Paso Robles is a massive viticultural area that is cut in half by the Salinas River. The body of water separates the cooler, coastal, hilly terrain of the west and the warmer, more fertile soil to the east. That biodiversity creates an equally diverse selection of wines. But there are 5 distinct wines that are synonymous with Paso Robles wine country: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Zinfandel.
Ancient Peaks Winery, Merlot Paso Robles 2016
Wafting from the glass with notes of black cherries, cassis, fruitcake and mint, the 2016 Merlot from Ancient Peaks is full-bodied and velvety on the palate, with a generous core of savory fruit, powdery tannins and a long, flavorful finish. For the price, it's an incredible value.
90 pts. Robert Parker