2006 Sine Qua Non "A Shot in the Dark" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah (Previously 1000)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A Shot in the Dark is composed of 96.5% Syrah and 3.5% Viognier from the 11 Confessions Vineyard in the cool Santa Rita Hills. Performing better from bottle than it did from barrel, this prodigious red exhibits incredibly velvety tannins, a seamless style, and no noticeable oak (which is remarkable given the fact it spent 32 months in barrel). Dense purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of blueberry pie, blackberries, soy, Asian spices, and hints of forest floor and charcoal, this is a complex, rich, seamless, well-balanced tour de force in winemaking. A full-bodied, exuberant, unabashedly California Syrah, it will offer stunning drinking over the next 10-15+ years. (RP)
*Collectibles* An amazingly detailed wine, deep, rich and layered, musclebound yet graceful. It's packed with dense, focused, pure mineral, blackberry, toasty oak and roasted coffee flavors that end in a long cascade, veering into chocolate malt ball notes. Awfully tempting now, but sure to reward cellaring. Best from 2012 through 2024. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky violet. Captivating, varietally expressive nose melds cassis, boysenberry, olive tapenade, cracked pepper, licorice and Indian spices. Suave, velvety and deeply concentrated, with restrained sweetness for a wine with this much power and thrust. Firm acids give the lush dark fruit and floral flavors excellent focus. Finishes chewy, suave and very long, with velour-like tannins and strong mineral character. Really compelling wine that is shockingly approachable now. (JR)
Smoky and coffee with earth and spices with ripe fruit. Full-bodied, round and meaty. Dried meat and grilled. Pepper and spices. Intense and rich. Very round. A gorgeous wine. Drink now or hold.
36 months in new French oak. Interesting nose – exotic, spiced. Peppery. Plenty of alcohol and juiciness, but expressive and impressive nose. Has a smoky, toasted scent to finish, which is controlled and integrated. Pure fruit. 17.5/20 points (RH)