Sine Qua Non Body and Soul Roussanne Viognier Other Calif/White 2007

Member Review by Terence Pang:

A limited 475-case wine that is 71% Roussanne and 29% Viognier, with fruit from the Eleven Confessions vineyard and matured in one-third new French oak. A vibrant color of golden sunflower oil with a copper rust tinge. The first thing that hit me – warm pancakes with maple syrup! Youthul, uplifting aromas of honeysuckle, bees wax, preserved lemons, yellow peach, fennel seed and sweet baking spice. Dry, full-bodied white wine, plenty of mind-bending racy acidity, 15.5% alc. Taut with mineral tension, there are rich robust flavours of tangerine flesh, lemon pith and peach skin that are unyielding on the finish. Great with roasted almond and pumpkin seeds sprinkled with roasted rosemary and cayanne powder. Drink now – 2015.

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Sine Qua Non:
  Sine Qua Non is the California cult wine created by Austrian winemaker Manfred Krankl and wife Elaine. These highly in-demand wines, which consistently received near perfect scores from critic Robert Parker, can fetch upwards of $500 a bottle and can only be had through their über exclusive mailing list or via auction. The wines are Rhone style blends in red and white, kept to a... Read more
  Sine Qua Non is the California cult wine created by Austrian winemaker Manfred Krankl and wife Elaine. These highly in-demand wines, which consistently received near perfect scores from critic Robert Parker, can fetch upwards of $500 a bottle and can only be had through their über exclusive mailing list or via auction. The wines are Rhone style blends in red and white, kept to a small production of 3,500 cases a year. The name is Latin for “without which not” or more fittingly to fans, “something that cannot be done without.” The “winery” (not open to the public) is a warehouse in Ventura, California, originally founded during Krankl’s stint as owner of restaurant Campanile, for which the first wines were produced in 1994. The first wines were produced from fruit sourced in various locations in California and other including Oregon, but he now grows most of his own grapes in small vineyards in Ojai Valley and Sta Rita Hills.    One of the unique elements of these wines is that since Krankl believes each vintage tells its own story, the name of the wines change with each vintage, as do the self-designed labels and even bottle shapes. Some of the original wines were Pinot Noir, which he no longer produces, the last one in 2005 called “Over and Out.” Now the wines are predominately Rhone blends, with names such as “Whisperin E” (named for wife Elaine), “Pagan Poetry Rosé,” “Poker Face,” and “Mr. K The Noble Man” (dessert wines produced with Austrian colleague Alois Kracher).  Read less

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Snooth User: Terence Pang
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04/30/2012

A limited 475-case wine that is 71% Roussanne and 29% Viognier, with fruit from the Eleven Confessions vineyard and matured in one-third new French oak. A vibrant color of golden sunflower oil with a copper rust tinge. The first thing that hit me – warm pancakes with maple syrup! Youthul, uplifting aromas of honeysuckle, bees wax, preserved lemons, yellow peach, fennel seed and sweet baking spice. Dry, full-bodied white wine, plenty of mind-bending racy acidity, 15.5% alc. Taut with mineral tension, there are rich robust flavours of tangerine flesh, lemon pith and peach skin that are unyielding on the finish. Great with roasted almond and pumpkin seeds sprinkled with roasted rosemary and cayanne powder. Drink now – 2015.




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