2012 Sine Qua Non Grenache Rattrapante

Year: 2012
Appellation: California
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 97
Red Wine
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"A perfect wine any way you look at it, the 2012 Grenache Rattrapante comes all from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and spent 33 months in 27% new French oak. My notes start - and end - with “Wow.” Giving up tons of black raspberries, peppery herbs, licorice, dried flowers and cured meats, it’s a massively concentrated, rich and layered Grenache that somehow manages to stay graceful, lively and fresh on the palate. There are roughly 800 cases of this elixir and any Grenache lover should do their best to latch onto a bottle (or two). It’s also worth noting that this cuvee saw 26% whole clusters, which is a small change from past vintages.

These latest releases from Sine Qua Non's Manfred Krankl include the 2014s from barrel, the first releases of the 2013s (these were also reviewed earlier this year) and the extended aged 2012s. As I've said in the past, these singular wines are the result of incredible talent and a manic attention to detail at every step of the process." (WA)

"The 2012 Grenache Rattrapante, from Eleven Confessions, is deep, powerful and voluptuous, with a striking interplay of fruit, structure and overall intensity. Thus is another wine that is going to need time to fully come together. Hints of smoke, licorice, new leather, cherry jam and pomegranate meld into the huge, creamy finish. Dollops of Syrah and Petite Sirah round out the blend. The 2012 was done with about 26% whole clusters and aged for 33 months in French oak, around 27% new." (VM)