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2004 Sine Qua Non Grenache Ode to E California
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2004 Sine Qua Non Grenache Ode to E California

Producer: Sine Qua Non
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Grenache
Origin: California
Region: Other California

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96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008

($200; 88% grenache, 10% syrah and 2% viognier-a bit different than the unfinished blend I tasted last year; 16.5% alcohol) Opaque purple. Room-filling bouquet offers mulberry, cassis, incense, graphite, smoked meat and cracked pepper, plus a strong potpourri element gaining power with air. Lush and creamy, with impossibly deep dark berry liqueur flavors and quickly expanding spiciness. Utterly stains the palate, finishing (if you can call it that) on strong black raspberry and smoky Indian spice notes. This refuses to let go of the palate and is eerily energetic and precise. Fifty percent whole clusters were used here. Wow!

100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Grenache (aka Garnacha)

One of the more versatile red grapes in the world, Grenache thrives in southern France and Spain (where it is known as Garnacha). Ranging in style from light and fruity to deep, brooding and intense; the grape also suits a variety of ambitions: Grenache can be used in inexpensive wines that offer immediate satisfaction, but it is also successful...
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