2004 Sine Qua Non - Covert Fingers 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($75) Bright red-ruby. Pure, pungent aromas of raspberry and spices; very pinot! Densely packed, supple and sweet, with pure red berry, spice and earth flavors. Has a thickness of texture while retaining verve. Finishes with fine, supple tannins and lovely subtle length. Not as complex as Krankl's top syrahs, but this is delicious, and as graceful a pinot as I recall tasting from this producer. My sample showed even more intense raspberry and spice flavors the second day, without any loss of freshness. (I must note, however, that my first two bottles were corked.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 128

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Customer Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Original Note - 0.149

Rating: 95
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/07/2010
Site Blog: mac_h Young (From 2010 To 2018)

Rating: 90
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/28/2010
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Cedar and pine on the nose. Big alcohol on the palate which is in control of this wine at the moment after three hours of air. Dark fruit with promise underneath. Nice medium finish. Try again in two years.

Rating: 90
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/31/2009
Nice cherry notes and structure. Liked it more in its youth but still singing!

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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.

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