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2009 Sine Qua Non Grenache Upside Down Santa Barbara County
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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(includes 11% syrah and 5% mourvedre):  Bright purple.  Highly complex aromas of black raspberry, cherry pit, licorice and black pepper, complemented by more exotic hints of apricot and white flowers.  Suave and juicy on entry, then alluringly sweet and vibrant in the mid-palate, with vivid red and dark fruit compote, lavender and Indian spice flavors.  Finishes very long, with terrific energy and clinging spiciness.

96+ 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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