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Sine Qua Non Imposter Mccoy 1997

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Sine Qua Non is a tiny winery which was started back in 1994 by Manfred and Elaine Krankl. From nowhere, the winery has risen to be one of the top (if not the top) Syrah producers in the USA (especially if you go by prices and Robert Parker scores). Due to the tiny quantities of wine made and the recent 98-100 point scores for their Syrahs, Sine Qua Non is now unquestionably regarded as a "California Cult" wine producer. Robert Parker awarded the wine 96 points and says: "The funky artwork on the bottle emerges from Manfred Krankl's artistic side, but as the label says, "the truth is in the inside." I have already wolfed down two bottles of the 1997 Imposter McCoy (529 cases) with equally voracious friends. A thick, juicy, massive Syrah, it gushes copious quantities of licorice-infused blackberry fruit offering smoke, coffee, and meaty notes. The wine is mouth-filling, teeth-staining, and loaded. Its high alcohol (15.3%), glycerin level, and low acidity make it easy to drink, but I suspect it will age easily for 10-20+ years".

Region: USA » California » Santa Barbara

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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

External Reviews for Sine Qua Non Imposter Mccoy

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/28/2012

Full ruby. Deep aromas of raspberry, blackberry, violet, nutmeg, cocoa powder, smoked meat and exotic woodsmoke. Super- concentrated, lush and thick, with a firm spine of acidity giving shape to the flavors. Rather strong oak tones. Explosive finish ... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 1997 Sine Qua Non Syrah Imposter Mccoy 750ml



Sine Qua Non is a tiny winery which was started back in 1994 by Manfred and Elaine Krankl. From nowhere, the winery has risen to be one of the top (if not the top) Syrah producers in the USA (especially if you go by prices and Robert Parker scores). Due to the tiny quantities of wine made and the recent 98-100 point scores for their Syrahs, Sine Qua Non is now unquestionably regarded as a "California Cult" wine producer. Robert Parker awarded the wine 96 points and says: "The funky artwork on the bottle emerges from Manfred Krankl's artistic side, but as the label says, "the truth is in the inside." I have already wolfed down two bottles of the 1997 Imposter McCoy (529 cases) with equally voracious friends. A thick, juicy, massive Syrah, it gushes copious quantities of licorice-infused blackberry fruit offering smoke, coffee, and meaty notes. The wine is mouth-filling, teeth-staining, and loaded. Its high alcohol (15.3%), glycerin level, and low acidity make it easy to drink, but I suspect it will age easily for 10-20+ years".

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