2009 Sine Qua Non "This Is Not an Exit" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More open, upfront and sexy, the 2009 Grenache This is Not an Exit is comprised of 79% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 3% Viognier, and 3% Roussanne that spent 31 months in roughly 35% new French oak. Showing overflowing richness, with notions of incense, spice cake, potpourri, and creamy raspberry fruit, it is a full-bodied, voluptuous, and decadent Grenache geared for drinking over the coming decade or so. Drink now-2023. About as good as it gets across the board, these singular, incredible wines are the result of an obsessive attention to detail at all stages of the wine making process. There is no secret or hidden magic going on here. The incredibly talented and down-to-earth Manfred Krankl simply walks the walk as opposed to only talking about attention to detail or offering up the standard, wine is made in the vineyard comments. Looking at the vintages focused on here, 2009 has produced a decadent, voluptuous style that offers up thrilling levels of fruit as well as an approachable, heady richness that's hard to resist. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. Intense cherry and boysenberry aromas are complicated by notes of cola, violet, candied licorice and smoky spices, plus a hint of vanilla. Packed with dense, alluringly sweet dark berry compote and floral pastille flavors that are energized by zesty minerality and a jolt of white pepper. For its sheer mass this is almost shockingly elegant. Finishes with smooth tannins and excellent, spicy persistence, leaving a juicy dark berry note behind. (JR)
Next to the 2010 and 2011 reds, the 2009 Grenache This is Not an Exit comes across as a bit heavy. Black cherries, plums, tar, mocha, new leather, licorice and menthol saturate the palate in an intensely overt, full-throttle Grenache. Today, the 2009 is not as expressive as it has been in the past. It may be that the 34% whole clusters still aren't fully assimilated. I have seen the Sine Qua Non Grenaches develop beautifully with time in bottle but today, the 2009 isn't ready to show all of its cards. 94+ (AG)
Exhibits a complex note of raspberry-mocha tort, with layers of flavors and a range of textures, from fleshy to firm. This is gripping on the finish, where the tannins keeps the flavors intact. Drink now through 2024.
From the Eleven Confessions Vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills.