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Sine Qua Non Syrah Dark Blossom 2011

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Their winemaking philosophy is to work in very small batches, gravity flow, natural yeasts, long lees aging for the whites and repeated racking for the reds to open them up. This is a simplified explanation of a very dedicated and artistic approach to winemaking. The wines are at once very rich and elegant, superbly balanced and thoroughly harmonious with food, never overwhelming.

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Winery: Sine Qua Non
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 Syrah Dark Blossom

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/14/2014

The 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom showed even better from bottle than barrel. A blend of 84% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah and the rest Roussanne and Petite Manseng, this beauty was fermented with 17% whole clusters and aged in equal parts new and used French oak. One of the shining successes in the vintage, it’s a full-bodied, concentrated and layered Syrah that has awesome aromatics of blackcurrants, Peking duck, pepper, licorice and charcuterie in its seamless, thrillingly pure profile. As with Manfred’s other 2011s, the tannins are certainly present, yet they’re sweet, polished and have no hard edges. Give this beauty 2–3 years in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2031.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

Opaque purple. Deep, lush and pungent on the nose, with powerful scents of cassis, boysenberry, singed plum and violet. Then smooth and sweet on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla, with lively acidity adding lift and focus. Finishes lush, concentrated and extremely long, with lingering flavors of boysenberry and blackberry liqueur. There’s 50% new French oak here but it’s well-hidden underneath the wine’s powerful fruit.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

Looking at Manfred’s Syrahs, the 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom is a blend of 84% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah and 4% Roussanne that’s scheduled to be bottled later this year or early in 2014. Aging in 50% new French oak, it’s an elegant, seamless Syrah that boasts complex, layered aromatics, full-bodied richness and clean integrated acidity that keeps everything fresh and lively. It’s superb and will have two decades of longevity. Drink 2016–2031.



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Their winemaking philosophy is to work in very small batches, gravity flow, natural yeasts, long lees aging for the whites and repeated racking for the reds to open them up. This is a simplified explanation of a very dedicated and artistic approach to winemaking. The wines are at once very rich and elegant, superbly balanced and thoroughly harmonious with food, never overwhelming.

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Dietary Information: Organic

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Sugar: 750 ml grams per liter

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