Renegade Wines Newsletter: 2016 Brunellos


We’ve been waiting for Brunellos next great vintage for a very long time; since the 2010 vintage in fact.
Well, the wait is over. 2016 may be one of the most spectacular vintages in decades. The wines are radiant, expressive, bursting with heady aromas and intoxicating flavors. It’s simple a brilliant vintage.
That being said, there are always over performers and under-performers in any vintage and 2016 was no exception. The challenges were locational. Certain areas received a fair amount of rain up until August. Others were, as Francesco Ripaccioli of Canalicchio di Sopra in the northern eastern part of Montalcino said: “...if we could control the climate of a vintage artificially, I believe that I would program it to be just like the year 2016.”
The wines Renegade is focused on are wineries with an exceedingly good track record where a difficult vintage produces very good wines and a great vintage produces ‘lifetime wines’. Here are the first four to be reviewed:
2016 Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino $56
While this may be considered a value-driven Brunello, don’t let the price tag fool you. This is serious juice. Spicy and exotic with cherry, wild strawberry, savory herbs and hints of balsamic and leather. Juicy acidity and an inner floral soul rounds out this delicious beast.
2016 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino $76
“The elegant 2016 Brunello di Montalcino boasts a beautiful blend of pure fruits and perfumed aromatics. A dusty mix of wild strawberries, cherries, sage and cedar makes for an understated yet pretty display. It’s medium in body, and the textures are creamy in feel, with a polished display of red and black fruits offset by a twang of sour citrus, as inner florals build toward the close. The tannins here are sweet and nuanced, even as they create a classically dry expression; yet there’s plenty of residual energy to make this a knockout Brunello to enjoy over the medium term.” -Vinous
2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino $80
A Compelling wine with tons of structure, dark fruits, spice, herbs, minerally-goodness, warm earth, grippy tannins. A wine that begs you to take another sip. This one will need patience or a good amount of decanting time but wow is this one worth it.
2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova $138
Tenuta Nuova, meaning “New Farm,” was literally a groundbreaking project by Casanova di Neri to develop an area in the Brunello di Montalcino denomination that had not been planted with Sangiovese before. The ridge, covered with Mediterranean maquis shrubs, was originally owned by a shepherd, but proved to be too rocky for good grazing. The Neris, however, saw great promise for vineyards. And wow were they rewarded!
This 99 point wine has soul and purpose. It’s ever changing in the glass. One moment  bright dark & red berries, violets and plums burst through. The next, dark chocolate and roses.
There's concentration that coats the teeth yet retains a nimbleness about it.
This is a mind-boggling accomplishment.
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)


2020 Stolpman Trousseau Combe Pet'Nat (Ballard Canyon) $42.50
We are so excited to bring this sparkling Pet Nat in to Renegade. We love Trousseau and Stolpman does an excellent job with this wine. It’s an absolute delight to drink. Notes of tart cherries and jammy raspberries dominate the wine’s delicately effervescent palate. Serve chilled and drink up!

Balivet Vin du Bugey-Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale
(France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)
Vincent Balivet is an organic farmer in Bugey, a tiny appellation north-east of Lyon at the foothills of the French Alps. Here, Balivet and his family grow Gamay and Poulsard vines on the steep slopes of the Cerdon subappellation of Bugey.
Vincent Balivet's Methode Ancestrale sparkling wine is a blend of Gamay and Poulsard.
Very fresh and zesty, this wine is a fabulous addition to just about any occasion. Low alcohol (8%), off-dry and unique. It shows good minerality and acidity in the mouth with fresh grape aromas in the nose.
Enjoy with fried chicken or a plate of cured meats.


2020 Stolpman Rosé (Ballard Canyon) $18
Just released! As good as last year, perhaps even better!

2019 Domaines Dominique Piron Morgon Coq Leon (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon) $12.50
Finally this Gamay is back in stock! Fantastic juice at a fabulous price.
Plump, delicious, juice,  absolutely satisfying and food friendly.
Glou Glou!

2018 Umathum Rotburger (Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee) $18.95
New vintage with a new label: Rotburger instead of Zweigelt. It's the same grape of course either way.
A vivid red with black cherry, purple woodland berries, violets, black pepper, juniper, and crushed stones.
Biodynamic (at this price???) and completely wonderful.

2018 Laura Lorenzo DaTerra Viticultores Tabernario (Spain, Galicia, Ribeira Sacra) $34
Due to extremely adverse weather in 2018, Laura lost almost all of her fruit that goes into the her single vineyard bottlings. Thus was born Tabernario, a blend of her best vineyards' fruit.
The grapes were harvested by hand and 50% destemmed, skin-macerated for 10 days and spontaneously fermented in 500L & 1000L chestnut barrels. The wine was then raised for 11 months and bottled without fining or filtration, and only minimal additions of SO2.
Bright and tangy red fruit with notes of wildness and mineral grip. Really pretty floral lift and a long, tasty fruit driven finish.
Laura has demonstrated her genius by taking a extremely difficult vintage and creating an utterly beautiful wine.

From Sicily:
Olio Extravergine di Oliva Biologico Cultivar Tonda Iblea $38
This is the height of what great Olive Oil can achieve. Creamy, rich, spice, and above all great balance.
It’s as memorable as the best wine you’ve had .
How do we best enjoy this?
Honestly, in a small espresso cup. Period. But also, later, with top quality bread. Nothing else.


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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