Maverick Renegade 2017
Renegade is produced from the best barrels of a single vintage, creating a dense wine in the style of a fine Bordeaux. Deep dark purple hue shows the depth and power of this wine. The young nose is rich in vanilla, currants, coffee and blackberry jam. It has black licorice and tarragon notes that show the coolness of the vintage and the aging in oak gives layers of dark fruit and spice. The layers keep coming and it has almost a pumpernickel and molasses aroma, and then hints of cumin and carraway. Palate is firm still as this wine is destined for aging in the cellar. Plenty of Cabernet tannin and power, licorice and black cherry jam give way to a savory black olive tapenade and Dutch licorice finish. Drink now or over the next 5-10 years.