2014 Sine Qua Non "Light Motif" Central Coast Proprietary White Blend

SKU #1283813 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Starting with the whites and a rich, thrillingly concentrated and unctuous wine from Manfred, the 2014 White Wine Lightmotif is made from 47% Roussanne, 21% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 11% Viognier and 7% Marsanne that spent 19 months in a combination of concrete eggs, new French oak, neutral barrels and a tiny portion in stainless steel. Coming from close to equal parts Eleven Confessions, Cumulus and Bien Nacido vineyards, this beauty sports a medium gold color to go with a rich, layered profile that carries tons of ripe peach, honeycomb, pineapple, flowers and citrus. Pure, elegant and silky on the palate, with full-bodied richness, it never puts a foot wrong, is ethereally textured and has a great finish. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. (JD)  (8/2016)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2014 Lightmotif has been a headscratcher for me over the past year and I suspect it’s best given 2-4 years of bottle age. A blend of 47% Roussanne, 21% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 11% Viognier and 7% Marsanne, it spent 19 months in a combination of concrete eggs, new French oak, neutral barrels and stainless steel. It offers a rich, singular style in its caramelized citrus pineapple upside down cake (seriously, that’s what it smells like) and buttered peach. Nicely concentrated, rich and tight on the palate, with all the right parts, it just needs time.  (12/2017)

94 points Vinous

 The 2014 White Wine Lightmotif is striking. Gorgeous, captivating aromatics meld into yellow orchard fruit, peach, mint and apricot jam. Rich, layered and voluptuous, but with notable energy, the 2014 exudes freshness. With air, the 2014 can be enjoyed young, but these wines have a way of developing beautifully in bottle. This is one of the more restrained young whites I have tasted at Sine Qua Non. The blend is 47% Roussanne, 21% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 11% Viognier and 7% Marsanne, from 41% Eleven Confessions, 30% Cumulus and 29% Bien Nacido. (AG)  (9/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a bold, smoky note of bacon fat up front, with toasted cumin aromas. Rich and creamy in texture, but the pear, spice and lemon zest flavors are subtle compared to the bold, toasty overlay, which lingers on the finish. Roussanne, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Viognier and Marsanne. Drink now. (MW)  (5/2017)

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