Sans Liege Santa Barbara The Offering 2008

Red Blends from Central Coast, California

Item No. 113724
  • red wine
  • WS93
  • RP90
Alcohol By Volume: 15.4%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

#34 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Possibly the most opulent and structured "Offering" yet, the 2008 is Curt's closest approximation to the Chateauneauf du Pape cuvees that have been his guiding light. Aromas of smoaked meats, well worn bicycle gears, strawberry jam and spiced chocolate greet a robust palate of sweet cinnamon, brambles, apple butter and bonfire.

Blend: 41% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 275 Syrah, 2% Viognier

Critical Acclaim

"Fresh, floral, grapey wild berry and blackberry flavors are snappy, intense and vibrant, yet also delicate and firm, with a minerally edge. Lively, vivid and detailed, this ends with a mixed thread of berry notes. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier. Drink now through 2020. 960 cases made."
93 Points

"The 2008 The Offering bursts from the glass with a rush of blackberries, blueberries, sweet spices and licorice. It shows good inner perfume and sweetness in a super-ripe, racy style. The finish is round and harmonious. The Offering is 41% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 27% Syrah and 2% Viognier that spent 22 months in French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016."
90 Points

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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