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2003 Sine Qua Non - Sublime Isolation

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
abv 15.7%
  • 93 WA
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 104075-2003-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($75; 16.6% alcohol; 44% chardonnay, 37% roussanne and 19% viognier) Deep yellow. More deeply pitched on the nose than the 2004 white blend but equally pure: pineapple, grapefruit, menthol, minerals and smoke, with hints of more exotic fruits. Conveys an even rounder, sweeter, fuller impression than the '03, with glyceral, layered flavors of mirabelle, honey and herbs. But without the floral lift of the 2004, this impressively fat and rich wine is just short of heavy.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 2003 Sublime Isolation is a blend of 44% Chardonnay, 37% Roussanne, and 19% Viognier, all from the Alban vineyard. Aromatically restrained by SQN standards, with coaxing it offers up notes of honeyed pineapples, minerals, and flowers, but it is much more timid than its younger sibling. Rich, pure, and deliciously textured in the mouth, it reveals more on the palate than in its aromas, which should develop more nuances with additional bottle age. Sadly, production of this brilliant dry white proprietary wine is a minuscule 250 cases.
    Author: Robert Parker
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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

    • 252 bottles owned
    • 98 collectors