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Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Renegade 2009

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Winemaker 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.

Critical Acclaim

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Wine & Spirits

This vineyard lies in the southern reaches of Paso Robles, where the Pacific influence and warmer inland temperatures meet to create varied microclimates to mature an unusual collection of grapes. The soils vary as well, from volcanic rock to a bed of fossilized oyster shells. This wine blends syrah grown in sedimentary soils with malbec and petit verdot grown in shale and sandstone. It shows the coastal cool in its refreshing, balanced ripeness, a lithe and healthy feel to the fruit. The syrah and petite come together with gamey meatiness, the tannins supple and stony at once. An elegant Paso Robles red with a clean, open line of flavor, this is ready for any meats off the grill.

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Ancient Peaks

Ancient Peaks

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Ancient Peaks, , California
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.

Ribera del Duero

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An increasingly popular source of high-quality bold red wines...

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An increasingly popular source of high-quality bold red wines, the Ribera del Duero region of north-central Spain has begun to rival neighboring Rioja as one of the country’s best in its category. Set at high elevation in the valley above the Duero River (which continues east into Portugal where it is known as the Douro), it has a relatively short growing season, posing a risk of spring frost. Temperatures vary wildly between day and night as well as throughout the year, making this a relatively high-risk viticultural region. Nevertheless, since the 1980s, after a long lull in relevance, Ribera del Duero has experienced a surge in popularity as winemakers from throughout the world have recognized its high potential.

Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto Fino, is the primary variety, often vinified on its own. Here, it takes on a more robust persona than in Rioja, with deep color, structured tannins, and a healthy dose of acidity. It has all of the necessary qualities to create balanced wines, but is occasionally blended with international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec. A small amount of rosé is made from Garnacha. White wine is uncommon here and typically reserved for local consumption, and can only be made from the aromatic Albillo grape.

Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity...

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

In the Glass

Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

Sommelier Secret

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.

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