2006 Sine Qua Non - Grenache Raven No 9 1.5L

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Collector 97
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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 99
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 08/11/2014
Sublime. Drink now or over the next three years.

Rating: 96
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/29/2010
Decanted 5 hours. Plum, spice, licorice, and smokey meaty notes with an espresso dark fruit palate. Better as it warm to room temp.

Rating: 95
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Intense dark red color with powerful aromas of chocolate, cherry, and "sweet earth" with some game (not objectionable) and minerals. Smooth and plush in the mouth with tremendous length. Flavors echo the nose. Perfectly balanced - the sensation of tannin is almost totally camouflaged. Drinks very well now but can certainly last and perhaps improve over the next five years plus.

Average rating: 98, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

10 bottles owned by 10 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: Grenache

One of the most widely planted varieties in the world, Grenache is most well known as the base variety in wines from the Southern Rhone, such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes-du-Rhone, and Gigondas. Grenache thrives in hot, arid climates all over the world particularly in the Mediterranean and Australia. Its origin is believed to be the Roussillon region of southern France (formerly Spain - where it is grown today and is known as Garnacha). Grenache is used in blends to round out Rhone-style reds to soften harsher varieties such as Syrah and Carignan. It is also used for rose wines. Typical descriptors for Grenache include raspberries, strawberries. black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, and herbes de Provence.

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