We’re back with Paso Robles’ Ancient Peaks, with a pair of newly released reds, each intended for wintertime sipping. Let’s dig in.
2019 Ancient Peaks Merlot Paso Robles Santa Margarita Ranch – Very dry, the fruit on this wine feels like a shadow of what it should be. Notes of green herbs and fresh grass are pleasant, but they need something red and juicy to back them up. The hints of dried cherries and tangerine peel don’t quite get the job done. B- / $20 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
2019 Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Santa Margarita Ranch – This wine is more expressive than the merlot, with a stronger core of currants and licorice, but the fruit feels relatively unripe and underdeveloped, brambly instead of juicy and lush. Very dry on the finish, with hints of violets and a pinch of baking spice. B / $20 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]