About time: 2016 Sine Qua Non
Tuesday April 2, 2019
Google the phrase sine qua non to find a nice surprise. Translating 'sine qua non' literally means “without which, not”. It may sound confusing at first. To explain, it means something is important or essential. It describes a state wherein an object or a person is indispensable to another being or situation.
Now we know why every oenophile has one or more Sine Qua Non wines in their cellar. From its name to its philosophy, the brand has established its desire to craft distinct wines everyone will truly relish drinking. From its humble beginnings, the California winery has now a cult of discerning wine drinkers all over the world. As Manfred and Elaine Krankl, the heart and brains behind the wines, shared - Sine Qua Non is a result of their earnest ambition and ardour to create delicious wines.
Since its inception in the early 1990s, the company has now changed the landscape of New World winemaking. Together with their whole team, Sine Qua Non has accomplished far great things. Each bottle is a reflection of nature’s bounty that is transformed into something flavourful. It is not surprising that the winery is driven to make these standards part of each wine: young wines that age with style and character, wines that touch the mind and heart, and products that capture the essence of nature.
At the end of the day, as what the dynamic couple explains, “Wines that make you sense they were crafted by people who loved making them”.
Here are some of the amazing wines available at Bidvino.
“The 2016 Deux Grenouilles is another brilliant white from this estate. Based on 36% Roussanne, 29% Chardonnay, 23% Viognier, and the balance Petite Manseng and Muscat, brought up 48% new French oak (the balance is in neutral oak and concrete eggs). This rich, full-bodied, incredibly elegant white offers up a smorgasbord of buttered citrus, orange blossom, flower oil, and honeyed minerality. Despite being a full-bodied, powerful wine, it stays fresh and graceful, with terrific freshness and acidity. It needs a decant if drinking any time soon and should keep for a decade or more.” – 97 points, Jeb Dunnuck
“A not yet bottled blend of 81% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, and the rest Viognier and Grenache, fermented with 47% whole clusters, the 2016 Syrah Rätsel 16 is an inky colored beauty that has another level of depth and richness over the 2015. Black raspberries, cassis, white pepper, white chocolate, and hints of bacon fat give way to a full-bodied, seamless, elegant wine that has terrific freshness and purity, ultra-fine tannin, and a huge finish. Not too dissimilar from the 2014s, which have the same supple, sexy, and approachable style, it should drink reasonably well right out of the gate and cruise for 15-20 years in cool cellars.” – 99 points, Jeb Dunnuck
“The 2016 Grenache Dirt Vernacular wafts from the glass with heady aromas of kirsch, plums and Griotte cherries that mingle with nuances of sweet spice, rose petals and pepper. It saw 34% new oak (along with 53% used oak and 9% concrete), but it's hardly noticeable—much less so than in some of Sine Qua Non's debut Grenache bottlings. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, rich and chewy, with tangy acids despite its considerable power and ripeness, with a deep, layered mid-palate and a long, lusty finish. It's an eclectic blend of 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvèdre, 7% Touriga Nacional and 2.5% Petite Sirah that was fermented with 43% whole cluster—whole cluster being largely reserved for the Grenache component. The blend is dominated by estate fruit, but some 9% came from the Krankl's blocks at Bien Nacido Vineyard that are farmed to their specifications. 1,208 cases and 600 magnums were produced.” – 96 points, Robert Parker