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Tasting Notes

WA95

The 2005 The Petition (a blend of 37% Viognier, 33% Roussanne, and 30% Chardonnay; 62% from John Alban's vineyard and 38% from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard) is more restrained than the 2006. 2005 was a cooler year, but you wouldn't know that from the glorious opulence in both the aromatics and flavors of this light golden-colored wine. Litchi nut, buttered tropical fruits, flower, and subtle wood notes soar from the glass. Rich, dry, full-bodied flavors coat the palate, but supporting underlying acidity provides superb definition to the wine's mass and intensity. This cuvee, along with its younger sibling, are among the most profound dry whites being made in California. Hopefully they will encourage more wineries to move away from varietal labeling and create blends such as these. I believe that is the future for Central Coast whites. To reiterate, it is a challenge to analyze these wines. I know they are distinctive, and I think I am beginning to understand why they are so much greater than just about every other Syrah or Grenache-based wine in California. In short, it is talent and incredibly meticulous hard work. No one works as hard or is as maniacal about a vineyard's viticulture and winemaking as Manfred Krankl. Take that, add in exceptional talent, humility, top-notch vineyards, and I believe I understand the fundamentals of why these wines are so special.

WS91

Rich and ripe, with pineapple, peach, apricot, hazelnut and dried lemon peel flavors. Despite its richness and creamy texture, there is a backbone of acidity that keeps this light on its feet. A toasty, smoky note fills the palate on the finish. Viognier, Roussanne and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2012. 550 cases made.


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The Winery

Sine Qua Non

We love rarity, and Sine Qua Non is rare by design. For every vintage winemaker Manfred Krankl not only makes new wine, but designs a new label and bottle style. Each bottle is a work of art with a name that seems to capture its essence. Benchmark is proud to have one of the largest collections of Sine Qua Non in the country, ready to deliver at your request.

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