2016 Sans Liege "The Offering" Santa Barbara County Rhône Blend (Elsewhere 30)

SKU #1400250 94 points Wine Spectator

 Distinctive, refined and well-built, offering expressive black cherry, cigar box, green olive and cured meat accents that build richness on the long finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier. Drink now through 2026. (TF)  (2/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier, the pale to medium ruby colored 2016 The Offering features aromas of cherry candy, powdered strawberry, dried herbs, warm redcurrant, stewed rhubarb and candied blue fruits. It's medium-bodied with good fruit intensity, grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long with a floral tinge. (EB)  (9/2019)

K&L Notes

Curt Schalchlin is owner/winemaker/sole employee of Sans Liege, a Cal-Rhône dynamo from the Central Coast. Schalchlin made his first barrel in 2003, and quickly grew a cult following for his seductive, expressive wines. Since then he's increased his vineyards and bottlings, but the deep GSM blend called the "Offering" remains his anchor. He is passionate about excellent vineyard sites, small production, fair pricing, and making all-out delicious wine.

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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2019 | Send Email
A killer bottle from one of my favorite winemakers in the central coast, The Offering seamlessly blends juicy, fleshy fruit with healthy herbs and spice. Superbly extracted with solid barrel influence, it reminds me of certain Orin Swift wines, but not quite as heavy. Though the fruit is plush and the flavors are intense, there is a finesse about it that I find impressive and refreshing. Make no mistake; this is a serious wine at an incredible price.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
Curt Schalchlin has produced the prototypical American Rhone-style blend. He’s managed to capture all that luscious California fruit that informs you where the wine is from while somehow keeping it deceptively light on its feet. Curt’s reputation precedes him as one who creates singularly-styled wines sourced from top quality vineyards throughout the central coast. “The Offering” is the perfect representation of his vision. Intriguing aromatics of dark ripe berries, roasted herbs, with spice box and cigar wrapper rise from the glass. On the palate the wine surprises you as it makes landfall on your tongue. There’s a wave of complexity and richness that skates across your palate while somehow maintaining impressive freshness and lift.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine grabs your attention immediately, bold, flashy, spicy in a somewhat sexy way, not too sweetish but really vibrant. On the palate you don't take a step back at all, the same flashy fruit accented by a briary like tang lifts the wine off your palate. The finish is balanced, focused and shows the same flavors throughout, very nice wine and a Bargain for California pricing.

Additional Information:


Rhone Blends


United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.4