In the Central Coast of California, there is one winery marching to the beat of their own drummer. Breaking the number one rule of keep winery visitors near the cash register and instead opting to open up their immaculate Santa Margherita Ranch to visitors for ziplining through the vineyards, wildlife tours, family picnics, lavish dinners, you name it.
But Ancient Peaks isn’t worried about the potential distractions, especially not with their secret weapon at the helm. A young, rising star winemaker who has put all of the Central Coast if not California on notice.
Armed with one of the brightest rising stars in winemaking, Ancient Peaks has been setting the pace for what has become the budding wine region in Paso Robles. Winemaker Amanda Wittsrom-Higgins was last year’s cover for Wine Enthusiast’s annual list of “40 Under 40 of America’s Top Tastemakers” and was included as one of “the trailblazers who are redefining the industry as we know it.”
The quiet revolution she’s been leading is beginning to draw attention. The Wine Advocate recently called Amanda’s wines, “keenly priced, high-quality wines that deserve to be better known.” That might be true but it too many catch on, there’s no way we’ll continue to be able to grab these massively intense wines for these prices.
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Dark in the glass, this blend of 37% Syrah, 24% Malbec, 16% Petit Verdot, 13% Zinfandel and 10% Petite Sirah is intense in aromas of black fruit, loamy soil and wet herbs. It lands on the palate with a hearty mouthfeel, delivering flavors of black currant, roasted meat, black pepper and toasty oak.