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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17 Products

Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2013 (2x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,104.31
2013

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2013 (2x150cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 2x150cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £3,104.31
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2016 (2x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,468.31
2016

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2016 (2x150cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 2x150cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £2,468.31
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, A Shot In The Dark & In the Crosshairs 2006 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £6,257.27
2006

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, A Shot In The Dark & In the Crosshairs 2006 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £6,257.27
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Capo Dei Putti & Testa Dei Cherubini 2014 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,233.27
2014

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Capo Dei Putti & Testa Dei Cherubini 2014 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £3,233.27
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Dangerous Birds 2007 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £5,226.47
2007

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Dangerous Birds 2007 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 3 - Inc. VAT: £5,226.47
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, E & M 2015 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,739.67
2015

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, E & M 2015 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 2 - Inc. VAT: £3,739.67
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Le Coeur Gagne 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £4,190.87
2013

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Le Coeur Gagne 2013 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 5 - Inc. VAT: £4,190.87
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Ode to E 2004 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £6,113.27
2004

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Ode to E 2004 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 2 - Inc. VAT: £6,113.27
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (2x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,468.31
2011

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (2x150cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 2x150cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £2,468.31
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,668.07
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.

Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,668.07
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Stockholm Syndrome 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £5,863.67
2010

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Stockholm Syndrome 2010 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 20 Oct 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £5,863.67
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Subir & Pajarito Del Amor 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,620.87
2016

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Subir & Pajarito Del Amor 2016 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 3 - Inc. VAT: £3,620.87
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Touche & Rattrapante 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,424.07
2012

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Touche & Rattrapante 2012 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £3,424.07
Sine Qua Non Mr K Assortment 2006 (3x37.5cl)
Inc. VAT: £745.62
2006

Sine Qua Non Mr K Assortment 2006 (3x37.5cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 3x37.5cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £745.62
Sine Qua Non Mr K Straw Man 2005 (1x37.5cl)
Inc. VAT: £314.40
2005

Sine Qua Non Mr K Straw Man 2005 (1x37.5cl)
As per photos ,1893655 - Repack case. Delivery to Storage from 20 Oct 2021

California 1x37.5cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £314.40
Sine Qua Non The Boot 2000 (1x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £709.76
2000

Sine Qua Non The Boot 2000 (1x150cl)

Vinous (92)

Slightly reduced but flamboyant aromas of smoke, gunpowder, oatmeal, spices and dried fruits. Then very rich but uncompromisingly dry, with terrific fruit intensity and brisk but harmonious acidity. Very dense yet light on its feet; hides its alcohol but not its power. Mounting yellow fruit flavors really stain the palate on the back end. Has length and flavor authority rare for California white wine.
repack 1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

California 1x150cl 1 92 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £709.76
Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim & The Hated Hunter Assortment Case 2017 (2x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,684.71
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.
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 2x150cl 2 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,684.71
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2013 (2x150cl)
In Bond: £2,578.00
2013

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2013 (2x150cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 2x150cl 1 - In Bond: £2,578.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2016 (2x150cl)
In Bond: £2,048.00
2016

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2016 (2x150cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 2x150cl 1 - In Bond: £2,048.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, A Shot In The Dark & In the Crosshairs 2006 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £5,201.00
2006

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, A Shot In The Dark & In the Crosshairs 2006 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: £5,201.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Capo Dei Putti & Testa Dei Cherubini 2014 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,681.00
2014

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Capo Dei Putti & Testa Dei Cherubini 2014 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: £2,681.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Dangerous Birds 2007 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £4,342.00
2007

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Dangerous Birds 2007 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 3 - In Bond: £4,342.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, E & M 2015 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £3,103.00
2015

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, E & M 2015 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 2 - In Bond: £3,103.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Le Coeur Gagne 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £3,479.00
2013

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Le Coeur Gagne 2013 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 5 - In Bond: £3,479.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Ode to E 2004 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £5,081.00
2004

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Ode to E 2004 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 2 - In Bond: £5,081.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (2x150cl)
In Bond: £2,048.00
2011

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (2x150cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 2x150cl 1 - In Bond: £2,048.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,210.00
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.

Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,210.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Stockholm Syndrome 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £4,873.00
2010

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Stockholm Syndrome 2010 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 20 Oct 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: £4,873.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Subir & Pajarito Del Amor 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £3,004.00
2016

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Subir & Pajarito Del Amor 2016 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 3 - In Bond: £3,004.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Touche & Rattrapante 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,840.00
2012

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Touche & Rattrapante 2012 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: £2,840.00
Sine Qua Non Mr K Assortment 2006 (3x37.5cl)
In Bond: £618.00
2006

Sine Qua Non Mr K Assortment 2006 (3x37.5cl)
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 3x37.5cl 1 - In Bond: £618.00
Sine Qua Non Mr K Straw Man 2005 (1x37.5cl)
In Bond: £262.00
2005

Sine Qua Non Mr K Straw Man 2005 (1x37.5cl)
As per photos ,1893655 - Repack case. Delivery to Storage from 20 Oct 2021

California 1x37.5cl 1 - In Bond: £262.00
Sine Qua Non The Boot 2000 (1x150cl)
In Bond: £587.00
2000

Sine Qua Non The Boot 2000 (1x150cl)

Vinous (92)

Slightly reduced but flamboyant aromas of smoke, gunpowder, oatmeal, spices and dried fruits. Then very rich but uncompromisingly dry, with terrific fruit intensity and brisk but harmonious acidity. Very dense yet light on its feet; hides its alcohol but not its power. Mounting yellow fruit flavors really stain the palate on the back end. Has length and flavor authority rare for California white wine.
repack 1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

California 1x150cl 1 92 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £587.00
Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim & The Hated Hunter Assortment Case 2017 (2x150cl)
In Bond: £1,395.00
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.
Delivery to Storage from 4 Nov 2021

California 2x150cl 2 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,395.00

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