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2011 Sine Qua Non Grenache Dark Blossom (750ml - Full Bottle)

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Vintage 2011
Varietal Grenache
Bottle Size 750
Style Red
Region California
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Jeb Dunnuck - 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.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Jeb Dunnuck - 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. These latest releases from Sine Qua Non and Next of Kyn are at the pinnacle of wine, and it’s simply impossible to taste through these and not be blown away. While I think the star of the show at the moment is the 2010 vintage, the 2011s aren’t far behind, and the 2012s should rival them as well. In addition, to give you an idea how these wines age, don’t miss the recent 2004 retrospective on these wines that was published at We finished the tasting with Manfred’s Next of Kyn releases, and these are the strongest set of wines yet to come out under this label. The focus here is exclusively on his estate Cumulus Vineyard planted around the estate in Oakview.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Dark cherries, plums, menthol, licorice and spices all explode from the glass in the 2011 Grenache Dark Blossom. A dark, brooding wine, the 2011 impresses for its power, depth and intensity. Layers of totally effortless, seamless fruit flow through to the huge finish. This is a stunning showing. The energetic, tense, mineral-driven style is a bit unusual for Sine Qua Non, but there is no denying the wine's beauty. Simply put, the 2011 is drop-dead gorgeous. The blend is 75% Grenache, 12.5% Syrah, 11.5% Mourvedre and 1% Roussanne. In 2011 virtually all of the fruit came off of Cumulus and Eleven Confessions. Krankl used about 11% whole clusters (on the Grenache only) and planned to give the wine about 22 months in barrel, mostly neutral oak, although there is some concrete thrown into the mix as well.

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Varietal :
This red wine grape is probably the most widely planted grape in the world. Used primarily for blending, Grenache (known in Spain as Garnacha) lends a fruity, spicy character to famous wines like Chateauneuf du Pape from France's Rhone region and GSM (Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah) blends from Australia. Grenache favors hot, dry climates and can reach high sugar levels, which make it ideal for fortified wines like Banyuls and Vin Doux Naturals. View all our additional Grenache items
Region :
Since the famous Judgement of Paris in 1976 California wines have unquestionably ranked among the best in the world. From the Anderson Valley in the North through Temecula Valley in the South, California vineyards grow dozens of wine grape varietals that produce wines of many different styles. The California wine industry has steadily gained ground since the 1960s (the industry took a major hit following Prohibition), but its roots date back over 200 years. Major grape varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. View all our items from California