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Faethm Fingers Crossed White Wine Off The Record California 2018  - First Bottle

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95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2018 Off the Record White is a blend of 72% Roussanne, 24% Chardonnay and 4% Viognier from the Cumulus Vineyard, Bien Nacido Vineyard and White Hawk Vineyard. It was barrel fermented and underwent full malolactic conversion. Matured for 21 months on its lees in 75% new French oak and 25% one- to two-year-old barrels, this unabashedly hedonic Chardonnay from husband-and-wife team Julia and Nik Krankl is partly inspired by their love for the styles of Marcassin and Peter Michael. It offers intense aromas of baked apples and quince, toast, candle smoke, dried tarragon and lemon peel, blossoming to savory, biscuity nuances as it unfolds in the glass. The medium-bodied palate is expansive and satiny, with a deep core of perfumed fruit. Inquiring about the wine's alluring texture, the Krankls note that their lees-stirring regimen helps create those savory flavors and seamless mouthfeel and assists in integrating its generous new oak. "The lees coat the inside of the barrel, and we use a lot of new oak on our whites," they explain. "That crust of lees somewhat buffers the charry quality of the oak, while pulling out its positive aspects." 100 cases were made, and this wine will be sold as five-bottle sets with one bottle of white wine, two bottles of Grenache and two bottles of Syrah ($559). It was bottled in July of 2020, and I tasted it on May 24, 2022.
93 Vinous -
The 2018 White Wine Off The Record is classy from start to finish. Scents of apricot, ginger, chamomile and marzipan give this beautifully textured, oily white so much character. This is such a gorgeous wine. The blend is 72% Roussanne, 24% Chardonnay and 4% Viognier. Vineyard sites are Cumulus, Bien Nacido and White Hawk, which is about as good as it gets.

Technical Details

  • Blend72% Roussanne, 24% Chardonnay and 4% Viognier
  • WinemakerNikolas Krankl
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationSanta Barbara County
  • VineyardCumulus Vineyard, Bien Nacido Vineyard and White Hawk Vineyard
  • Aging/Cooperage21 months on its lees in 75% new French oak and 25% one- to two-year-old barrels
  • Alcohol15.2%
  • Production100 cases cases

Faethm Fingers Crossed White Wine Off The Record California 2018

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Captivating aromas of apricot, ginger, tea spice, and almond extract make this Santa Barbara blend a true indulgence. Beautifully textured, satin mouthfeel, this blend of Roussanne, Chardonnay, and Viognier is gorgeous.

About the Producer

Sine Qua Non, owned by Manfred Krankl, has become an international sensation and one of the most collected California wines. With a vision and an immense passion, Krankl transformed his dream into an incredible success story. Additionally, Krankl's wife embarked on her own winemaking journey by starting her brand called Faethm Fingers. Together, they have expanded their portfolio to include four distinct Estate vineyards: Eleven Confessions in Santa Rita Hills, Cumulus in south Santa Barbara, The Third Twin in Los Alamos, and Molly Aida in Tepusquet Canyon, where head trained Mourvedre is planted. Year after year, Sine Qua Non produces wines that captivate our palates with their exceptional quality and unique character, ensuring they remain among the most fascinating wines we encounter.