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2006 Sine Qua Non Viognier Mr K The Ice Man

abv 9.5%
  • 97 WA
  • 94 IWC
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SKU: 271183-2006-375

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    (made from frozen grapes from the Bien Nacido Vineyard) Deep yellow-gold. Intensely spicy aromas of vibrant peach and apricot are enlivened by steely minerality. Lush and sweet but vibrant, with vivid pit fruit flavors, tactile sweetness and outstanding clarity. Possesses a taffeta-like texture, finishing with grip, supple acids and lingering honey and orange marmalade character. Krankl avoids botrytis for his ice wines because he believes that true ice wine should show |the marrow of the fruit| and that botrytis overrides the variety.|
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: Nov/Dec 07
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    To be released next year, the 2006 Mr. K. The Iceman (287 grams of residual sugar and 9.4% alcohol) possesses zesty acidity as well as extraordinary complexity. It should rival some of the world's greatest sweet wines.
    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.

    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.

    Viognier is a fragrant and floral variety that makes full-bodied white wines with perfumed aromas of blossom, rose, peaches, apricots, honeysuckle, and stone fruit. Viognier grapes do not develop these signature aromas until very late in the growing season, and by the time they are ready for harvest the grapes have reached a very high level of sugar ripeness, contributing to the wine’s low acidity and high alcohol level. Many winemakers age these wines in oak, and the best examples come from the Northern Rhône, specifically in the sub-region of Condrieu. Look to producers such as E. Guigal and Yves Cuilleron for the best expressions of this variety.

    Viognier’s delicate aromas require pairing it with a dish that embellishes its natural flavors. Typical examples include sautéed shrimp, fondue, root vegetables, and pork loin.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 110 bottles owned
    • 63 collectors