Ancient Peaks Renegade Red Wine 2017, Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, California

The 2015 Renegade is composed of Syrah (55%), Zinfandel (27%), Petite Sirah (13%), and Petit Verdot (5%) from the estate Santa Margarita Vineyard on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. The winemaking vision of Renegade is to craft a rich, boldly flavored wine with structure and finesse. After fermentation, the individual lots were aged for 17 months in a combination of French (60%) and American oak (40%) barrels, including a total of 25 percent new oak. A majority of the Syrah was aged in barrels with medium-plus toasting to accentuate the varietal’s meaty, smoky nuances. In the final blend, Syrah sets the tone with deep black fruit and savory nuances. The Petit Verdot intensifies overall color and concentration, while the Zinfandel fosters a juicy mid-palate. Lastly, the Petite Sirah completes the blend with a vivid sense of firmness on the finish.