Renegade Wines 2020 Newsletter


2018 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvee Marcel Lapierre
(France, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Lapierre’s Morgon is one of the wine world’s most beloved bottles. The cuvée Marcel Lapierre ups the ante considerably.
The first vintage was around a decade ago and it wowed Beaujolais fans from the start.
Relying on hundred-year-old vines with a large portion coming from the Côte du Py, cuvée Marcel Lapierre represents a major step up from the regular bottling when it comes to power, complexity and length.
2018 Marcel Lapierre Morgon 'N'

(France, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Marcel Lapierre has been pioneering the natural wine movement in Beaujolais since the 1980s.
‘Cuvée N’ is a no-sulfur added varietal Gamay from one of Morgon’s greatest estates. The wine is aromatic and lively, marked by flavors of cherries, cranberries, and rose petals. Fleshy and balanced, this easy-drinking yet serious wine is almost too easy to throw back!

A tremendous vintage (2008), a tremendous Champagne: Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill.
"One of the great Champagnes both for its richness and its longevity, this latest incarnation is superb. The wine's richness is linked to the ripe fruit and the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend. It also shines in the perfect balance between the texture, the minerality and the integration of the fruit. It can be enjoyed now, but it will be better from 2020 and then for many years to come."
100 Points WE

2014 Vincent Dauvissat Irancy (France, Burgundy, Irancy)
A rare bottle indeed

2018 Le Vieux Donjon (France, Southern Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape) $64
If you asked us we might say this is our favorite Chateauneuf producer. Maybe it's because of their simplicity: One red, one white, and that's it. Perhaps it's because of their track record: every vintage we've tasted has been sensational. Do we factor in the label? Perhaps. The price? Sure. While other wines from the region are absolute terrific too their prices have topped $150, $200, $250 while Vieux Donjon has stayed the course: great wines (two) at a very fair price.
This bottle: dark fruit with nice clarity and concentration, and a hint of nicoise on the finish. There's the Mediterranean spice with hints of warm earth and a saline savouriness in the finish.

2005 Terlano Pinot Bianco 'Les Rarita' (Italy, Alto Adige) $185
Cantina Terlano has an unusual offering in the form of its Rarities, special editions of mature white wines that have been left to age on the lees in steel pressure tanks for at least ten years. The Rarities are wines with a youthful freshness that belies its maturity.
Aged on the lees in big wooden barrels for 12 months then further aging on the lees in steel tanks without filtering or fining for eleven years.
Impressive freshness with ever changing notes of camomile, lemon balm a hint of apricot, yellow apple and crystallized lemon peel, complicated by marzipan and powdered stone. Yes, powdered stone.
This is spectacular, bright, and worthy.
3,330 bottles produced. About 18 made it to California.

2016 Hundred Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon The Ark Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley) $525
We've had this 100 point wine resting in the cellars for a few years now. It's time to share. Here's the review from Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard is largely cut from the same cloth and reveals a purple/ruby hue as well as a deep, profound bouquet of blue fruits, cassis, dried violets, Asian spices, vanilla-laced coffee, and a whiff of new leather. Complex, full-bodied, and magically textured, it packs loads of fruit and opulence yet stays flawlessly balanced, has silky tannins, no hard edges and a majestic, singular personality."

2018 Domaine Morey-Coffinet Batard-Montrachet (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune) $398
"A mildly exotic array reflects notes of white orchard fruit laced with both white peach and barely perceptible viognier nuances that are also trimmed in just enough wood to merit mentioning. There is good power and punch to the seductively textured middle weight plus flavors that coating the palate with sappy extract on the firm, serious and tightly wound finale." -Allen Meadows

2018 Altura Rossetto di Sangiovese (Italy, Tuscany) $38
The wine is from the tiny island Isola del Giglio off the Tuscany coast. The winemaker, Francesco Carfagna, bought vineyards on the island then spent over a decade repairing them.
(full story here and it's fasinating).
Sangiovese that sees three days on the skins. Is it a dark Rose or a light red? Either way this amazingly fresh and savory wine is perfect with grilled salmon, fried anchovies or calamari.
We enjoy it so much we were going to keep it for ourselves. Then we received a few addition cases so we thought, why not spread the love.

As you can imagine we get pretty excited when the wines from Raveneau arrive.
Two Premier Crus from the 2018 vintage are in stock: Montee de Tonnerre & Butteaux.
If interested give us a call.
2016 I Vigneri de Salvo Foti
Vinupetra da Viti Centenarie
(Italy, Etna DOC) $126
Take a deep breath...
Simply put, this wine is a magnum opus for Nerello Mascalese.
From just a single hectare of 100+ year-old-vines on Etna's north side at a elevation of 2300 feet, some of the highest altitude vines in all of Europe.
The impact Salvo Foti has had on the wines, vineyards, and producers of Etna is a tough task to complete in a few paragraphs. He is the Godfather of wine on this volcanic landscape. His work was for so many years tied to other top estates like Biondi and Benanti, serving as an oenologist and vineyard consultant. But, in 2001 he began to focus nearly exclusively on his own project, I Vigneri - The name derives from the 1435-established Maestranzi dei Vigneri, a collective of vineyard workers who influenced the foundation of these magnificent vines atop Etna.
As for this wine? Haunting.
Don't be turned off by Spatlese.
This one is ripe like an apple, not sweet like a twinky.
Let it open up in the glass (or, better yet, decant). When it does finally give way, soak up the amazing, stoney nuances, freshly squeezed Japanese plums and Korean pears, bound by a flinty texture with pointed acidity and crunchy lemon zest.

1977 Graham Porto (Portugal, Douro) $145
From the Renegade Bomb Shelter.
This port is just reaching its perfect point.
Magnificent, powerful and fully engaging. Harmonious with perfect balance. Violets, cassis, plum coulis, blackberries, cigar box, baking spice and mint. A very long and lively finish. A must!

2015 Ridge Monte Bello (Santa Cruz Mountains)
$460 - 1500ml

One of America's most iconic wines: Ridge Monte Bello.
This mountaintop classic is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Aromas of dark berry, black pepper, lilac, baked earth and toasty oak. Stunning in its depth, power, purity and elegance.
And it goes without saying:
100 Points!
2018 Domaine Saint Prefert Cuvee Speciale Vieilles Vignes Clairette (France, Southern Rhone) $385 / 1.5 Liter
Cuvee Speciale Vieilles Clairettes comes from very old vine Clairette (100 to 120+ years old). It’s one of the greatest whites of the appellation. A beautiful perfume of ripe peach, brioche, honeysuckle, toasted nuts, and white flowers all flow to an opulent, textured white that has good acidity, no hard edges, and a fabulous finish.
Don’t miss this wine.

2017 Radikon RS (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Collio)
$95 - 1.5 Liters
Stanko Radikon was one of the natural wine world's true icons and his legendary work in the Oslavia region of Friuli, right by the border with Slovenia in Italy's northeast is now being carried on by his son Sasa.
RS is a blend of Merlot 75% and Pignoli 25%. Fermenting on the skins for 15 days and aged in oak barrels for 1 year
This is a little more fruit-forward and friendly than their other reds, but retains the deeply savoury note that makes them stand out in the first place.
Call or email 805.568.1961 to reserve yours and we'll have it ready ASAP for curbside pickup
or in store pick up (or even delivery if you like)

Thank you for your support.
Renegade Wines
417 Santa Barbara Street Suite A-6
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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