Sine Qua Non Magnum Box Set 2016

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One 1.5L magnum each of the 2016 2016 Sine Qua Non Ratsel and 2016 Sine Qua Non Grenache Dirt Vernacular.

2016 Ratsel
81% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre, 5% Petite Sirah, 2.5% Grenache and 4.5% Viognier. 47% whole clusters during the fermentation. Raised in 47% new French oak, 53% used 300 liters casks.

Ratsel is a German term for a puzzle, mystery or riddle, as in having to ratsel the Syrah wine and blend each year. Incorrectly mentioned in some reviews as Cipher 16.

"A not yet bottled blend of 81% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, and the rest Viognier and Grenache, fermented with 47% whole clusters, the 2016 Syrah Rätsel 16 is an inky colored beauty that has another level of depth and richness over the 2015. Black raspberries, cassis, white pepper, white chocolate, and hints of bacon fat give way to a full-bodied, seamless, elegant wine that has terrific freshness and purity, ultra-fine tannin, and a huge finish. Not too dissimilar from the 2014s, which have the same supple, sexy, and approachable style, it should drink reasonably well right out of the gate and cruise for 15-20 years in cool cellars." - Jeb Dunnock, 96-99pts.

Dirt Vernacular 2016
78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvedre , 7% Touriga Nacional and 3.5% Petite Sirah. 43% whole clusters. Raised in 38% new French oak, 600 liter vats, 53% used barrels and 9% concrete.

"One of the finest Grenaches to ever pass my lips is the 2016 Grenache Dirt Vernacular and it’s 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvèdre, 7% Touriga Nacional, and the rest Petite Sirah. Reminding me of an old vine Grenache cuvée from the Maurel brothers in Châteauneuf du Pape, it boasts a huge nose of black raspberries, kirsch liqueur, graphite, ground herbs, and pepper. This is one of those wines that offers incredible intensity and depth, yet still just glides over the palate with no sense of heaviness whatsoever. Full-bodied, rich, layered, and pure, it’s a riveting example of Grenache that could come from nowhere else. Drink it any time over the coming 15+ years." - Jeb Dunnock, 100pts.

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Wine Type Red
Vintage 2016
Region California
Wine Alcohol Content Medium-High (13.5% - 14.9%)
Grape Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Viognier
Bottle Size 1500ml
Country USA