Ancient Peaks Merlot 2014


SKU 02392


The 2014 Merlot delivers rich black and red fruit aromas with intriguing hints of cedar, mocha and eucalyptus. The palate is juicy and rounded, offering a flavor tapestry of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla and brown spice. Firm tannins and luscious acidity take this Merlot to the next level, finishing with a refined heft that is rooted in its Margarita Vineyard terroir. Pairing: The 2014 vintage appeals to classic Merlot pairings while also holding its own against heavier weight dishes. Recommended matches included pan-seared duck breast, bacon- wrapped filet mignon, grilled veal chops and pasta with savory lamb ragu.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Paso Robles
Brand Ancient Peaks
Alcohol/vol 13.9%
  • we88

Wine EnthusiastRoast beef aromas make for a meaty entry on this bottling from a large vineyard in the southern reaches of Paso Robles. Black currant and rosebud scents round out the nose. Macerated black fruit kicks off the palate but begins to taste sour, while lava rock and gravel notes make for an earthy midpalate.

Matt Kettmann, April 1, 2017
  • wa87

Wine AdvocateAnother well-made, value priced wine is the 2014 Merlot. Aged 18 months in mostly French oak (25% new), it gives up lots of plums, black currants, spice and toasted bread in a charming, supple, deliciously drinkable package. It too should drink nicely for 4-5 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 30, 2016
  • ws83

Wine SpectatorStraightforward and modestly structured, with notes of fresh herb and cherry. Drink now through 2021. 7,660 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2017