International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($115; includes 5% grenache and 2% viognier) Inky purple. Spicy cherry and candied plum on the nose, with sexy floral and mineral nuances adding energy. Silky-smooth and sweet, with deep but focused raspberry and blackberry flavors complicated by suave floral pastille and licorice qualities. Finishes sweet, with impressive vivacity and depth. Manfred Krankl thinks that this will start to drink well in 2009, adding that he is a big fan of early enjoyment.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: November/December 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Beefy, spicy, peppery aromas join dried berry and dried currant flavors that are intense and well- proportioned. Stays tightly focused and turns elegant, with a spicy espresso aftertaste. Drink now through 2012. 1,470 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100The perfect 2005 Syrah Atlantis Fe 203-1a,b,c is a blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and 2% Viognier, with 25% whole clusters. Whereas the Ode to E is all from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard, this cuvee is a combination of 43% from the estate vineyard, 28% from the White Hawk Vineyard, 21% from the Alban Vineyard, and 8% from the Bien Nacido Vineyard. The good news is there are nearly 1,500 cases of this recently released offering. An extraordinarily flowery nose interwoven with scents of blueberries, blackberries, incense, and graphite soars from the glass. Although not the biggest or most concentrated Syrah Krankl has made, it is one of the most nuanced, elegant, and complex. It remains full-bodied, but builds incrementally on the palate, and comes across as elegant and delicate, especially when compared to many California Syrahs. Nevertheless, the intensity is mind-boggling, and the finish lasts for nearly a minute. Drink this amazing effort over the next 10-15+ years.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 100Author: tiberite
Self | Rating: 100One of the most aromatic wines I've ever had- flowers, blueberry, toasty oak. Thick, sweet blueberry & blackberry flavors with a silky rich mouthfeel. Long, long finish picking up pepper & spice ( a little heat due to the 15+ alcohol).Author: Front Man
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
- 1168 bottles owned
- 256 collectors
- Average collector rating: 100
(Out of 256 collectors)