Tasting Report: First California Central Coast Reviews

October 3rd, 2011

For just over a month, I have been focusing my attention on tasting wines from the Central Coast of California. I have made two tasting trips to the key wine regions in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and visited a couple dozen wineries, as well as top vineyards. The experience has been fascinating and I have found some truly great wines.

The best wines of my tasting were from winemaking genius Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non. His wines have such power but at the same time they have polish and balance. Manfred says that he wants to make true California wines, so he can’t tone down the opulent fruit too much. He doesn’t, but they are not overdone. He seems to have more than found a balance! I gave two of his wines perfect 100-point scores: 2007 Sine Qua Non Grenache Central Coast Dangerous Birds and 2007 Sine Qua Non Syrah Central Coast Dangerous Birds.

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