WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Rhone Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Santa Barbara County
  • ALCOHOL
    15.40%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    22 months in French oak: 20% new puncheons,17% neutral Puncheons, 5% new barriques, 25% second fill barriques & 33% neutral barr
  • PRODUCTION
    48% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier

94pts Wine Spectator: Distinctive, refined and well-built, offering expressive black cherry, cigar box, green olive and cured meat accents that build richness on the long finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier. Drink now through 2026.

Sans Liege is my relentless search for independence. Equally aligned with the freedoms of the New World and the heritage of the Rhône Valley, I am careful not to hold too closely to either. Tending fruit in vineyards that have captured my heart from Paso Robles down to Solvang, these sites speak for me and I for them; the only partners now on this path I tread.
--
Curt Schalchlin, Winemaker

TASTING NOTES 

When you arrive the celebration is raging, much like the huge bonfire in the center of the crowd. You are met with scents of anise, mulling spices, kirsch and leather. A friend claps you on the back and hands you a bowl crafted from juniper proclaiming “wassail!” “Drink hail” you chorus with the rest of the group, taking a gulp and passing it on. Treats of olive tapenade and plums with cinnamon are shared as the merriment continues into the night.