Sunday, November 4, 2007

2004 Sine Qua Non "Into The Dark" Grenache (California, USA)

Had at the Jemrose Vineyards Harvest Party (more on the party later) - a very generous gift from Russell Bevan!

O-M-G, this is my first ever "Sine Qua Non" - a cult winery that is impossible to find and has a wait list of over 5 years - and it lived up to the hype.

This is a full throttle wine, it comes at you with pure force of personality, yet it is still incredibly graceful and lithe. Imagine an athlete that is a dual gold medalist in gymnastics and weight lifting!?!

Black cherry, licorice and smoke with silky, fine grained tannins. Must be some big time alcohol in there by no heat on the palate. Color was a spectacular deep black-purple. Mouth feel was like sucking on velvet.

Boy, oh, boy, oh, boy...

Score: 98 points
Price: $250 or there abouts (WineCommune)

1 comment:

Mark V Marino said...

Hello Andrew,
Sounds like some great wine Grenache is a favorite of mine. This is one I have not heard of although I have over 1000 wineries in Sonoma and Napa Counties. I happen to do wine tours out of Sebastopol, you see our limos all over town, keep on writing!