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    Sine Qua Non

    About Sine Qua Non

    There really is no winery quite like Sine Qua Non (means “something essential”).  Manfred and Elaine Krankl followed in that noblest of Californian winery traditions in 1994, building one of the world's greatest estates from the ground up in Ventura County (Central Coast AVA). Founded from passion for the land and a relentless desire to produce simply the best wines that they could, Antonio Galloni (Vinous) declared that "the sheer drive for perfection and attention to detail at Sine Qua Non is something I have rarely witnessed anywhere else in the world".

    Today, Sine Qua Non is probably the quintessential tiny production, cult winemaker, producing just 4,000 cases a year across a number of wines made from different vineyards.  The huge global demand is based on the critical acclaim for almost the winery produces.  It takes years to get onto the mailing list, and the wines almost never come back onto the market once purchased.  Older vintages are occasionally sold at auction for stratospheric prices.

    Sine Qua Nons' Wines

    Manfred Krankl (an Austrian immigrant in California) and his wines break all the rules.  There is no standard label, every wine is named differently (every year).  There is no marketing.  The wines are sold via mailing list and have grown via word of mouth (and critical acclaim).  Even the grapes are different – predominantly Rhône Valley varietals like Syrah and Grenache.

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    13 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2012 (2x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,219.52
    2012

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2012 (2x150cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 2x150cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £3,219.52
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, A Shot In The Dark & In the Crosshairs 2006 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £6,748.07
    2006

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, A Shot In The Dark & In the Crosshairs 2006 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £6,748.07
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Capo Dei Putti & Testa Dei Cherubini 2014 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,235.67
    2014

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Capo Dei Putti & Testa Dei Cherubini 2014 (6x75cl) Each case contains:

    3x75cl Capo dei Putti Syrah 2014 - 99 points | Jeb Dunnuck

    3x75cl Testa dei Cherubini Grenache 2014 - 99 points | Jeb Dunnuck

    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 5 - Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,235.67
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Dangerous Birds 2007 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £5,773.67
    2007

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Dangerous Birds 2007 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £5,773.67
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, E & M 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £4,267.67
    2015

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, E & M 2015 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 6 - Inc. VAT: £4,267.67
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Le Coeur Gagne 2013 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £4,165.67
    2013

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Le Coeur Gagne 2013 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 5 - Inc. VAT: £4,165.67
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (2x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,504.32
    2011

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (2x150cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 2x150cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £2,504.32
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,007.67
    2011

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (6x75cl)

    The Eleven Confessions vineyard is a 33-acre plot located in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, which is widely known to be a cool climate region. True to their spirit of being non-conformists, the Krankls chose to focus primarily on Rhône varietals, dedicating 22 aces to Syrah, Grenache and some Rhône whites - while leaving the remaining 11 acres to Pinot Noir planted by the former ranch owner. The cool climate allows a longer hang-time for the grapes to develop full phenolic ripeness. Also, the Krankls kept yields very low, resulting in the phenomenal concentration that their wines are well-known for.

     

    Made of a blend of approximately 97% Syrah with Roussane and Viognier completing the blend, the 2011 Syrah Patine earned a massive 98 points from Jeb Dunnuck and 96 pointsfrom Antonio Galloni, delivering “Guigal La Landonne like aromas and flavors of graphite, sweet oak, smoked meats, pepper and black raspberry and cassis-like fruit " (Dunnuck). Galloni finds “mocha, plums, violets, bittersweet chocolate and dark spice” from this “deep, powerful and intense” wine that he thinks will drink well out to 2035.

    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 3 - Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,007.67
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Subir & Pajarito Del Amor 2016 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £4,051.67
    2016

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Subir & Pajarito Del Amor 2016 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 6 - Inc. VAT: £4,051.67
    Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It 2002 (1x300cl)
    Inc. VAT: £7,963.12
    2002

    Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It 2002 (1x300cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    A dead-ringer (at least aromatically) for Guigal’s single vineyard Cote Rotie La Mouline, the 2002 Just For The Love of It is the greatest California Syrah I have yet tasted. A one-thousand case blend of 96% Syrah, 2% Grenache, and 2% Viognier, it is nearly equal parts Alban, Bien Nacido, and Stolpman fruit with a small amount from both Shadow Canyon and White Hawk. It boasts a provocative perfume of creme de cassis, toast, blackberries, licorice, barbecue spice, and exotic floral scents. Extremely full-bodied, with fabulous intensity, great purity, awesome length, and a finish that lasts over a minute, this classic is a must purchase. Already accessible, it will drink well for 10-15 years.
    As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 1x300cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £7,963.12
    Sine Qua Non Ratsel Syrah 2016 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £4,220.14
    2016

    Sine Qua Non Ratsel Syrah 2016 (12x75cl)

    Vinous (98+)

    A dark, beguiling beauty, the 2016 Syrah Ratsel 16 is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Layers of flavor build effortlessly as this rich, layered Syrah shows off its considerable allure. Blackberry jam, lavender, spice, menthol, chocolate and licorice build into the sumptuous finish. This is another wine in the range that is bursting at the seams with energy and vibrancy, as if expressing the purest essence of life. I loved it.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 12x75cl 1 98+ (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £4,220.14
    Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim & The Hated Hunter Assortment Case 2017 (2x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,645.12
    2017

    Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim & The Hated Hunter Assortment Case 2017 (2x150cl)

    Wine Advocate (97-100)

    Each case contains one magnums each of: Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim 2017 (1x150cl) - 98-100 Points, Wine Advocate The 2017 Grenache is a finished blend. Composed of 76% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 9% Syrah, 3.8% Petit Sirah and 1.2% Viognier, and the vineyard sources are: 46% Cumulus Estate, 29% Eleven Confessions Estate, 6% Molly Aida Estate, 17% The Third Twin Estate and 2% Bien Nacido Vineyard. It was aged for around 23 months in 23% new French oak, 48% used oak (various sizes) and 29% concrete, and 46% (mainly Grenache) was fermented using whole clusters. Medium garnet-purple, this young, bombastic Grenache explodes from the glass with the most incredible perfume: red roses, cinnamon stick, lilacs and crushed black cherries with chocolate box, aniseed, garrigue and dried herbs plus gentle waves of lavender, dusty soil and smoked meats. Full-bodied with an incredibly silky texture, the decadently fruited palate features amazing freshness and vibrancy, finishing with stacks of flavor layers and a provocatively savory/chewy lift coming from the use of whole cluster. Just. Magic. Sine Qua Non The Hated Hunter 2017 (1x150cl) - 97-100 Points, Wine Advocate Made exclusively from estate-grown fruit, the 2017 Syrah is composed of 82.4% Syrah, 5.2% Mourvèdre, 7.8% Petite Sirah, 2% Grenache, 1.2% Petit Manseng and 1.4% Viognier that was fermented with 26% whole cluster. The vineyard sources are 32% Eleven Confessions, 41% The Third Twin, 25% Cumulus and 2% Molly Aida. It is to be aged for around 23 months in French oak, 59% new. Deep garnet-purple, this nascent Syrah-dominant blend pings exuberantly out of the glass with a veritable POP—offering expressive notes of chocolate-covered cherries, blueberry compote, licorice, violets, black licorice, spice cake and tilled earth with hints of wild sage and tar. Full-bodied, super concentrated and wonderfully savory in the mouth, it features firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and perfumed.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 2x150cl 2 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,645.12
    Sine Qua Non The Hated Hunter 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,304.47
    2017

    Sine Qua Non The Hated Hunter 2017 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (97-100)

    Made exclusively from estate-grown fruit, the 2017 Syrah is composed of 82.4% Syrah, 5.2% Mourvèdre, 7.8% Petite Sirah, 2% Grenache, 1.2% Petit Manseng and 1.4% Viognier that was fermented with 26% whole cluster. The vineyard sources are 32% Eleven Confessions, 41% The Third Twin, 25% Cumulus and 2% Molly Aida. It is to be aged for around 23 months in French oak, 59% new. Deep garnet-purple, this nascent Syrah-dominant blend pings exuberantly out of the glass with a veritable POP—offering expressive notes of chocolate-covered cherries, blueberry compote, licorice, violets, black licorice, spice cake and tilled earth with hints of wild sage and tar. Full-bodied, super concentrated and wonderfully savory in the mouth, it features firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and perfumed.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 1 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,304.47
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2012 (2x150cl)
    In Bond: £2,674.00
    2012

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2012 (2x150cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 2x150cl 1 - In Bond: £2,674.00
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, A Shot In The Dark & In the Crosshairs 2006 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £5,610.00
    2006

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, A Shot In The Dark & In the Crosshairs 2006 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: £5,610.00
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Capo Dei Putti & Testa Dei Cherubini 2014 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,683.00
    2014

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Capo Dei Putti & Testa Dei Cherubini 2014 (6x75cl) Each case contains:

    3x75cl Capo dei Putti Syrah 2014 - 99 points | Jeb Dunnuck

    3x75cl Testa dei Cherubini Grenache 2014 - 99 points | Jeb Dunnuck

    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 5 - Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,683.00
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Dangerous Birds 2007 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £4,798.00
    2007

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Dangerous Birds 2007 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: £4,798.00
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, E & M 2015 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,543.00
    2015

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, E & M 2015 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 6 - In Bond: £3,543.00
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Le Coeur Gagne 2013 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,458.00
    2013

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Le Coeur Gagne 2013 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 5 - In Bond: £3,458.00
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (2x150cl)
    In Bond: £2,078.00
    2011

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (2x150cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 2x150cl 1 - In Bond: £2,078.00
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,493.00
    2011

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (6x75cl)

    The Eleven Confessions vineyard is a 33-acre plot located in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, which is widely known to be a cool climate region. True to their spirit of being non-conformists, the Krankls chose to focus primarily on Rhône varietals, dedicating 22 aces to Syrah, Grenache and some Rhône whites - while leaving the remaining 11 acres to Pinot Noir planted by the former ranch owner. The cool climate allows a longer hang-time for the grapes to develop full phenolic ripeness. Also, the Krankls kept yields very low, resulting in the phenomenal concentration that their wines are well-known for.

     

    Made of a blend of approximately 97% Syrah with Roussane and Viognier completing the blend, the 2011 Syrah Patine earned a massive 98 points from Jeb Dunnuck and 96 pointsfrom Antonio Galloni, delivering “Guigal La Landonne like aromas and flavors of graphite, sweet oak, smoked meats, pepper and black raspberry and cassis-like fruit " (Dunnuck). Galloni finds “mocha, plums, violets, bittersweet chocolate and dark spice” from this “deep, powerful and intense” wine that he thinks will drink well out to 2035.

    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 3 - Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,493.00
    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Subir & Pajarito Del Amor 2016 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,363.00
    2016

    Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Subir & Pajarito Del Amor 2016 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 6 - In Bond: £3,363.00
    Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It 2002 (1x300cl)
    In Bond: £6,627.00
    2002

    Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It 2002 (1x300cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    A dead-ringer (at least aromatically) for Guigal’s single vineyard Cote Rotie La Mouline, the 2002 Just For The Love of It is the greatest California Syrah I have yet tasted. A one-thousand case blend of 96% Syrah, 2% Grenache, and 2% Viognier, it is nearly equal parts Alban, Bien Nacido, and Stolpman fruit with a small amount from both Shadow Canyon and White Hawk. It boasts a provocative perfume of creme de cassis, toast, blackberries, licorice, barbecue spice, and exotic floral scents. Extremely full-bodied, with fabulous intensity, great purity, awesome length, and a finish that lasts over a minute, this classic is a must purchase. Already accessible, it will drink well for 10-15 years.
    As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 1x300cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £6,627.00
    Sine Qua Non Ratsel Syrah 2016 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,490.00
    2016

    Sine Qua Non Ratsel Syrah 2016 (12x75cl)

    Vinous (98+)

    A dark, beguiling beauty, the 2016 Syrah Ratsel 16 is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Layers of flavor build effortlessly as this rich, layered Syrah shows off its considerable allure. Blackberry jam, lavender, spice, menthol, chocolate and licorice build into the sumptuous finish. This is another wine in the range that is bursting at the seams with energy and vibrancy, as if expressing the purest essence of life. I loved it.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 12x75cl 1 98+ (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,490.00
    Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim & The Hated Hunter Assortment Case 2017 (2x150cl)
    In Bond: £1,362.00
    2017

    Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim & The Hated Hunter Assortment Case 2017 (2x150cl)

    Wine Advocate (97-100)

    Each case contains one magnums each of: Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim 2017 (1x150cl) - 98-100 Points, Wine Advocate The 2017 Grenache is a finished blend. Composed of 76% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 9% Syrah, 3.8% Petit Sirah and 1.2% Viognier, and the vineyard sources are: 46% Cumulus Estate, 29% Eleven Confessions Estate, 6% Molly Aida Estate, 17% The Third Twin Estate and 2% Bien Nacido Vineyard. It was aged for around 23 months in 23% new French oak, 48% used oak (various sizes) and 29% concrete, and 46% (mainly Grenache) was fermented using whole clusters. Medium garnet-purple, this young, bombastic Grenache explodes from the glass with the most incredible perfume: red roses, cinnamon stick, lilacs and crushed black cherries with chocolate box, aniseed, garrigue and dried herbs plus gentle waves of lavender, dusty soil and smoked meats. Full-bodied with an incredibly silky texture, the decadently fruited palate features amazing freshness and vibrancy, finishing with stacks of flavor layers and a provocatively savory/chewy lift coming from the use of whole cluster. Just. Magic. Sine Qua Non The Hated Hunter 2017 (1x150cl) - 97-100 Points, Wine Advocate Made exclusively from estate-grown fruit, the 2017 Syrah is composed of 82.4% Syrah, 5.2% Mourvèdre, 7.8% Petite Sirah, 2% Grenache, 1.2% Petit Manseng and 1.4% Viognier that was fermented with 26% whole cluster. The vineyard sources are 32% Eleven Confessions, 41% The Third Twin, 25% Cumulus and 2% Molly Aida. It is to be aged for around 23 months in French oak, 59% new. Deep garnet-purple, this nascent Syrah-dominant blend pings exuberantly out of the glass with a veritable POP—offering expressive notes of chocolate-covered cherries, blueberry compote, licorice, violets, black licorice, spice cake and tilled earth with hints of wild sage and tar. Full-bodied, super concentrated and wonderfully savory in the mouth, it features firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and perfumed.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 2x150cl 2 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,362.00
    Sine Qua Non The Hated Hunter 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,907.00
    2017

    Sine Qua Non The Hated Hunter 2017 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (97-100)

    Made exclusively from estate-grown fruit, the 2017 Syrah is composed of 82.4% Syrah, 5.2% Mourvèdre, 7.8% Petite Sirah, 2% Grenache, 1.2% Petit Manseng and 1.4% Viognier that was fermented with 26% whole cluster. The vineyard sources are 32% Eleven Confessions, 41% The Third Twin, 25% Cumulus and 2% Molly Aida. It is to be aged for around 23 months in French oak, 59% new. Deep garnet-purple, this nascent Syrah-dominant blend pings exuberantly out of the glass with a veritable POP—offering expressive notes of chocolate-covered cherries, blueberry compote, licorice, violets, black licorice, spice cake and tilled earth with hints of wild sage and tar. Full-bodied, super concentrated and wonderfully savory in the mouth, it features firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and perfumed.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    California 6x75cl 1 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,907.00

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