Renegade Wines Newsletter


New wines from Quintarelli have arrived including their fabulous white blend,
the Ca del Merlo Corvina-blend,
the Primofiore (a fun blend of 50% Corvina and Corvinone, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc),
and the 2013 Valpolicella Classico Superiore with a traditional blend of Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella.
Swing by this week and check them out.

2020 Bisson Ciliegiolo Rose
(Italy, Liguria, Portofino)
Have you ever been to Portofino? It’s probably been awhile if you have. Grab a glass of this Rose and it will bring you back.
This is gorgeous Rose from the rare Ciliegiolo grape. A classy, energetic wine much like the place it comes from.
Bright red berry fruit mingles with wild strawberries and spice. Our first sip transported us.
Portofino has long been a Mediterranean destination for the rich and famous, and for good reason. The charming harbor and stunning vistas are matched only by the wonderful restaurants here that take pride in typical, seafood-heavy Ligurian cuisine.
Ristorante Puny in Portofino and the memories of eating Bouillabaisse followed by flaky branzino baked in salt, and the house-made pappardelle nearly brought tears to our eyes. A Rose you must experience.

2020 Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Rose
(France, Provence, Cassis)
Speaking of seafood, here’s another Rose from the small seaside town of Cassis in Provence. We have not journeyed there yet so no memories of fantastic meals came to mind. What did, when we first tasted this wine, was the incredible detail and joy of this Rose. It’s a serious wine but at the same time playful and mysterious. Each sip reveals another note; another layer. The finish changes from an intriguing spice, to an alluring field of heirloom fruit, then back again.
Very lovely wine.

2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Cotes du Rhone La Dame Rousse
(France, Rhone, Southern Rhone)
First the details: a blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 20% Carignan, 5% Mourvedre. As for the wine itself: dark and dense with plum and dark cherry notes, earth and underbrush, paired with bright acidity and velvety tannins. Give this one a few minutes to open up. Quite an elevated Cotes du Rhone.

2019 Gianni Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino
(Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino)
Decanter Magazine loved this wine in their spectacular review and so do we.
From one of our favorite Brunello producers, this 2019 is extremely fresh with notes of red currants, wild strawberry, black pepper and juniper aromas followed by a brightness of savory red. Velvety tannins and refreshing, integrated acidity round out this beauty. A terroir-driven wine that gives you a sense of place.

2018 Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Cuvee Classique Ampodium
(France, Northern Rhone, Cote-Rotie)
This one’s a head turner and is going to rival the 2010 as the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date. Deep and powerful on the palate; it has the wonderful sense of opulence and purity that’s the hallmark of the vintage. Spice-laced dark berries and pungent flowers are sharpened by sneaky minerality and hints of olive and cracked pepper. Some grippy tannins and a savory, almost umami aspect emerges towards the finish. We cannot wait to cook for (not with) this wine.

2016 Bodegas y Vinedos La Solana Pago Florentino
(Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Pago Florentino)
The label is confusing as it reads ‘Pago Florentino’ which is a place…then who is the winemaker/winery? This wine is made by famed Ribero del Duero producer Arzuaga. We’ve carried this wine many vintages ago and are very happy that the current release is as good as ever and back on our shelves. This Tempranillo is bright and lively; charming with its aromas of red and black fruit followed by structured, full-bodied mid-palate, and finishing with red and violet reflections that drift on endlessly.

2018 Bodegas Arzuaga Crianza
(Spain, Castilla y Leon, Ribera del Duero)
This brings us to a dynamite Crianza from Arzuaga. Smoke and spice, cherry and blackberry emerge up front in this 95% Tempranillo and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Big guns here but the balance carries the wine with its head up. There’s a nice spicy and balsamic note in the mix with a roasty lengthy finish.

2018 Jimenez Landi Mentrida Ataulfos
(Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Mentrida) $102
Mentrida is a wine region in the north-eastern corner of the Toledo province, in Castilla-La Mancha, central Spain and this is our first wine from there (and what a wine it is!)
Ataulfos is Jimenez-Landi’s best wine, made from old Garnacha vines grown in their finest parcel at an altitude of 830 meters on silica-sand soils of former granite.
It’s a breath-taking wine and hauntingly so. There’s real depth and structure here that took about 5 hours to coax out thanks to a decanter. Splendidly fresh with beautiful fruit and intense floral, and mineral aromas. Ripe raspberry and blueberry notes with nuances of balsamic, chalk and earth followed by an intense and well-balanced palate with structured tannins and elegant acidity.
An excellent, no, world-class Garnacha.

And if you're still reading, Taittinger Champagne is back in stock at a steal.
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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