Renegade Wines November 2020 Newsletter


New California Cabernets including one 100 Point winner. Then there's Brander's masterful Petit Mansang, and everything in between.

2015 Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon(Napa Valley)
One of our favorite sub-$100 Cabernets from Napa that most have not heard about.
We begin with aromas of cocoa, , dark berry and evergreen. Black currant, dark cherry, silky tannins with a lovely finish. Perfect with rich, braised dishes and grilled meats.
***please decant for a few hours prior to enjoyment.

2015 Ridge Monte Bello (Santa Cruz Mountains)
$230 - 750ml
$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!

2016 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, Oakville) $85
Heidi Barrett is well-known as the original winemaker for Screaming Eagle, but Paradigm is her secret sleeper from Oakville in Napa Valley.
Notes of black cherry, berry, and plum come together with an incredible balance of tannins and acidity. This is a Napa Cab that the Sommeliers go nuts over.

2018 Domaine Font de Vent Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Tradition (France, Southern Rhone) $45
There’s nothing quite as exciting as getting in on the ‘ground floor’ of a producer heading straight to the top. It’s like discovering a life-changing band, or supporting a Michelin-starred restaurant on opening night—your devotion and intuition pays off in the long run. We felt that way when first tasting Font du Vent’s wines in their cellar just over a year ago. We were floored.
Cement tank fermentations and aging in 600-liter barrels means the purest, silkiest, most transparent expression of this famous fruit. Every sip is a testament to the magic of blending, a perfect synergy of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and a few other traditional varieties. Cheers!

2018 Terre Nere Etna Rosso Guardiola (Italy, Sicily) $56
The Guardiola vineyard is the highest in elevation, ranging from 800 to almost 1,000 metres altitude.
This wine is focused intensity; the tension of a coiled spring. A single vineyard wine made from vines aged between 50 and 70 years growing in the sandy volcanic soil on the northern slopes of Mount Etna.
There's a sense of sense of austere purity with an almost stony bouquet. A real treasure.

2016 Luigi Oddero Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmonte, Langhe) $30
"You cannot look ahead if you do not know what lies behind you."
"The winery was established by Luigi Oddero, a winemaker and very inquisitive and cultured man, deeply in love with his land, the Langhe. A country gentleman, as Mario Soldati described him in his 1975 interview, which was published in the book Vino al Vino. A man who combined a practical mind and long-term vision, well representing the fusion between energies of the past and the skill of looking ahead."

There's more on their website...the homepage vineyard view is an awesome shot!
As for this Nebbiolo: heirloom cherry + aromatic herbs, cranberry and clove, along with fine-grained tannins and an epic finish.

2018 Schiopetto Sauvignon (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Collio)

Brilliant straw-green hue. Aromas and flavors of sage, nectarine and gooseberries. Very refined Sauvignon with vibrant grapefruit nectar notes emerging on the long finish. An outstanding, classy Sauvignon from one of the Italy's most outstanding wineries.

2018 Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo Terra D'uva (Italy, Campania)

A serious wine but so deliciously drinkable! Mandarin, yellow apple, the breeze off a field of Spring flowers, honeysuckle, and there's some kind of umami richness about the wine. We imagine this white wine will be wildly talked about over the upcoming holiday weekend.

2016 Brander Petit Manseng (Los Olivos District) $30
We recall when Fred Brander talked about planting Petit Manseng. It seems ages ago. Last night he stopped by to taste us on the wine after asking about it for years. It was well worth the wait. 4-5 grams of RS merge seemlessly with searing acidity to achieve what may be the most interesting wine we've tasted in ages from the Santa Ynez Valley. Transforming!
By the By: Fred made 35 cases.
Pair this with spicy ceviche or Korean fried chicken for the ride of your life!
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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