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2008 Sine Qua Non - Roussanne Vin de Paille Jinete Bajo

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
  • 96 WA
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Roussanne

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SKU: 358163-2008-375-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Deep gold. A highly aromatic, pungent bouquet of orange marmalade, apricot nectar and yellow plum, with exotic honey and spice notes. Lush and creamy in texture, with deeply concentrated, sweet pit and tropical fruit flavors and a strong note of candied citrus. There's surprising energy and lift to the finish, which leaves juicy peach and orange notes behind. I'd serve this as a dessert, by itself. This clocks in at 11.8% alcohol, with 240 g/l of residual sugar.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: Nov/Dec 10
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The days of the Mr. K wines are gone forever with the tragically premature death of Austrian Alois Kracher, who had partnered with Manfred Krankl in this intriguing homage to sweet nectars. Krankl continues on his own, and in Spring, 2011, he will release the 2008 Jinete Bajo Roussanne Vin de Paille, which is named after his wife-s favorite horse. Made from 100% estate fruit, with a finished alcohol level of 11.8%, a whopping 240 grams per liter of residual sugar, and 8.7 grams of acidity, this is a pure nectar of honeyed marmalade, waxy, syrupy honeysuckle, exotic creme brulee, and citrus. The remarkable acidity cuts through the extraordinary sweetness, so the impression is fresh and vibrant. Krankl has pulled off a marvelous balancing act with this cuvee. How long will it last? I have no idea - maybe 50-100 years, but given the fact there are only 235 cases of half bottles, most of it will be consumed before 2020.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Consumed over 4 days. Caramel, smoke, tropical fruit and honeysuckle nose profile. An oily palate of banana, candied pineapple, and white frosting with a bit of a salty aftertaste, which mostly abated after the first night.
    Author: Maxcontinuous
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Dark golden color. Thick consistency. Full mouth feel with honey, pear, apricot. Outstanding and on par with the great Sauternes.
    Author: Mike N296
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

  • 276 bottles owned
  • 70 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 70 collectors)