2014 Ancient Peaks/K&L Wine Merchants Paso Robles Zinfandel SKU #1279872


Club Price: $19.99
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Tasting Notes

We couldn't be more excited to bring you another installment in what hopefully will turn out to be a long, fruitful project with wineries from around the United States, working with us directly to make exclusive bottlings for our customers. The Domestic team here at K&L has spent a great deal of time kicking around the idea of approaching wineries or winemakers we love, and asking them to work with us to create exclusive wines to our specifications. Furthermore we wanted to not only promote these outstanding wines, but the wineries behind them (rather than putting them in a private label with no winery attribution). We hope that you think that these wines offer a tremendous value and a slightly different expression of wineries that you are already familiar with.

Staff Reviews

  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    These guys are always impressing me with their restrained touch and cohesive structure. Whereas most Zinfandel from Central Coast exhibits jammy, over-ripe, and alcoholic inconsistencies, this one walks the line deftly and ends up sporting flavors of raisin, raspberry, licorice, and warm spices. The tannins are pronounced but velvety while a ribbon of fresh acidity threads from start to finish.
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    K&L Staff Member
    Not over ripe, jammy or too high in alcohol, this is a beautifully balanced Zinfandel. Cassis, figs, plums, berries and baking spice coat your palate with juicy acidity and soft, rich texture. This is elegant Paso Zin!
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    A beautiful Zinfandel, with all the exuberant notes one expect from this variety, but at the same time with an incredible sense of balance on the palate. Plums, blackberry and black cherries go side by side with dark chocolate and violets. The fresh acidity plays an essential role here. This is an elegant, fresh and incredibly food-friendly wine.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    I’ve always been a fan of Ancient Peaks, so I was excited to hear about another great collaboration. Classic Zinfandel flavors of plum, dark berry, and even some dried fruit are front and center, but balanced with lively baking spice, surprisingly solid acidity, and a soft finish. Fragrant and food-friendly, this is a great option for big red lovers who appreciate some subtlety.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    Balance is the name of the game here. This collaboration zinfandel between Ancient Peaks and K&L is an ideal example of how a slightly cooler climate zinfandel can reach those heights of showcasing a unique terroir all the while being loaded with tons of ripe wild berries and spice. Straight out of the glass you get intense bramble and vine ripened black berries and a slight hint of black pepper. With such a strong showing on the nose, you would expect a massive chewy fruit bomb but this is were the balance comes into play. Yes, there's the classic zin fruit that one would expect but it's so harmoniously supported by the fresh, crisp acidity. I love zins that ride that fine line between being terroir driven while staying true to the fruity, playful variety and Brick and the team at AP has made me fall in love with zin all over again.
  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    K&L Staff Member
    We have been anxiously awaiting the return of the Ancient Peak's / K&L zinfandel, and this second iteration absolutely lives up the hype! It is on the refreshingly lighter, prettier side of zin, with fresh picked plum and blackberry, lively acidity, and light tannin on the finish. Beautifully balanced and easy drinking, this wine should easily find it's way to the front of your mid week and weekend selections.
    Top Value!
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Ancient Peaks burst on the scene about a decade ago with one of the highest rated, inexpensive, Zinfandels to ever come out of California by Wine Spectator’s standards. I was intrigued by the winery wondering if they were just a tank farm somewhere down in Paso, or a legitimate producer that we needed to watch out for. In visiting them the following year I realized that they couldn’t be more in the latter camp. Their sizable estate vineyard has to be seen to be believed, with it impeccable vineyard management, incredible diversity of soil types and singular microclimate that betrays the notion of Paso Robles’s intense heat. Since that visit I have touted their wares and we’ve have sung the wineries praises to anyone that will listen. <BR> A few years back, on our initial round of co-branded wines with specific producers, we blended a delicious Zinfandel from Ancient Peaks. Many customers since then have asked us to make another so we obliged this year and we think this will bring back pleasant memories of that wine with its delicate juiciness and wealth of spice. This year this was the most difficult blend we put together. The winemaker and I kept fine tuning the wine trying to get the balance of fruit, ripeness, spice and mouth feel just right but I really believe that our hard work paid off. Blended from numerous different blocks aged in both neutral, newer (2nd & 3rd use barrels) and new oak this has already really integrated incredibly well. Intense and powerful on the nose this screams “I am ZIN!!!” with its mix of briary berry fruits and cracked black peppercorn. On the palate this turns a touch coating and creamy, but never feels heavy or has any residual sugar, and rides a high line of resonating boysenberry, cassis and dried sage flavors all coated in a fine dust of white pepper. The finish has some typical chewy tannins and adds a ton of power, and ultimately longevity, with additions of cocoa powder, black cherry and flowering lavender. If you weren’t a believer before this just might turn the tide, if you were a believer then be ready to become a fanatic.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Every now and again I ask myself: why don't I drink more zinfandel? Then I buy a bottle of something that's too ripe, too sweet, and too high in alcohol and I remember. But tasting this beautifully balanced offering from Ancient Peaks, I'm reminded of all the things I really love about zin: the juicy, mouthwatering fruit, the fleshy berries that coat my palate, the supple and soft mouthfeel that washes down the finish. It's all happening here in this K&L cuvee, but all the elements are harmonic. It's a zinfandel you drink again and again.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Gobs of black plum, dark cherry fruit and a plush, spicy finish. Oh, all for less than twenty five bucks? Count me in. Pair this wine with your next round of grilled tri-tip or ribs. This co-branded Zin is easily my top value-red coming out of the Paso Robles.


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