Ancient Peaks Merlot 2014
Another 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.
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.