2008 Sine Qua Non - Syrah B-20 750ml

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2008 Sine Qua Non - Syrah B-20
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(includes 6% grenache and 3% viognier) Glass-staining purple. Highly aromatic nose combines blackberry, cassis, violet, truffle, graphite and cola, with a strong note of cracked pepper. Juicy, precise and shockingly delicate for a big boy (15.5% alcohol), with intense flavors of dark berry compote and candied violet. This has both weight, silkiness, and a strong, energizing core of minerality. Very suave on the back end, finishing with very suave tannins and superb lift.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: 153

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Score: 97
Author: Michael C
Tasted On: 02/10/2013
A big wine that needs some breathing time. It was a bit tight when we first opened. We use the slow oxygenation for about 20 hours. It opened up and became very impressive. Fruity, aromatic and dense with long finish. Excellent wine! I think it demands at least three hours of decanting.
Score: 97
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/19/2012
Consumed over two nights. Better after a few hours of air, as most SQN are. Very concentrated, with tons of blue fruits, bacon fat, meat, anise, and smoke. Another killer SQN!

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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