2006 Sine Qua Non Roussanne Vin de Paille To The Rescue California (half bottle)
Producer: Sine Qua Non Style: Sweet Wine Grape Type:Roussanne Origin:California Region: Other California
93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009
($100; for 375 ml.; 290 g/l r.s.) Orange-gold. Rich, pungent aromas of peach, apricot, floral honey and orange peel, plus a strong note of candied fig. Weighty, palate-staining pit fruit and date flavors are complicated by notes of honey and brown spices. Becomes sweeter with air while maintaining vivacity and focus, no doubt thanks to the 9.7 grams of acidity. The finish clings tenaciously and repeats the floral and honey notes.
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