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Faethm Fingers Crossed White Wine Head Held High California 2020  - First Bottle


96-99 Jeb Dunnuck -
I was able to taste two vintages of this estate's whites, both brilliant. The 2020 White Head Held High, which is still resting in barrel, is a Chardonnay-dominated blend that includes 12% Roussanne and 8% Marsanne. It has a brilliant nose of ripe pineapple, orange blossom, flower oil, and honeysuckle. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, round, mouth-filling, yet still pure and precise white that has a singular character. It's a great wine in the making.
97 The Wine Independent -
“We love making white wine,” said winemaker/owner Nik Krankl. “There is an abundance of really good Chardonnay. We want to make the best, and this is the best grape for this area. Going forward, this grape will lead the charge.” The sad news is that the section of Bien Nacido Vineyard’s old vine Chardonnay that was used to make this Chardonnay was torn out after this harvest. But, considering Nik’s eye for outstanding Chardonnay, skillful hand with this grape, and visionary blending, I’m not expecting a drop in quality. This 2020 White Wine Head Held High is a blend of 80% Chardonnay, 12% Roussanne, and 8% Marsanne from Bien Nacido and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards. Recently bottled, the wine went through 100% malo-lactic, and it spent 21 months in French oak barrels, 91% new. Powerful scents of apricots, honeyed drizzled pears, toasted almonds, and juicy pineapple gallop out of the glass, leading to hints of fresh ginger and allspice. Full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully spicy, packed with juicy stone fruit and pears flavors, framed by a silken texture and seamless acidity, finishing long and savory. Drop dead delicious. 288 cases were made.

Technical Details

  • Blend80% Chardonnay, 12% Roussanne, and 8% Marsanne
  • WinemakerNikolas Krankl
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationSanta Barbara County
  • Aging/Cooperage21 months in French oak barrels, 91% new
  • Alcohol15.2%
  • Production288 cases

Faethm Fingers Crossed White Wine Head Held High California 2020

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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.