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

The 2017 Renegade is composed of Syrah (37%), Zinfandel (13%), Petite Sirah (10%), and Petit Verdot (16%) 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 19 months in a combination of French (55%) and American oak (45%) 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 savory, smoky nuances. In the final blend, Syrah sets the tone with deep black fruit and savory nuances. The Malbec brings juiciness to the mid-palate, while the Petit Verdot intensifies the overall color, concentration and tannin profile. The Zinfandel adds a complement of bright spicy fruit. Lastly, the Petite Sirah layers in dark fruit flavors and notes of black pepper. Tasting Notes: The 2017 Renegade is loaded with enticing aromas of blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, sandalwood and savory tobacco. A rich, juicy texture reveals flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, cedar, cocoa and baking spice. A lingering jammy fruit character is joined by black pepper spiciness on a smooth, rounded finish.