Sansliege prophetess

"The Prophetess" XII/XIII

Sans Liege

The fire cracks and his gaze follows the twirling smoke upward. Through the twisted juniper overhead there is a glimpse starlight in the indigo sky. Scents of confectionary blue fruit, cinnamon graham cracker, fennel, smoked meat, dark chocolate and plum hang in the air. Turning the spice covered rabbit on the spit he bites off a piece of venison jerky and follows it with a big gulp of cola from the molded glass bottle in his weathered hand. It took nearly the whole day to ascend to this spot, but it was worth it.

Country:
USA
Region:
Santa Barbara County
Vintage:
2012/2013
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
73% Syrah, 27% Mourvèdre
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
94

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Aging:
40% new French oak, 60% neutral French oak (22 months on the 2013 & 34 months on the 2012)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
15.4
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
300

Reviews

  • "94 points. Made from 73% Syrah and 27% Mourvedre that’s from the 2012 and 2013 vintages, the NV Prophetess saw 22-34 months in 41% new French oak. This inky colored blockbuster has tons of ripe, sexy notes of blackberry jam, licorice and smoked meats in a full-bodied, plush and luxuriously textured package. It’s one of the top wines I’ve tasted from winemaker Curt Schalchlin and should drink nicely over the coming 4-5 years, and I’m sure it will evolve beyond that as well." (Robert Parker)
  • "93 points. Potent but polished and complex, with distinctive blackberry, licorice and black olive aromas and densely layered flavors of smoked beef, cracked pepper and mineral. The tannins are big but balanced. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2027." (Wine Spectator)

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