Ancient Peaks Zinfandel 2011 – Top Pick of the Week

Wine sales are heating up as Thanksgiving and the holiday season approach. We picked up several good wines this week at various wine sales and here are two to feast upon with your holiday dinner.

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Ancient Peaks Zinfandel

Ancient Peaks 2011 Zinfandel

This is Vintage Wine Taster Mike Beltran’s pick. Here is what he says about the Ancient Peaks Zinfandel wine. “This is a total deal with respect to a full flavored Zinfandel that is not over the top or too robust. It has a rich saturated color and lots of berry fruit. It is great for drinking now and over the next 5 to 6 years. This is on a par with producers of $25 or more Zinfandel. The Ancient Peaks Zinfandel is a balanced and rewarding bottle of wine. I purchased the wine at the Safeway for $11.95 on their sale.” 89 Points.

Ancient Peaks is located in the southern edge of the Paso Robles AVA. The Ancient Peaks Zinfandel is produced from three separate blocks from their famed Margarita Vineyard. On the Ancient Peaks online wine shop, this wine sells for $17. Note: The current Safeway 30% off sale ends on Tuesday, November 19. You should be able to find the Ancient Peak Zinfandel at other fine wine shops and markets.

Dry Creek Vineyards 2012 Chenin Blanc

In July I reviewed and recommended the 2011 vintage of this wine and now the 2012 is out. I enjoyed the 2011 but I can tell you without hesitation that this latest vintage is better and so delicious. It is hard to believe that you can get this wine for a measly $10 in many locations. It drinks like a $20 bottle of wine. It is crisp, fresh and brilliant, with notes of citrus and peach. The flavors leap out in the mouth and there is a very nice finish to this wine. Dry Creek Vineyards sources the fruit for this wine from Clarksburg vineyards where the climate and soil is ideal for growing this French grape. I rated it at 90 Points.

Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc

Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for 2013

Wine Spectator announced their top 100 Wines for 2013 and as usual there are a number of wines priced under $20 that made the list. It seems astonishing but it just indicates that there are many inexpensive wines that taste as good as or better than wines twice the price. Later this week I will post an article on the wines on the list that are available locally for $20 or less. Watch for it.

I did a wine blending exercise last week at Castello di Amorosa that was very
interesting and educational. Read: Blending a Super Tuscan


  1. I kept my word and picked up a case of Ancient Peaks Zin. Such a great Zinfandel at an absurdly low price. The 2012 vintage will see a price rise to $19 a bottle. This will put it in the same league as Segeshio which is another large producer of great Zin..

    • You might be right on the comparison between the Ancient Peaks and the Seghesio. The price is right for the Ancient Peaks as a great value.

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