Renegade Wines October Newsletter


Two wines that everyone's been clamoring for have arrived along with what will no don't be a legendary vintage of Krug Champagne. There's new Gamays, a great Chardonnay from three terrific winemakers, and a few other surprises.

2020 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Superiore
(Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
The 2019 Etna Bianco Cuvee Superiore lights up the senses with a seductive mix of honeydew melon, kiwi, hints of sage and wet limestone. It's angular and tactile in feel, showcasing mineral-tinged orchard fruits. A note of ginger and bitter citrus peel creates tension toward the close. Hints of hazelnut linger under an air of inner florals as the 2020 tapers off with youthful poise and a salty flourish.
For all the depth, richness and intensity here, we were delighted to see the alcohol clocking in at 12%.
Only 3,000 bottles were produced

2017 Racines Chardonnay
(Sta. Rita Hills)

A blend from Wenzlau, Bentrock and Sanford & Benedict.
Creamy, open-knit and inviting, the 2017 is incredibly delicious. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and light tropical notes grace this subtle, gorgeous wine from Etienne De Montille (really famous Burgundy producer) and Justin Willett (really well-known winemaker behind Tyler Wines) and Rodolphe Peters (from Pierre Peters Champagne fame).
What an amazing team.

2008 Krug Champagne Brut
(France, Champagne)

No Champagne in the history of Champagne has been more eagerly anticipated. Krug is at the pinnacle of the house' storied history. We are living during what is bound to be the finest days of Krug, as these are simply the greatest wines we have seen from this house in the past 50 years.
As for the 2008: Vivacious, intense and harmonious with great tension on the palate, expressing notes of quince, candied fruits and citrus, yellow kiwi, star fruit, honey, apple tart, butter cookies, orange peel, peony and fennel, with floral and menthol undertones. It has a long, balanced and precise finish with astounding structure.
History in the making.
And a perfect holiday bottle.
On Sale for $399 (reg 445)

2019 Anne Sophie Dubois Fleurie Les Labourons
(France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
On the nose this struts the line between red and blue fruit. Raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry all intertwining with floral notes of rose petal. Structured and concentrated fruit on the palate without feeling overwhelming. The mineral backbone and high acidity do a lot to balance out the fruit. It just elegantly dances on the palate.
Her 2018 was our #1 wine of the year last year. Can she do it again?

2019 Domaine des Roches Neuves La Marginale
(France, Loire Valley, Saumur-Champigny)
We are wild about the Cab Francs from Thierry Germain. They are each picture-perfect expressions of terroir. This wine, only made in great vintages, explodes out of the glass with bright black raspberry, boysenberry, and plum notes, a core of sneaky minerality follows, with a long a chewy/savory finish. With air, violets, earth, cherry, forest floor notes emerge. The layers seem to go on and on as does the finish. Terrific Gamay!

2016 Domaine des Roches Neuves Outre Terre
(France, Loire Valley, Saumur-Champigny)
Mr. Germain selects his best fruit for this wine then macerates for 8 months in Georgian amphorae then 12 months in barrels. No punch-downs or pump-overs, 100% de-stemmed, No sulfur, Bottled in the cellar directly from barrel to bottle.
There’s a deep ruby core here with notes of blackberry, earth, plum, and additional dark berry fruits along with a brambly umami goodness. More concentrated than his La Marginale yet at the same time weightless and super savory. The spice-laden finish is superb.

2019 Alex Foillard Cote de Brouilly (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Cote de Brouilly)
You have to read this fantastic review from Vinous:
“Vibrant red fruit, floral and spice qualities on the mineral-inflected nose take on suggestions of incense and licorice as the wine stretches out. Sappy, incisive and pure, offering palate-staining raspberry, bitter cherry, floral pastille and rhubarb flavors that show a compelling blend of depth and vivacity. Closes very long and subtly chewy, with reverberating florality and polished tannins that come in late. That Foillard magic is clearly a hereditary thing.”

2019 Walt Pinot Noir Bob's Ranch
(Sonoma County, Russian River Valley) $90
Bob's Ranch comes from a site not far from the Petaluma Gap from shallower soils. It sports a ruby/plum color as well as spicy notes of black cherries, orange blossom, and violets. Nicely textured and medium-bodied, it's another impressive, impeccably made Pinot Noir from this estate. Well worth opening a bottle this weekend.

2020 Diatom Chardonnay
(Santa Barbara County)
It's finally back on our shelves! What's become one of our most popular local Chardonnays.
This may be it for the year so snap yours up soon.

2020 Azienda Agricola Cos Frappato (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane) $28
There is a long list on our note pad with the names of devotees waiting to get their hands on this wine.
It's here, and the good news is we've ordered a bunch. That's not to say it won't all be gone by the end of the weekend.
So give us a call or email or stop by and pick up what has turned out to be everyone's favorite Sicilian wine.

Call or email 805.568.1961 to reserve your wines.
And visit our on-line inventory here.

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

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