International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($200; includes 10% syrah and 2% viognier) Inky ruby. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry pit, allspice and clove, with a slow-building smoky quality. Powerful but light on its feet, offering sweet red fruit flavors and notes of licorice and rose pastille. More clenched than the Pictures today, with impressive latent power and a tangy, mineral-driven finish.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: November/December 2010
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94A rich, graceful mix of dark berry, charcoal, subtle cedar and spice notes joins shades of dried berry. This is medium- to full-bodied and elegantly styled, ending with a pleasing lift.Drink Dates: 2011 - 2020Author: James Laube
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 100This is shipping next April. This is 100% from Eleven Confessions Vineyard. This has spent 34 months in barrel and never racked. Full and beautiful with sliced plums and berries. Super velvety tannins. Soft too. Tight and in reserve. Phenomenal depth of fruit. This is so deep. I love it. Just a baby. A wine you really have to get to know. You have to feel it. Reminds me of the 1989 Rayas. The evolution will be amazing for decades to come.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 99This wine, which is scheduled to be released in several months, is 88% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 2% Viognier (36% whole clusters utilized), all from the 11 Confessions Vineyard. A whopper at 15.6% alcohol, this is the extended barrel-aged Grenache, spending 32 months in a combination of small oak casks as well as larger demi-muids. Absolutely magnificent, with incredible uplifted aromatics and great raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with blackberry, camphor, licorice and lavender, this wine is full-bodied, with super purity and a huge, massive mouthfeel as well as stunning texture and length. How Krankl was able to combine almost unbridled power with such extraordinary purity, definition and elegance is mind-boggling. This wine should drink well for at least 15+ years.Drink Dates: 2011 - 2026Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 99Wow! One of my fav SQN's ever! Delicious from a pop and pour. Tons of upfront blue fruits, bacon fat, smoke and a big mouthfeel. Great stuff!Author: Maxcontinuous
Since the debut "Queen of Spades" in 1994, original artwork and increasingly creative wordplay has adorned the label of each SQN wine. The wine itself has become a benchmark for Rhone varieties not just in California, but in the world. With 100-point scores in double digits, Robert Parker raves, "...the Grenache is the finest in the New World, the Syrah begs to be compared with the greatest of France, California, and Australia, and the white wine blends assembled by Manfred Krankl are as sumptuous and complex as the world's finest Chardonnays..." For all collectors, and particularly those that love Rhone-styled wines, SQN truly is something indispensable.
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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Grenache is a thick-skinned, late-ripening variety that requires a warm or hot climate to grow. Its tolerance for drought conditions make it an ideal match for the water-starved regions of , the , and . It is rarely made as a varietal wine, and usually produces full-bodied blends that are high in alcohol and low in acidity with soft tannins and aromas of cherry, rhubarb, raspberry, cinnamon, tobacco, and thyme. These wines are typically matured in large old oak vessels so as not to overwhelm the delicate fruit flavors of Grenache.
Grenache is the most widely planted variety in the Southern Rhône, and the best-quality blends come from where the wines are full-bodied with rich texture and concentrated spicy red fruit. Look to producers such as , , or for the best expressions of these wines.
In Spain, this variety is referred to as “Garnacha” and is an important blending partner of in the region of , where low-yielding old vines enable the production of intense, complex, full-bodied, wines with high tannin, fresh black fruit, and toasty oak. It is also an important contribution to blends in , where it contributes perfume, body, and alcohol to . and create some of the best expressions of these Spanish styles.
In the New World, high-quality Grenache-based blends are found in the and regions of Australia, where old bush vines yield low volumes of highly concentrated grapes. Wines from top-quality producers such as are robust, with intense flavors of ripe red berry and peppery spice. producers such as are also making world-renowned wines from Grenache.
Grenache’s spice-forward flavor profile makes it a great pairing option for spiced and herb-heavy dishes, including roasted and spiced vegetables, braised pork, turkey breast, and a range of ethnic foods. However, it is important to note that the high alcohol in Grenache can magnify the heat of piquant dishes, and vice versa.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 161 bottles owned
- 73 collectors
- Average collector rating: 99
(Out of 73 collectors)