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The 2012 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.
The 2012 Renegade is composed of Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot from Margarita Vineyard. A majority of the Syrah comes from Block 43, where the fruit develops dimensional notes of spice and mineral. The remainder comes from Block 47, which delivers velvety dark fruit flavors with meaty richness. The Malbec hails from Block 45, a southwest-facing hillside with shallow shale soils that produce sparse, intensely flavored clusters. The Petit Verdot comes from Block 44, where a sloping ribbon of sandstone and rocky shale yields firm texture with vivid varietal character.
The winemaking vision of Renegade is to craft a rich, boldly flavored wine with structure and finesse. The Syrah offers a core of dark, luscious fruit with notes of savory spice. Malbec brings a juicy, fruity character to the mid-palate, while Petit Verdot adds backbone to the finish. After fermentation, the individual lots were aged for 18 months in a combination of French (60%) and American oak (40%) barrels.
The 2011 Renegade opens with extravagant aromas of black fruit, blueberry, vanilla bean and smoked bacon. Flavors of black cherry, black currant and wild raspberry cascade along a plush, mouthfilling texture along with trailing notes of cola, spice and toasty oak. Power yields to elegance on the finish.
The restrained intensity of the 2012 Renegade is a nice match for char-grilled ribeye steak, smoked pork shoulder, spicy barbecued chicken and wine-marinated lamb chops.