WHO: Sine Qua Non
WHAT: Grenache
WHERE: California, Santa Barbara
WHEN: 2007
SIZE: 750 ml
RESERVE: $175
MINIMUM BID INCREMENT: $25

97 Points – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

It exhibits abundant floral notes intermixed with notions of camphor, black cherries, black raspberries, blacker fruits, and graphite. Voluminous, expansive, and savory in the mouth, with sweet, silky, well-integrated tannin as well as superb purity and freshness, it effortlessly cascades over the palate with no hint of heaviness. This beautiful wine is further evidence that no greater Grenache is being made in the New World than that of Manfred Krankl. It should drink well for a decade or more.

94 points, Stephen Tanzer’s IWC

Vivid purple. Pungent aromas of boysenberry, blueberry, candied licorice and smoky Indian spices; smells more like syrah than grenache. Deep, sweet and focused, offering luscious dark berry compote flavors and tangy minerality. Really stains the palate but shows no excess ripeness or fat. Supple tannins gain strength with air and add shape to a long, juicy, vibrant finish. Most of this fruit came from the Eleven Confessions site.

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The winning bidder will be asked to make their payment directly to the Hillel Foundation at Indiana University, “Find Lauren Fund.” The Hillel Foundation at Indiana University is a 501(c)(3) charity with a dedicated fund. Palate Press: The online wine magazine will not collect any proceeds as part of this auction. The buyer will also pick up the wine at, or pay shipping from, Zachy’s in New York City.

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  • http://sethmlong.wordpress.com/ Seth Long

    $75