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2013 was full of success stories in California. There are plenty of impressive wines to be found and none more so than those made by Matthias Pippig and his team. We were so pleased that Matthias and Jamie found time to visit last year. Meeting them helped us gain further perspective on their wines. They challenge convention and provoke a reaction. They are wines to make you think and smile and discuss. We have had the opportunity to open and enjoy several older bottles now, each one fascinating and thought provoking. We are excited to see how these 2013s develop over time as they are, without doubt, some of the finest to emerge from Sanguis HQ in Santa Barbara. This year's mixed case features one bottle each of the 6 wines below, all from the epic 2013 vintage. For those of you who have been on the Sine Qua Non waiting list for decades, missed the boat with Andremily and love Lillian, this is your opportunity to pick up a slice of Cult California at its best.

BEEKEEPER 2013 "Made from a mix of mostly Marsanne, Chardonnay and Viognier, with around 5% Roussanne, the 2013 Beekeeper spent 24 months in a mix of used French oak and stainless steel barrels. It offers outstanding notes of buttered apple, lemon curd and honeysuckle in a full-bodied, balanced, yet full-flavored personality that will shine with food. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years." 90 Wine Advocate

LONER r13-B 2013 "Riper than the R13 A release, the 2013 Loner Pinot Noir R13 B offers terrific cassis, smoked earth, sweet oak and licorice aromas and flavors. Big, rich, textured and concentrated, with fine tannin, this is a serious, beautiful Pinot Noir that needs 1-2 years of bottle age and will drink nicely through 2023+." 92 Wine Advocate

VERVE 2013 "Lastly, the 2013 Verve checks in as 58% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Franc and 4% Viognier that saw 20% whole clusters and 26 months in 300-liter Cigar barrels and 500-liter neutral French oak. Charming, seamless and polished (as are all of Matthias's wines), it has outstanding notes of black raspberries, toasted bread, spice and dried flowers in a medium to full-bodied, balanced and lengthy package. It should drink nicely through 2023." 92 Wine Advocate

MISFIT 2013 "Made from a mix of mostly Syrah, Grenache and Petite Sirah, yet with 6% Viognier and Roussanne, the 2013 Syrah Misfit spent 22 months in a mix of different sized barrels, with 35% being new. It's a terrific wine that gives up lots of chocolaty dark fruits, smoked herbs, licorice and a touch of minerality in its full-bodied, chewy, mouth-filling and textured personality. Drink it over the coming 6-7 years." 92 Wine Advocate

PILGRIM 2013 "Spice, garrigue, peppery herbs and mulled red and black fruits all emerge from the 2013 Syrah Pilgrim, which is 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache and 2% Viognier that spent 28 months in 300- and 400-liter barrels. This full-bodied, open, supple and lively red has bright acidity, good (not great) concentration and a clean finish. The acidity will keep this drinking nicely through 2024." 91 Wine Advocate

BOSSMAN 2013 "The greatest wine made by this estate, the 2013 Syrah Bossman is a flat-out sensational blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier, from Bien Nacido and Watch Hills vineyards, that saw a quarter whole clusters and 23 months in new French oak. Its inky opaque color is followed by killer notes of smoked meats, pepper, olives and assorted dark fruits. This gives way to a full-bodied, perfectly balanced red that has a great mid-palate, seamless integration of its oak, tannin and alcohol, and a complex, layered personality that keeps you coming back to the glass. Hats off to winemaker Matthias Pippig for this beauty!" 97, Wine Advocate

Comments from the Critics: 

"Located in downtown Santa Barbara, Sanguis is run with incredible passion and talent by Matthias Pippig. These are unique, singular wines (there's some crazy blends in here) that offer beautiful texture and richness, as well as purity and balance. Matthias commented that he preferred 2013 over 2012, and I can only agree with him as this is certainly the finest lineup of wines I've tasted from this estate." Jeb Dunnock

"Sanguis was founded by Matthias Pippig and his wife Jamie Kinser in 2004. These artisan, small production wines are made from top vineyard sources in a style that emphasizes textural richness and depth. Each wine is a unique, unto itself creation down to the blends, names and labels. The best wines are quite promising and bode well for the future." Antonio Galloni

"The packaging of these outstanding offerings from proprietor Matthias Pippig is reminiscent of that of Elaine and Manfred Krankl's Sine Qua Non (i.e., hand-painted labels and heavy, over-sized bottles). Moreover, the wines are top-notch" Robert Parker