Sine Qua Non Confessions 2014 Box Set
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3 bottles 2014 GRENACHE TESTA CHERUBINI [JD 99, RP 98 +, AG 98] 80% Grenache, 15.5% Syrah , 4% Petite Sirah and 0.5% Viognier. 52% of the fruit was destemmed (all Grenache) and the rest was fermented as whole clusters. As is typical, fermented in relatively small, open top vessels with manual punch downs and pump overs. After pressing, the wine was raised for 38 months in 25% new and 75% used oak. Only 45% were barriques, the rest larger formats. 3 bottles 2014 SYRAH CAPO DEI PUTTI [JD 99, RP 96+ AG 98] 90% Syrah, 3.2% Petite Sirah, 2% Grenache co-fermented with 4.8%Viognier. 43% whole cluster. Raised for 39 months in 94% new French oak barrels and 6% in used. "As with the extended aged Syrah release, the 2014 Grenache Testa Dei Cherubini (80% Grenache, 15.5% Syrah, and the rest Petite Sirah and Viognier) comes all from the estate Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and spent just under 38 months in 25% new French oak, with the balance in neutral barrels (varying sizes). Layers of black raspberry, cassis, white chocolate, white flowers, and Asian spices flow to a full-bodied, supple, powerful Grenache that has silky, silky tannins, a seamless texture, no hard edges, and a finish that won’t quit. It’s already approachable, yet in my experience, this extended élevage results in a very stable wine, and I suspect this beauty will have another two decades of longevity." - Jeb Dunnock, 99pts. "Leading off the reds, the extended barrel-aged 2014 Syrah Capo Dei Putti boasts an insane bouquet of cedarwood, white chocolate, caramelized meats, candle way, and assorted red and black fruits. With full- bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and an incredible elegance, it changed every time I came back to the glass and is a multi-dimensional, riveting red wine from California. A blend of 90% Syrah and the balance Viognier, Petite Sirah, and Grenache, partially destemmed and aged 38 months in 94% new French oak, give this beauty 2-3 years of bottle age, count yourself lucky, and enjoy bottles over the following 10-15 years." - Jeb Dunnock, 99pts.