SRP of $24 and available for as low as $16. 4,021 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“The 2011 Renegade comes from our estate Margarita Vineyard on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. From missionaries to gunslingers, roughriders to outlaws, a colorful cast of characters has traversed the ranch’s rugged terrain since the 18th century. In that spirit, we have made an intensely flavored blend that pushes the envelope and resists conformity, adding an adventurous twist to our family of wines. Defiantly bold and daringly elegant—this is Renegade.
Paso Robles, one of California’s largest AVAs, is an area that we admittedly have not covered enough here at The Reverse Wine Snob. The region lies just south of Monterey County and north of Edna Valley (the home of yesterday’s Pinot Noir). Today’s wine comes from the southernmost vineyard in the region, right next to the Santa Lucia Mountain Range.
The 2011 Ancient Peaks Winery Margarita Vineyard Renegade begins with beautiful berry, spice, vanilla and floral notes along with intriguing hints of licorice, pepper, tobacco and bacon. The wine tastes smooth and substantial (after a good decant) with really delicious dark fruit and baking spice. There are also hints of cola, licorice and leather in this well balanced wine. It ends dry and long with tart fruit, tobacco and even a few earthy notes.
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Overall Rating: 7.3
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