One of the world's most creative wineries, Sine Qua Non is turning out world-class wines of extraordinary complexity and individuality.
The world’s most profound wines are always made by the same kind of people ... artists, craftspeople, revolutionaries, and traditionalists who have one overwhelming trait in common ... they are irrefutably dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, and their hearts, souls, and enormous talents are reflected in wines of singular personality and achievement. There are never any compromises, so it is no surprise that what takes place in these cellars is the transformation of a commonplace beverage into a form of drinkable art!
Sine Qua Non has been producing 2,000-3,000 cases of wine for a half-dozen vintages. In this short time it has become one of the hottest and most desired wine producers in California. Elaine and Manfred Krankl are both very involved in the production of artisinal wines from their small garage/warehouse.
The upcoming releases all reveal Krankl’s magic touch, and like some of the finest wineries working with Rhone varietals, Manfred Krankl is a creative blender, recognizing that blends generally result in more nuances and flavor complexity than a single varietal cuvee.
Sine Qua Non Five Shooter Grenache 2010 $274.99
(94-96) Wine Advocate
The 2010 Grenache is rich, deep and seductive. Dark red cherries, plums, roses, licorice
and mint wrap around the palate in this beautifully layered wine. The 2010 possesses
gorgeous detail and nuance to match the silky, refined tannins. This is an impeccable,
long, mineral-infused wine with a great future. The 2010 is 75% Grenache, 16% Syrah.
2.5% Mourvedre. 4.5% Roussanne and 2% Viognier, from Eleven Confessions (58%),
Cumulus (38%) and Bien Nacido (4%).
Sine Qua Non Five Shooter Syrah 2010 $274.99
(94-96+) Wine Advocate
The 2010 Five Shooter Syrah is laced with blackberries, blueberries, spices, mint and graphite. It shows the medium-bodied personality of the vintage in its energetic, nuanced fruit and notable persistence. Layers of fruit build to a refined finish laced with blueberries, blackberries, violets and crushed rocks. All the registers from low to high are filled out. The 2010 is 85% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 3% Petite Syrah, 5% Roussanne and 2% Viognier, mostly from estate vineyards.
Sine Qua Non White Wine The Monkey 2010 $150
92 Wine Advocate
The 2010 White Wine The Monkey captures a nice stylistic middle ground between the richer, creamier style typical of the Sine Qua Non whites and the brighter minerality of years like 2011. Tangerine, mint, honeysuckle, truffles and honey wrap around the expansive, creamy finish.
Sine Qua Non Mr. K Nobleman Straw 3pk 2006 $349.99
95 Wine Advocate
The 2006 Mr. K. The Noble Man Chardonnay (200 grams of residual sugar per liter) reveals phenomenal fresh, lively acidity as well as wonderful honeyed peach, marmalade, tropical fruit, and creme brulee characteristics. It is a Trockenbeerenauslese-styled wine that is a fitting tribute to the effusive and much revered Alois Kracher.
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