Sine Qua Non Patine Grenache 2011

Sine Qua Non Patine Grenache 2011


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The wines are at once very rich and elegant, superbly balanced and thoroughly harmonious with food, never overwhelming.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
Brand Sine Qua Non
Alcohol/vol 15.6%
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Wine AdvocateComing all from Manfred's Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and a blend of 77% Grenache, 22% Syrah and 1% Viognier (fermented with 25% whole clusters), the 2011 Grenache Patine spent a full 33 months in almost all neutral oak, with just 11% being new. It offers perfumed and spice-laced notes of white pepper, black raspberry, blackberry and ground herbs that flow to a full-bodied, elegant, nicely concentrated 2011 that has nicely integrated acidity, no hard edges and a terrific finish. It's certainly one of the fresher, more elegant Grenaches from Manfred, yet it still has rocking levels of fruit. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and enjoy bottles over the following decade.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2015