Ancient Peaks Renegade Red Wine 2018, Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, California

The 2018 Renegade is composed of Syrah (38%), Malbec (26%), and Petit Verdot (36%) 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 25 months in a combination of French (30%) and American oak (70%) barrels, including a total of 30 percent new oak. A majority of the Syrah was aged in barrels with medium-plus toasting to accentuate the varietal’s savory, smoky nuances. The Syrah comes from Block 47 along slopes of ancient sea bed soils, where the fruit achieves deep, dark flavors with meaty richness. The Malbec provides rich red fruit flavors with a fresh, mouthwatering texture. The Petit Verdot delivers fine mid-palate structure and concentration. Together, these varieties create a blend of great breadth and dimension. The 2018 Renegade offers intense aromas of blueberry and boysenberry with notes of violet, pencil shavings and toasted oak. A smooth, luscious texture delivers velvety flavors of black cherry, bramble berry and cola with suggestions of cocoa, tobacco and savory spice. Fine acidity and chewy tannins add tension to a rich, broad finish.