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2003 Sine Qua Non The Inaugural Eleven Confessions Syrah

Heavy capsule condition issue; light label condition issue; exposed cork

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

Capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; signs of past seepage; exposed cork; missing wax capsule

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Capsule condition issue; exposed cork; missing wax capsule

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

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RATINGS

100Robert M. Parker Jr.

...hits the palate with remarkable intensity, purity, and full-bodied power, but it somehow manages to dance across the taste buds with the gracefulness of a ballerina. Awesomely long, this majestic Syrah should be a modern day legacy.

96Vinous / IWC

Explosively aromatic bouquet shows an exotic array of red and dark fruits, Asian spices, incense, fresh flowers and minerals; smells like a head shop.

90Wine Spectator

REGION

United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Rita Hills

Santa Rita Hills AVA in northern Santa Barbara County was granted appellation status in 2001. Located between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton, it has a total area of 30,720 acres with 2,700 vineyard acres. The area is considered a cool climate for vineyards, so vineyards are most often planted with the cool-weather grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The hills in the western part of this appellation are directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean, meaning that maritime winds and fog make the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA particularly cool. The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard planted in 1971 was the first vineyard in the district and is still considered one of the best.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.

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