' Reviews - Renaissance Winery


"I don’t think anything excites me quite as much as finding a small producer of wine that is off most people’s radar and discovering that they are making tremendous wines." A. Yarrow, 2008

"Simply put, Renaissance makes one of California's greatest Cabernet Sauvignon." Matt Kramer, The Sunday Oregonian, April 1995

"Look to Renaissance Cabernet Sauvignon. One of California's most distinctive wineries and vineyard sites, Renaissance is located in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains east of Sacramento. Terraced vineyards at 2,000 feet, granitic soils, low yelds. Stunning, clearly long lived Cabernets (...). Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator

"Renaissance is California's best-kept Cabernet secret." Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator

"A supremely classy wine." The Washington Post

Renaissance 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Winner of three Gold Medals: Florida State Fair, Wine Magazine International Challenge, New World International Wine Competition.

Renaissance 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon  |  "Dark in color with a bouquet that can only be described as unique among American Cabernet, it is neither muted, fruity, or woody; rather it is an amalgem of complex fragrances quite difficult to describe, save for smoke, leather and old hay (and it is indeed rare for me to describe a wine in these terms). Visually, the wine is great to look at, and its legs are spectacular. Once in the mouth there is noticeable acidity with medium body, but the finish is round and complete....The dominance of flavor and structure place it in the higher echelons of the Cabernet Sauvignon pediment." American Wine Review, September 1994

Renaissance 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Winner of three Gold Medals: San Diego National Wine Competition, Cincinnati Wine Festival, Atlanta Wine Summit.

Renaissance 1987 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  |  "88 Rating. A mature wine with a lovely truffle character.".

Renaisance 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon  |  88 Ratings - Highly Recommended - "If the appellation seems unfamiliar, it well might, as Renaissance pretty much dominates this AVA in the warm growing region north of Sacramento. The wine in question shows attractive ripe-cherry cabernet fruit and some smokiness from oak ageing, together with a nicely smooth texture and ending tannins which should resolve in another two years." Wine & Spirits Magazine

Renaissance 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon  | "Rich but beautifully restrained." Norm Roby, Decanter Magazine

"Renaissance 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon has been judged to be Recommended in a Decanter Magazine blind tasting". Decanter Magazine, London 1999

Renaissance 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon  |  "Intense, luscious, ripe and beautifully structured. It's delicious drinking right now, but it's also sure to cellar well for years to come should you be so inclined." Matt Kramer

Renaissance 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon  |  "This wine clearly shows the exceptional quality of the 1995 vintage for our red wines. Bigger and more concentrated than any of our Estate Cabernets since 1990, this wine impresses with its velvety richness, chewy texture, and depth of flavor; bottled with no filtration." California State Fair, Gold Medal Winner

"I have been remiss in not tasting any of the Renaissance Wines recently. The handful of Cabernets I have tasted, have been rich, full-bodied, and interesting, with considerable flavour authority." Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate

In vino veritas (In wine there is truth).
By Alcaeus, Greek poet (6th century BC)