Keith Levenberg, a New York winewriter, said: "The Renaissance Vineyard 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Renaissance Vineyard 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Vin de Terroir were both masterpieces, though, with the standard cabernet making me ashamed I'd always ignored it in favor of the prestige bottlings here. So when I said Renaissance makes one of the two or three best cabernets in California it would have been more accurate to say they make four of the five or six best cabernets in California."
From The Winemaker:
This wine, blended from 12 different Cabernet slopes, is a medium dark color. Now showing additional complexity from bottle aging. Palate: medium bodied, concentrated...
Deep color. Rich, ripe, fruity, spicy nose; berries, black-cherry, cedar, wet earth. Ripe, concentrated flavors, with lots of juicy cherry/flowery fruit; very easy-going for a young Renaissance cab. Long, harmonious finish.
Double Gold Medal in Taster's Guild International
A bumper crop and our last winemaker's swan song for Renaissance Vineyard & Winery. With the help of Eddie Schulten who stepped up to the plate and provided guidance and assistance to the winemaker for this vintage, this velvety beauty is just beginning to reveal her secrets...