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Sine Qua Non Syrah California Just for the Love of It 2002

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USA Red 3-6 week arrival

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Winery: Sine Qua Non
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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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

Member Reviews for Sine Qua Non Syrah California Just for the Love of It

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Snooth User: bcs1573
7655454
5.00 5
06/23/2008

As good and complete and complex a wine as I've ever had.


Snooth User: RhoneRanger
19691023
5.00 5
06/11/2009

Is it worth 500 to 1,000 dollars for a bottle? Are any wines worth that??? Ummmmmm.... NO! But this SQN is certainly an experience that must be had. Save your money and shop around for a great price. I personally think Midnight Oil is better - But I can assure you that you haven't lived until you've enjoyed a few of these... Find a friend who's on the list quick!!!!!


Snooth User: sikora398
468074
4.00 5
04/08/2008

Intense, deep color, with layers of flavor. Overwhelms the palate with dark fruit flavors as well as a higher than average alcohol content. Almost as rich as a port.


Snooth User: clerisy
14744921
5.00 5
03/07/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Sine Qua Non Syrah California Just for the Love of It

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/04/2012

...Black fruits, orange peel, Tellicherry pepper, sandalwood incense and black walnut on the highly complex nose. Quite youthful, even a bit clenched, in the mouth, with extremely intense, juicy, peppery fruit and a lovely coolness that promises a lo... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2002 Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It (Syrah) 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/25/2012

(2% grenache and 2% viognier) Deep ruby-red. Black fruits, orange peel, Tellicherry pepper, sandalwood incense and black walnut on the highly complex nose. Quite youthful, even a bit clenched, in the mouth, with extremely intense, juicy, peppery frui... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2002 Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It (Syrah) 1500ml



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