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The year was 1999 when three cattle ranching families decided to put aside 1200 acres of their 20,000 acre holding in Santa Margarita California for grape growing. The wine business was beginning to blossom in nearby Paso Robles and the wineries need quality fruit. They were aided in the venture by a surprise investor; Robert Mondavi, who recognized the significance of the region for creating world class wines. Vines were planted and the project took shape but the Mondavi group was distracted by issues in Northern California and abandoned the Central Coast, selling their shares to the original ranchers.

Bob Rossi, Doug Filipponi and Karl Wittstrom went into the wine world head on, hiring Mike Sinor, who worked for both the Mondavi group at Byron and the Gallo folks at Edna Valley Vineyards as winemaker and they have been growing quickly ever since. Their vineyards occupy the southern-most area of the Paso Robles A.V.A. with the majority of vines growing atop ancient sea beds and other diverse soil types. The wines are outstanding. These are some of California’s greatest values and now, for the first time, they are available in Minnesota. You must come in and try the wines of Ancient Peaks for yourself. You will not be disappointed!

-Bill The Wine Guy

 


 

Ancient Peaks Renegade Red Paso Robles
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The 2011 Renegade opens with extravagant aromas of black fruit, blueberry, vanilla bean and smoked bacon. Flavors of black cherry, black currant and wild raspberry cascade along a plush, mouthfilling texture along with trailing notes of cola, spice and toasty oak. Power yields to elegance on the finish.

 


 

Ancient Peaks Merlot Paso Robles 2012
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The 2012 Merlot presents ample aromas of blueberry and plum with hints of vanilla, tobacco and baking spice. The palate is round and velvety, offering flavors of cherry, blackberry and mocha. Notes of oak and cinnamon join plump tannins on a rich, juicy finish.

 


Ancient Peaks Zinfandel Paso Robles
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The 2012 Zinfandel offers fresh aromas of raspberry jam and dried cherry with notes of white pepper and cocoa. Supple, rounded flavors of briary blackberry, cherry and cedar unfold with trailing vanilla accents. A savory spiciness lingers on a smooth, refined finish.

 


Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
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The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon’s deep, complex character and juicy finish are a fitting match for filet mignon with black olive and rosemary sauce, grilled pork chops, roast leg of lamb, and aged gouda and cheddar cheeses.

 


Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc Paso Robles
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The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc offers refreshing aromas of pear, gooseberry and citrus with a suggestion of jasmine and mineral. A full palate unfolds with rounded flavors of peach, grapefruit and guava. Notes of lime zest add lift to a clean, quenching finish.

 


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