Monday, August 6, 2012

Ancient Peaks 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

July 18 Wine 003

Eons ago, coastal plates collided forging the ocean floor into the tall peaks that surround Ancient Peaks Winery’s Margarita Vineyard. The rocky soils are ideal for growing intensely flavored fruit.

This is good news for people like me who pop open the 2009 Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon.

It opens with a pleasing aroma of dark fruit and slight oak. On the palate this is smooth with no jarring qualities. The blend is 84% Cabernet with 8% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot.

A fruit forward wine, it offers an abundance of cherry and currant flavors. There isn’t much backbone to the wine with nary a tannin to be found – but that doesn’t detract from the polished taste. This Cab is a people pleaser with a need for a dash more complexity. It winds up with medium-long finish.

I picked this up at Walt Churchill’s Market for about $17. It’s a nice value and a good choice for an everyday Cab.

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Rating: 3 of 5  Value: 3 of 5

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