3 Bottles - WA 97 - Grenache - Sine Qua Nonís 2008 Grenache Estate The Duel boasts extraordinary richness, power and sheer depth. Tobacco, leather, mint and spices are woven together in this large-scaled Grenache. There is plenty of intensity here, but the 2008 has just a touch less aromatic definition than the very finest wines at Sine Qua Non. I imagine some of that may be the result of extended aging in oak. The 2008 is 82% Grenache, 14% Syrah, 2% Viognier and 1% Roussanne, all from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills. A portion of the Grenache was fermented using whole clusters.
3 bottles - RP 96 to 100 - Syrah - Not scheduled for release until November 2012, this was a barrel sample of the long wood-aged Grenache in 2008. A hundred percent from the 11 Confessions Vineyard, and a blend of 80% Grenache, 17% Syrah, 2% Viognier and 1% Roussanne, this wine displays wonderfully sweet, floral, waxy notes intermixed with creme de cassis, black cherry liqueur, licorice, a hint of forest floor and floral notes. Dense ruby/purple, with great intensity, full-bodied opulence, and loads of glycerin, yet at the same time possessing a surprisingly light-on-its-feet personality, this should be a terrific wine that appears to be going from strength to strength as it ages in wood.