2007 Sine Qua Non - Grenache Dangerous Birds (Gunman Label) 750ml

USA - California/ Red / Grenache
2007 Sine Qua Non - Grenache Dangerous Birds (Gunman Label)
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($200; includes 10% syrah and 2% viognier) Inky ruby. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry pit, allspice and clove, with a slow-building smoky quality. Powerful but light on its feet, offering sweet red fruit flavors and notes of licorice and rose pastille. More clenched than the Pictures today, with impressive latent power and a tangy, mineral-driven finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 153

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Score: 99
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/08/2012
Wow! One of my fav SQN's ever! Delicious from a pop and pour. Tons of upfront blue fruits, bacon fat, smoke and a big mouthfeel. Great stuff!

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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