2010 Sine Qua Non Grenache Five Shooter 1.5 L

Year: 2010
Appellation: Central Coast
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 94-96
Vinous Media: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.4%
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"The 2010 Grenache “No Name as of Yet” is rich, deep and seductive. Dark red cherries, plums, roses, licorice and mint wrap around the palate in this beautifully layered wine. The 2010 possesses gorgeous detail and nuance to match the silky, refined tannins. This is an impeccable, long, mineral-infused wine with a great future. The 2010 is 75% Grenache, 16% Syrah. 2.5% Mourvedre. 4.5% Roussanne and 2% Viognier, from Eleven Confessions (58%), Cumulus (38%) and Bien Nacido (4%). Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.

Manfred Krankl calls 2011 the most consistently cold year he has ever seen from start to finish, although he adds that every year since 2008 has been cooler than normal. Unlike 2010, there were no heat spikes or even hot days in 2011. A bit of frost in April reduced tiny yields even more, but in retrospect that was a saving grace, as a full crop might never have ripened under the conditions of the year. Vintage 2010 was marked by a late frost that mostly affected Grenache by reducing yields. The rest of the vintage saw quite a bit of rain along with heat spikes during the summer, which produced big, bold wines. Krankl describes 2009 as a vintage that was shaping up to be great, until the rains arrived at the end of the growing season. With one exception, the 2009s are just as sexy and silky as they were last year. Unfortunately, the 2009 Syrah Estate No Name as of Yet was in no mood to be evaluated, so I will have to wait for another opportunity to taste it. In addition to these wines, I also tasted about a dozen library wines that reconfirmed my opinion, stated last year, that the Sine Qua Non wines have gained in elegance and refinement with the gradual move towards estate-owned vineyards. Sine Qua Non fans will find a lot to get excited about with these current and upcoming releases. I also urge readers to check out Manfred and Elaine Krankl’s newest project, Next of Kyn, also reviewed in these pages, and Sine Qua Non’s new website, which gives consumers a rare look at one of this country’s most compelling estates." (WA)

"(includes 16% syrah, 4.5% roussanne, 2.5% mourvedre and 2% viognier; 15.4% alcohol): Bright purple. Heady aromas of black raspberry, bitter cherry, dark chocolate, violet, olive, espresso, bacon fat and cola; smells like there's a lot more syrah in here. Sweet, dense and lush, with deeply pitched black and blue fruit and bitter chocolate flavors supported by a firm spine of acidity. Finishes very long and ripe, with fine-grained tannins and mounting mineral and spice notes." (IWC)