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1995 Sine Qua Non - Red Handed

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
abv 13.5%
  • 86 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah

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SKU: 73460-1995-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 86

    1995 Red Handed: One of the very first wines from Sine Qua Non with a significant portion of Grenache - in this case 43% Grenache and the rest 40% Syrah and 17% Mourvedre (the latter component usually eliminated from all Grenaches afterwards) - this wine is still alive, with a medium ruby color and the classic peppery and kirsch notes, along with some loamy soil and earthiness and a hint of wood smoke. In the mouth, one could call it elegant, but it lacks exuberance, and much of the fat and density of fruit have faded, revealing more acid and tannin in a slightly clipped finish. This wine was at its best in its first 7-8 years of life, but now is in decline.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Dark, ripe and complex, with a pretty array of plum, cherry and wild berry flavor that's rich and concentrated. Finishes with pretty spice and mineral notes. Delicious now, but worthy of short-term cellaring. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Good deep red. Complex aromas of red berries, woodsmoke and tobacco. Lush, silky, smoky and very concentrated, with a strong flavor of strawberry. Sweet and suave. Finishes extremely long, with lush tannins that coat the entire mouth. Compelling and seamless.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1998
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  • 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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    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 41 bottles owned
    • 27 collectors