2006 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions A Shot in the Dark Syrah & In the Crosshairs Grenache Magnum Set - 100 pts - OWC - 2 x 1500ml

2006 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions A Shot in the Dark Syrah & In the Crosshairs Grenache Magnum Set - 100 pts - OWC - 2 x 1500ml

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2006 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions A Shot in the Dark Syrah & In the Crosshairs Grenache Magnum Set - 100 pts

Sine Qua Non is one of California's most famous wine producers. Based just north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, and with most of its vineyards in Santa Barbara, it eschews the usual image of top California wine as being only from Napa Valley. That is not the only thing eschewed at Sine Qua Non – the same wine is rarely made more than once, turning the idea of the American icon wine on its head.

The cult winery specialises in Rhône grape varieties, with most of the red wines based on Syrah and Grenache. White wines are typically based on Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier and are also modelled after Rhône wines. While most of Sine Qua Non's vineyards are located in Santa Barbara, the home vineyard (and the winery) is located in Oak View. Many of the wines are labeled under the more generic California and Central Coast AVAs, rather than the specific AVAs the vineyards are located in, giving more freedom when it comes to blending.

Sine Qua Non's first vintage was 1994, as Austrian-born winemaker Manfred Krankl released three barrels of Syrah as "Queen of Spades" with a label he had designed himself. Previously, Krankl had made wines with other winemakers – including the "Black and Blue" wine with Havens Cellars and several wines with John Alban of Alban Vineyards. After releasing Queen of Spades, Krankl sent a bottle to Robert Parker, who promptly gave the wine 95 points – then the highest he'd given any American wine based on a Rhône variety.

      


Product Details

Varietal Syrah
Vintage 2006
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 2 x 1500ml
Bottle Quantity 2
Country USA
Region California
Location Central Coast
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color Red
Wine Type Red

Winery Details

Varietal Syrah
Vintage 2006
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 2 x 1500ml
Bottle Quantity 2
Country USA
Region California
Location Central Coast
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color Red
Wine Type Red

Robert Parker

Robert Parker 100 RP - The soon-to-be-released 2006 A Shot in the Dark is composed of 96.5% Syrah and 3.5% Viognier from the 11 Confessions Vineyard in the cool Santa Rita Hills. Performing better from bottle than it did from barrel, this prodigious red exhibits incredibly velvety tannins, a seamless style, and no noticeable oak (which is remarkable given the fact it spent 32 months in barrel). Dense purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of blueberry pie, blackberries, soy, Asian spices, and hints of forest floor and charcoal, this is a complex, rich, seamless, well-balanced tour de force in winemaking. A full-bodied, exuberant, unabashedly California Syrah, it will offer stunning drinking over the next 10-15+ years. 2006 In the Cross Hairs 11 Confessions Vineyard: This is Sine Qua Non's extended barrel-aged Grenache (meaning that in most vintages since 2003, Krankl has produced two cuvees of Grenache, one aged 18-22 months before bottling, and the other one with extended barrel-aging, in this case 32 months in wood). A blend of 84% Grenache, 12% Syrah and 4% Viognier, all from the 11 Confessions Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, this is one of the most extraordinarily elegant Grenaches Krankl has produced. It is an intellectual wine, yet it doesn't wimp out by any means. It is full-bodied and voluptuously textured, with notes of spice box, licorice and Provencal herbs, copious quantities of black currant and kirsch liqueur, stunning richness and a finish lasting close to a minute. This amazing effort confirms Krankl's meticulous and nearly obsessively detailed work in both the vineyard and the winery. 

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