We went to Renaissance last Tuesday. They’re a huge estate in the Sierra Foothills, down the road from Clos Saron. They’ve decreased their production quite a bit in recent years and turned into more of a boutique winery. Nevertheless, the territory occupied by the vineyard is the largest we’ve seen so far. On top of it, next to their Syrah, the site offers very nice vistas overlooking the Sierras.
Shahar gave us a tour of the magnificent vineyards where hopefully we shot some good pictures. After which we met with Shawn, the winemaker. Renaissance uses native yeasts. They do not filter their reds. And they let most of their wines age on lees. We toured the winery and got to taste from the barrel a lot of the wine that will be bottled at the end of this year. We also tasted some special wines that will be released much later.
Thanks a lot to Shawn and Shahar.