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Sine Qua Non, The Inaugural, Eleven Confessions Vineyard, Grenache 2003  (1)
Sine Qua Non, The Inaugural, Eleven Confessions Vineyard, Syrah 2003  (5)
Above in original wooden case
, 2003
Sine Qua Non, The Inaugural, Eleven Confessions Vineyard, Grenache 2003 (1) Sine Qua Non, The Inaugural, Eleven Confessions Vineyard, Syrah 2003 (5) Above in original wooden case

6 bottles per lot
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THE INAUGURAL
The label is Manfred’s handwritten wine name on one of two juxtaposed colors, simple and direct. 2003 represented a new starting point for the winery. This is the first inception of 100% Estate Vineyard bottling. Manfred’s emphasis with Rothko like simplicity of label design is to focus all attention on the contents, not so much the packaging. Although both the Grenache and Syrah are released in specially created bottles, the Grenache is distinguished by a G nexted inside a star at the base of its label.

Upon release Elaine and Manfred noted that quantities were extremely limited, especially for the Grenache. The newsletter that year cautioned allocations of the Grenache would be severe, not everyone on the mailing list would be getting one.

ELEVEN CONFESSIONS ESTATE

The name of the state is very much from the mind of Manfred Krankl, as 11 different scions are planted on the estate and as they begin to produce they will eventually “speak the truth” of their terroir. As Manfred notes, they must “Confess” their secrets, and consumers will get to be their judge.

The Estate consists of 22 acres located in the cool Santa Rita Hills appellation. It was planted in 2001 and is made up of primarily Syrah and Grenache, but also some Roussanne and a tiny bit of Viognier. Because the climate is rather cool, we regularly experience very late harvests; seldom before the end of October and frequently well into November. This means very long “hang time” and thus full flavored, but never over-ripe or raisined fruit. Although the vineyard is densely planted with 2,420 vines per acre, we typically have very low yields of less than 1.5 tons per acre or more importantly around 1 ¼lb. of fruit per vine. This is one of the many criteria toward great wine quality.
Sine Qua Non, The Inaugural, Eleven Confessions Vineyard, Grenache 2003 (1)
Sine Qua Non, The Inaugural, Eleven Confessions Vineyard, Syrah 2003 (5)
Above in original wooden case

6 bottles per lot

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