SINE QUA NON

SINE QUA NON

We passionately refer to Sine Qua Non wines as......."Drinkable Art!"

Sine Qua Non was created after the 1994 harvest of a Bien Nacido Syrah named “The Queen of Spades”. Winemaker Manfred Krankl feels strongly that each vintage is a completely unique wine and thus he gives each wine a unique name. He also creates the artwork for each new label himself. Previously, Manfred had made wines with Bryan Babcock and John Alban and still sources much of his fruit from Alban’s vineyard. The basic white wines have always been a white blend of Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier and a red wine based on Syrah plus Grenache. Sometimes there are small quantitiesof Rose and a Grenache-based red.

Sine Qua Non has its own winemaking facility in Ventura, California not far from the Santa Barbara vineyards where the fruit is sourced from. In the last few years Manfred and his wife, Elaine, have begun creating their own vineyards dedicated to Rhone varietals. Their winemaking philosophy is to work in very small batches, gravity flow, natural yeasts (unless a fermentation problem is anticipated), long lees aging for the whites and repeated racking for the reds to open them up. This is a modified explanation of a very dedicated and artistic approach to winemaking. The wines are simultaneously very rich and elegant, superbly balanced and thoroughly harmonious with food, never overwhelming.

People forget that as famous as Sine Qua Non and both Elaine and Manfred Krankl have become over the last 15 years, their wines really only began to hit full world-class qualitative levels at the turn of the last century (2000). The vineyard sources have largely changed from Alban, Stolpman, Bien Nacido, Shadow Canyon and White Hawk Vineyards to primarily estate vineyards Cumulus Vineyard in Ventura County and 11 Confessions Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. In the future, Krankl’s newest vineyard in Alisos Canyon will be an additional component part. His meticulous craftsmanship and phenomenal attention to detail, both in the vineyard and in the winery, have been increasingly noticeable over the last decade. He seemed to hit full stride about eight or nine years ago, and what has unfolded since then is an absolutely brilliant succession of true works of genius, both in his expressive, sometimes slightly abstract artwork on the labels, to the meticulously crafted wood boxes in which the wines are housed. Of course, the most important thing of all, the actual wine itself, is both the beginning as well as the end for consumers, and where 100% of my focus and judgement are centered. Grenache, as Krankl would be the first to say, is by far the most challenging grape varietal to make majestic wine from, and unequaled in difficulty by any other grape in the world except Nebbiolo. That’s why we see so little of it from great terroirs. High quality Grenache exists in northern Spain, southern France, parts of southern Italy and Sardinia, and in southern Australia, but rarely in California. This makes Krankl’s achievement all the more remarkable.

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  1. 1995 Sine Qua Non Red Handed Grenache - 750ml

    1995 Sine Qua Non Red Handed Grenache - 750ml

    $1,465.00

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    1995 SQN Red Handed - 93 Pts!

    Readers who love Rhone-styled wines must get on Sine Qua Non's mailing list in order to have a chance of latching onto a few bottles of the following vinous... Learn More
  2. 1995 Sine Qua Non The Bride White Blend - 750ml

    1995 Sine Qua Non The Bride White Blend - 750ml

    $0.00

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    1995 SQN The Bride White Blend - 1st Vintage!!

    Luscious. This intriguing blend is packed with passion fruit, citrus, fig and melon flavors, backed by bright acidity and a serious dose of... Learn More
  3. 1995 Sine Qua Non The Other Hand - 750ml

    1995 Sine Qua Non The Other Hand - 750ml

    Availability: 2 in stock
    $1,165.00

    1995 Sine Qua Non The Other Hand - RARE!

    Readers who love Rhone-styled wines must get on Sine Qua Non's mailing list in order to have a chance of latching onto a few bottles of the following... Learn More
  4. 1994 Sine Qua Non Queen Of Spades - Ultra Rare - 750ml

    1994 Sine Qua Non Queen Of Spades - Ultra Rare - 750ml

    $4,950.00

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    1994 Sine Qua Non Queen Of Spades

    Manfred and Elaine's first "official" first SQN vintage and wine. An amazing first effort for Sine Qua Non and already a "Cult Classic"... Learn More
  5. 1996 Sine Qua Non Left Field Pinot - 750ml

    1996 Sine Qua Non Left Field Pinot - 750ml

    $965.00

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    1996 Sine Qua Non - Left Field Pinot - Rare 1st Pinot Vintage!!

    The 1996 Pinot Noir from Oregon's Shea Vineyard called Left Field is the first wine from Sine Qua Non that has not received... Learn More
  6. 1996 Sine Qua Non Against The Wall Syrah - 94 pts! - 750ml

    1996 Sine Qua Non Against The Wall Syrah - 94 pts! - 750ml

    $645.00

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    1996 Sine Qua Non Against The Wall - 94 Pts!

    Sine Qua Non has produced some spectacular Syrahs buying fruit from the best sources in Santa Barbara - the Alban Stolpman and Bien Nacido vineyards.... Learn More
  7. 1997 Sine Qua Non The Complicator Pinot - 750ml

    1997 Sine Qua Non The Complicator Pinot - 750ml

    $0.00

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    1997 Sine Qua Non The Complicator Pinot Noir

    Only 87 cases produced! Impossible to find!

    The name Manfred chose for his label, Sine Qua Non, is Latin for “something indispensable.”... Learn More
  8. 1997 Sine Qua Non Imposter McCoy Syrah - 96 pts - 750ml

    1997 Sine Qua Non Imposter McCoy Syrah - 96 pts - 750ml

    $695.00

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    1997 Sine Qua Non Imposter McCoy Syrah - 96 Pts!

    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... Learn More
  9. 1997 Sine Qua Non Twisted & Bent White Blend - 95 pts - 750ml

    1997 Sine Qua Non Twisted & Bent White Blend - 95 pts - 750ml

    $395.00

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    1997 SQN Twisted & Bent White Blend - 95 pts!

    The funky artwork on the bottle emerges from Manfred Krankl's artistic side, but as the label says, "the truth is in the inside."... Learn More
  10. 1998 Sine Qua Non Veiled Pinot - 750ml

    1998 Sine Qua Non Veiled Pinot - 750ml

    $395.00

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    1998 Sine Qua Non Veiled Pinot

    Only 475 cases produced. Learn More

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