Sine Qua Non Dark Blossom Syrah 2011
Syrah/Shiraz from California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
"Looking at Manfred's Syrahs, the 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom is a blend of 84% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah and 4% Roussanne that-s scheduled to be bottled later this year or early in 2014. Aging in 50% new French oak, it's an elegant, seamless Syrah that boasts complex, layered aromatics, full-bodied richness and clean integrated acidity that keeps everything fresh and lively. It's superb and will have two decades of longevity."
The Wine Advocate
"Black pepper, plums, mint, savory herbs and new leather all burst from the glass in the 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom. Vivid and beautifully alive in the glass, the 2011 Dark Blossom is one of the most varietally expressive wines I have ever tasted at Sine Qua Non. Deep, dark and totally sensual, the 2011 Dark Blossom is shaping up to be utterly magnificent. This is a dazzling showing from Manfred and Elaine Krankl. The 2011 is 84% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah and 4% Roussanne, (including 17% whole clusters) mostly from Third Twin, Eleven Confessions and Cumulus, with just a dollop of fruit from White Hawk. The 2011 will spend about 23 months in French oak, 50% new.
Blend: 95-97 Points"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Opaque purple. Deep, lush and pungent on the nose, with powerful scents of cassis, boysenberry, singed plum and violet. Then smooth and sweet on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla, with lively acidity adding lift and focus. Finishes lush, concentrated and extremely long, with lingering flavors of boysenberry and blackberry liqueur. There's 50% new French oak here but it's well-hidden underneath the wine's powerful fruit."
International Wine Cellar
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Sine Qua Non was created after the 1994 harvest of a Bien Nacido Syrah named The Queen of Spades. Winemaker Manfred Krankl feels strongly that each vintage is a completely unique wine and thus he gives each wine a unique name. He also creates the artwork for each new label himself. Previously, Manfred had made wines with Bryan Babcock and John Alban and still sources much of his...
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(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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