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Sine Qua Non (SQN)


208, The Wine Advocate: Jeff Dunnuck
"About as good as it gets across the board, these singular, incredible wines are the result of an obsessive attention to detail at all stages of the wine making process. There is no secret or hidden magic going on here



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Sine Qua Non Queen of Spades Syrah 1994 750ml (stained back label)

Syrah, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA, SQN

Bottle


   SKU: CALR-000536
   Vintage: 1994
   Color: Red
   Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz
Btls Available:1
Btls in Case:6
Producer Name:Sine Qua Non





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Sine Qua Non The Naked Truth & The 17th Nail In My Cranium 2005 750ml 6-Pack in Original Wood Case

SQN- 4 bottles 17th Nail in my Cranium Syrah & 2 bottles Naked Truth Grenache

Case


   SKU: CALR-000345
   Vintage: 2005
   Color: Red
   Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz
Btls Available:6
Btls in Case:6
Producer Name:Sine Qua Non



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Robert Parker (RP): 100/97
The 2005 Syrah The 17th Nail In My Cranium, a blend of 96.5% Syrah and 3.5% Viognier which is aged 38 months prior to bottling. Black as a moonless night, the 2005 17th Nail reveals a stunning nose of spring flowers intermixed with creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, graphite, and hints of lard and barbecue spices. Dense, with an endless (and I mean endless) finish, remarkable purity, and layer upon layer of flavor, but no sense of heaviness or flabbiness, this prodigious Syrah should evolve for 15 or more years.

2005 The Naked Truth: Manfred Krankl’s obvious love for his wife Elaine seems very apparent with the 2003, followed by the 2004 Ode to E, and here again, a sketch of his wife unclothed (sorry, back view only) appears on the label of the 2005. (I only know it’s his wife because I asked him!) A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah (any Mourvedre added to the Grenache is now a thing of the past), this wine, made totally from the 11 Confessions Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, is young, yet like all the SQN wines, approachable in its glorious display of fruit, purity and freshness. Dense purple, and offering up notes of cranberries, pepper, boysenberries, raspberries and cherries, a cornucopia of red and black fruits emerge from the aromatics, gently dosed with some spicy oak and Provencal herbs. Full-bodied, gutsy and fleshy, with loads of glycerin, a heady mouthfeel and a long finish, this wine has beautiful freshness and delineation, and should continue to drink well for 10-12+ more years. How did this label get past the puritanical bureaucrats at BATF?





 

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