2005 Sine Qua Non - Pinot Noir Over and Out 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($75) Ruby-red. Exotically perfumed nose features energetic raspberry and blackberry scents complicated by cinnamon, mace and fresh rose. Plush and sweet, offering powerful red and dark berry flavors, suave tannins and impressively chewy finishing grip. Less a pinot than a Sine Qua Non wine, and that's not a bad thing.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Original Note - 0.152

Rating: 93
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/18/2010
Opened at 11am. Almost undrinkable at first, with searing acidity and heat. At 5pm, a totally different wine. Smoke, licorice and bright cherry and the nose with a palate of same plus some tea leaf and a little pine. A very nice pinot, almost burgundian in style.

Rating: 93
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/09/2010

Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

977 bottles owned by 283 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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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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