Sanguis winery is not a knock-off or copycat of Sine-Qua-Non, but I would say that their quality and zest are in the same realm. One more positive note, these wines are less expensive and I can offer you some quantity! Mattias has been crafting his wines for years in a similar fashion and has created a real following among the wine aficionados! This is his third Loner release and I am very excited about both his new wines, the Loner 2012 Chardonnay (3 barrels or 75 cases) and 2012 Pinot Noir r12b (5 barrels or 120 cases produced). Only 3 cases each were allocated to me!
Crafted from the great John Sebastiano vineyard (Paul Lato, etc.) The wine is equal parts animal and purity of fruit, there is a nervy quality to this one and the freshness of a crisp ocean breeze. In coming years, more elegance will take the place of current spry youthfulness (read: give it some time, I love it now but will love it more later). Vibrant red currant and dark blueberry aromas and flavors are joined with a touch a real Burgundian (Pommard) like flavors and qualities. The wine is full, yet extremely well-balanced with the right amounts of fruit and acid intertwined. This is a Pinot that screams for food – Lamb, beef, hearty stew. Only 5 barrels produced!
Sourced from an amazing block on the Bien Nacido ranch, this is a wine that will rival the best from California and Burgundy! Amazing aromatics jump out of the glass on impact – aromas of “secret-recipe-apricot-glaze” that Parisian pastry shops put on delicious butter pastries are complicated by grapefruit zest, smoky black and Oolong tea steeped at the right temperature, and bright white stone fruit. The wine is full and lush, yet extremely elegant on the mid-palate with the right touch of acid kissing the amazing fruit. This is a very intense and complex wine, that could use a good 60 minute breathing time and yes, even decanting would not hurt this puppy. Only 3 barrels produced!!