The 2011 Renegade opens with extravagant aromas of black fruit, blueberry, vanilla bean and smoked bacon. Flavors of black cherry, black currant and wild raspberry cascade along a plush, mouthfilling texture along with trailing notes of cola, spice and toasty oak. Power yields to elegance on the finish, with clean structure and smooth tannins leading the way.
Blend: Syrah 62%, Petit Verdot 28%, Malbec 10%
"Dark, velvety textured fruit is sandwiched between layers of stony shale minerality. Dusty violets and even dustier sage line the tongue, which is slathered with black and blueberries that sweeten the message. Big and expressive. "
"A syrah-dominant blend that also includes petite sirah and malbec, this is grown mostly on sandstone and shale at the cooler southern end of Paso Robles. It’s refreshing, the flavors suggesting black currant along with something more floral in the aroma, coasting on a brisk, stony texture. It feels tight and clean, poised to gain with time in bottle"
Wine & Spirits
"62% Syrah; 28% Petit Verdot; 10% Malbec. There has been a
good deal of debate about the potential virtues and pitfalls of
the cool and quite challenging 2011 vintage, but this unlikely,
unconventional combination of grapes very much speaks to the
former. It leads with a mix of bright berries and slightly pungent,
peppery spice in the nose and follows with lively flavors that are
filled with fresh fruit and long on stamina. While sporting plenty
of zesty acidity, it does not want for fruity stuffing, and it shows
the kind of balance to suggest that it will age with great grace.