Sans Liège “The Offering” bottle

Sans Liège “The Offering”

Rhône-Style Red, 2016

After Curt Schalchlin graduated college in San Luis Obispo, California, he started making wine as a hobby. After just a few years, Curt decided to make wine full time and aimed to create a red that could measure up to the coveted wines of France’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape. No one in the Central Coast had blazed such a trail, so he chose the name Sans Liège (“without a leader”). Today, a decade on, the name is ironic: Anyone looking to make classically styled wines follows Curt’s lead. This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre.

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Sans Liège “The Offering” Red is about as close as a California wine can get to the legendary red wines of France’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape: powerful, primary fruit flavors with interwoven savory and spice notes for complexity and balance.

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FLAVORS & AROMAS
Cinnamon sillo
Cinnamon
Anise new sillo
Anise
Raspberry preserve
Raspberry preserves
Tea leaves sillo
Oolong tea

Pairing

These wines are about balancing concentration and complexity. Rhône red blends, Syrah/Shiraz and Zweigelt all have intense flavors of dark fruit accented with spice notes—black pepper, clove or cinnamon, to name a few. That fruity-peppery symmetry is simply beautiful with lamb, a specialty in the Rhône Valley.

More About The Wine

Sunny Santa Barbara County is just a short drive north from Los Angeles, but breezes and fog rolling in from the Pacific make the region cooler than Sonoma, which is north of San Francisco. The Grenache and Mourvèdre come from a vineyard 3,200 feet in elevation (bright sunshine, cool air), while the Syrah is from Whitehawk, a vineyard renowned for its spicy, peppery Syrah grapes.

DID YOU KNOW?

The rockier the soil and drier the climate, the better Grenache vines grow. In Châteauneuf-du-Pape, many Grenache vineyards have century-old vines still growing grapes every year.

  • VARIETY
    Rhône-Style Red
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Santa Barbara County, California
  • OAK
    French oak (18 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    14.5%
  • FARMING
    Conventional
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