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Ancient Peaks – Merlot

United States
California
Wine
Red

The Facts

Origins United States > California > Santa Margarita Ranch

Appellation Paso Robles

Varietal Merlot

Cepage 95% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

Winemaking De-stemmed, 48 hr cold soak, light pressing. 19 months combo French & American oak (20% new.)

Aging 19 months French & American oak barrels

Alcohol Content 14.8 %

Serendipity Markets Texas

The Character

Tasting Notes The 2019 Merlot offers sleek aromas of plum, cherry and mocha with captivating hints of toasted oak. A bright, supple texture floods the palate with brambly flavors of blackberry, black cherry and pomegranate. Layered complexity is revealed with suggestions of cedar and cigar box, all converging on a luscious, lifted finish.

Mouthfeel Bright & supple

Aromas Black fruit, cherry, mocha

Selling Point All estate, SIP Certified, cooler part of Paso Robles.

Pairings Crispy duck breast, mushroom risotto

Awards 93 Tasting Panel (2019)

Sustainability Certified Sustainable t, Vegan t, Sustainable In Practice t

The Story

Merlot excels at our estate Margarita Vineyard and has been a mainstay in our 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.

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Brand Story

Ancient Peaks represents the shared vision of three longtime local winegrowing and ranching families—the Filipponis, Rossis and Wittstroms. Two generations are actively involved in the winery’s daily operations, all dedicated to producing extraordinary wines from Margarita Vineyard. In 2005, the three families acquired ownership and control of the Margarita Vineyard which 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.


Brand Story

Ancient Peaks represents the shared vision of three longtime local winegrowing and ranching families—the Filipponis, Rossis and Wittstroms. Two generations are actively involved in the winery’s daily operations, all dedicated to producing extraordinary wines from Margarita Vineyard. In 2005, the three families acquired ownership and control of the Margarita Vineyard which 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.

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