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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Ancient Peaks Renegade 2009
Ancient Peaks Renegade 2009
(search item no. 112996)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 Renegade opens with generous aromas of red fruits with accents of boysenberry, coffee and tobacco. Bold, brambly flavors of black cherry, plum and cassis anticipate notes of cocoa and vanilla bean. A Syrah-inspired meatiness envelops the palate, while juicy acidity and smooth tannins are seamlessly integrated into a long, balanced finish.

The robust flavors and dashing elegance of the 2009 Renegade will appeal to a wide variety of dishes. Suggested pairings include pan-seared lamb chops with rosemary, roast venison with juniper sauce, pasta with smoked turkey and mushrooms, and grilled filet mignon.

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About Ancient Peaks:

We are a family-owned winery specializing in estate-grown wines from Margarita Vineyard, the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles appellation on California’s Central Coast.

Just look at a map of Paso Robles wineries and at the very southern tip you will find our Vineyard. Here, amid the rugged Santa Lucia mountain range just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the only vineyard in its vicinity, and thus the only vineyard to benefit from the extraordinary growing conditions of the area. Margarita Vineyard resides in the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, which was first planted to vines by Franciscan missionaries in 1774.

Ancient Peaks and Margarita Vineyard are owned by three longtime local winegrowing families—the Filipponis, Rossis and Wittstroms—who are actively involved in the daily operations of the vineyard and winery. Ancient Peaks wines are crafted under the guidance of Mike Sinor, a local winemaking veteran and one of the highest-rated winemakers on the Central Coast.

Together, we are committed to making wines that honor the extraordinary character and flavors of Margarita Vineyard. Come visit us and find out why so many people are saying that Ancient Peaks is one of the top wineries in Paso Robles.