Santa Barbara County
22 months in 10% new French barriques, 5% new French Puncheons, 10% second fill French barriques, 60% neutral French barriques and 15% neutral French Puncheons
Open top fermentors containing between 20-30% whole cluster fruit. Given punchdowns, pumpovers and love as needed.
The 2011 Offering is a window into another world. Expansive on the palate, with precise, dark aromatics it is one of the most provocative wines from Sans Liege. Like watching a tribe adorn red warpaint in a primeval forest. Earthen scents of black soil, crushed oyster shell, Lapsang Souchong tea and birch beer fall away as your attention hones in on the ceremony. The fragrance of kirsch, quince paste, red delicious apple skin and rooibos tea emerge as the tribesmen paint their faces with the meat of dangerous red fruits. On a spit an animal is roasting, you can almost taste the sweet char, bay leaf, porcini mushroom, peppercorn and fresh herbs. An arrow flies. You take off, running forever into the darkening jungle.
Alta Mesa (Grenache & Mourvedre), Santa Barbara Highlands (Grenache ,Mourvedre & Viognier) Alamo Creek (Grenache), Larner Vineyard (Grenache & Syrah), Bien Nacido (Syrah), Watch Hill (Syrah) , Laetitia (Syrah)
48% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre, 2% Viognier
Decant 3-4 hours, serve slightly above cellar temperature (60F) . Aging potential 7-10 years