2016 Sans Liege "The Offering" Santa Barbara County Rhône Blend (Elsewhere 30) SKU #1400250

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K&L Notes

Curt Schalchlin is owner/winemaker/sole employee of Sans Liege, a Cal-Rhône dynamo from the Central Coast. Schalchlin made his first barrel in 2003, and quickly grew a cult following for his seductive, expressive wines. Since then he's increased his vineyards and bottlings, but the deep GSM blend called the "Offering" remains his anchor. He is passionate about excellent vineyard sites, small production, fair pricing, and making all-out delicious wine.

Staff Reviews

  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    K&L Staff Member
    A killer bottle from one of my favorite winemakers in the central coast, The Offering seamlessly blends juicy, fleshy fruit with healthy herbs and spice. Superbly extracted with solid barrel influence, it reminds me of certain Orin Swift wines, but not quite as heavy. Though the fruit is plush and the flavors are intense, there is a finesse about it that I find impressive and refreshing. Make no mistake; this is a serious wine at an incredible price.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    Curt Schalchlin has produced the prototypical American Rhone-style blend. He’s managed to capture all that luscious California fruit that informs you where the wine is from while somehow keeping it deceptively light on its feet. Curt’s reputation precedes him as one who creates singularly-styled wines sourced from top quality vineyards throughout the central coast. “The Offering” is the perfect representation of his vision. Intriguing aromatics of dark ripe berries, roasted herbs, with spice box and cigar wrapper rise from the glass. On the palate the wine surprises you as it makes landfall on your tongue. There’s a wave of complexity and richness that skates across your palate while somehow maintaining impressive freshness and lift.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine grabs your attention immediately, bold, flashy, spicy in a somewhat sexy way, not too sweetish but really vibrant. On the palate you don't take a step back at all, the same flashy fruit accented by a briary like tang lifts the wine off your palate. The finish is balanced, focused and shows the same flavors throughout, very nice wine and a Bargain for California pricing.


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