Sine Qua Non (SQN) Dark Blossom Grenache 2011 750mL
The 2011 Grenache Dark Blossom is probably the best Grenache-based blend in the vintage. A blend of 75% Grenache, 12.5% Syrah, 11.5% Mourvedre and a splash of Roussanne (fermented with 11% whole clusters), it has a perfumed, complex style, with notions of black raspberry, cassis, dried flowers, white pepper and licorice giving way to a full-bodied, layered and seamless mouthfeel. There�s no shortage of fruit here, and while it�s hard to resist now, it has enough tannin to warrant short-term cellaring. It should knock it out of the park through 2029.