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Sine Qua Non Patine Syrah 2011

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The wines are at once very rich and elegant, superbly balanced and thoroughly harmonious with food, never overwhelming.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
Brand Sine Qua Non
Alcohol/vol 15.5%
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Wine AdvocateA wine that needs to be forgotten in the cellar for 5-6 years, the 2011 Syrah Patine checks in as a blend of roughly 97% Syrah and the balance Roussanne and Viognier. It too comes all from the estate's Eleven Confessions Vineyard and saw 39 months in 63% new French oak. Backward, tight, concentrated and structured, with full-bodied richness and depth, it gives up Guigal La Landonne like aromas and flavors of graphite, sweet oak, smoked meats, pepper and black raspberry and cassis-like fruit. While it shows the vintage's cooler nature, it has a stacked mid-palate and will evolve gracefully for 15-20 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2015