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. 1999 Sine Qua Non The Marauder Syrah - 95 pts - 750ml

    1999 Sine Qua Non The Marauder Syrah - 95 pts - 750ml

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    1999 Sine Qua Non The Maurader Syrah - 95 Pts!

    The outrageously rich 1999 The Marauder 100% Syrah from the Alban Stolpman and Bien Nacido vineyards is tightly-structured but crammed with... Learn More
  2. 2000 Sine Qua Non A Cappella Pinot Noir - 750ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non A Cappella Pinot Noir - 750ml

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    $785.00

    2000 Sine Qua Non A Cappella Pinot

    Only 561 cases produced! Complex aromas of dark red fruits, mushrooms, coffee, minerals and hi-tone spice. A seamless wine which is getting harder and... Learn More
  3. 2000 Sine Qua Non Heels Over Head Syrah - 750ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non Heels Over Head Syrah - 750ml

    $2,365.00

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    2000 Sine Qua Non Heels Over Head Syrah

    Only 1 barrel of this special Cuvee from Manfred! Less than 300 btls produced! This is a rare as it gets!! Learn More
  4. 2000 Sine Qua Non In Flagrante Syrah - 96 pts - 750ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non In Flagrante Syrah - 96 pts - 750ml

    Availability: 1 in stock
    $650.00

    2000 Sine Qua Non In Flagrante Syrah - 96 Pts!

    The 2000 In Flagrante a 725-case blend of 86% Syrah 10% Grenache and 4% Viognier is a world-class provocative effort. It reveals many of the... Learn More
  5. 2000 Sine Qua Non In Flagrante Syrah Magnum - 96 pts - 1500ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non In Flagrante Syrah Magnum - 96 pts - 1500ml

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    $1,495.00

    2000 Sine Qua Non In Flagrante Syrah Magnum - 96 pts!

    The 2000 In Flagrante (a 725-case blend of 86% Syrah, 10% Grenache, and 4% Viognier) is a world-class, provocative effort. It reveals... Learn More
  6. 2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito Grenache - 100 pts - 750ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito Grenache - 100 pts - 750ml

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    $1,495.00

    2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito Grenache - 100 pts!

    The 2000 Incognito a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah is the finest Grenache-based effort the Krankls have yet produced. A black/ruby/purple... Learn More
  7. 2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito Grenache Rare Magnum - 100 pts - 1500ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito Grenache Rare Magnum - 100 pts - 1500ml

    $1,750.00

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    2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito Grenache Rare Magnum - 100 Pts!

    The 2000 Incognito (a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah) is the finest Grenache-based effort the Krankls have yet produced. A... Learn More
  8. 2000 Sine Qua Non Suey Rousanne White Dessert wine - 100 pts - 375ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non Suey Rousanne White Dessert wine - 100 pts - 375ml

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    2000 Sine Qua Non Suey Rousanne White Dessert wine - 100 pts!

    The 2000 Suey TBA, made from 100% botrytis infected Roussanne from the Alban Vineyard, was harvested berry by berry, spent 38.5... Learn More
  9. 2000 Sine Qua Non Suey Rousanne Dessert Wine - 100 pts - OWC 2 x 375ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non Suey Rousanne Dessert Wine - 100 pts - OWC 2 x 375ml

    $2,895.00

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    2000 Sine Qua Non Suey Rousanne Dessert Wine - 100 pts!

    The 2000 Suey TBA, made from 100% botrytis infected Roussanne from the Alban Vineyard, was harvested berry by berry, spent 38.5 months... Learn More
  10. 2000 Sine Qua Non The Boot White Blend - 750ml

    2000 Sine Qua Non The Boot White Blend - 750ml

    $535.00

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