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2018 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Vineyard Syrah

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased direct from winery; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

100The Wine Advocate

...layered aromas of cassis, coffee beans, garrigue and cracked pepper before segueing to soaring floral perfume...full-bodied, powerful and seamless, boasting powdery tannins and integrated acidity. It has a concentrated core of floral fruit and a tremendously long finish.

100Jeb Dunnuck

Incredible notes of ripe cherries, currants, ground black and white pepper, cured meats, and saddle leather...full-bodied, deep, and concentrated on the palate...another utterly magical wine.

98Vinous / IWC

...dark, sensual and layered, with tremendous freshness and energy backing a core of dark red/black fruit, chocolate, mocha, licorice and spice.

REGION

United States, California, Central 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.