2002 Sine Qua Non - Just for the Love of it 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

($95; with 2% grenache and 2% viognier) Deep ruby-red. Black fruits, orange peel, Tellicherry pepper, sandalwood incense and black walnut on the highly complex nose. Quite youthful, even a bit clenched, in the mouth, with extremely intense, juicy, peppery fruit and a lovely coolness that promises a long evolution in bottle. Compared to the lush grenache bottling, this comes across as somewhat rigid today, but it possesses superb underlying sappiness. Finishes with firm tannins and superb persistence. One of those rare wines that seem to grow darker with aeration. This should have a long and rewarding evolution in bottle and may ultimately merit an even higher score.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 118

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Steve
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/11/2009
fantastic wine

Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Original Note - 15.2% alc

Rating: 98
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Nearly opaque black purple colored wine with a few slow moving and deeply pigmented legs. Leather, anise, smoke, plum, espresso, and tar aromatics with some rose, stone, mineral and baker?s chocolate grace notes. Almost painfully intense in the mouth with tremendous length and depth. Sweet mocha and licorice flavor just never want to stop. Tannin is barely perceptible given how much power (much of it latent) this wine possesses. Acidity is more than sufficient and while not objectionable needs some time to become better integrated. Tighter than previous examples but the wine?s immense potential is undeniable. 96% Syrah with 2% each of Viognier and Grenache mixed in.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 96
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 03/09/2012
Massive. Regal. Needs years.

Average rating: 97, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

1417 bottles owned by 466 collectors.

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About This Producer

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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