2013 Ancient Peaks "Margarita Vineyard - Renegade" Paso Robles Red Blend
The components of this blend change every year, and this vintage of 93% Syrah, 4% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot shows black cherry paste, crushed purple flowers and vanilla. Juicy blueberry and blackberry decorate the lavish palate, which is lifted by thyme and mint herbs. (MK)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Lastly, the deep ruby/purple colored 2013 Renegade Margarita Vineyard gives up lots of ripe blackberry, mulberry, spice box and leafy, peppery herbs in its medium to full-bodied, fresh, lively, nicely textured personality. It has notable purity, no hard edges and tons of charm. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years. (JD)
Saturated ruby. Ripe black and blue fruit aromas are sharpened by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Lush and open-knit, offering sweet black currant and cherry flavors and hints of menthol and olive. Weighty but energetic, finishing juicy, focused and quite long; velvety tannins lend shape and subtle grip to the plush, lingering dark fruit. (JR)
With their Margarita Vineyard, Ancient Peaks has carved out a niche for their estate wines which relibably over-deliver for under $20. The Margarita Vineyard is the only property in the newly recognized Santa Margarita Ranch AVA, which acknowledges its unique climate and terroir nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains at the southernmost reach of the greater Paso Robles area. This Syrah-dominated blend (with a splash of Malbec and Petit Verdot) was harvested from four distinct vineyard blocks between October 18-24th of the ideal 2013 growing season. The wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak (30% new) for 22 months before bottling. From the winery: "The 2013 Renegade is loaded with heady aromas of boysenberry, blueberry, violets, tobacco and roast coffee. Luscious flavors of blackberry, cola and vanilla cream unfold with suggestions of savory smokiness and spice. A mouthfilling texture delivers plump tannins on a bold, lavish finish."