sine qua non, profuga grenache, central coast 2018
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
99

2018 sine qua non, profuga grenache, central coast

Why We're Buying

Sine Qua Non constantly tinkers with the grape proportions to perfect its wines. The Central Coast may have achieved its goal with Grenache Profuga. The red blend features 77.5% grenache along with four other grapes varieties sourced from four vineyards. After trying the 2018 vintage, wine critic Antonio Galloni said, "readers will have a very hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine."

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Grenache Profuga is composed of 77.5% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 8.3% Syrah, 3.3% Petite Sirah and 0.9% Viognier. The vineyard sources are 38% Cumulus Estate, 35% The Third Twin Estate, 23% Eleven Confessions Estate and 4% Bien Nacido Vineyard. Forty-one percent whole cluster was performed, predominately on the Grenache. The small proportion of Viognier was co-fermented with red grapes, but interestingly, because it ripens earlier than the reds, the white berries were frozen and added to the reds at the time of fermentation. As an added bonus, these frozen grapes help to cool and, therefore, slow the fermentation. The wine was aged for around 23 months in 37% new French oak, 57.8% used oak and 5.2% concrete. Rating 97-99.