To say I came away impressed would be an understatement. Anyone who claims this big, rich style can't age needs to taste these wines. (JD)
Sine Qua Non's 2006 White Wine The Hoodoo Man is insanely beautiful. Remarkably fresh for a nine year old white, the 2006 The Hoodoo Man will change readers' perceptions about what California white wines are and can be. A rich mélange of apricot, peach, honey and exotic white flowers graces the palate as this voluptuous, intense, yet remarkably vibrant wine shows off its utterly compelling personality. Slightly reductive, the 2006 needs a good bit of air. Today, the 2006 shows no signs whatsoever of fading. It should continue to drink well for another 5-10 years. The Hoodoo Man can only be called an absolute triumph in viticulture and winemaking. Time and again, I thought I had mixed up my glasses and that this was 2013 White Wine Résisté. The Hoodoo Man is 39% Roussanne, 31% Viognier and 30% Chardonnay; 75% from John Alban's vineyard and 25% from Eleven Confessions. The wine was aged in 58% new oak, the rest 1-2 year-old barrels and a dollop of stainless steel. (AG)
Bright gold. Deep, smoky aromas of spicy peach, mango, toasted nuts and pungent herbs. Explodes on the palate, offering deeply concentrated exotic and pit fruit flavors, with a jolt of dusty minerals on the back. A waxy note builds on the finish, which is impressively focused, gripping and dry. No excess fat here. This is the last white wine in which Manfred Krankl will include Chardonnay. (JR)
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