2005 Sine Qua Non Grenache Atlantis Fe 203-2b

Year: 2005
Appellation: Ventura
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 98
Vinous Media: 95
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"Complex aromas of dried blueberry, mineral, sage and espresso. Finishes with taut tannins and lovely floral and spicy nuances that give this a sense of authenticity. Drink now through 2012. 990 cases made." (WS)

"The only 2005 Grenache I tasted is the 2005 Atlantis Fe 203-2a, a blend of 93% Grenache and 7% Syrah. About 50% of this cuvee was produced from whole clusters, and nearly all of it came from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard. Approximately 40% new oak was utilized, and the wine is scheduled to be bottled after two years in wood. The aromas reveal a distinctive chocolatey note along with the tell-tale blackberry, cassis, kirsch, licorice, camphor, and floral characteristics. Deep, complex, and full-bodied with a roasted meat-like flavor, despite its size and richness, the overall impression is one of elegance and phenomenal definition. It should drink well for 10-15+ years.

To reiterate, it is a challenge to analyze these wines. I know they are distinctive, and I think I am beginning to understand why they are so much greater than just about every other Syrah or Grenache-based wine in California. In short, it is talent and incredibly meticulous hard work. No one works as hard or is as maniacal about a vineyard’s viticulture and winemaking as Manfred Krankl. Take that, add in exceptional talent, humility, top-notch vineyards, and I believe I understand the fundamentals of why these wines are so special." (WA)

"($115; includes 7% syrah; 16.1% alcohol) Inky purple. An expansive, seductive bouquet features smoky red and dark berries, orange peel, sandalwood incense and white pepper. Shockingly energetic, offering vivacious, pinot-like red berry and exotic floral pastille flavors. Silky tannins add shape but are instantly absorbed by the succulent fruit. Becomes spicier on the finish, which is remarkably fresh, precise and persistent. As gorgeous as this wine is right now I have no doubt that it will reward patience." (IWC)