ITEM 66116

2008 Sine Qua Non Grenache The Duel Santa Rita Hills

$499.98

In stock

1

Wine Rating:

97WA 95ST

Bottle Size

750ml

Vintage

2008

Country/State

california

Wine Region

other california

Variety

grenache

Wine Producer

sine qua non

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 97 points

Sine Qua Non?s 2008 Grenache Estate The Duel boasts extraordinary richness, power and sheer depth. Tobacco, leather, mint and spices are woven together in this large-scaled Grenache. There is plenty of intensity here, but the 2008 has just a touch less aromatic definition than the very finest wines at Sine Qua Non. I imagine some of that may be the result of extended aging in oak. The 2008 is 82% Grenache, 14% Syrah, 2% Viognier and 1% Roussanne, all from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills. A portion of the Grenache was fermented using whole clusters. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.

Review Date: 8/1/12

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: 95 points

(82% grenache, 14% syrah, 2% viognier and 2% roussanne all from the Eleven Confessions vineyard fermented with 32% whole clusters 15% new oak and 15.8% alcohol): Opaque purple. Blackberry, blueberry, incense and potpourri on the heady, powerfully scented nose. Offers a wild array of dark fruit and floral flavors, with intense spiciness and a lush, velvety texture. This wine completely stains the palate yet comes off as shockingly lithe, with the sweet, spicy finish featuring fully absorbed tannins.

Review Date: 11/1/12