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. 1998 Sine Qua Non Veiled Pinot - 750ml

    1998 Sine Qua Non Veiled Pinot - 750ml

    Availability: 2 in stock
    $695.00

    1998 Sine Qua Non Veiled Pinot

    Only 475 cases produced. Learn More
  2. 1998 Sine Qua Non Backward & Forward White Blend - 750ml

    1998 Sine Qua Non Backward & Forward White Blend - 750ml

    $385.00

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    1998 SQN Backward Forward White Blend

    The 1998 Roussanne and Chardonnay Backward and Forward is a blend of 30% Roussanne 40% Chardonnay and 30% Viognier. This effort is almost over the... Learn More
  3. 1998 Sine Qua Non E-Raised Syrah - 98 pts - 750ml

    1998 Sine Qua Non E-Raised Syrah - 98 pts - 750ml

    Availability: 1 in stock
    $895.00

    1998 Sine Qua Non E Raised Syrah - 98 Pts!

    The 1998 Syrah E-Raised is great stuff. The blended Syrah comes from different vineyard sources primarily the Alban Vineyard in San Luis Obispo... Learn More
  4. 1998 Sine Qua Non E-Raised Syrah Magnum - 98 pts - 1500ml

    1998 Sine Qua Non E-Raised Syrah Magnum - 98 pts - 1500ml

    Availability: 1 in stock
    $2,250.00

    1998 Sine Qua Non E-Raised Syrah Magnum - 98 pts!

    The 1998 Syrah E-Raised is great stuff. The blended Syrah comes from different vineyard sources, primarily the Alban Vineyard in San Luis... Learn More
  5. 1998 Sine Qua Non Hospice du Rhone - Only 5 cases ever produced!! - 750ml

    1998 Sine Qua Non Hospice du Rhone - Only 5 cases ever produced!! - 750ml

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    1998 SQN Hospice du Rhone - Only 5 cases produced!!

    Only sixty bottles of the Manfred ; Eliane Gem!! This is one of the most rare bottles ever produced by Sine Qua Non!! Learn More
  6. 1998 Sine Qua Non The Antagonist Grenache - 750ml

    1998 Sine Qua Non The Antagonist Grenache - 750ml

    Availability: 1 in stock
    $2,850.00

    1998 Sine Qua Non The Antagonists Grenache - Ultra RARE!

    ONLY 90 CASES MADE!! If you find it.........Buy it........Drink it.......enjoy it! Learn More
  7. 1998 Sine Qua Non The Antagonist Grenache Magnum - 1500ml

    1998 Sine Qua Non The Antagonist Grenache Magnum - 1500ml

    Availability: 1 in stock
    $6,950.00

    1998 Sine Qua Non The Antagonist Grenache Magnum - Rarest of the Rare Learn More
  8. 1998 Sine Qua Non Veiled Pinot Magnum - 1500ml

    1998 Sine Qua Non Veiled Pinot Magnum - 1500ml

    Availability: 1 in stock
    $1,695.00

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  9. 1999 Sine Qua Non Icarus Grenache - 750ml

    1999 Sine Qua Non Icarus Grenache - 750ml

    $495.00

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    1999 Sine Qua Non Icarus Grenache

    The 1999 Icarus (a blend of 80% Grenache 18% Syrah and 2% Viognier three-fourths from the Alban Vineyard and one-fourth from the Stolpman) was closed on... Learn More
  10. 1999 Sine Qua Non Tarantella White Blend - 95 pts - 750ml

    1999 Sine Qua Non Tarantella White Blend - 95 pts - 750ml

    $385.00

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    1999 SQN Tarantella White Blend - 95 pts!

    Krankl's 1999 Tarantella is one of the finest white wines he has made. It possesses outstanding underlying acidity, a terrific, citrusy, honeyed... Learn More

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