Sine Qua Non Dirt Vernacular Grenache & Ratsel Syrah Assorted Box Set (2 bottles OWC) 2016
This elegant assorted box set features one magnum-sized bottle of biodynamic "Dirt Vernacular" Grenache and one magnum-sized bottle of "Ratsel" Syrah from SINE QUA NON. The Grenache displays a captivating palate of red fruit and earthy notes, while the Syrah showcases dark fruit and savory undertones. Perfect for special occasions or gifting, this set is housed in an Original Wooden Case (OWC). Pairs well with dishes like herb-crusted rack of lamb or a rich mushroom risotto.
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) - The label of the 2016 Dirt Venacular is based on a picture of a stone imbedded in another stone. The wine is composed of 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvèdre, 7% Touriga Nacional and 3.5% Petite Sirah, fermented using 43% whole cluster with the whole cluster mostly used on the Grenache component. The vineyard sources are 42% Eleven Confessions Estate, 25% The Third Twin Estate, 22% Cumulus Estate, 9% Bien Nacido and 2% Molly Aida Estate. It was aged for around 23 months in 38% new French oak, 53% used French oak and 9% concrete.Medium to deep garnet-purple, this Grenache beauty sashays out of the glass with stunning kirsch, black raspberry, stewed tea, red roses, Chinese five spice and redcurrant jelly notes with nuances of wild blueberries and candied violets plus enticing cardamom, chargrill and black pepper undertones. Full-on decadent and full-bodied, the palate is also so vivacious, possessing amazing freshness and velvety/fine-grained tannins, finishing with tons of floral and red fruit layers. Pure hedonism. 1,208 cases and 600 magnums were made.