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2012 Sine Qua Non In the Abstract Sine Qua Non, Central Coast, California, USA

In Bond case price:
Country USA
Region California
Appellation Central Coast
Producer Sine Qua Non
Vintage 2012
Type White (Dry)
Grape Variety White Rhône Blend
ABV 15.2%
Format 6x75cl
Packaging Non-Original Case
Duty Status In Bond
Provenance Purchased by Liquid Assets from a US-based merchant; directly imported into the UK by Liquid Assets; securely stored in a climate-controlled bonded facility
Stock 1 case (in stock and available immediately)

97 Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate (August 2014)

In the same league, the 2012 In The Abstract is a classic Sine Qua Non white blend of 37% Chardonnay, 31% Roussanne, 16% Petite Manseng and 16% Viognier. Coming from roughly equal parts Bien Nacido, Cumulus and Eleven Confessions vineyard, it spent just under 19 months in 48% used barrels (1-4 years old), 27% new French oak and the balance in concrete eggs. It sports a slightly darker color than the Chardonnay and offers up incredible notes of caramelized peaches, poached apples, white flowers and crushed rock that flow seamlessly to a full-bodied, decadent, yet classy and graceful feel on the palate.

It’s a classic effort that doesn’t pull any punches, yet also never seems hot, heavy or puts a foot wrong. Enjoy this beauty over the coming decade or more.


94 Antonio Galloni, Vinous (July 2014)

The 2012 white wine In The Abstract represents a return to a much more opulent style after a few years in which the Sine Qua Non whites were a bit more energetic than is typically the case. Honey, apricot, mint, orange blossom and spices meld together in a huge, viscous wine that covers every inch of the palate. The purity of the fruit here is simply striking.