2011 Sine Qua Non "The Moment" California White Blend

SKU #1147187 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Starting off the tasting and a prodigious, unctuous white, the 2011 The Moment checks in as a blend of 57% Roussanne, 19% Petit Manseng, 17% Chardonnay and 7% Viognier that spent 16 months in a combination of concrete, new and used barrels, and stainless steel. Offering up notions of marzipan, citrus oil flowers, marmalade and spiced apricots, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness and depth that's balanced by beautiful underlying freshness and clarity. While I would lean towards drinking bottles over the coming 2-3 years, these can absolutely age, and have upwards of 10-15+ years of longevity. Drink now-2017+. (JD)  (8/2013)

94 points Vinous

 The 2011 White Wine The Moment is rich, viscous, textured and incredibly pure. Orange blossoms, mint, honeysuckle and tangerine all flesh out in a rich, voluptuous white endowed with tons of personality. The overall sense of structure is really that of a red rather than of a white. The 2011 is 57% Roussanne, 19% Petite Manseng, 17% Chardonnay and 7% Viognier, mostly from estate fruit, 45% Eleven Confessions, 38% Cumulus and 17% Bien Nacido. In this vintage, Manfred Krankl used to age the white in 53% concrete, 24% new French oak, 13% slightly used French oak and 10% stainless steel. (AG)  (7/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow-gold. Ripe pear, creme brulee and candied ginger on the powerfully scented nose, with notes of anise and smoky lees adding complexity. Pliant but focused candied citrus and orchard fruit flavors gain weight with air, picking up a dried fig nuance. The pear and smoke notes carry through a smooth, palate-staining and strikingly long finish that shows surprising vivacity. This wine was raised in a combination of concrete eggs, new French oak, used barrels and stainless steel tanks. (JR)  (12/2013)

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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.