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Sine Qua Non (SQN) Eleven Confessions 2003 6-Pack OWC 750mL (The Inaugural - 5 Syrah & 1 Grenache)
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  • 2003 Sine Qua Non - Wine Advocate #172 - Aug 2007: The mind-boggling 2003 The Inaugural Syrah is an emotional experience to taste as well as drink. Aged 38 ? months in French oak, it was fashioned entirely from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard, which is planted with Syrah clones #470, 174, and the Estrella River and Alban field selections. This stunning Syrah boasts a magnificent bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, licorice, and roasted meats. It hits the palate with remarkable intensity, purity, and full-bodied power, but it somehow manages to dance across the taste buds with the gracefulness of a ballerina. Awesomely long, I still tasted this wine 60 seconds after I had spit it out no easy task, even for a professional. This majestic Syrah should be a modern day legacy for Sine Qua Non, ranking alongside the other stunning Syrahs they have produced, such as the two 2002 cuvees, Just For The Love Of It and Heart Chorea. This is a nuanced, complex wine, whereas the 2004 Poker Face is more exuberant and flamboyant. It should age beautifully for 10-15+ years. The recently released 2003 The Inaugural (90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, the first vintage from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard) is a stunning effort. Boasting superb intensity and purity, it spent 38 months in French oak, and has taken on mind-boggling nuances and subtleties. It is a huge wine dominated by black cherry, blackberry, and cassis fruit, but also offering notions of plums, figs, soy, smoke, and roasted meat-like notes. The wines enormous complexity, silky, full-bodied, voluptuous texture, and remarkable finish suggest it will last over a decade, but who can resist it now? It hits all the palates and olfactory glands sweet spots, a hedonistic and intellectual joy
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Sine Qua Non (SQN) Eleven Confessions 2015 2-Pack OWC 3.0L (Syrah "M" and Grenache "E")
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Sine Qua Non (SQN) In Flagrante 2000 3.0L OWC ( Rare)
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Sine Qua Non (SQN) In Flagrante 2000 3.0L OWC ( Rare)

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Sine Qua Non (SQN) Midnight Oil (2) /Ventriloquist (1) 3-Pack OWC 2001 1.5L
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Sine Qua Non (SQN) Midnight Oil (2) /Ventriloquist (1) 3-Pack OWC 2001 1.5L

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Sine Qua Non (SQN) Resiste Proprietary White 2013 750mL
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  • Scheduled to be released in November 2015, the 2013 White Wine Resiste is a sensational white from California that's made from 45% Roussanne, 26% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 10% Viognier and 5% Marsanne that spent 19 months in 46% new French oak and the balance in concrete eggs and used barrels. Possessing rock-star levels of richness and texture on the palate, with full-bodied depth and power that never seems heavy or cumbersome, it has classic SQN white notes of buttered golden fruits, honeysuckle, honeycomb, toast and white flowers. Unctuous, full-flavored and still lively and fresh, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will keep for two decades. There are few greater success stories in wine than that of Sine Qua Non’s Manfred Krankl. Austrian-born and showing up penniless in Los Angeles in 1980, he went on to create one of the greatest wine estates in the world today by sheer talent and work ethic. Despite being involved in a horrific motorcycle accident in September of 2014, he’s recovering admirably and was in great spirits during my visit. Looking at his latest releases, the 2011 extended-aged cuvees all show the cooler nature of the vintage, yet had phenomenal levels concentration and firm, tannic spines. I’m not sure they’re a step up over the earlier 2011 releases, but they’re without a doubt some of the top wines in the vintage. The 2012s are big, ripe and voluptuous wines more in the style of 2009s, yet perhaps with slightly less exuberance. The real shocker was the quality of the Next Of Kyn releases. These come all from his estate vineyard located around the winery in Oak View. I was blown away by both the ’11 and ’12, with the ’12 being the greatest wine yet from the estate.
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Sine Qua Non (SQN) Veiled Pinot Noir 1998 2-Pack OWC 1.5L (Slightly Wine Stained labels)
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