SINE QUA NON ' b20' Syrah 2008 - Cult Wine w/ Nudie Backing!

The SQN label is the brainchild of Manfred Krankl winemaker/owner / (dark) artist of this cult Californian garagiste winery. On no less than seven occasions The Wine Advocate has given Sine Qua Non a perfect score for it’s Rhone inspired reds. To put that in perspective, even the great/famous Chateau Lafite-Rothschild has only managed four perfect scores.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 94-96 Points
(91% Syrah, 6% Grenache, and 3% Viognier) will probably spend 24+ months in barrel. (…) this 2008 requires introspection. Its opaque purple color is followed by tightly knit aromas, but like the 2008 Grenache, it unfolds incrementally in the mouth. There is abundant freshness as well as tremendous intensity and richness, but everything is tightly coiled in the mouth, and this wine begs for more barrel aging. This loaded, intense red will be one of the finest 2008s made in the Central Coast, and again, will confirm Krankl’s obsessive decision to pick in late November in order to achieve perfect ripeness.”

2008 SINE QUA NON ‘b20′ Syrah (California) – “The 2008 Syrah B-20 is a cool, inward wine graced with layers of beautifully delineated, chiseled fruit. This is a distinctly mineral, precise style relative to the more outgoing 2009, but both are striking. Floral notes add lift as the finish turns explosive with a burst of dark fruit, tar, licorice and crushed rocks. This is one of the more understated wines readers are likely to come across from Sine Qua Non. It is gorgeous when given the time to open up. The B-20 is predominantly Syrah, with 6% Grenache and 2% Viognier. About half of the Grenache was fermented with whole clusters and the wine was aged in French oak (60% new) for 26 months.” Tasted August 2011

1 bottle Available (A Cut to the Wax Capsules/Cork Closure)