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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    2010 Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Syrah and Grenache - OWC - 6 x 750ml

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    2010 Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome OWC 6 -pak

    The 2010 Syrah Stockholm Syndrome is a monumental effort that will stand toe-to-toe with the greatest Syrahs in the world. A blend of 96%... Learn More
  2. 2008 Sine Qua Non B 20 Syrah - 750ml

    2008 Sine Qua Non B 20 Syrah - 750ml

    $365.00

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    2008 Sine Qua Non B 20 Syrah - 97+ pts

    The 2008 Syrah B-20 is a cool, inward wine graced with layers of beautifully delineated, chiseled fruit. This is a distinctly mineral, precise style... Learn More
  3. 2008 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions The Duel Grenache - 97 pts - 750ml

    2008 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions The Duel Grenache - 97 pts - 750ml

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    $595.00

    2008 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions The Duel Grenache - 97 pts

    Sine Qua Non’s 2008 Grenache Estate The Duel boasts extraordinary richness, power and sheer depth. Tobacco, leather, mint... Learn More
  4. 2004 Sine Qua Non Ode To E - Eleven Confessions Syrah - 100 pts - 1500ml

    2004 Sine Qua Non Ode To E - Eleven Confessions Syrah - 100 pts - 1500ml

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    $2,245.00

    2004 Sine Qua Non Ode TO E - Eleven Confessions Syrah - 100 pts!

    The 2004 Syrah Ode to E (a blend of 94% Syrah, 4% Grenache, and 2% Viognier) will ultimately spend 43 months in oak. (The... Learn More
  5. 2007 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Dangerous Birds Grenache - 99 pts - 750ml

    2007 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Dangerous Birds Grenache - 99 pts - 750ml

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    $695.00

    2007 Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Dangerous Birds Grenache - 99 pts!

    The 2007 Syrah Dangerous Birds, from Eleven Confessions, includes 4.5% Grenache and 2.5% Viognier, all fully destemmed.... Learn More
  6. 2015 Sine Qua Non Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie Grenache - 98 pts - 750ml

    2015 Sine Qua Non Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie Grenache - 98 pts - 750ml

    $425.00

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    2015 Sine Qua Non Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie Grenache - 98+ pts!

    The 2015 Grenache Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie is a blend of 75% Grenache, 13% Mourvèdre, 8% Touriga Nacional and 4% Petite Sirah,... Learn More
  7. 2015 Sine Qua Non Trouver L’Arene Syrah - 100 pts - 750ml

    2015 Sine Qua Non Trouver L’Arene Syrah - 100 pts - 750ml

    $445.00

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    2015 Sine Qua Non Trouver L’Arene Syrah - 100 pts!

    Composed of 80.5% Syrah, 7% Petite Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 2% Grenache and 3.5% Viognier, all sourced from estate vineyards—37% The Third... Learn More
  8. 2014 Sine Qua Non Gallinita Rose - 750ml

    2014 Sine Qua Non Gallinita Rose - 750ml

    $235.00

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  9. 2013 Sine Qua Non Male Syrah - 98 pts - 750ml

    2013 Sine Qua Non Male Syrah - 98 pts - 750ml

    $365.00

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    2012 Sine Qua Non Male Syrah - 98 pts!

    Like with the 2013 Grenache, I was thrilled to be able to taste the 2013 Syrah Male again (twist my arm), and it continues to impress. Giving up fabulous... Learn More
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    2011 Next of Kyn No 5 Cumulus Vineyard Syrah Magnum - 97 pts - 1500ml

    $895.00

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    2011 Next of Kyn No 5 Cumulus Vineyard Syrah Magnum - 97+ pts

    While I reviewed the 2011 Cumulus Vineyard #5 last year, I was thrilled to be able to retaste it this go around. Showing consistently,... Learn More

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