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2003 Sine Qua Non - Syrah The Inaugural (Eleven Confessions)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
abv 15.8%
  • 100 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah

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SKU: 120931-2003-750-3B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($150; includes 3% viognier) Inky ruby. Vibrant red and dark berry scents are deepened by black olive, floral oils, cassis and licorice. Even fresher on the palate, displaying sweet raspberry and blackcurrant flavors, with energetic mineral lift and great finishing cling. Very sexy stuff, performing a remarkable balancing act of power and finesse.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The mind-boggling 2003 The Inaugural Syrah is an emotional experience to taste as well as drink. Aged 38 1/2 months in French oak, it was fashioned entirely from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard, which is planted with Syrah clones #470, 174, and the Estrella River and Alban field selections. This stunning Syrah boasts a magnificent bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, licorice, and roasted meats. It hits the palate with remarkable intensity, purity, and full-bodied power, but it somehow manages to dance across the taste buds with the gracefulness of a ballerina. Awesomely long, I still tasted this wine 60 seconds after I had spit it out - no easy task, even for a professional. This majestic Syrah should be a modern day legacy for Sine Qua Non, ranking alongside the other stunning Syrahs they have produced, such as the two 2002 cuvees, Just For The Love Of It and Heart Chorea. This is a nuanced, complex wine, whereas the 2004 Poker Face is more exuberant and flamboyant. It should age beautifully for 10-15+ years. To reiterate, it is a challenge to analyze these wines. I know they are distinctive, and I think I am beginning to understand why they are so much greater than just about every other Syrah or Grenache-based wine in California. In short, it is talent and incredibly meticulous hard work. No one works as hard or is as maniacal about a vineyard's viticulture and winemaking as Manfred Krankl. Take that, add in exceptional talent, humility, top-notch vineyards, and I believe I understand the fundamentals of why these wines are so special.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Tightly focused and tightly wound, with fresh earth, dried berry and cranberry flavors, and hints of sage, herb and anise. Long, persistent, structured finish.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Powerful rigfht out of the bottle. Heavy black fruit nose, with a hint of framboise. Dense, lingering mouthfeel and concentrated flavors. An outstanding wine.
    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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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

  • 735 bottles owned
  • 137 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 137 collectors)