By: Ryan Woodhouse
K&L Staff Member
I've been working at K&L for almost 10 years, and in that time very few wines have offered such consistently excellent quality and value for money as Ancient Peaks. Their spectacular estate vineyards sit within their own AVA of Santa Margarita Ranch. These vines grown in the southernmost part of Paso Robles and only 14 miles from the Pacific ocean, in a climate significantly more moderate than much of the region. The soils are very diverse due to tectonic movement; much of the estate is on old seabed with enormous oyster shells and crumbling chunks of limestone. Other blocks have volcanic basalt, decomposed granite, fractured shale, and rocky alluvium. Basically, this site offers a wonderfully broad palette from which to consistently craft wines of depth, complexity, and balance. Ancient Peak's veteran winemaker, Mike Sinor, is a highly skilled vigneron with decades of experience on the central coast. Though his touch is subtle on these wines, allowing the quality of the fruit and sense of place take the lead, there's a level of polish and sophistication that elevates them well above others in this price category. The 2018 Cab is bursting with fresh blackcurrant and mulberry fruit. Dried herbs, rubbing spice, and briary tones add a nice savory component. Medium to full bodied with greater structure than you'd expect for a $15 Paso Cab, probably owing to the cooler growing conditions of Margarita Vineyard. A fantastic wine to have around this summer when throwing steaks or burgers on the grill. Feels like you're drinking much more expensive wine than it is, and who doesn't love a bargain?!