2005 Sine Qua Non - Pinot Noir Over and Out 750ml

USA - California - Santa Barbara - Santa Rita Hills/ Red / Pinot Noir
2005 Sine Qua Non - Pinot Noir Over and Out
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($75) Ruby-red. Exotically perfumed nose features energetic raspberry and blackberry scents complicated by cinnamon, mace and fresh rose. Plush and sweet, offering powerful red and dark berry flavors, suave tannins and impressively chewy finishing grip. Less a pinot than a Sine Qua Non wine, and that's not a bad thing.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Score:
Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Original Note - 0.152
Score: 93
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/09/2010
Score: 93
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/18/2010
Opened at 11am. Almost undrinkable at first, with searing acidity and heat. At 5pm, a totally different wine. Smoke, licorice and bright cherry and the nose with a palate of same plus some tea leaf and a little pine. A very nice pinot, almost burgundian in style.

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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