2005 Sine Qua Non - Roussanne Atlantis Fe203-3e 375ml

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($125; for 375 ml.; 8.2% alcohol with 352 grams per liter of residual sugar) Deep gold color. Hugely aromatic, gaudy bouquet of peach, apricot, blond tobacco, mint and dried flowers. Spicy pit fruit flavors stain the palate, gaining depth and sweetness with air. Finishes with a degree of lift and cut that I would never expect from such a rich, sugar-laden wine. These grapes came from the Alban vineyard.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: 141

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The 2005 Atlantis Fe 203-3e Roussanne Vin de Paille is a 100% Roussanne cuvee possessing 352 grams of residual sugar per liter. While it is a stunning effort, when tasted next to the two Mr. K. whites, it comes in slightly below those two out-of-this-world offerings. Incredible aromas of honeysuckle and marmalade are classic late-harvest Roussanne, and the wine's sweet style is beautifully balanced by terrific acidity (12.5 grams of acid per liter).

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 177

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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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