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. 2000 Sine Qua Non The Boot White Blend Magnum - 1500ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non The Boot White Blend Magnum - 1500ml

    Availability: 1 in stock
    $2,245.00

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  2. 2000 Sine Qua Non The Hussy White Rhone - 93 pts - 750ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non The Hussy White Rhone - 93 pts - 750ml

    $900.00

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    2000 Sine Qua Non The Hussy White Rhone - Banned by ATF Originally - 93 pts!

    The 100% Roussanne that emerged from both the Stolpman and Alban Vineyards, is the 2000 Hussy*. The name says... Learn More
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    2000 Sine Qua Non The Hussy White Rhone Rare Magnum - Banned by the BATF - 1500ml

    $1,750.00

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    2000 Sine Qua Non The Hussy White Rhone - Banned by BATF Originally - 93 pts!

    The 100% Roussanne that emerged from both the Stolpman and Alban Vineyards, is the 2000 Hussy*. The name says... Learn More
  4. 2000 Sine Qua Non The Hussy White Rhone OWC Special Set - Banned by ATF - 1 x 1500ml & 3 x 750ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non The Hussy White Rhone OWC Special Set - Banned by ATF - 1 x 1500ml & 3 x 750ml

    $2,250.00

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    2000 Sine Qua Non The Hussy White Rhone OWC Special Set - Banned by ATF Originally - 93 pts! 1 Mag & 3 Bottles

    The 100% Roussanne that emerged from both the Stolpman and Alban Vineyards,... Learn More
  5. 2001 Sine Qua Non Albino White Blend Magnum - 95 pts - 1500ml

    2001 Sine Qua Non Albino White Blend Magnum - 95 pts - 1500ml

    Availability: 1 in stock
    $1,985.00

    2001 Sine Qua Non Albino White Blend Magnum - 95 pts!

    The 2001 Albino (46% Chardonnay, 40% Roussanne, and 14% Viognier) emerged primarily from John Alban’s vineyard in Arroyo Grande as... Learn More
  6. 2001 Sine Qua Non Vin de Paille Inamorata Rousanne - 98 pts - OWC 2 x 375ml

    2001 Sine Qua Non Vin de Paille Inamorata Rousanne - 98 pts - OWC 2 x 375ml

    Availability: 1 in stock
    $1,950.00

    2001 Sine Qua Non Vin de Paille Inamorata Rousanne - 98 pts!

    There is one barrel of the Sine Qua Non cuvee the 2001 Vin de Paille Inamorata which spent 42 months in oak resulting in 350... Learn More
  7. 2001 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil Syrah - 96 pts - 750ml

    2001 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil Syrah - 96 pts - 750ml

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    $585.00

    2001 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil Syrah - 96 Pts!

    The impeccable 2001 Midnight Oil 95.5% Syrah 3% Grenache and 1.5% Viognier is a product of four vineyards Alban Stolpman Bien Nacido and White... Learn More
  8. 2001 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil Syrah Magnum - 96 pts - 1500ml

    2001 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil Syrah Magnum - 96 pts - 1500ml

    Availability: 1 in stock
    $1,465.00

    2001 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil Syrah Magnum - 96 pts!

    The impeccable 2001 Midnight Oil (95.5% Syrah, 3% Grenache, and 1.5% Viognier) is a product of four vineyards, Alban, Stolpman, Bien... Learn More
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    2001 Sine Qua Non No 6 Pinot Magnum - 1500ml

    $465.00

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    2001 Sine Qua Non No 6 Pinot Magnum... Learn More
  10. 2001 Sine Qua Non On Your Toes Syrah - 99 pts - 750ml

    2001 Sine Qua Non On Your Toes Syrah - 99 pts - 750ml

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    2001 Sine Qua Non On Your Toes - 99 pts!!

    The virtually perfect 2001 On Your Toes is 100% Syrah aged 39 months in new oak from three vineyard sources White Hawk Alban and Stolpman. I have... Learn More

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