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2002 Sine Qua Non - Just for the Love of it 750ml
2002 Sine Qua Non - Just for the Love of it
USA - California
Red / Proprietary Blend
2002 Sine Qua Non - Just for the Love of it
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 118

($95; with 2% grenache and 2% viognier) Deep ruby-red. Black fruits, orange peel, Tellicherry pepper, sandalwood incense and black walnut on the highly complex nose. Quite youthful, even a bit clenched, in the mouth, with extremely intense, juicy, peppery fruit and a lovely coolness that promises a long evolution in bottle. Compared to the lush grenache bottling, this comes across as somewhat rigid today, but it possesses superb underlying sappiness. Finishes with firm tannins and superb persistence. One of those rare wines that seem to grow darker with aeration. This should have a long and rewarding evolution in bottle and may ultimately merit an even higher score.

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Community Reviews

96

taipanli Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 03/09/2012

Massive. Regal. Needs years.

Lulu SF Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 08/01/2011

Original Note - 15.2% alc

Steve Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 01/11/2009

fantastic wine

98

Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 05/01/2005 Drink Dates: 2010-2020

Nearly opaque black purple colored wine with a few slow moving and deeply pigmented legs. Leather, anise, smoke, plum, espresso, and tar aromatics with some rose, stone, mineral and baker?s chocolate grace notes. Almost painfully intense in the mouth with tremendous length and depth. Sweet mocha and licorice flavor just never want to stop. Tannin is barely perceptible given how much power (much of it latent) this wine possesses. Acidity is more than sufficient and while not objectionable needs some time to become better integrated. Tighter than previous examples but the wine?s immense potential is undeniable. 96% Syrah with 2% each of Viognier and Grenache mixed in.

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