Sine Qua Non Patine Sta. Rita Hills Estate Grenache 2011

$525

Extremely limited new release from Cult producer Sine Qua Non.98 Points Robert Parker: "A wine that needs to be forgotten in the cellar for 5-6 years, the 2011 Syrah Patine checks in as a blend of roughly 97% Syrah and the balance Roussanne and Viognier. It too comes all from the estate's Eleven Confessions Vineyard and saw 39 months in 63% new French oak. Backward, tight, concentrated and structured, with full-bodied richness and depth, it gives up Guigal La Landonne like aromas and flavors of graphite, sweet oak, smoked meats, pepper and black raspberry and cassis-like fruit. While it shows the vintage's cooler nature, it has a stacked mid-palate and will evolve gracefully for 15-20 years."

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Ratings on Delectable

Sasha Verhage Delectable Pro

Winemaker/Owner Eno Wines

Restrained. Dark cherries.

Restrained. Dark cherries.

9.7

Jim McCusker

Sine Qua Non grenache. There is no substitute.

Sine Qua Non grenache. There is no substitute.

9.9

Nic Z

Big wine that needs time

Big wine that needs time

9.4

Michael Park

A completely underrated vintage. After an hour this thing was singing

A completely underrated vintage. After an hour this thing was singing

9.4

Alessandro Dalle Carbonare

Oh yesssss

Oh yesssss

9.9

John Van Trijp

Crazy SQN Night @ Bottles

Crazy SQN Night @ Bottles

9.7

Roman Sukley

2011 Sine Qua Non Estate Grenache “Patine” from Manfred’s Eleven Confessions Vineyard. Opened this in Lexington a couple of weekends ago after about a four hour decant. Poured into a really bad wine glass in a really great hotel. Why does that always seem to be the case? Seems to be the case even in some 5 star restaurants. No? But I digress. (Apparently, I need to start traveling with my Zalto). Perfumed notes of white flowers and fresh berries. On the palate, mocha, plums and dark berry fruit turned up to 11. Notes of fresh cut herbs, spice rack and white pepper. Typical SQN endless finish. Exquisite acidity. Beautifully layered and wonderfully concentrated. This wine has an elegant, femininity about it. I’ve always sort of thought of SQN Grenache as feminine in character, I guess as opposed to Manfred’s rather muscle-bound Syrah. Although more than enjoyable now, I’ve gotta believe that it will only get better with some cellar time.

2011 Sine Qua Non Estate Grenache “Patine” from Manfred’s Eleven Confessions Vineyard. Opened this in Lexington a couple of weekends ago after about a four hour decant. Poured into a really bad wine glass in a really great hotel. Why does that always seem to be the case? Seems to be the case even in some 5 star restaurants. No? But I digress. (Apparently, I need to start traveling with my Zalto). Perfumed notes of white flowers and fresh berries. On the palate, mocha, plums and dark berry fruit turned up to 11. Notes of fresh cut herbs, spice rack and white pepper. Typical SQN endless finish. Exquisite acidity. Beautifully layered and wonderfully concentrated. This wine has an elegant, femininity about it. I’ve always sort of thought of SQN Grenache as feminine in character, I guess as opposed to Manfred’s rather muscle-bound Syrah. Although more than enjoyable now, I’ve gotta believe that it will only get better with some cellar time.

9.7

Michael Mugmon

Never tried this before. Big Central Coast Rhone.

Never tried this before. Big Central Coast Rhone.

9.0

Jim McCusker

Too young - needs another several years - but it is going to be even more awesome than it is now. Way to go, Manfred...

Too young - needs another several years - but it is going to be even more awesome than it is now. Way to go, Manfred...

9.4

Rafael Villagomez

It still in the womb

It still in the womb

9.5

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