2003 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Inaugural Grenache - 99 pts - 750ml

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2003 SQN Eleven Confessions Inaugural Grenache - 99 Pts!

The recently released 2003 The Inaugural (90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, the first vintage from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard) is a stunning effort. Boasting superb intensity and purity, it spent 38 months in French oak, and has...

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Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 2003
Rating 99 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color Red
Wine Type Table
2003 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Inaugural Grenache - 99 Pts!

The recently released 2003 The Inaugural (90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, the first vintage from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard) is a stunning effort. Boasting superb intensity and purity, it spent 38 months in French oak, and has taken on mind-boggling nuances and subtleties. It is a huge wine dominated by black cherry, blackberry, and cassis fruit, but also offering notions of plums, figs, soy, smoke, and roasted meat-like notes. The wine’s enormous complexity, silky, full-bodied, voluptuous texture, and remarkable finish suggest it will last over a decade, but who can resist it now? It hits all the palate’s and olfactory gland’s sweet spots, a hedonistic and intellectual joy!

To reiterate, it is a challenge to analyze these wines. I know they are distinctive, and I think I am beginning to understand why they are so much greater than just about every other Syrah or Grenache-based wine in California. In short, it is talent and incredibly meticulous hard work. No one works as hard or is as maniacal about a vineyard’s viticulture and winemaking as Manfred Krankl. Take that, add in exceptional talent, humility, top-notch vineyards, and I believe I understand the fundamentals of why these wines are so special. RP

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