Renegade Wines July 2020 Newsletter


This is going to be a fun one. We begin with a delightful Pinot Noir from the Mosel Valley
and finish the newsletter with a very serious Pinot Noir from the same valley.
Everything in between is a bonus.

OK. We love the label but more importantly: WE LOVE THIS WINE!
Pinot Noir (or Spatburgunder as its known in Germany) is off the charts just plain delicious.
Watch the label in motion here
As for the wine:
2018 Jan Matthias Klein Pinot Noir 'Little Red Riding Wolf' (Germany, Mosel) $32.50

From the Mosel: This unfiltered, no added sulphites Pinot Noir is fascinating. Aromas are earthy but the palate is really clean and lively, with wild cherry fruit and a very subtle suggestion of grip. All in all, a great, fruit-packed glass that is easygoing but not inconsequential.

Half the grapes come from the Krov Paradies behind the winery, a limestone and clay site. The other half comes from the Krov Letterlay, a steep site of grey slate, contributing Pinot of more tension and less overt ripeness. Grapes are destemmed and fermented in open steel vats. Fermentation lasts 18 days followed by 4 weeks on the skins. After pressing, the wine is transferred to a 1000L fuder and aged for 18 months.
Unfined, unfiltered, zero added sulfur. Certified organic and vegan (Yup!).

2018 Samuel Billaud Petit Chablis Sur les Clos (France, Burgundy) $26
We've been waiting many months for this one and wow are we excited at how great this vintage is. The quality in this bottle is outstanding.
Sourced from old vines on the plateau above Les Clos, this unoaked white is scented, spicy and stony with good texture and classic oyster shell notes.
We will be drinking this all Summer long.

2019 Domaine de la Navicelle 'A FLOT' (France, Provence) $20.50
Provence is arguably the rosé wine capital of the world and Domaine de la Navicelle is one of its rising stars.
Certified organic/biodynamic on all 21 hectares. This is the classic Provençal mix of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah; a picture-perfect expression of place, a poised, crisp, delcious Rose.

2014 Orto di Venezia Bianco
(Italy, Veneto) $34
The 2014 Sant’Erasmo Bianco is a striking wine grown on the island of San Erasmo within the lagoon of Venice.  Premised on Malvasia Istriana but comprised of a number of other local cultivars all planted on its own root stock, the wine is deeply colored in the glass, with a nose reminiscent of ripe golden apples and honeysuckle undercut by a salty tone. The palate is bold, with an initial attack of juicy orchard fruit and rich texture, followed by a honeyed note giving way to a long savory finish. Serve it with shrimp cooked with their own stock and butter, or pair with anything out of the sea. 

2018 Dugat-Py Meursault Vieilles Vignes (France, Burgundy) $206
This is one truly outstanding and rare Chardonnay. Production averages about 750 bottles a vintage from 60+ year old vines.
Dugat-Py is on that proverbial next level. Enjoy this in a few years or decant for a number of hours. You won't be disappointed.

2018 Chapuis & Chapuis Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy) $28
Romain and Jean Guillaume Chapuis, are thirty-years-young, brothers from Pommard. Trained under Philippe Pacalet (nephew of Marcel Lapierre).  They practice classic Burgundian techniques and use very little SO2, minuscule additions really. This is a natural Chardonnay that's fresh, bright, and clean with notes of green apple, yellow citrus, combined with a nice acidic backbone. A charming wine indeed.

2019 Storm Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley) $24
Always a terrific wine and our best seller.
2019 is a great vintage for Ernst and this Sauv Blanc is a real stand out.
Grapefruit and tropical notes dominate the nose, with a hint of grassiness. The palate is round and quenching with citrus, guava and melon flavors that finish long. New World freshness meets Old World texture.

2018 Hidden Treasure by Moric (Hungary, Tokaji) $26.50
The Hidden Treasures project is a collaboration between Roland Velich (MORIC - Austria) and Villa Tolnay, whose estate is in Hungary and on the northern shores of Lake Balaton. Vines are planted on volcanic soils. A intriguing blend of Riesling and Furmint full of juicy apple and subtle tropical fruit notes.

2018 Domaine des Roches Neuves (France, Loire Valley, Saumur-Champigny) $28
A plump, ripe, juicy, velvety Cabernet Franc from the brilliant Thierry Germain.
On the nose, scents of violets, irises and red fruits. On the palate, harmonious and balanced with a full, lush body. The finish is long and elegant. Try this with mushroom soup, roast leg of lamb or veal chops. Biodynamic (or course).

2018 Max Ferd. Richter Riesling Kabinett trocken Graacher Himmelreich (Germany, Mosel) $24
From old vines (Alte Reben), this wine offers a beautiful nose of pear, peach, spices and smoke. The wine is at once elegant and playful on the palate with a long and engaging finish.
After 14 generations of knowledge you know this wine is going to be great!

2018 Max Ferd. Richter Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) (Germany, Mosel) $38
We heard vague rumors that this wine existed at the estate a year or so ago.
We searched the internet to no avail. Finally, we turned to the importer and asked, no begged them to special order a few cases for us. Fast forward to now and what has arrived at Renegade is a spectaular Pinot Noir from the Mosel.
At the beginning of this newsletter you read about a fun, lively, fascinating Pinot from Mosel.
This one is more cerebral, serious, brooding. We took notes today while tasting. Here are a few:
Boysenberry, black raspberry and cherry, with additional fruit notes of cranberry and dark currants.
There's earth and a spine of minerality thrown in. Savory notes come out on the extremely long finish.
Our last sip was 20 minutes ago and the wine is still lingering.
We wrote: "A shinning example of Mosel Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder)".
Shiverick Imports was kind of enough to send us 48 bottles. We imagine they will sell out pretty quick.

Call or email 805.568.1961 to reserve your wines and we'll have it ready ASAP.

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

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