The 2005 The Petition (a blend of 37% Viognier, 33% Roussanne, and 30% Chardonnay; 62% from John Alban's vineyard and 38% from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard) is more restrained than the 2006. 2005 was a cooler year, but you wouldn’t know that from the glorious opulence in both the aromatics and flavors of this light golden-colored wine. Litchi nut, buttered tropical fruits, flower, and subtle wood notes soar from the glass. Rich, dry, full-bodied flavors coat the palate, but supporting underlying acidity provides superb definition to the wine’s mass and intensity. This cuvee, along with its younger sibling, are among the most profound dry whites being made in California. Hopefully they will encourage more wineries to move away from varietal labeling and create blends such as these. I believe that is the future for Central Coast whites. (RP)
An unique blend of Chardonnay, Roussanne, and Viognier, the 2005 Sine Qua Non The Petition is a rich, full-flavored white that oozes ripe peach and golden fruit aromas that are intermixed with hints of hazelnut, crème, and mineral on the nose. While this started out tight and slightly heavy, as is common with aged whites, it continues to gain freshness and purity over the evening. Full-bodied, voluptuously textured, and with a powerful, heady finish, this outstanding white was most likely a touch better on release, yet should continue to evolve gracefully for a number of years.
Medium gold. Lush and honeyed nose offers ripe peach, nectarine and apricot, with lively cinnamon and mace adding complexity. Stains the palate with ripe but restrained pit fruit flavors, picking up an exotic cinnamon toast quality on the back. Suave and silky, with outstanding finishing cling and thrust. (JR)
Sine Qua Non's 2005 White Wine The Petition tastes like it was made yesterday. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint and almonds are some of the many notes that blossom in the glass in a dazzling wine endowed with tremendous energy and persistence. What else is left to say? The 2005 has aged magnificently and shows no signs whatsoever of fading. (AG)
Rich and ripe, with pineapple, peach, apricot, hazelnut and dried lemon peel flavors. Despite its richness and creamy texture, there is a backbone of acidity that keeps this light on its feet. A toasty, smoky note fills the palate on the finish. Viognier, Roussanne and Chardonnay. (MW)
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