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1998 Sine Qua Non - Veiled

UNITED STATES / OREGON /
  • 92 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 59138-1998-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Medium, dullish red. Slightly reduced nose combines black raspberry, roasted cherry, woodsmoke, coffee, smoked meat and a vegetal hint. Lush, thick and sweet, with complex, slightly meaty flavors lifted by cherry fruit and mint and nicely supported by a firm spine. This was initially dominated by inviting scents of burnished wood, but with extended aeration showed a stronger, fresher fruit component without losing its sweetness or shape. Old World-styled Oregon pinot.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Oregon's Shea Vineyard has been the source for many delicious Pinot Noirs from the likes of Ken Wright and others who live and work near the vineyard. One's sense of rational thought might be questioned to think that a winery two hours north of Los Angeles should be leasing a vineyard in Oregon, and shipping the fruit to California in refrigerated reefer trucks, but that is just what Elaine and Manfred Krankl are doing in order to satisfy their masochistic need to produce world-class Pinot Noir from a cool climate region. The 1998 Veiled Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard is outstanding. It reveals the vintage's strengths in its medium ruby color, attractive, sweet, plum, rose petal, black cherry fruit, and smoky-scented nose. Medium-bodied with outstanding concentration and sweetness in the mid-palate, elegance and balance, this wine should improve nicely over the next 3-4 years, and last for 7-8.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Silky, polished style emphasizes ripe cherry, spice and pepper flavors, which wrap themselves nicely in fine-grained tannins. The fruit echoes on the finish.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Self | Rating: 92

    A deep, slightly dusky, ruby red hue. An expansive but still burgeoning nose of walnut, plum, toasty oak, sandalwood, and mint with a touch of iron and blood. Very big on the palate but has the requisite acidity to keep things lively. A very long finish with plenty of fruit and oak churning through to the end. I remain disappointed that the Krankls have decided to end making Oregon Pinot Noir with the 2003 vintage. It is a great loss. Veiled?s quality only adds to my sorrow.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2011
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - 14% alc
    Author: Lulu SF
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Starting it's decline at this point. But, still vibrant enough with good structure. The finish is beginning to fade at this point, however.
    Author: sikora398
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 165 bottles owned
  • 64 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 64 collectors)