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The 2013 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 2013 Renegade is composed of Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot from Margarita Vineyard. A majority of the Syrah comes from Block 47 along slopes of ancient sea bed soils, where the fruit achieves dark fruit flavors with meaty richness. The remainder comes from nearby Block 43, which offers a more restrained fruit profile with notes of spice and mineral. 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. In 2013, Syrah took the lead role of the blend following an exceptional growing season that yielded powerful black fruit with savory dimension. In keeping with the Renegade tradition, the blend was rounded out with small lots of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The Malbec brings lively acidity to the mid-palate, while Petit Verdot adds tannic backbone to the finish.
The 2013 Renegade is loaded with heady aromas of boysenberry, blueberry, violets, tobacco and roast coffee. Luscious flavors of blackberry, cola and vanilla cream unfold with suggestions of savory smokiness and spice. A mouthfilling texture delivers plump tannins on a bold, lavish finish.
The prolific flavors of the 2013 Renegade are a perfect foil for equally rich fare, including herb-grilled lamb chops, French onion soup, venison pot roast and beef medallions with shiitake wine sauce.