2007 Sine Qua Non - Body & Soul 750ml

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Vivid gold color. More energetic than the previous wine, with zesty aromas of Meyer lemon, pear skin and grapefruit pith complemented by deeper notes of peach pit and yellow rose. Juicy and finely etched, with the palate displaying sweet orchard and pit fruit flavors and a strong note of grapefruit pith. Strikingly pure, lively and incisive on the finish, which clings with excellent juicy persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: 147

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The new cuvee of white wine, the 2007 Body and Soul, a 475-case blend of 71% Roussanne and 29% Viognier, is primarily from the 11 Confessions Vineyard. Krankl has dropped Chardonnay from the blend, and the resulting wine is a beacon for what can be achieved by blending two white Rhone varietals. About one-third new French oak is used. Honeysuckle, orange blossom, lemon oil, tropical fruit, and floral notes are found in this unctuously-textured white. Full-bodied and dry, with good underlying minerality, crispness, and an alluring freshness, it is impossible to know how such a wine will age. I just finished my last bottle of the 2001 Albino, which is aging fabulously well, and seems capable of lasting another 4-5 years. These wines are so spectacularly perfumed and intense in their youth that they are hard to resist.

Drink Dates: 2009-2014
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 184

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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/08/2012
Awesome concentration, with honeysuckle, candle wax, burnt caramel, and zesty tropical fruits. Great!

Rating: 96
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/18/2011
Medium golden color. The most full-bodied white wine I've ever tasted. This was so dry and spicy that I think blindfolded you could confuse this for a Rhone Style red wine. Some in the group noted tropical fruits and lemon oil; I had a hard time picking up the fruit character past all of the spice. The very impressive thing to me with this bottle was how the intensity increased even after it was swallowed. Long finish.

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Author: joealfaro
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/23/2011
Drink Dates: 2014-2017
71% Roussanne, 29% Viognier

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Rating: 96
Author: Victor
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 08/15/2010

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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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