achieve a desired outcome. Rather, we blend varied blocks to craft wines with dimension and complexity." - Winery
This wine was rated 87 Points by Antonio Galloni, 86 Points by both the Wine Spectator and Connoisseurs' Guide to Wine, and 84 Points by the Wine Enthusiast.