2005 Sine Qua Non - Mr K Chardonnay The Nobleman 375ml

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2005 Sine Qua Non - Mr K Chardonnay The Nobleman
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International Wine Cellar | 93

(235 grams per liter of residual sugar) Orange-gold color. Wild, impressively complex bouquet of smoky apricot, mango, passion fruit, vanilla and brown spices, with a slow-building licorice quality. Round and oily, offering rich orchard and tropical fruit flavors and a deep undercurrent of dusty minerals. A lush, sweet wine that manages to be lively too. Finishes with impressive clinging sweetness and length. This completely botrytized fruit was taken from the Alban vineyard.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: 141

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Wine Advocate | 98

Made from 100% Chardonnay from the Alban Vineyard, the 2005 Mr. K. The Nobleman possesses 235 grams of residual sugar per liter as well as exceptional acid levels. This incredibly rich, sweet white is almost like the Quintessence bottlings from Alsace's Domaine Weinbach. Its mind-boggling purity, balance, intensity, and sweetness are balanced by the wine's zesty acidity. An amazing achievement fashioned from 100% botrytised fruit, it will keep for 20 or more years.

Drink Dates: 2008-2028
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 177

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2006 (375ml)

About This Producer


Manfred Krankl, an Austrian immigrant and Los Angeles restaurateur turned winemaker, is a reclusive and maniacally hard-working proprietor. His back-alley Ventura winery, dubbed the "garage d'or," has been described as "a junkyard (or the first or second level of hell)" and compared to a set from the movie "Mad Max" by Robert Parker. A true believer in radical viticulture, Krankl has worked with excessively low yields and maintains his winery and vineyards with meticulous attention to detail.

Since the debut "Queen of Spades" in 1994, original artwork and increasingly creative wordplay has adorned the label of each SQN wine. The wine itself has become a benchmark for Rhone varieties not just in California, but in the world. With 100-point scores in double digits, Robert Parker raves, "...the Grenache is the finest in the New World, the Syrah begs to be compared with the greatest of France, California, and Australia, and the white wine blends assembled by Manfred Krankl are as sumptuous and complex as the world's finest Chardonnays..." For all collectors, and particularly those that love Rhone-styled wines, SQN truly is something indispensable.

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