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Sine Qua Non Dark Blossom Grenache 2011

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Their winemaking philosophy is to work in very small batches, gravity flow, natural yeasts, long lees aging for the whites and repeated racking for the reds to open them up. This is a simplified explanation of a very dedicated and artistic approach to winemaking. The wines are at once very rich and elegant, superbly balanced and thoroughly harmonious with food, never overwhelming.

Region: USA » California » Central Coast

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  • 2011

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Winery: Sine Qua Non
Color: Red
Varietal: Grenache
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Sine Qua Non:
  Sine Qua Non is the California cult wine created by Austrian winemaker Manfred Krankl and wife Elaine. These highly in-demand wines, which consistently received near perfect scores from critic Robert Parker, can fetch upwards of $500 a bottle and can only be had through their über exclusive mailing list or via auction. The wines are Rhone style blends in red and white, kept to a... Read more
  Sine Qua Non is the California cult wine created by Austrian winemaker Manfred Krankl and wife Elaine. These highly in-demand wines, which consistently received near perfect scores from critic Robert Parker, can fetch upwards of $500 a bottle and can only be had through their über exclusive mailing list or via auction. The wines are Rhone style blends in red and white, kept to a small production of 3,500 cases a year. The name is Latin for “without which not” or more fittingly to fans, “something that cannot be done without.” The “winery” (not open to the public) is a warehouse in Ventura, California, originally founded during Krankl’s stint as owner of restaurant Campanile, for which the first wines were produced in 1994. The first wines were produced from fruit sourced in various locations in California and other including Oregon, but he now grows most of his own grapes in small vineyards in Ojai Valley and Sta Rita Hills.    One of the unique elements of these wines is that since Krankl believes each vintage tells its own story, the name of the wines change with each vintage, as do the self-designed labels and even bottle shapes. Some of the original wines were Pinot Noir, which he no longer produces, the last one in 2005 called “Over and Out.” Now the wines are predominately Rhone blends, with names such as “Whisperin E” (named for wife Elaine), “Pagan Poetry Rosé,” “Poker Face,” and “Mr. K The Noble Man” (dessert wines produced with Austrian colleague Alois Kracher).  Read less

External Reviews for Sine Qua Non Dark Blossom Grenache

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/14/2014

The 2011 Grenache Dark Blossom is probably the best Grenache-based blend in the vintage. A blend of 75% Grenache, 12.5% Syrah, 11.5% Mourvedre and a splash of Roussanne (fermented with 11% whole clusters), it has a perfumed, complex style, with notions of black raspberry, cassis, dried flowers, white pepper and licorice giving way to a full-bodied, layered and seamless mouthfeel. There’s no shortage of fruit here, and while it’s hard to resist now, it has enough tannin to warrant short-term cellaring. It should knock it out of the park through 2029.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

Deep ruby. Highly aromatic scents of black raspberry, dried cherry, smoky minerals and potpourri. Dense, lush and sweet, with spicy dark berry, bitter chocolate, herb and licorice flavors complemented by candied violet. Impressively rich but shows plenty of energy thanks to intense minerality and spiciness. Finishes very long, with firm but ripe tannins and echoing florality. The majority of the fruit here was grown in the Krankls’ Cumulus and Krankls’ Eleven Confessions vineyards; 3% of the grenache came from the Bien Nacido vineyard.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

Moving to the Grenaches, the 2011 Grenache Dark Blossom, which was tasted out of barrel, possesses gorgeous dark berry fruit, licorice, chocolate and exotic floral qualities on the nose. A blend of 75% Grenache, 12.5% Syrah, 11.5% Mourvedre and a splash of Roussanne (aged 22 months mostly in neutral oak), this full-bodied, incredibly textured barrel sample has fantastic mid-palate depth, sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish. Scheduled to be released next April, it should be reasonably approachable on releases, yet have 12–15 years or more of longevity. Drink 2016–2026.



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Their winemaking philosophy is to work in very small batches, gravity flow, natural yeasts, long lees aging for the whites and repeated racking for the reds to open them up. This is a simplified explanation of a very dedicated and artistic approach to winemaking. The wines are at once very rich and elegant, superbly balanced and thoroughly harmonious with food, never overwhelming.

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