The 2018 Ancient Peaks Zinfandel sports grapes which were grown in the coolest region in the Paso Robles AVA, in five different blocks of the estate. Aging took place over 17 months in French and American oak barrels. Alcohol hits 15% abv and I picked up my bottle for $20 at a Whole Food Market in Los Angeles.
This medium-dark wine is loaded with blackberry and red plum aromas, but not so much that the savory side slips away. Intense minerality is at work, a reminder of the oyster shell dirt that is Santa Margarita Ranch. Black pepper also checks in, along with hints of lavender, cedar and cigar box. The palate is marked by dark fruit and minerals, with a nice acidity and tannins with a firm grip. The finish is chalky and moderate.