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2011 Sine Qua Non Grenache Dark Blossom

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
  • 97 WA
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Grenache

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SKU: 418863-2011

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$260.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (includes 12.5% syrah, 11.5% mourvedre and 1% roussanne; 15.75% alcohol): Deep ruby. Highly aromatic scents of black raspberry, dried cherry, smoky minerals and potpourri. Dense, lush and sweet, with spicy dark berry, bitter chocolate, herb and licorice flavors complemented by candied violet. Impressively rich but shows plenty of energy thanks to intense minerality and spiciness. Finishes very long, with firm but ripe tannins and echoing florality. The majority of the fruit here was grown in the Krankls' Cumulus and Krankls' Eleven Confessions vineyards; 3% of the grenache came from the Bien Nacido vineyard.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2013
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    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.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: afikes
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: rcl
Manfred Krankl, an Austrian immigrant and Los Angeles restaurateur turned winemaker, is a reclusive and maniacally hard-working proprietor. His back-alley Ventura winery, dubbed the garage d'or has been described as a junkyard (or the first or second level of hell), and compared to a set from the movie "Mad Max" by Robert Parker. A true believer in radical viticulture Krankl has worked with excessively low yields and maintains his winery and vineyards with meticulous attention to detail.

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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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 Spain, the Southern Rhône, and Australia. 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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape where the wines are full-bodied with rich texture and concentrated spicy red fruit. Look to producers such as Château de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, or Domaine du Pegau for the best expressions of these wines.

In Spain, this variety is referred to as “Garnacha” and is an important blending partner of Carignan in the region of Priorat, 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 Rioja, where it contributes perfume, body, and alcohol to Tempranillo. Vega Sicilia and Bodegas R. Lopez de Heredia create some of the best expressions of these Spanish styles.

In the New World, high-quality Grenache-based blends are found in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale regions of Australia, where old bush vines yield low volumes of highly concentrated grapes. Wines from top-quality producers such as Torbreck are robust, with intense flavors of ripe red berry and peppery spice. California producers such as Sine Qua Non 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

  • 655 bottles owned
  • 146 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 146 collectors)