Bayard Fox, owner of Renard, produces small amounts of Rhone varietals. He is based out of Napa, but sources fruit for his handcrafted wines from several California AVAs. While his Syrah is especially good, he also makes Grenache, Roussanne, Viognier, a red Rhone blend called “Tres Ninos,” and a Syrah/Grenache Rose.
Renard produces 7 different Syrahs, 5 of which are from a single vineyard. These include Schatz Vineyard in Lodi, Peay Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast, Fairbairn Ranch in Mendocino, Arroyo Vineyard in Napa Valley, Unti Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, Santa Rita Hills, and Sonoma County.
Fox also makes an excellent Grenache from Unti Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley as well as the red blend Tres Ninos from Calistoga in the Northern Napa Valley. The Renard Rose is mainly Syrah and Grenache with a bit of Viognier to round it out.
The white wines consist of Viognier and Roussanne, both white grapes from the Rhone Valley. A little over 200 cases are made of Roussanne which is blended with 5% Viognier. The Viognier is picked early enough to retain acidity and does not undergo malolactic fermentation.