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Sine Qua Non Syrah California On Your Toes 2001

Member Review by Terence Pang:

Aged for 39 months in new oak, A medium+ black ruby core, this prodigious wine exudes enticing aromas of Morello cherry, blueberry compote, damp smoky wood chips and a hint of finger-crushed blackberry flesh. Dry and full-bodied, this is perfectly in balance right now, having descended onto a plateau of balance between the holy trinity – acid, tannins and fruit weight. Within the sexy, silky texture, there is still some fine grained tannins present hinting towards the potential of further cellaring. Rich fruit flavours, there are no rough edges despite the 14.9% alc. This has a long soothing finish and is one delicious baby I had no problem forgoing sushi, sashimi and soft-shell crab for. Drink over the next 10+ years. 99/100.

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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 On Your Toes

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Snooth User: Terence Pang
106762046,230
5.00 5
04/22/2012

Aged for 39 months in new oak, A medium+ black ruby core, this prodigious wine exudes enticing aromas of Morello cherry, blueberry compote, damp smoky wood chips and a hint of finger-crushed blackberry flesh. Dry and full-bodied, this is perfectly in balance right now, having descended onto a plateau of balance between the holy trinity – acid, tannins and fruit weight. Within the sexy, silky texture, there is still some fine grained tannins present hinting towards the potential of further cellaring. Rich fruit flavours, there are no rough edges despite the 14.9% alc. This has a long soothing finish and is one delicious baby I had no problem forgoing sushi, sashimi and soft-shell crab for. Drink over the next 10+ years. 99/100.


Snooth User: briwit
2889522
5.00 5
07/21/2007

this wine rocks! what more needs to be said. elaine and manfred are true artisan's in the wine world


Snooth User: joshua
3207176
5.00 5
10/05/2007

Five glasses


External Reviews for Sine Qua Non Syrah California On Your Toes

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2009

The virtually perfect 2001 On Your Toes is 100% Syrah (aged 39 months in new oak) from three vineyard sources, White Hawk, Alban, and Stolpman. I have already consumed two bottles of this extraordinary wine and, amazingly, the oak is less noticeable ... Robert Parker. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2001 Sine Qua Non On Your Toes (Syrah) 1500ml




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