92 points The Tasting Panel: "[$26 list] Visiting Santa Margarita Ranch in the southernmost portion of the Paso Robles AVA provides a glimpse of the Old West: A maverick blend of 37% Syrah, 24% Malbec, 16% Petit Verdot, 13% Zinfandel, and 10% Petite Sirah, Renegade reminds us of the rebels and free spirits of that time and place. One can tell there's a wild ride ahead from its inky black-carmine hue and its aromas of fennel root, new leather; slate, and black fruit; however, the lush entry is surprisignly graceful, with peppered blackberry, graphite, and violet. Chalky tannins are reined in by a brushy earthiness, and the finish is big and meaty. (Sep/Oct 2020)"
90 points Connoisseurs' Guide: "[$26 list] While it may account for but slightly more than a third of this blend's mixed cepage that also includes healthy amounts of Malbec, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah, Syrah nonetheless comes through clearly in the wine's ripe and slightly gamy and peppery aromas as well as its substantial, mouthfilling flavors. While, as has been the case in the past, this year's Renegade is little concerned with restraint and is a heady, full-bodied effort that places the emphasis on unabashed richness, it does not cross the line into over-the-top excess and has the structure to age for at least five or six years. Drink it sooner with the likes of braised lamb shanks or hearty hunks of beef, but we would very confidently bet on its future, and, given its modest price, we would bet big. Good Value. (Oct 2020)"
Producer notes: "Renegade comes from Ancient Peaks' estate Margarita Vineyard on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. From missionaries to gunslingers, rough riders to outlaws, a colorful cast of characters has traversed the ranch’s rugged terrain since the 18th century. In that spirit, Ancient Peaks has made an intensely flavored blend that pushes the envelope and resists conformity, adding an adventurous twist to the family of wines. Defiantly bold and daringly elegant—this is Renegade."
|Varietal||Other Red Blends|
|Blend||37% Syrah, 24% Malbec, 16% Petit Verdot, 13% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah|