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Expert Picks: Kistler and Sine Qua Non

Posted on | March 24, 2015 | Written by Janice Cable | No Comments

Crystal 2014Spring is here, and it’s time to break out the rosé and decadent whites that are exhilarating, distinctive and sublime! Transitional seasons like spring and fall call for rich whites, so today I am reaching for two delicious offerings from California. Although we have a great selection of wines from Italy, France and Spain, we have a few special gems in our cellar that hail from bit closer to home.

First is the family-owned boutique estate Kistler. Located in Northern California’s wine producing region of Sonoma County, Kistler produces ten different vineyard-designated bottlings, all of which offer their own personality and character. The second comes from Sine Qua Non, another highly sought-after cult estate and a contender for one of the most unique winery programs, focusing primarily on Rhône grape varietals. Winemaker Manfred Krankl feels strongly that each vintage makes a completely unique wine; thus he gives each wine a unique name. He also creates the artwork for each new label himself. The wines are made in tiny quantities each year, bearing a whimsical name that tells a story about the inspiration behind each wine.

Kistler 2013 Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay $79.99

This ’13 Sonoma Mountain is a full-bodied wine with balanced acidity and a dusting of minerality to offset its rich fruit. You’ll find delicious flavors of peach and vanilla, with buttery brioche notes and subtle aromas of white flowers.

Sine Qua Non 1998 Backward and Forward White Blend $399.00

A blend of 30% Roussanne, 40% Chardonnay, and 30% Viognier, this ’98 is rich and viscous, offering flavors of white peaches, honeyed apricots, coconut, and exotic fruits with high pitched aromatics with notes of lemon, lime, petrol and apples. Golden in color, the wine still offers surprisingly lively acidity for its richness and massive power.

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