ITEM 51869

2006 Sine Qua Non Grenache In The Crosshairs California

$1,099.98

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Wine Rating:

100WA 100+JD

Bottle Size

750ml

Vintage

2006

Country/State

california

Wine Region

other california

Variety

grenache

Wine Producer

sine qua non

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 100 points

2006 In the Cross Hairs 11 Confessions Vineyard: This is Sine Qua Nons extended barrel-aged Grenache (meaning that in most vintages since 2003, Krankl has produced two cuvees of Grenache, one aged 18-22 months before bottling, and the other one with extended barrel-aging, in this case 32 months in wood). A blend of 84% Grenache, 12% Syrah and 4% Viognier, all from the 11 Confessions Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, this is one of the most extraordinarily elegant Grenaches Krankl has produced. It is an intellectual wine, yet it doesnt wimp out by any means. It is full-bodied and voluptuously textured, with notes of spice box, licorice and Provencal herbs, copious quantities of black currant and kirsch liqueur, stunning richness and a finish lasting close to a minute. This amazing effort confirms Krankls meticulous and nearly obsessively detailed work in both the vineyard and the winery. Anticipated maturity: now-2022. The conclusions I came to about this tasting may seem obvious just by reading the tasting notes. People forget that as famous as Sine Qua Non and both Elaine and Manfred Krankl have become over the last 15 years, their wines really only began to hit full world-class qualitative levels at the turn of the last century (2000). The vineyard sources have largely changed from Alban, Stolpman, Bien Nacido, Shadow Canyon and White Hawk Vineyards to primarily estate vineyards Cumulus Vineyard in Ventura County and 11 Confessions Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. In the future, Krankls newest vineyard in Alisos Canyon will be an additional component part. His meticulous craftsmanship and phenomenal attention to detail, both in the vineyard and in the winery, have been increasingly noticeable over the last decade. He seemed to hit full stride about eight or nine years ago, and what has unfolded since then is an absolutely brilliant succession of true works of genius, both in his expressive, sometimes slightly abstract artwork on the labels, to the meticulously crafted wood boxes in which the wines are housed. Of course, the most important thing of all, the actual wine itself, is both the beginning as well as the end for consumers, and where 100% of my focus and judgement are centered. Grenache, as Krankl would be the first to say, is by far the most challenging grape varietal to make majestic wine from, and unequaled in difficulty by any other grape in the world except Nebbiolo. Thats why we see so little of it from great terroirs. High quality Grenache exists in northern Spain, southern France, parts of southern Italy and Sardinia, and in southern Australia, but rarely in California. This makes Krankls achievement all the more remarkable. Regarding the articles title, Wasted I was so elated (by their quality) as well as depressed (because I couldnt drink all of these elixirs) that it seemed as if too much wine had been wasted. On a light-hearted note, my condition once I finished the academic part of the tasting could have been described as wasted by those who still hold to the notion that alcohol is the demon drink.Production ranges from 250-300 cases for the long barrel-aged Grenache to nearly 1,000 cases for the earlier released Grenache. Prices are in the $150-250 range from the winery. Tel. (805) 237-1231; Fax (805) 237-1314

Review Date: August 2011

Jeb Dunnuck: 100+ points

A wine that started out mind blowing, and just went up from there, was the 2006 Sine Qua Non Grenache In the Crosshairs! A blend of 84% Grenache, 12% Syrah, and 4% Viognier that spent a full 32 months in French oak, it delivers an incredible drinking experience with awesome aromatics, full-bodied richness, and a lightness and purity on the palate that’s hard to come by. Gorgeous red and black fruits, licorice, and assorted spices all emerge from this beauty and it is seamless, elegant, and perfectly proportioned. Despite the extended time in barrel, there is not a trace of wood and it stays remarkably pure, concentrated, and balanced. While this beauty should continue to shine for another decade, I see no reason to hold off.

Review Date: December 2012