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2008 Sine Qua Non - Syrah B-20

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
abv 15.4%
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah

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SKU: 359197-2008-1500-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    (includes 6% grenache and 3% viognier) Glass-staining purple. Highly aromatic nose combines blackberry, cassis, violet, truffle, graphite and cola, with a strong note of cracked pepper. Juicy, precise and shockingly delicate for a big boy (15.5% alcohol), with intense flavors of dark berry compote and candied violet. This has both weight, silkiness, and a strong, energizing core of minerality. Very suave on the back end, finishing with very suave tannins and superb lift.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: Nov/Dec 10
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Fresh, rich and vibrant, with a medley of cranberry, spice, pepper, wild berry, blueberry and mineral notes. Full-bodied and supple in texture, ending with game meat and dried berry flavors supported by firm, spicy tannins.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2008 Syrah B-20 is a cool, inward wine graced with layers of beautifully delineated, chiseled fruit. This is a distinctly mineral, precise style relative to the more outgoing 2009, but both are striking. Floral notes add lift as the finish turns explosive with a burst of dark fruit, tar, licorice and crushed rocks. This is one of the more understated wines readers are likely to come across from Sine Qua Non. It is gorgeous when given the time to open up. The B-20 is predominantly Syrah, with 6% Grenache and 2% Viognier. About half of the Grenache was fermented with whole clusters and the wine was aged in French oak (60% new) for 26 months. The vineyard sources are 52% Eleven Confessions, 18% Cumulus, 18% Bien Nacido and 12% White Hawk. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 97

    A big wine that needs some breathing time. It was a bit tight when we first opened. We use the slow oxygenation for about 20 hours. It opened up and became very impressive. Fruity, aromatic and dense with long finish. Excellent wine! I think it demands at least three hours of decanting.
    Author: Michael C
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Beautiful, tongue-staining, unctuous Syrah! Built for the ages.
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Consumed over two nights. Better after a few hours of air, as most SQN are. Very concentrated, with tons of blue fruits, bacon fat, meat, anise, and smoke. Another killer SQN!
    Author: Maxcontinuous
  • Self | Rating: 98

    In a word ...terrific. Still has a long life ahead
    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: Conrad K
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

  • 867 bottles owned
  • 193 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 193 collectors)