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2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito

abv 15.7%
  • 100 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 59129-2000

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($87; 15.7% alcohol; 90% grenache and 10% syrah) Saturated ruby-red. Exotic aromas of liqueur-like red fruits, spice cake, chocolate, gunflint, bonfire, walnut and scotch. Sweet, thick and creamy, with rather wild, deep flavors of raspberry, blackberry, flint and minerals. Almost too much, yet this lush, superripe wine somehow avoids coming off as heavy. This has wonderful fruit and length, finishing with thoroughly ripe, sweet tannins. In style, this is very much like a top Chateauneuf du Pape from a very ripe year.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    2000 Incognito: This remains an historic wine and probably the greatest Grenache (95% Grenache and 5% Syrah) made in California up to this timeline. We were lucky enough to have this from a magnum at the vertical tasting, although I have recently had it from my cellar, as I have drunk the last remaining 750 ml formats I owned. A classic casebook in the glories of Grenache, this wine, which does have a little Syrah in it, has a dense plum/ruby color and an explosive nose of kirsch liqueur, incense, wood spice, pepper and earth. Ripe, full-bodied, and opulent, with a velvety texture, a magnificent, multi-layered, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, yet no sense of heaviness or any jagged edges, this is a glorious, voluptuously textured Grenache that scores high on all hedonistic and intellectual levels. I can't see it getting any better, as it is fully mature, so owners of it are advised to drink it up over the next few years.
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 196
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Fragrant floral aromas, ripe and fleshy, with a delicious medley of juicy plum, black cherry, raspberry and blackberry scents, finishing with a rich aftertaste and a long run of berry flavors highlighted by a toffee scent. Grenache. 263 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
    Issue: Feb 29, 2004
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: rcl
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Deep burnished red with just a slight lightening at the edges. Powerful yet elegant and intense scents of burnt toast, tar, airy plum, spicy dark fruits, a bit of tomato, stone, minerals, and flint. The wine keeps morphing in the glass and you don'tknow what it might offer up the next time you inhale it. Finely integrated tannin. Excellent acidity and the flavors linger and linger in the mouth. As with the best of wines, there is an incredible presence to this wine ? strong yet ethereal simultaneously. Incognito is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah sourced from the Alban and Stolpman Vineyards. It was raised in 50% new oak for slightly over a year and a half before being put into glass without fining or filtration.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2014
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - 15.7% alc
    Author: Lulu SF
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

  • 308 bottles owned
  • 109 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 109 collectors)