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2001 Sine Qua Non Syrah Midnight Oil


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SKU: 73921-2001-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The impeccable 2001 Midnight Oil (95.5% Syrah, 3% Grenache, and 1.5% Viognier) is a product of four vineyards, Alban, Stolpman, Bien Nacido, and White Hawk. The good news is there are 950 cases of this compelling effort. With a |midnight| black color, and the viscosity of 10-W-40 oil, its aromas of violet/acacia flowers, melted licorice, camphor, blackberries, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty new oak are accompanied by a wine boasting terrific texture, good underlying acidity, ripe tannin, and a 60-second plus finish. This stunning effort competes with the 2000, and what looks to be Krankl's greatest Syrah-based wine to date, the 2002.
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating:

    not as good as I thought it would be. Rik Bridges liked it
    Author: Peter
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - 0.149
    Author: Lulu SF
  • Self | Rating: 94

    The yearly release of Sine Qua Non?s latest Syrah is always cause for celebration in my household. Nobody in California makes better Rhone wines than Elaine and Manfred Krankl. The 2001 version is 96% Syrah, 2.5% Grenache, and 1.5% Viognier from the Alban, Stolpman, Bien Nacido, and White Hawk vineyards. The key thing about Sine Qua Non Syrah and what separates it from other New World Syrah producers is that the Syrahs are deeply concentrated but elegant, complex, and feminine at the same time. Many producers can equal (or even exceed the concentration) but none can make a wine that bundles up so many contradictions into the one compelling wine that Sine Qua Non can. The 2001 lives up to its name in that it is quite dark with a huge, perfumed, and ever changing (if you don'tlike how it smells then put the glass down and come back in a minute ? it will be a different wine) nose of beef tartare, vanilla, plum, spice, wood, earth, blackberry, violet, sweet herbs, minerals, carrot, green apple, coffee, licorice, and menthol. Full and rich on the palate with moderate tannins, plenty of acidity, and loads of sweet fruit, anise, and caramel. Tough to put the glass down (and even more difficult to ever have enough of this wine in your cellar).
    Drink Dates: 2004-2015
    Author: Daniel B
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.

See other similar producers:Turley Wine Cellars,Amuse Bouche,Brewer-Clifton

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

  • 785 bottles owned
  • 208 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 208 collectors)