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The February 2019 Distinguished Cellar Auction, Part II

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Auction Ends: 2/14/2019 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #952. Sine Qua Non Syrah Estate Eleven Confessions Vineyard The Inaugural 2003

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 100 RP.
"The mind-boggling 2003 The Inaugural Syrah is an emotional experience to taste as well as drink. Aged 38 ½ months in French oak, it was fashioned entirely from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard, which is planted with Syrah clones #470, 174, and the Estrella River and Alban field selections. This stunning Syrah boasts a magnificent bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, licorice, and roasted meats. It hits the palate with remarkable intensity, purity, and full-bodied power, but it somehow manages to dance across the taste buds with the gracefulness of a ballerina. Awesomely long, I still tasted this wine 60 seconds after I had spit it out – no easy task, even for a professional. This majestic Syrah should be a modern day legacy for Sine Qua Non, ranking alongside the other stunning Syrahs they have produced, such as the two 2002 cuvees, Just For The Love Of It and Heart Chorea. This is a nuanced, complex wine, whereas the 2004 Poker Face is more exuberant and flamboyant." Wine Advocate #172, Aug 2007
Provenance: The Mont Blanc Cellar
Notes: Missing wax capsule, exposing top of cork.
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $900


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