2014 Sine Qua Non Gallinita- USA, California, Central Coast (4/6/2016)
50% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 12.5% Syrah, 12.5% Petite Sirah….open in bottle for an hour and a half……PRETTY brilliant rose color….GORGEOUS nose of smoke, strawberry fields, crushed cherries, dusty exotic wood spice……exotic nose…reminds me of a young Vosne Romanee! Definitely big for a Rose…but I’ve seen bigger……the flavors from the nose translate to the palate….very bright and crunchy acidity…tart and sour….awakens the richness. Not the perfect of balance though….15.9 alc comes through a little strawberry martini-ish…but not too too much heat. The Rhone varietals add some interesting flavors….smoked underbrush, stem funk, garrigue, spice box, dried roses……definitely a spice and heat kick on the finish! A Rose to drink and ponder with each sip like a red……tasty……and just so dog gone FUN! (93 pts.)
It’s one of the more pretty wines I’ve had, in terms of color. On the palate, it’s a solid and interesting wine sharp red fruits and a long finish (at least for this style of wine). Calling it a Rose is not doing it any favors as its a completely different wine than a summery-wine from Provence. That being said, it’s a fun win to drink and would be fun to serve in a bind tasting.
50% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 12.5% Syrah, 12.5% Petite Sirah. 75% Eleven Confessions Vyd, 13% The Third Twin Vyd, 12% Cumulus Vyd. Aged about 10 months in tank and used barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered on 10 July 2015. Alcohol 15.9%. Acidity 5.90 g/L. Finished pH 3.67. Just shipped this spring.
Well…almost 3 years later…the nose and palate are as before, still gorgeous and exotic…showing a vibrant youth…BUT…that gosh darn alc burn is more prevalent than before. DOUBLE Strawberry martini…disjointed and edgy. Doesn’t kill the wine…i’m prob a little more sensitive to the heat than most…but it does distract. Shame…as the pretty Rhone flavors and aromas are to die for!