International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($75) Ruby-red. Exotically perfumed nose features energetic raspberry and blackberry scents complicated by cinnamon, mace and fresh rose. Plush and sweet, offering powerful red and dark berry flavors, suave tannins and impressively chewy finishing grip. Less a pinot than a Sine Qua Non wine, and that's not a bad thing.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: November/December 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Pushes ripeness to the edge of extreme, yet pulls it off, delivering a supple, elegant polished array of ripe plum, black cherry, wild berry, cola, sassafras and cedary oak. Complex and exquisitely balanced, with a long, lingering finish.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94Sadly, Sine Qua Non's final Pinot Noir will be the 2005 |Over and Out| Arita Hills Vineyard. That's a shame as their Pinot Noir has always been one of my favorites - always rich and full-flavored rather than a dumb-downed, wimpish, and diluted faux-French imitation. This beauty has put on considerable weight since I tasted it twelve months ago. Made from Dijon clones 115 and 777, it reveals a classic Cotes de Nuits-like perfume of damp forest floor intermixed with sweet cherries, plums, figs, and spring flowers. This could easily be mistaken for a Clos de la Roche from Morey St.-Denis, but with purer fruit and a more savory texture. Dominated by its beautiful fruit and complexity, with the oak component kept in the background, it should drink well for 8-10 years.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 93Author: SingKevin
Self | Rating: 93Opened at 11am. Almost undrinkable at first, with searing acidity and heat. At 5pm, a totally different wine. Smoke, licorice and bright cherry and the nose with a palate of same plus some tea leaf and a little pine. A very nice pinot, almost burgundian in style.Author: Maxcontinuous
Self | Rating:Original Note - 0.152Author: Lulu SF
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 , , , and 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. and 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
- 805 bottles owned
- 174 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 174 collectors)