2007 Ancient Peaks Zinfandel


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles Santa Margarita Ranch

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  • Caring_Bear wrote: 86 points

    December 12, 2009 - As a huge fan of the AP 2006 (I rated it a 90 and would have gone considerably higher based on the QPR alone)I initially bought 3 cases and ultimately bought 4 more from various sources. Sadly it is nearly all gone... and I eagerly awaited the latest vintage.
    At the end of August I purchased a case of the 07. Since that time I have tried it alone, with food, and with a cellared bottle open over a period of 3 days. I have surveyed my friends in a side-by-side with the 2006. I have also more recently tried it side by side with 2006, over a period of 3 days (same bottles). I did this twice.
    Why was I so thorough with this one? Well, I hoped my initial instincts were wrong, so waited awhile to try it again. I then read the first 2 CT reviews, which were rather glowing, and I felt like I must have missed something. And yet...
    My conclusion: This is, at best, a shadow of what the 2006 was. 2007 lacks the jammy fruit, the creamy finish, and the overall killer integration of the previous year.
    Dark fruit, a bit one dimensional, poorly integrated tannins and a lackluster finish.
    From an (overly simple) generalization, I would make these comparisons:
    2006 AP similar to 2006 Rafanelli (whoa, and I LOVE Rafanelli)
    2007 AP similar to 2006 Cline Ancient Vines
    The QPR is okay, but I won't be buying more, even with free shipping and a 20% club discount.
    Disappointed, but looking forward to trying the '08.
    BTW, not sure of how skinowdrinklater was tasting this, but all of my side-by-side comparisons were the exact opposite of his....


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