Renegade Wines October 2020 Newsletter


Quintarelli is, no doubt, the greatest producer of wine in Veneto, and a candidate for one of Italy's greatest.
The first wine on the left, Primofiore, is a great introduction to their reds, and a masterful expression of artisanal winemaking at its very best.
Fresh, vibrant, complex, elegant with notes of black cherry, dark berry, undergrowth, spices and incense. You get a true sense of a wine made by a master of their craft.
2017 Quintarelli Primofiore $68
Corvina, Corvinone, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
The second wine in the line up is a unique blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Croatina. WOW!
Black plums, prunes, maybe a touch of black olive with notes of forest floor, roses, tobacco, and minerals.
2017 Quintarelli Ca del Merlo $96
2012 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore $96
Of the Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella grapes, 50% are pressed directly after harvest, and 50% are left out to air-dry for two months. The combined juice then ages for seven years—much longer than average—in large Slavonian oak barrels, resulting in a complex, graceful Valpolicella.
There is fruit, particularly black cherries and plums, but the wine goes way beyond that - earthiness, forest floor, rose petals, cocoa powder, and minerals. Quite a profound wine that will pretty much live for ever in the cellar, if you can resist.
FInally we arrive at the winery's masterpiece:
2012 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico $375
Only in exceptional years, the Quintarellis take their best Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella and craft their benchmark wine. Amarone does not get more elegant than this.
Every release is a masterpiece, a testament to time, tradition, skill, and passion.

Call or email to reserve yours.
It will keep you cool this weekend!

We just received two wonderful, single vineyard expressions from Domaine Tempier. The first, La Tourtine from 40-100+ year old vines, is a wonderful synthesis of the terroir’s tremendous complexity, where aromas of squid ink, graphite, and crushed stone are framed by firm tannins. Decant to enjoy now, but it’s marvelous with age.
A blend of 80% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 10% Cinsault.
The second, La Migoua, the domaine's highest-elevation site is a delicious blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 26% Cinsault, 4% Syrah. Wonderfully aromatic and savory.

2018 Dominique Piron Morgon Cote du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais) $28
“The extinct volcano that makes up the famous “Côte du Py” lieu-dit in Morgon boasts Beaujolais’ oldest soils and fourteenth-generation winemaker Dominique Piron expresses it as he only knows how: This is age-worthy, terroir-heavy Beaujolais at its most profound.”
—Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier
As for the wine: Lush and classically Morgon, revealing grippy structure and power alongside supple cherry/berry fruit, violets, and a hint of pepper and crushed stone.

2019 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba) $22
Red, black and blueberries with a touch of dried summer herbs ) marjoram and thyme) with black cherry notes that carry through to the finish. Around the edges freshly cut flowers, pint, mint, rose petals and sweet red berries mingle.

2017 Confuron-Cotetidot Bourgogne Passetoutgrains (France, Burgundy) $28
Yves Confuron is particularly proud of his Passetoutgrains, made with a combination of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Gamay and aged in 10% new wood. It's pale, spicy and mysterious, with supple red berry fruit, some tannic backbone and a fresh, mineral-edged finish.

2013 Spring Mountain VIneyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District) $80
Here's one with a bit of age on it.
A delightful wine with great fruit expression, balance and soft, ripe tannins.  There's plentiful fruit and notes of bittersweet chocolate with a long finish displaying intriguing elegance. Wonderful, classic, Napa Cab.

2015 Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino) $108
For this one we'll quote the 97 point Vinous review:
"The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione shows an intense display of crushed raspberry and tart cherry, leaning to the darker and spicier spectrum, showing exotic brown spice, cedar, and shavings of baker’s chocolate. On the palate, soft textures give way to ripe black cherries with a rich, confectionery note, as brisk acids add energy, and saline-minerals slowly saturate. The finish is long, as residual acids sizzle upon the senses, tapering off to reveal pretty red berry fruits with a savory herbal twist. The 2015 Piaggione is already quite open, coming across as almost creamy on the palate, with vibrant primary fruit that nearly masks its structural core."
Call or email 805.568.1961 to reserve yours and we'll have it ready ASAP for curbside pickup.

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

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